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Ossian - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002)
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Photo of msromberg


2/5  rDev -47.1%

12-31-2011 18:49:05 | More by msromberg
Photo of HardTarget


2.13/5  rDev -43.7%

Bottle Inspection: Listed as a “Scottish Pale Ale” 11.2 oz bottle from the “Beers of the World Sampler pack” Thanks to Stephen for picking up the box from the Class VI on post.

Aroma: Malty with a hint of peat smoke

Appearance: Floaties! An orange amber glass with a collar of white foam, and a lot of what looked like protein floaties.

Flavor: Malty balance, strong tea like flavors, and a long smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, generally fairly lifeless.

Overall Impression: Just rubbed me wrong. Hops weren’t enough to hold my interest and too tea like, malt was ok but the peat note just didn’t meld, and the floaties were a deal breaker.

09-25-2005 05:23:24 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Pegasus


2.23/5  rDev -41%

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.

06-15-2007 17:32:05 | More by Pegasus
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.53/5  rDev -33.1%

this scottish ale poured a dark tan with an off-white head.

the aroma had definite hints of golden raisins with a slight alcohol odor.

the taste and mouthfeel completely surprised me, it was very watery and had the nouthfeel of carboanted water. tasted pretty decent, but had no body.

had a weird unpleasant aftertaste.

decent, but wouldnt buy again.

03-20-2006 04:14:45 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Mora2000


2.63/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

08-23-2010 04:52:37 | More by Mora2000
Photo of pin


3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-17-2012 01:53:58 | More by pin
Photo of gentlebubbles


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

05-24-2006 16:02:52 | More by gentlebubbles
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

02-07-2014 13:32:25 | More by Schmoog
Photo of rmargeson

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-03-2013 16:40:50 | More by rmargeson
Photo of THECPJ


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

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


02-23-2011 11:35:17 | More by THECPJ
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

A light gold coloured beer with a significant slightly offwhite head. The nose is fruity with hints of cherry and raisin. An indistinct creamy and vaguely sweet start gives way rapidly to dry herbal hop domination. Too dry to be a session beer for me.

11-16-2010 00:14:12 | More by charlatan
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

05-11-2005 02:12:53 | More by jdhilt
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

I hoped for more from this Scottish Pale Ale. It poured a honey gold color with a fine white head, though the head dissipated fairly quickly.

A bit of piney hops in the nose, touch of malt, maybe some mild orangey fruit aromas.Nothing dramatic.

The short story on the taste is: Decent hop bitterness at the start, good malt in the middle and a dry finish. Along the way a bit of caramel, a little bit of fruit. It's got a nice balance and I can't help thinking something much tastier is trying to peek through. I let it warm up quite a bit and look for more, but it's being stubborn.

I'm inclined to give this one another spin. Hoping that Inveralmond just had a slightly inconsistent output one particular week. As it is, well put together, but kinda unspectacular.

09-09-2005 02:12:23 | More by horndecker
Photo of Thorpe429


3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

05-11-2011 12:40:28 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of crossovert


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-13-2011 23:44:42 | More by crossovert
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

05-09-2011 16:23:28 | More by drabmuh
Photo of RoyalT


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

12-24-2004 01:53:09 | More by RoyalT
Photo of edchicma


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

08-17-2004 15:15:46 | More by edchicma
Photo of hardy008


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

05-13-2012 00:18:37 | More by hardy008
Photo of Janeinma


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-30-2014 12:00:39 | More by Janeinma
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

06-12-2010 03:15:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-04-2012 23:22:52 | More by WoodersonMB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-03-2013 08:47:03 | More by abeeronthebeach
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-09-2013 02:22:20 | More by smithj4
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-09-2014 13:42:29 | More by tkdchampxi
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Ossian from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.