Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland


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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Pale and golden - but not too pale as to look like lager.
Nose: Lemony citrus hops with a hint of grapefruit and spicy, peppery goldings.
Palate: Full on hops styrian goldings to the fore, goldings giving a balanced middle and finally the rich malty fullness of maris otter as a backbone. The finish is refreshing with hops that become dryer if the cask lasts long enough!
Summary: A modern IPA, not overly bitter but still nicely hoppy and at 4.8%, just about a session IPA for a sensible nights drinking. The hop profile is nothing short of stunning.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1522) - - JAN 28, 2013
500ml bottle from Peckhams (Aberdeen - 2.75):
Fruity and with lots of citrus to begin, there is a nice mix of lemon and orange notes upfront with some peach and a little grapefruit. The balance is a good one and is complimented with apricot and a few grassy hops as well.
Bright looking and pretty clear amber colour with a foamy, white head that settles t about the width of a thumb without reducing much & leaving some lacing on the sides.
Hop filled to begin, there is a combination of grassy hops and some citrus along with a touch of orange and apricot. Again this is quite fruity like the nose with the grapefruit featuring to but here it is also backed up by some light, sweet malts and a bit of spice.
Medium with a lot of hops that give it a nice bitter taste and finish. It has moderate carbonation, is quite crisp and a little dry but somehow still manages to seem refreshing.

A lot more hoppy and fruity than I had been expecting, Id place it somewhere between an English and an American style IPA. There is a lot of hops in this one, although not as much as in the American style it is still a great beer and one that was a lot different and better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Derbeth (863) - Krakw, POLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Bottle. Golden colour, cloudy, minimal head. Aroma is mostly herbal hops, also some pine and citrus - definitely an English, not American character. Medium bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElDesmadre (3626) - Mikołw, POLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle. Lots of zesty citrus notes, medium body, biscuits, medium strong herbal bitterness. Simple, straightforward thirstquencher. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (6042) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Dark yellow color and a white head. Light malt flavor and hops. Aroma is also light. Smooth, delicate flavor. On the sweet side, dry, bitter hops initially, then some fruit and the hops are there in back. Good session ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heidbummer (518) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Pours clear auburn. Traditional cask pale ale. Nice clean bitterness Smooth drinking. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theprof (820) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2016
Cask. Aroma mildly grapefruit and floral hops. Pours pale amber. Thin top broken fading lacing. Tastes pleasantly of Maris Otter and so many brewers talk of ingredients and then bury them. This one does what it promises and delivers a session IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (4321) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Intense grain and bread malts, floral hops. Clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Light bitter. Grain and cereal malts continue, intensifying floral hops, some citrus fruits, bitter finish. OK English-style IPA, but nothing too spectacular. Cask at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12060) - Troms, NORWAY - APR 26, 2016
500ml bottle bought at The Brig Larder, Kirkwall. Pearl white head to a bright amber-gold body. Crocheted lacing down glass. Smell of leafy hops. Taste of grapefruit and juicy malts added by a spicy twist. Resinous bitterness to the ending. Medium bodied. Clean, fresh and nice (Hotel room, Kirkwall 15.04.2016).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kamwitsta (553) - POLAND - FEB 8, 2016
Aroma: faint grapefruit with maybe no more than a whiff of flowers. Appearance: light gold, clear, with a head like beaten egg whites, fine and super stable. Taste: bitter, a bit sour, and just a tad sweet. Palate: body light; carbonation below average; finish bitter. Overall: not special, not great, but decent, nice, to session and to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2817) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Handpull cask at the Cavens Arms, Dumfries. Light to mid-gold, with a light white head and considerable lacing. Astringent aroma with a strong note of citrus. Lip-smacking bitter/savoury aroma. Sea salt, sulphur, TCP, lemon and gardenia all vie for attention in the taste. Bitter and astringent finish. An interesting interpretation of the classic pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (3429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
9.4.2014. Cask. Pours pale golden. Nose is citrus light grapefruit. Taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Dryish bitter finish.

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