Brewed by Swannay Brewery
Style: Bitter
Orkney, Swannay by Evie, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled at 4.4%.

Appearance: golden & sparkling in the glass.
Nose: hints of fruit esters and malt, with light hop notes. Also, if fresh, will have a nutty bread dough yeasty note, that disappears when well vented.
Palate: soft nutty maltiness with accessible hoppiness. The middle is balanced, leading to a long malt hop finish, which the hops eventually win. Their fresh green notes coming through with hints of fruit esters. It becomes drier and cleaner drinking with longer venting.
Summary: a satisfying world class pale ale, made with maris otter pale ale malt & a blend of four hops from America, Germany, New Zealand & Slovakia. Each one selected for their spiciness and aroma and all giving that certain something to back up the wholesome maltiness provided by the maris otter.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
witthatsbier (553) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2013
pale yellow,aroma slight grain not much else,flavour fruity slightly bitter a bit rough,overall a very average beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuartyboy (1599) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2013
On tap at sraf 2013 a clear golden ale with sweet malt and fresh fruit and hoppy citrus flavour a nice refreshing pale ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfb (6079) - GERMANY - MAY 24, 2013
(cask) pours a clear golden colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of lemons and barnyard, with a hint of oatmeal, caramel and bread dough. flavour is mostly oats, salted popcorn and grain, with a light-bitter herbal-hoppy finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
niquillis (2474) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
On cask at The Holy Inadequate, Etruria. Pours golden with white head. Tries to be fruity but there is a strange sour dry kick in there. Not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Graham77 (514) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Orange golden colour with a white head and strong carbonation. Very little aroma that I can discern. The flavour is very pleasant, well balanced and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5327) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2013
Cask by handpump at Pot Still, Glasgow - clear golden, good off-white head, mild sweet malty and citrus aroma, caramel flavour, bit of citrus, smooth, very easy to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2012
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in December 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Slight note of marmalade in the brief aroma. Slightly resinous in the thin mouthfeel. Good lacing throughout. Pale malt base gives digestive biscuit base with tart gooseberry fruit but very little else. Hop resins give a sharp lemon grass flavour with noted astringency in the short aftertaste. Finish is just slightly on the malty side with notes of juicy sweet orange peel present in the mouth. A decent session Golden Ale and well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeverszeuge (647) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2012
# 3129 ersma: danke an claudia, die das bier aus orkney mitgebracht hat. bernsteinfarben und fr ein ale sehr schaumig. der geruch ist fruchtig, butterig, etwas nach melasse. der antrunk ist slich-fruchtig mit bitterem hintergrund. berreife birnen. die mitte wird zusehends herber und bitterer, ohne die fruchtigkeit zu verlieren. der abgang ist hopfenbetont mit nur noch leichter se und fruchtig-suerlicher note, so richtung zitrus. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: ansprechendes pale ale, das schon richtung bitter ale geht. gut trinkbar. 12,10,9,10,11,10 - 10,10 - 24/10/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (10448) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle: Deep golden, hazy,big creamy and stable off-white head, leaving rings on the glass; toasty-fruity nose with some phenols; creamy MF, light bodied, mild bitter-sweet flavour, shorter bitter-fruity finish. Disappointing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2959) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 15, 2012
Cask @ The Golden Rule, Polwarth 111012
Golden light amber, clear, dense white head, good lacing
Aroma - pale caramel malt, soft citrus fruits
Taste - light caramel malts, soft fruits, soft tangy citrus, apricot, soft cereal malts, nice biscuity cereal come in as a wave in the finish
Palate - Soft carb, light to medium body, bit oily. Finish as described above
Overall - One of the better golden ales out there, good finish

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