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Northern Light - Orkney Brewery

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cypressbob on 10-09-2005

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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by NATOuk:
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3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle (different than shown - slightly different label and darker glass - 4.0% ABV). BBE Dec 2011

Pours a golden straw colour with a nice head which forms and quickly recedes leaving a white ring. 

A smell of citrus, slightly fruity

A balanced, delicate taste which starts a sweetness, hints of fruit, leaves a slight zesty hop bitterness on the finish. This beer definitely improves remarkably when left to warm slightly, the delicate flavours are easily masked when served too cold.

Medium carbonation, medium body. 

Very drinkable in quantity, this is a very light and refreshing beer. Perhaps not particularly distinctive on it's own, but great as a session beer

More User Reviews:
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml served in a Pint glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.Pale straw color.Clear body.White & thick layer crown.Lasting froth & nice lacing.Slightly citric & hoppy aromas.Citric & fresh fruit on tongue.A little fat sensation.Correct carbonation.Drinkability is not as smooth & gentle as expected for a low ABV beer.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just a bit of an odd flavor. I liked all of their other beers much better

Photo of seanyfo
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint served by handpump into imperial pint glass

A- Golden lagerish blonde, very creamy head that produces very good lacing.

S- Very subtle fruity hops, not much else.

T- A nice pale malt sweetness in the beginning blends into a fruity citrus hop finish, a nice balance, giving a refreshing finish.

M- very light and creamy.

D- Very easy to drink, light on the stomach with a nice interplay of malt sweetness to hop bitterness makes this ale very refreshing.

Photo of cypressbob
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask locally

Pours with a yellow body, slight coppery shimmer. Tight white head but very small

Smell, slight hint of sulphur, little bit of hops on the nose too

Taste, a bit thin on the mouthfeel, the flavours seem all over the place, little bit of hops, little malt but its all very bland. Has an almost cardboardy taste

Not a great ale, pretty average stuff

Photo of Wattsox
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle at 4.0% ABV, different bottle to one displayed.
Consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Pale golden body with little head that dissipates quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Gentle aroma of citrus and hops, with some malt aromas.

T - Light malt sweetness with a citrusy hop finish and a little tang but very little bitterness.

M - Very smooth and crisp.

D - Quite a drinkable sort of session beer, as light as it is.

Photo of flyingpig
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber, clear, foamy thumb sized white head that stays well.

Summery smelling with lots of fruit upfront along with some hops and citrus plus floral notes.

Citrus and floral hops hit me first and was followed by some light fruit flavours that were not quite as strong as those from the smell. Light bitter & citrus at the end.

Light bodied but not watery as I had feared, there is medium carbonation and a smooth, crisp finish.

Straight down the middle here, it was drinkable and pleasant enough but it done nothing at all to excite me or to make me want to buy it again.

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Photo of charlatan
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBE Apr 2013. Missed that it was a pale ale, assuming it was some kind of lager. 4.0% abv rather than the 3.8% listed above.

Pours a light amber colour with a generous white head. It has a pleasantly clean citric nose, with lemon, a hint of orange and a grassy freshness. There's a honeyed elderflower type flavour backed by lemony hops. Light as the name suggests, well carbonated and eminently quaffable.

Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by half pint at a fantastic historical pub, the City Arms, nr. Manchester Town Hall. It was one of the six guest ales on offer, on top of Tetley's Bitter and Mild. Served without a sparkler, at 4.0%abv.

A: pale straw hue, good clarity, coming with a frothy white beer head, leaving layers of tight lacing along the way.
S: very citrussy fruity upfront, balanced with pale malts, moderate floral scent of hops, and an interesting tinge of flower pollens... softly aromatic and refreshing~~
T: floral hops and salty-sweet pale malts dominate the palate, followed by a light bite of spiciness from whatever hops that are used, finished with a little tang.
M&D: overall, this beer is feather light on the palate but full of soft flavours, slightly more spicy and richer than other Blond Ales tasted recently. Very drinkable!

Photo of mick303
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4% ABV in bottle. Pours a pale gold colour, light head which leases a small amount of lacing.

Smell is light, and fresh. Piney and reminiscent of macadamia nuts. Matliness with a little nuttiness and slight floral. Balanced

Taste has a well balanced bitterness, crisp maltiness with some grassy notes. Well structured hop bitterness, it finishes with a lingering hop bitter character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, carbonation is light. It is refreshing and crisp without being too complex or interesting, a nice session pale ale.

Works well enough as a solid session ale, pretty strong bitter character, but could be more complex and balanced on the finish. Refreshing brew, not bad at all.

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Northern Light from Orkney Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.