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


on tap

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RATINGS: 118   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thomas_W1 (762) - Rastatt, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2017
Flasche 0,5l: Krftiges Gold, leichte Trbung, feinporiger mig stabiler Schaum; krftige fruchtige Bitterkeit in der Nase, krftige Hopfennoten, recht trocken, Grapefruit; im Krper krftige fruchtige Bitterkeit, Hopfennoten, Malz, etwas Getreide, krftig nach Grapefruit, cremig, deutliche Kohlensure, sehr trocken; angenehmer fruchtig bitterer Nachgang

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BRW (2705) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2017
Bottle, thanks to BlackHaddock. Golden colour with white head. Malt, caramel and floral aroma. Malt, herbal taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ERB92 (714) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2017
Aroma of fruits, malt, caramel and some floral hops and citrus. Golden with a white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a average carbonation. Overall a decent Bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hermod (7574) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2016
50cl bottle. Poured golden color with a thin white head. Toffeeish malty, floral, gentle malty aroma. Some tea, floral notes, toffee in flavor. Finishes slightly harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TET (2952) - Kaarina, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2016
A dark yellow beer, a head is quite small and blond. Aroma has wood, toffee and some lemon. Taste has sweet and caramelly maltyness, fruit cake, some drying bitterness. Medium bodied, balanced carbonation. Fresh and good bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1946) - HONG KONG - OCT 4, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Clear straw golden honey colour; One and a quarter finger head with crumpety white foam which last for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Very fragrant and sweet aroma of Ale malt which can be smelt a foot away, with strong nuts, honey, light caramel, yellow fruits, floral, sugar, strong earth, spice, light bread, thin lemon and light grass; Mid to light sweet taste of fair Ale malt, with strong grains, floral, light molasses, earth, spices, dry bread, lemon, fair to light bitter hops and light grass; Mid to light body. Pretty slick palate; Mouth feel is fair Ale maltymess in a solid, grainy background. Not much fruitiness, mostly bitter floral and fair sweetness. Earthy, spicy bready with lemon to round. Easy and nice!... Hoppiness is floral, strong earth, spice, thin lemon and light grass in nose, same in taste but with stronger citrus and grass; Bitterness is mid to light for an abrupt, fairly astringent floral malty finish; Quite dry after taste. Earthy spicy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one impresses with strong nutty malt and honey earthy aroma and good looks. All the earthy hoppy tastes are there but not as great as it smells. Very competent and easy to down. Basic bitter with a little extra and did the job!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8911) - ITALY - AUG 14, 2016
cask oro carico leggero agrumato citrico discreta amaro ma bilaciata un po timida

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ianwelby (1326) - SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2016
Light bitter, citrus aroma. Not a huge amount of taste. Bit of fruity hop. Watery though. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (12264) - Troms, NORWAY - APR 26, 2016
Half-pint, cask, hand pulled at The Shore - Kirkwall. A deep golden body with a tiny white head blanketing the upper part of the glass. Mild aroma of herbal hops, peach and pale malts. Mixed taste of peach, herbs and mid-sweet grainy malts. Rounded bittersweet end. Clean on the swallow. Pretty decent and refreshing after the flight to the Orkney Islands (13.04.2016).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnCook101 (535) - - FEB 21, 2016
Pretty middle of the road. Pale ale over-sells it. More generic light golden ale. Sell is a little unpleasant. Taste is not offensive but entirely forgettable.

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