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Ossian - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

Available throughout the year, this superb golden ale continues to win awards. A pale, golden coloured brew with a full bodied fruity flavour with distinct nutty tomes and a hoppy, zesty, orange aroma, derived from First Gold and Cascade hops. Excellent brewing resulted in Ossian being judged the Champion Beer of Scotland.
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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 106
Photo of flyingpig
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Aldi supermarket, drank at home:
This one was a very easy to drink beer that went down a treat & came through with a good balance but at the same time nothing really stands out for me. I liked the beer, it was a smooth one with nice touches of sweetness & good bitterness throughout; good stuff from Inveralmond but not quite great.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased and consumed in Fife, Scotland. BB date stamp of July 2016 (more than 1 year away). (Rating slightly increased upon tasting of cask version near th brewery in May 2016),

Appearance: true to style, this is very pale golden with plenty of visible carbonation and a white head. Exceptional sticky lacing.

Extra hops add spicing to this ale that also has more malts than expected for style. Mild caramel and vanilla notes. Easy drinking with plenty of flavor.

O: recommended. Not entirely true to style, this version is more flavorful, appealing and interesting than average.

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer. Plenty of life on pouring which produces a lovely creamy head which disperses to a lacy foam. Honey coloured body makes this an appetising drink. Smells of yeast and soft malts with a faint undertone of fruit. The taste is dynamite - very drinkable and instantly thirst quenching, and not bitter as the smell may have suggested. A nuttiness comes through with the malts which linger on the tongue to give a very smooth finish. I like this!

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Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Served from 0.5 bottle

A - Dark golden color, a bit hazy, centimeter of head resides to a short lacing after a short while

S - In the front are toffee and caramel flavors, some more nutty and other toasty malt flavors in the background. lightly fruity. Hop aromas are spicy and flowery.

T - The caramel and toffee are also here in the front, and is really well balanced with a firm bitterness which is fairly pronounced in the middle of tasting it. The finish is fairly dry, and the bitterness is not as pronounced.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body. Bitterness is a tiny bit harsh for my taste.

O - Awesome beer, could drink lots of pints of this. I really like this way of balancing a malty beer, though maybe the bitterness is just slightly too much for me. Great as a session ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and lots of particulates floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of buttery malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the fruity flavors are stronger and more balanced with the malts. There are some hints of floral hops and no bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make for a really nice choice for someone who doesn't like bitterness.

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Photo of mick303
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice tight head of foam which shows pretty good retention and lace, colour is a brown honey gold, no carbonation.

Nose has caramel malt, slight pineapple. Overall quite fresh, but pretty restrained.

Taste is quite sweet, pretty malty, caramel toffee is present, some bread flavour and tart berries. Light lemon and honey notes. Finally a bit of bitterness of the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, toffee sweet, smooth and light, finish is a bit drier. Drinkability is okay, found it a bit much on the sweet side though.

Overall, a light session ale, without noticeable flaws, quite good balance, but a bit simple and on the sweet side.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up another bottle... Good till May 2013...

Appearance: Solid, probably slightly better, with less sediment.

Nose: Identical to original, great classic fruit aromas and bitterness.

Taste: Tasting one that isn't so old... Not as thick and dense, but a real good grass hop bite and mild bitterness. It's same flavors also but not as pronounced, and also not as sweet.

Conclusion, either way old or new, the brew delivers, rating remains unchanged. Dare I say it, I think I like it with a bit of age on it !!!! (shudder!)

-- First review --

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass. Been trying to get this for ages.. uh oh.. this is old too, Good till Jan 2012.

A cloudy and orb lemon yellow body, some noticeable chunks of yeast floating in it's midst. Head is thick and creamy white and large three fingers deep, lots of retention. Head clumps like CRAZY, with thick sheets of lacing everywhere.

Nose is milky cream, apricot fruit, citrus zest, and marmalade jam. Subtle and airy, wonderful fruit aroma and sweetness.

Palate has just enough depth, but there's a light tea like hop on the finish. Fruit forward with a good amount of grass, and a great "mild" light body. Cask like in feel a bit, if a little wet, even out of the bottle.

Overall a great winning mild, super drinkable too. Want a fresh one!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale tawny hue with plenty of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty good looking!

Smell: rather sweet malt aroma with a hint of vague fruitiness. Not really my style, but OK.

Taste: sweet malt taste with a little more complexity than the aroma. There are underlying hints of biscuit and bread which round out the flavor nicely, although that fruitiness remains. Mostly, I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a surprisingly nice creaminess. I'll take it!

Overall: actually a pretty decent beer. A hair on the sweet side, especially in the aroma, but generally quite good.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a robust white head. Nice foamy thickness, ok retention. No lace.

Some light toasted malt, some herbal bitter notes in the nose.

This brew changes considerably as it warms. Starkly bitter with some watery grain when dead cold out of the fridge. As it warms, and as your palate becomes used to it, you find some nutty notes, some lightly sweet maltiness, with balances well with the bitter. There is a bit of coarseness to the beer, and that is my only knock.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than expected.

Overall, ok. Not a favorite, but not hated either.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick soapy white head and very nice sticky lacing seal off a cloudy pale orange/yellow body.

S - Honey, butterscotch and lightly floral aroma.

T - Creamed honey, lemon, orange and light buttery toffee. Yum.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, just the right level, slight tang of citrus cuts through.

O - Mild but with an array of pleasant flavours. Top quality English ale at just 4.1% abv.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN.

Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, butterscotch, honey, and toffee.

The taste has citrus, citrus zest. butterscotch, flowery hops, and a little bit of honey. In spite of the description, this is not a sweet beer. The butterscotch is most likely a bit of diacetyl. This is neither sweet nor bitter. It falls somewhere in between, leaning slightly more towards bitter.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. I am glad I tried this.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer from Chicago in pursuit of reviewing all 104 styles.

I'm up to 96 after this review. I own four of the styles (I just need to drink them). I still need to find Kvass, Happoshu, and American Dark Wheat. I'm hoping to make American Adjunct my number 104 out of irony.

This beer poured with two fingers of light, fluffy foam. It is golden yellow.

The smell is pretty light. I get just a hint of flowery hops and honey suckle. The flavor is pretty pleasant. I do pick up a little metallic background.

This is a pretty good beer. The brewery did a good job in making this one.

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Photo of Naugros
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ummswimmin for the bottle share. This will get me to 102 in the different styles with only kvass and happoshu left.

A thin white head immediately condenses to the sides and forms a ring over the pale orange, murky body. The smell is all honey suckle and tangerine with some cracker underneath. The honey suckle continues in the flavor, but the malt becomes more aggressive, giving more of a biscuit feel. The body is a little denser than I had expected, or would have wanted, but it's still very drinkable and refreshing.

I now know what is meant by a "mild". You get all the flavor of the floral hops without much by the way of IBUs. It's also low on the ABV scale. This one was really nice in the fact that, although there wasn't a lot of bitterness, it didn't become cloyingly sweet. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a tough style to find and makes style number 104 for me!!!

Purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC online.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall soapy white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is stronger than I expected for the style, appearance, and mouthfeel. There are some light toasted malts, some earthiness, and some floral hints as well.

T: The flavor of this beer is very approachable and enjoyable, there is a lightly toasted malt body to start with. Next the beer has some flavors of light fruits (apple/pear) and a little bit of spice (pepper). Finally there are some light hop flavors in the finish, mostly floral but with a little bit of grassy notes as well.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This beer reminds me of the real ales I drink when I get the chance to travel to the UK (mostly for business and it has been almost a year now). I find this to be very easy to drink, sessionable, and really enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

English Pale Mild Ale you elusive bugger. This makes style number 104 thank you to West Lakeview Liquors and UPS.
Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly but covers the glass in a fair amount of sticky lace. Smells malty bready with a hint of butterscotch and nail polish. Sweet dark pitted fruit and a hint of toffee round out the nose quite well. Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of bread and toffee up front. Lots of butterscotch coated berries and cherries in here. Slightly earthy hop barely cuts through malty sweetness. Surprising fullness of body for such a small abv. Moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost oily mouthfeel. Not to shabby of a beer, if it were a bit easier to obtain I might have one periodically.

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Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer to add the style to the list of beers I have tried. This one is much more than a "check in a box". Pours a hazy gold color with a medium size delicate white head. Head retention is good. A good amount of lacing as well.

Aroma is surprisingly robust, especially for such a low abv beer. Floral, fruity, malty, this is a distinctive smell - very nice.

Taste is good as well, mostly a malty beer, but I can taste where the cascade hops contribute as well. There is a tinge of hoppiness in the finish. The flavor is not the typical roasted malt, bready malt type of thing. There is a fruit (apples and pears) thing going on and some grassy hops too.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit light. Overall this would be a grea session beer - light alcohol content but big time aroma and flavor. If this was available here, I would love to try it on-tap or on cask for a session..

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish EPMA? Well, alrighty then. I guess if it fits...

Pours a rich golden, peach color. Hazy a bit capped with a white head, soft and somewhat dense. Lacing is splotchy.

Aroma is malt forward. Light caramel sweetness, a bit husky and grainy. Slight smoke on the end. Herbal notes here and there.

Malt is the call here. While not overly sweet or husky, both are present. It has a slight metallicness to the malt end. An herbal bite in the middle, some hop spice and fruitness. Good thing, too, b/c the malt could really get out of hand and beget a flatness in flavor. With the help of carbonation, the hops tighten up the end. Nice finish.

Solid beer

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
4.1% ABV, Best Before 2279

Thanks to the infamous Beerwolf77 for supplying another style tick!

A - This hazy pale golden yellow brew is crowned by a well-retained off-white head. Great lace adorns the glass!

S - Mild earthy English hops smell like Willamet and balance the aroma slightly. Farty sulfur comes out as it warms and a mild butter diactyl lingers with biscuity malts to the back.

T - Mild biscuity malt underlines the earthy hops, sulfury and buttery taste, and uninteresting finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, smooth and slightly dry with an anti-clean finish, if I can say that. A touch bitter.

O - Yes, it would be a good session ale if you wanted to put back a few beers. Would I want to drink a ton of this though? Not really. Fair, but certainly not the fairest in the land.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to finally try this one. The #1 English Pale Mild Ale (at least since Whipper Snapper was changed over to APA). Picked this bottle up at State Line. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a single-finger white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of diacetyl and toffee as well as some notes of grain and a bit of some floral hops. The taste is light bread and a bit of toffee. Diacetyl there but not as much as with the nose. Not too, too much for the style. The body is light with moderate carbonation. Not bad. Too much diacetyl for my taste, though it was an acceptable level. Decent enough.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is transparent and yellow hued, with a thin, white cap. The aroma is floral, with a hint of lemon zest. The flavor brings a light, floral hop character, as well as a bready, biscuit taste. The feel is thin and light bodied, and finishes slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. I found this to be enjoyable and very drinkable. I could throw back a few pints of this.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, I get stupidly excited about really esoteric beers like this one when there is nearly no demand for any beer in this style at all let alone this one. I've driven hours to liquor stores in the hope that it would be there, searching for almost 2 years for this particular beer and it finally showed up to disappoint me. Big thanks to Thorpe for this one here.

Beer is a little amber / brown with a mild haze, decent head, no lacing low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is toffee like with some biscuit and grainy acidity to it.

Beer is thin (I guess that's to be expected) and has a late grainy bitterness, the mid-palate is almost like butter toffee or some thin caramel. Carbonation is minimal in the mouth but overall it is fine. I've actually had better English Pale Mild Ales before, definitely not my favorite and I'd probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the elusive English pale mild. You thought you could hide from me forever. Thanks to West Lakeview Liquor you have been captured. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Clear golden yellow hue. Solid two fingers of bright white head. Thick sticky lace clings to the glass. About a quater inch cap forms and sticks around.

S: Whoa! Buttery farts are the first thing that come to mind. I see that this style is know for sulfur and diacetyl aromas so can't fault it there. Fresh baked buttered white bread and sweet malt. A good amount of grassy hops comes through as it warms.

T: The flavor is very mild. Guess that's how the style gets its name. Again buttered bread with a mild hop bite. Fairly clean and fresh. Dry finish.

M: Medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Well session beers aren't really my thing but this one would certainly fit the bill.

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Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a bright white and foamy head that doesn't have much lacing.

The smell is light. It is slightly floral with some apricot and caramel.

The flavor is nice compared to the smell. It is grainy with an herbal hop favor that lingers on the tongue int eh aftertaste. It isn't amazing, but for being subtle it is nice.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Stark white head with widely spaced bubbles. Golden yellow and slightly hazy. Some lace.

S: Hops, sweet-creamy citrus; very fruity.

T: Initially sweet and creamy, the maintaste is full of fruit with light carbonation and gentle hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and very pleasant.

M: Round and sweet, gentle and pleasant.

D: Quite a nice beer. Very drinkable; sweet-bitter. Not recommended, but you'll probably enjoy it.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

A: pale golden yellow to faint orange with a 2 finger frothy white head, dissipates slowly

S: just your basic citrus hints and not much else

T: a nice blend of citrus fruits, malts, and bitterness

M: mild carbonation, crisp on the tongue

D: another one of those that I am glad to have tried at least once in my life, but that's probably enough for a lifetime beers


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