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


on tap

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RATINGS: 122   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Quaffer (7) - - AUG 13, 2013
Have had excellent pints and some not so good. Shows how a products can be altered by poor cellar work.

rozsoma (1085) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 5, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2017 Cask @ Ferry Inn, Stromness. Címkéjéhez méltóan igazi zászlóshajó mindenféle értelemben.

Lonick (2509) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle @home (rating backlog). Pours golden/orange, white head. Nose is grapefruit, malty, pine, herbs. Taste is more of the same slight tingle in the mouth.

The_Osprey (8515) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2017
Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys London as Swannay Scapa Special. Pours golden yellow, clear and still with a scummy beige head that leaves droopy lacing. Aroma is faint bubblegum, nips of citrus. Body is light and smooth with soft carbonation. Taste straw and grapefruit peel, stones, light biscuit malt, smooth finish with a soft bitterness. Very drinkable and nicely balanced. Could drink several pints no problem. Liked it more and more over time. (6-4-7-4-14=3.5)

adamnase (810) - Kronoby, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle from Citymarket, Kokkola. Pours deep golden coloured with a mediumsized white head. Aroma is fruity hops, some slight grassy and wooden notes. Flavour is yeasty, hoppy and malty

BeerViking (4954) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2017
Amber gold with a loose head, citrus nose with soft lemon and grapefruit, full flavoured and dry-sweet.

aleksander9 (1839) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2017
-Bottle in Kirkwall, Orkney- citrus biscuits and fruity British yeast. Good and sessionable.

ekstedt (6932) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2017
Cask at Thomson’s, Edinburgh, Scotland. Clear golden, medium white head. Bready malt, fruity, some hops. Dry, low to medium bitterness.

mabuzzer (881) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2017
500ml bottle. Cleat golden with a decent white head. Sweet malt aroma, flavour is malt forward with some fruity hop in the finish

Thomas_W1 (899) - Rastatt, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2017
Flasche 0,5l: Kräftiges Gold, leichte Trübung, feinporiger mäßig stabiler Schaum; kräftige fruchtige Bitterkeit in der Nase, kräftige Hopfennoten, recht trocken, Grapefruit; im Körper kräftige fruchtige Bitterkeit, Hopfennoten, Malz, etwas Getreide, kräftig nach Grapefruit, cremig, deutliche Kohlensäure, sehr trocken; angenehmer fruchtig bitterer Nachgang

BRW (2877) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle, thanks to BlackHaddock. Golden colour with white head. Malt, caramel and floral aroma. Malt, herbal taste. Medium body.

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