Ossian - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’m sorry MississaugaMatt but I think you got an EXTEAMLY old bottle. This Scottish brew was everything a beer from Scotland should be. Mine was dazzlingly clear, deep golden in color with a ting of orange. Frothy, persistent head. Complex rich malt character with just a hint of sweetness. Not much hop flavor if any but an adequate bitterness at the end to cut the malt and finish clean.

Right now it is August of 2002 and the bottle had a best before date of August of 2003. The one I got was really fresh and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Matt give it another chance and make sure and check the date.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial nonic lemon sunshine color,just a hintof orange to the lemon hued body,a fluffy but quick to fade white head atop.Amix of biscuit and juicy fruity malt with a bit of earth and lemony hop.Malt tilted with biscuit and toffee malt flavors,a real nice fresh squeezed lemon note emerges to make it more vibrant on palate, still the hops are subdued.This would be great on cask for sure,its sociable,and not as "modest" as most for the style in my mind.

Photo of RoyalT
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one was light orange in color with a modest head on an aggressive pour.

Smell – The aroma here is big, sugary, orangish malts and a stiff peat compliment. I can’t really pick up any hops. It’s mostly the peat and orange.

Taste – Yes, the Scottish peat comes out huge at the taste. It takes over the flavor profile and adds to the juicy orangeness. I can now pick up some good, light hopping as well.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium-bodied with a very strong aftertaste consisting mostly of peat, orange, and bitter hops.

Drinkability – This was a raw Scottish Ale that I really enjoyed but that most people would have to get used to.

Photo of Mora2000
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my 103rd and final style here on Beer Advocate. Never thought I would check off all of the styles, so I was really looking forward to this beer.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is not good at all. I get some bready malt and some perfume from the hops, but the overwhelming aroma is butter. The flavor is just the same. I get a ton of butter with some biscuit malt, perfume and flowers. The butter is what stands out and it is not inviting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I am glad I got to try this beer since it was the last style I needed, but I wish the beer would have not had so many flaws. Maybe I will get to try it again, since I assume this is not what the brewer intended.

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.

Photo of foamer
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a half inch of creamy head which disappated fairly quickly. Aroma was malty with a nice hop presence. The taste was a sweet biscuity malt with a lingering hoppy finish. Quite a pleasing beer on cask, I shall make the trek out to Perth to check out Inveralmond's other offerings.

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

500ml bottle with code 2279 stamped on it.

Served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Ossian is a pale peachy color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thick and settles slowly into a rocky white cap.

Aroma is very mild with some subtle peach and orange nuances. I really have to breath deeply to get much of anything but what's there is pleasant. So far, it's living up to the style's name, this being the first English Pale Mild Ale I've had.

Flavor is also subtle but there is more to enjoy here than in the nose. Gentle fruits and spices in the way that a Belgian wit might be described. Light tropical fruit with an almost peppery yeast seem to balance eachother nicely.

Mouthfeel is very light in body with ample carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer and one that is somewhat harder to judge as it's so different from what else is generally available in the U.S. It's a rare style but one I would like to try again.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scotch aroma. Cloudy pale orange appearance with lace. Little head. Tasty scotch, touch of smoke, significant malty some hop,grassy dry finish. All together a nice fireplace beer, with understated characteristics that worked together. Medium mouthfeel, smooth drink. Above average beer.

Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly hazy golden color, topped by a good finger's worth of fluffy, bright white head. Not much in the way of aroma - a bit of sweet, bready malt and a hint of spicy floral hops. Palate is much more interesting, a very tasty blend of bready malt and spicy Saaz hops. Notes of grapefruit and white pepper are present, with a mild tartness on the finish. Body is smooth and a little creamy, very nice for the style. Finish is rather interesting, as it is a bit dry. This is a highly drinkable ale, and with its low alcohol content would be an excellent session beer. If not for the pricetag (above $4/bottle), I might drink it every day.

Photo of jackndan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ossian Ale: A Scottish Pale Ale. Pours a fairly deep brown, not much head, but what head it had clings to the side of the glass. Perfectly clear, and it is notable that the minimal carbonation floats fairly slowly through this brew. The aroma is pleasant, an almost peat like aroma of malts, with a wee bit of flowery hops. The taste is nice, fairly earthy and grainy sweetness, with a smoky blast of hops toward the finish. Nice smooth and rich mouthfeel, not too much carbonation. Not too bad, worth picking it up if you see it.

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

Not a bad brew..but a bit lacking on the mouthfeel for such a low abv. Poured a nice amber with a good chunky head. Smell was malty with a diacetyl presence. Taste was strongly malty on the front palalte with a lightly bitter quality on the finish. This didn't have a great mouthfeel, not overly smooth. Likewise, drinkability was ok, but only if you sip.

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

BB 6/09. Consumed 12/10.

A: Dark burnt orange with no sense of clarity. A frothy, whipped white head sits atop with good retention. Thick coating for lace with a visible carbonation that was hard to determine through the murky waters but did exhibit flashes of strong patches every now and then when backlighted.

S: A touch of funk, rock candy and oranges with some hard orange candy notes. There is a bit of yeastiness and strong bready sense brought about with a touch of bubblegum, most likely from the yeast that finishes out with a bit of fruitiness of moderate intentions.

T: Bready and fruity with a bit of honey and orange sweetness with notes of honey dew and grapes. Nice spiciness from the hops, bright in character with a bit of fresh citrus. Yeasty and malty, fruity and spicy all comes together in a decent package. Time had no bearing or off flavored results, found this to be quite tasty, spicy and fresh all the way around.

M: Light bodied, spicy with a bright carbonation. Citrusy and flowery feel on the tongue from the hops coat the tongue.

D: At 4.1%abv hard to argue about having more. Alcohol is easy enough to manage, and packs quite a bit of flavor, depth and maltiness in a modest package worth checking out. interesting.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a light haze and a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral cereal with light dry hops is mildly enjoyable. Taste is refreshing and easily quaffable with notes of cereal with light residual sweetness and some floral undertones. Body is slightly more full then average with good carbonation. Limited character but refreshing notes makes this an enjoyable session beer.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of Pegasus
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden orange, with considerable sediment, and a small white head, which soon collapses to a rim of foam along the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet, light honeyed aroma, with a slight hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a harsh herbal hop bitterness, which carries throughout the taste, although there is a bit of sweet malt beneath.

Mouth feel: Thin, with little carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, seems a rather weak example of a distinguished style.

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NERAX 2006 (Wed)

A light toasty color with a skim of white on the surface.

Smells lemony fresh.

I taste sharp, sharp lemon marmalade with a resiny finish.

Barely carbonated.

Everyone else seems to like this, but it's not for me. It's all lemons and hardly anything else.

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

Golden bronze in colored clear body, with a thick fluffy white head that sticks around for a good while with great lacing.

Aroma is hop centric, which is a bit piney and floral in character. There is a hint of caramel in the underbelly of this brew.

In the taste, it's citrusy from the hops along with a buttery and bready flavor.

Mouth feel wise, it's prickly with carbonation all the way through, but not coarse at all. There is a slippery/oily presence here too. Altogether, this is an exceptional session brew.

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.

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light bronze/orange color, small creamy off-white head, just a 1/4". Smell is of carmel and light grassy malts, with a light floral hoppiness. Taste is very smooth and creamy. Starts relatively bland, but the sharp maltiness, and fine hop level make their presence felt. Perfect level of carbonation, and good drinkablity with no offensive flavors.

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger white head that goes quickly leaving no lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slightly sweet malty nose. Starts sweetish, hops are there at finish but hardly over powering. $1.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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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Ossian from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.