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Ossian - Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
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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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Served from the Beer Engine at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmaus, PA.

Appearance: Blistering clear orange golden body with a nice tight compact dirty-white head that was extremely resilient, it hung around with a tenacious resilience. Soft off-white rings of lacing cling to the glass like curved ladder rungs. Excellent conditioning, the perfect pour.

Nose: Damp hay and some earthy malts mix with a feint grassy hops. Some peat and soil stained grain. Very nice and quite different but still Scottish. Feint at times but rather attractive.

Taste: The hops come out in the body much stronger than in the nose and they help to balance the peat malts and damp straw like middle. Clean and crisp, it finishes with a nice fruity twist which has a delicate citric bite. Gorgeous stuff.

Mouthfeel: Supremely conditioned and served to sheer perfection. Above average body with a lovely soft carbonation. Super smooth, and there is no Nitrogen to be seen anywhere, there’s a lesson.

Drinkability: If you’ve ever been to the Farmhouse and perused the impressive bottle beer list there, it is no understatement to say that going for a second Pint of Ossian’s Ale, which I did, was no easy choice, but it is so rare to get a great Scottish Cask Ale in such great condition in the US that I made that choice. Oh my, I could easily have sunk a Gallon of this one, a tremendous Session Ale.

Overall: Utterly brilliant and served to perfection at the Farmhouse. Emmaus, PA.

Highly Recommended from the Cask.

Serving type: cask

09-05-2005 22:01:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Received it in a beers of the world pack. Pours a light amber, moderately clear and with good head and lacing. Smells like citrusy hops and dried fruits. Taste was kind of smokey, peaty some grapefruit and a little hop presence. Mouthfeel was full and creamy, very nice beer, I'd definately try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 23:06:50 | More by Viggo
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 02:12:53 | More by jdhilt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 00:14:14 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled (thanks Viggo) Pour reveals a lightly hazed honey-gold ale with a smallish cap and light carbonation. The aroma of this ale is one of the best noses I've experienced in an ale: fruity, pears with musty citrus and a wisp of smoke. Medium body sweet malt and the teast-hop mix leave a lightly smoked pear cider taste...mild melloe and tastey...wet finish...a very nice scottish ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 06:49:02 | More by pootz
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 19:29:10 | More by TastyTaste
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 01:53:09 | More by RoyalT
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-06-2004 09:55:54 | More by foamer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 15:15:46 | More by edchicma
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New York

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

The beer pours a translucent dark gold color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It is pale, but has a real nice malty scent with a bit of hop aroma to boot. The taste is great. It goes down smooth with a light malty finish that refreshes with flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It has good flavor and is light enough to throw down a few; a good sessions ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 22:56:50 | More by WesWes
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being anything but a fan of Pale Ales, I found this beer enchanting! The color was liquid gold, little head with dainty lace left behind. The taste was subtle and seductive and made me pout that I'd actually shared the sample bottle with my husband. It is lightly carbonated yet gives quite a tickle to the tongue. Slight malty and bitter aftertaste. I'm intrigued and look forwarding to sampling again!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 04:32:31 | More by Guinness4me
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 23:11:13 | More by jackndan
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another delicious sampling from NERAX 2003. Copper with an orange hue and bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is faint, but with some deep whiffs, pleasing hoppy, fruity and tea-like scents are detected. The biscuity malt is lightly sweet and very smooth. Fruity flavors and citrusy hops mix well with the malt and woody flavors. Somewhat flat in a good Cask-conditioned way.

Serving type: cask

05-02-2003 19:39:39 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing that hit me was the nutty aroma from my glass. Deep orange in color with a white head. Flavor profile was dominated by nuts and fruit with an underlying sweeteness that carries into the finish. Finish had only a hint of hops, but not too much for the style. Very light bodied and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 09:00:22 | More by jreitman
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4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 17:43:41 | More by mattmaples
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Ossian from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
85 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.