Orkney Raven Ale - Orkney Brewery
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Reviews by kmacphail:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.18/5 rDev -6.7%
I sampled this in cask form at the 4th Ullapool Beer Festival.
The beer poured a light straw - golden colour with a white head. The nose was dominated by hops with an addition of wheatgrass and melon fragrences.
This hoppy theme continued through to the mouth and it left quite a dry aftertaste that was reminiscent of white grapes, quite dry.
This light beer was below medium in body, I suppose this is right for the style, but I prefer a heavier bodied beer. OK light beer, not undrinkable but I would not rush to have it again.
11-17-2008 12:24:58 | More by kmacphail
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United Kingdom (England)
2/5 rDev -41.3%
Aroma is a bit sulfuric, slightly peaty and a bit malt-sweet. Palate is very light and watery, with a definite sweetness (honeyish). Some peat at the finish. Pretty tame and boring. Hard to get into this one, even if its cask conditioned (Cask-ChelmsfordBF- 03')
09-17-2003 01:36:30 | More by rastaman
3.33/5 rDev -2.3%
500ml bottle. Pint glass. Notes dated on agt´11. Copper color headed by off-white froth. Caramel malt, resiny hop, mildy toasted malt aromas. Flavor shows caramel malts, fruity touch & gentle bitterness that lingers into the finish. Medium/light body. Medium carbonation. Well balanced beer. Perfect as session: just 3.8 ABV & flavorful.
06-18-2012 22:35:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
500 ml bottle, bought at Peckhams, Glasgow. ABV is 3.8%. Amber colour, large off-white head, leaves a nice lacing. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, some fruit too. The flavour has a decent balance between malts and hops, notes of toffee and moderate fruit, hoppy finish. Quite good.
09-15-2007 21:05:27 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.98/5 rDev +16.7%
500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...
Poured a coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to nice layer... no real lacing...
Aroma - Sweet caramel / toffee maltiness with light toasted notes, spicy hops, biscuity, some strawberry notes, burnt orange...
Taste Biscuity, slightly toasted malts, nice spicy hop bitterness, light caramel sweetness, nutty...
Feel - Light sharpness... Medium body. Very drinkable...
Overall - A pretty good beer....Well worth a try...
04-11-2006 08:53:00 | More by mdagnew
3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
This ale pours a clear golden-copper color with an nice white head which leaves nice lace. The aroma is fairly average...a bit of bready malt (bread crust) and some English hops. It's not an exceptionally strong aroma, but is still appealing. The taste is semi-sweet, with a nice hop balance. Medium body. This is a reasonably good drinking beer, but nothing special.
06-06-2009 20:04:50 | More by Suds
2.98/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a pale golden colour, bit flat and listless in the body, but nice creamy head on top; tightly-packed bubbles with decent sticky lace. Could use something more, just looks a bit dull in the glass.
Smell is very metallic. Lots of organic grass notes and an unpleasant honey-oat kind of grain character that is very sweet, and dominates. Underneath is a decent herbal aroma but that grain is a bit sweet and a bit strong.
Taste is fairly standard and mild, with cereal grain notes upfront and on the finish. Slightly sour with some phenolic notes bordering on cherry and some organic grassy hop notes early-mid. Finish unfortunately dominated by honeyed cereal grain character; very light and drinkable, but ultimately bland and oversweet.
Smooth, but a bit too thick maybe; no texture but it happens to feel a bit stodgy as well. Don't love it.
Mild drinking ale, but I can't quite give it marks for bland middling character because it just touches on too sweet for my liking as well. Uninteresting.
06-06-2012 11:44:41 | More by laituegonflable
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Picked this up at Purvis Cellars, Melbourne.
Pours a nice hazy golden copper colour with a reasonable head, stuck around a while and lots of lacing. Not much to the smell,can pick up some flowery notes. Taste is pretty good, a lot more complex than expected for considering the ABV, nice amount of bitterness for the style I guess, fair bit of malt flavours as advertised on the bottle. Overall an easy drinking beer, not sure if I would call it a 'classic bitter ale' thought.
02-28-2010 11:03:27 | More by sammiles
2.8/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a light orange-amber color. Medium white head that dissipates quickly. Light aroma of orange peel and flowers. Flavor is biscuit malt, grass and citrus hops. A bit of citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly astringent.
04-30-2013 20:39:24 | More by BeerRefugee
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
Served in a half-pint glass. Reviewed 15 March 2011. From notes.
A: Tiny bubbles suspended motionlessly inside the beer. Bright white head. Clear yellow.
S: Creamy and nondescript. What I've come to except from lesser cask ales.
T: Good, but boring. Slightly fruity-sour. Aftertaste is creamy-sweet.
M: Neutral. This beer is spookily featureless. Some slight weight in the mouth gives a modicum of presence to the beer.
O: Gone before I realized it. Good (perhaps better than my ratings reflect) and quite drinkable. Still, I couldn't recommend the cask version. Maybe a bottle?
04-29-2011 19:45:41 | More by AgentMunky
British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
One of the more unique pale ales I've had. Decent enough appearance - light amber, golden colour that beings cloudy and clears up, forming a tight, creamy head.
Odd fruity scent, maybe from the hops. Almost like sour berries - not unpleasant, but certainly not like a usual pale ale. There is a strong malt character in there, but this has a definite fruity, grassy scent to it.
The taste is slightly sour, but still with a brown sugar malt flavour. I can detect apples, lemon and a bit of grape in the taste. Certainly unique - most pale ales I've had present a more malty taste, but still somehow the flavour of this works here.
Smooth and sessionable - I'd definitely knock a few of these back.
02-11-2010 21:37:49 | More by BDTyre
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
Had to venture into Jenners to grab this, but there it was on the shelf, a raven on the front matching the raven from the Orkney insignia. Not at all a common beer in most parts of the world, worth grabbing if you see it.
Nothing to get excited about the appearance. Basically a dark golden, maybe slightly amber, with a reddish tint. Head is large and bubbly, breaking down quickly into a thin lace against the edge with little floating bits of lace in the center. Nose is nice, fairly floral at first, which is a bit of a suprise, given that this is from a Scottish brewery. Nice to see someone doing something a bit different. Definite hints of apple and plums or something like that. Certainly some maltiness underlying the scent, slightly sweet and bready.
The illusion of a fruity nose disappears with the first sip. This brew is primarily dominated by the malts. The hops make an appearance at the end, but it is muted, not strong enough to leave more than a lingering faint bitterness, quickly overwhelmed by the outside world. Not a beer that sits in the mouth well. The malts are mostly sweet, not harsh on any particular characteristic, and it works well for a pale ale, although used as I am to West Coast ales, I guess I expect a bit more hops. But this does work fairly well. The closest American analogies I can think of come from different styles, but thats ok, in the end this is an ok but not exceptional drink.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard, moderate amount of carbonation, although it feels a bit weak and thin. I'm sure that in a cask it would be considerably better, with a much smoother mellower feel, but I suspect the actual thinness would remain. Taking pale ale as a light hoppy style when brewed in Scotland, I would say this is to be expected. The drinkability is alright though, particularly as the alocohol is low. The absence of alcohol doesn't seem to affect the taste much, and it does mean that a few more pints of this could be put down. In the end, a pretty standard brew, holds up well, but nothing to distinguish it from others.
02-19-2004 19:06:22 | More by Kongquistador
United Kingdom (Scotland)
2.7/5 rDev -20.8%
Bottle (500ml, 3.8%):
Light orange to golden amber colour with a three centimetre tall and very foamy looking head that is dome shaped and holds pretty well. Clear with a lot of bubbles rising to the surface too and the head leaves some nice lacing too.
Quite light and creamy on the nose with some butterscotch and vanilla coming through alongside a lot of sweeter smelling malts. There is some fruity hops and a little caramel along with some background honey and biscuit.
Biscuit, malts and some sweet hops along with some butterscotch, caramel and vanilla flavours that are all fighting to be noticed. There is a strong bitterness towards the end of the beer and a nutty, earth like taste too. The juxtaposition between the initial sweetness and the bitterness that follows is too severe.
Light medium in body and smooth with an almost creamy feel but it's not quite there yet. There some some bitterness around the middle and carried through to the end along with an earthy feel. I didn't think this one had all that great a balance between flavours either.
An okay beer, I enjoyed the initial sweetness and the vanilla and butterscotch mix was a pleasant surprise but the beer was too bitter towards the end and seemed to be missing something. This weren't helped much by the fact that this one was a little thin and left a strange, metallic bitter aftertaste that I couldn't quite shake.
02-20-2013 11:32:21 | More by flyingpig
4/5 rDev +17.3%
I have had the pleasure of tasting this beer both on-tap and in bottle. My wife is from the Orkney isles so I have had this beer a number of times while in Scotland.
I can assure you that this was the best local brewed beer I found while visiting these friendly little islands.
The beer is nice and coppery and actually has a slight fruity/ nutty flavour. It is best served cold and with some fish and mealie pudding !
I did prefer the on tap experience vs the bottle but when you live in Canada you gotta live with what you can get.
Definitely recommended by this beer lover
10-30-2011 12:40:34 | More by jimithebeerguy
3.8/5 rDev +11.4%
Copper color, full. Very clear. Typical ale head, white, compact, quite creamy.
The smell is a surprise: floral overall (heather flowers), cutted grass, flowers, blueberry. Average in maltiness, slightly peaty.
In the taste, after an initial maltiness, there is some hop, woody notes, vanilla. And bitterness. No fruity or floral notes.
In the aftertaste return of sweetness and maltinees, with honey notes, and flowers again. Light bitterness in background, quite persistent. Woody notes.
Good pub session beer.
09-12-2004 11:38:16 | More by stcules
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
A - Poured into a pint glass with a fluffy 2 centimetre head that falls away to a thin whisp fairly quickly.
S - Floral hops with some sweetish honey & caramel maltiness.
T - The sweet malt dominates the taste with some floral and fruity hops taking a back seat. A hint of peat also comes through.
M - Light to medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level.
D - If this weren't $8AUS a bottle I'd drink this pretty often as it's a tasty beer with a pretty low ABV%.
03-24-2008 07:55:42 | More by brendan13
United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev +5%
BB SEP 06. Served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: light copper-ish hue, coming with a 3cm thick, foamy off-white cap; medium-carbonation of large bubbles.
S: sweet-potato-ish and sweet flowery scent of hops mixed well with a flow of softly caramel, creamy-toffeeish maltiness with a faint touch of peatiness (typical of Scottish Ales~~), with some delicate citrus-fruit hints threaded nicely in the middle--quite incredibly rich for a 3.8%abv. beer... not unbalanced, though.
T: nutty, wood-sprigs-like, and faintly tea-leafy bitter-sweetness gradually develops and intensifies on the palate, releasing touches of toffee, and residual flavour of Chinese sweet red-bean soup. Lightly malty overtone with lingering tea-ish aftertaste...
M&D: fluffy-textured and lightly fizzy on the mouthfeel, but with a very pleasantly mild, soothing, but concrete flavour profile on the palate. Yet another decent British ale "punching above its weight"! I wonder how the cask-conditioned version might taste...mm...
02-05-2006 19:14:00 | More by wl0307
Orkney Raven Ale from Orkney Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.