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
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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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Photo of HardTarget
2.19/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

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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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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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Photo of charlatan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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.

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Photo of horndecker
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival.

Hazy light copper with loose froth. Sour grain on the nose with slight fruit hops. Biscuit, yellow plum, and peach crumble malts, lactic hit in the middle, branch and nettle hops. Light to medium, stick, soft.

Good fruit but too sour. Don't know where the Cascade is. Has that lactic thing that some hoppy English ales get - Perle hops? Malts? Anyway, a bit underwhelming.

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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 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 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 czechsaaz
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Malty, honey-like aroma. Also a grainy thing kind of like wheat toast. No Diacetyl or off aromas.

It didn't indicate that it was bottle conditioned so I poured with abandon. I've got yeast floaties throughout the glass making it pretty cloudy. Otherwise, deep gold with a very small but lasting head.

Somewhat sweet, again the honey thing (no indication on the bottle that it's brewed with honey, but that's the prominant impression I get.) Nice balanced hop bitterness. Some fruity esters in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and creamy but the carbonation level seems a little high. The carbonic bite washes away the best attributes of the flavor IMO.

Decent session type beer. Complex enough to be interesting but not overly strong or challenging.

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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 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 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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Ossian from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.