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


on tap


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RATINGS: 120   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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SarkyNorthener (4621) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2013
[email protected] avion, aldridge. Golden amber beer with medium head and good lacing. Aroma is faint fruity malts. Taste is fruity, grapefruit, limes, hops and some malts. Good beer.

Tide (3899) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Cask at Black Door. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with hops, caramel, salted crackers and metallic aroma. Bitter finish with hops, grass and toast. Decent real ale.

The_Quaffer (7) - - AUG 13, 2013 does not count
Have had excellent pints and some not so good. Shows how a products can be altered by poor cellar work.

witthatsbier (566) - 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

Stuartyboy (1669) - 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

jfb (6269) - 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.

niquillis (2752) - 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.

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.

mr_h (5535) - 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

tombyars (1702) - 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.

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