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Mr Sno'balls - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

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BA SCORE
83
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 11-21-2009)
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Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black appearance with a small amount of brown head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of citrus, nuts, fruit and toffee. Nothing too strong though.

Taste is similar to the smell, mainly consists of citrus, toffee, nuts and a strong emphases on malt. Picked up some bread, brown sugar with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Clean with a good combination of tastes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a lingering malt taste.

Not a bad winter beer, it's refreshing and drinkable. First beer from Harviestoun and it’s encouraging me to drink more.

CrazyMike, Dec 12, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. A not entirely welcome reminder of the looming change of seasons 'round here in the Great White North. It also sounds a little too much like something a little girl would name her cat.

This beer pours a clear, dark rusty brown hue, with one skinny finger of thin, bubbly, foamy beige head, which leaves a decent hanging arch array of lace around the glass as things fall away.

It smells predominantly of biscuity, bready caramel malt, nutty milk chocolate notes, a twinge of juicy citrus, and earthy, dusty hops. The taste is more biscuity malt, but softened a fair bit further by the bittersweet chocolate, nuts, shy citrus, and leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is not quite sedate, with a slight twinge here and there, the body a near medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt still there, with a growing flinty edge that somewhat muddles the latent floral, obfuscated citrus hops.

Not quite sure about this one - it's definitely more of an English Brown Ale, for reasons self-evident, perhaps the recipe changed for its North American debut. It's definitely drinkable, even though the proclaimed 'crisp, clean, citrus' is reflected minimally, at best, and the low-ebbing flinty edge seems poised to rise up at any given moment.

biboergosum, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer with thanks to bluebetty for organising! Poured into a Murrays tulip style glass.

Pours a light copper colour, with a relatively see-through appearance. Has a one and a half finger head of white foam that recedes to just a touch more than film. Not a lot of lacing.

Smell is initially of honey, followed by a little bit of citrus. A touch of caramel is there as well. The aromas are relatively restrained, but defined.

Taste is of caramel and sweet malt with just a little bit of an off-putting malty tang to it that has you having second thoughts.

Mouthfeel is ok, decent body for the style. Not a lot of bitterness late as you would expect from a traditional Scottish brewery.

Overall a well brewed beer that is restrained with a little bit of definition. The tanginess does detract a little and is something that stops me ordering any more. The first beer from this brewery that has failed to live up to expectations.

MrKennedy, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nothing pale about this ale appearance wise, very dark brown, short head dissipated quickly to a few random blobs
S - citrus and spicy hop aromas, mild biscuity and nutty to finish
T - this is a bit of a quagmire (giggidy) , its has hop notes of citrus, earthiness, and peppery spice, some mint and bubble gum, with nutty malt, tasty but hard to pin down
M - light with a cool minty fresh feel throughout, don't think I would call it 'crisp' as the label states but definitely clean and refreshing
O - this beer is an oddity to me, definitely enjoyed it, but its all over the place, which makes it well worth a try

joemcgrath27, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small, quickly fading head.
Nose shows citrus hops, cookie dough-like malt and caramel.
Similar flavours, some soft sweetness and caramel before the citrus hops return for an assertive bitterness.
Could use more carbonation, feels a bit flat.

CrazyDavros, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date on back label listed at MAR 2013. Pours out a deep dark translucent brown hue, a finger's width of creamy beige head that slowly settles.

Toffee with toasted and roasted malt on the nose, a little bit of chocolate, some grassy and floral notes.

Bitter roasted malt up front in the flavour, coffee notes develop, as well as some toastiness, while some mild toffee malt appears near the finish, along with some herbal and grassy notes on the finish. Aftertaste starts to reveal some citrus character.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel on the thinner side, some velvety texture although can be a bit watery at times, carbonation is on the low side.

An interesting twist on the style, almost a style of it's own as a Black Pale Ale, similar to the Black IPA or Cascadian. The Roasted Barley tends to steal the show and dominate the bulk of the flavour profile though. Worth a second shot.

IronDjinn, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of paperwerewolf
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dainty 330ml bottle bought at the Cheese and Whisky shop in Crieff, Perthshire. I'm a sucker for cartoon logos and Christmas beers.

A- A hazy, reddish tone. Head disappears quickly.

S- Inviting, bitter fruit, good load of hops.

T- Nicely balanced, the grapefruits giving way to a nutty sweetness with a good retention of hoppiness underneath. Not particularly Christmassy or Wintery despite the name.

M- Fizzy and creamy.

D- Not sure why this is in smaller bottles as it isn't particularly strong. Could easily drink another, shame I only bought one.

Another excellent Harviestoun beer.

paperwerewolf, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange, light amber color. The rather rich foam settles slowly, leaving residues on the glass.

Smells very fresh of grapefruit and lemon, and a hint of summer meadow.

The first taste is a clean sweetness (no caramel or malty tones) which quickly gives way to a grapefruity juiciness then a hoppy bitterness that lingers a while.

Nice feel of small bubbles, and a freshness that makes me want to try it on the porch a summer evening.

rarbring, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Hofbrau willibecher.

A- Dark blonde/very light copper body with excellent clarity. 2 finger creamy head with excellent lacing and retention

S- Fresh lemon zestiness with grassy notes, a little grapefruit, reminds me of summer!

T- A lovely citrus fresh bite in the beginning finishing in a light toffeeish biscuity malt note with a hop bitter note lingering in the finish.

M- Light to moderate carbonation with medium body.

D- Certainly doesnt remind me of Christmas but went well with a roast chicken dinner. A well balanced refreshing pale ale, excellent example of the style.

seanyfo, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light appetising citrus smell in the bottle this pours a fairly deep ever so slightly brown golden colour and forms a nice thick glossy creamy head. Bitter end to this taste which almost reminds me of red or brown ale brewed with crystal malt. A very appealing slightly crunchy icy quality to the feel as well. Very tight and firm, this is so well intergrated.
Was initially very sceptical about this beer but my fear was totally unfounded.

Zimbo, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of bark
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep gold; the two finger head is white and compact: Lots of lacing when it slowly sinks down.

The smell is mild and crisp. Bitter-tart notes of lemons. Nice and hoppy. Not very much malt, though.

The taste is very fresh and bold in a Harviestoun way: Lots of lemon juice and lemon peels, a robust sweetness from the malts. The label is right: Crisp, clean, citrus. There are some sweet clean flavours in the background. The aftertaste is very bitter, almost like American pale ales, but the dominant citric fruit is lemons and limes, not grapefruits. Some creamy malt and a long lasting bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A Brisish winter beer that focuses on hops instead of alcohol? Well I really appreciate it!

bark, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of leaddog
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Was taken by surprise by its dark brown, opaque colour (considering its ABV). Very thin white head.

Smell - Sweet citrus fruits, faint aroma of tropical fruits. Very sweet and tangy smelling overall.

Taste - Taste of the citrus is there, as well as a roasted characteristic that I can't quite put my finger on. Not too bitter. Very unique and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied pale ale with nice amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth, a little creamy as well.

Overall - I was very surprised with this one. When the bottle says "crisp, clean, citrus", I expected a pale golden brew to pour out. Not entirely sure if this really should be classified as an English "pale" ale. A unique beer from Harviestoun.

leaddog, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 30/11/11

A clear dark copper with no visible carbonation but a short lived film of dark tan head that leaves a fair bit of random lace somehow

S nutty leafy hops with a little citrus and dark toffee, smells a little tame in terms of intensity

T a little brown sugar and rye bread on top of what I smell, just a little coffee and faint milk chocolate

M medium bodied and although it has more bubbles then whats visible that's not saying much, earthy after taste is faint

O not overly exciting but nothing for the brewer to be ashamed of, there's some complexity but lacking intensity flavors and smells a little faint

average beer from most breweries but considering Harviestoun's lineage this one was a bit of a disappointment, worth trying but perhaps I'm a little spoiled by their barrel aged stouts

wordemupg, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. I got this bottle form my buddy Craig, Zimbo in Scotland. Drank it some months ago but completely forgot to review it. It is always good to have notes. Here we go!

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks ok, darkyellow fluid with two fingers foam. Almost no carbonation, a pity.

This beer should be crisp but i could not detect that. Also no citrus on the palate. This is not a wrong beer but very flat with a dry taste.

Brabander, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head that vanishes quickly. Surprisingly a dark brown colour (package gave the impression of a light beer), but a positive surprise. Aroma of roasted malt and nuts. Very low carbonation with a medium body. Lots of taste but still light at the same time. Predominant roasted cereals (maybe a little smoked), citric, sweet and bitter. Coffee in the middle. I liked, pity it is a small bottle, and it got better once it warmed up.

FLima, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a see through golden copper hue with average carbonation and little lacing not overly inviting,the smell is citrus mainly orange rind and grapefruit with also aromas of roasted peanuts,the mouthfeel is light bodied and too light for my liking and has tastes of exactly what the label states crisp-clean-citrus with also hints of candy,lychee,chewy caramel and finished with a bitter mainly sweet orange,lemon watery finish and overall its definately a drop i wouldnt revisit and am dissapointed in cheers.

ADZA, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of IanSpindler
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

IanSpindler, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper amber colour with a foamy, off-white head about a thumbs width tall. This settles to a thick looking lacing after a couple of minutes and remains like that for the rest of the beers life.

This one didn't come across as the strongest beer in the world as far as smell was concerned but that's not to say it wasn't a pleasant smell once detected. There was some earthy malts, and perhaps some caramel at the start along with a faint blend of fruits and a hint of citrus. Not a bad smell but far to weak on the nose to fully appreciate.

An unexpected mix of fruits that features some banana, a little citrus, some earthy malts and caramel along with a bit of citrus and some lighter, earthy hops. Quite a good mix of flavours and one that works well together.

Definitely medium bodied and fruity with a slightly citrus light tang and acidity. The finish is quite bitter and despite what the bottle says about it being crisp I would class it as a wet beer and definitely one that leaves you wanting more at the end.

A nice beer that was well balanced and had a good variety of flavours throw into the mix. Not a classic beer but a welcome addition to their range for December anyway and it is certainly better than most other Christmas beers I have tried.

flyingpig, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From Leura. BB May 14

Appearance - copper brown, one finger head

Smell - English malts thru and thru

Taste - malts, toffe, caramels, the usual

Mouthfeel- light carbonation.

Overall - a style which is overall very very English. Taste is neither powerful one easy to define, but it is Good Beer.

heygeebee, May 19, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is light copper with a compact white, rather small head that after a really long time dissipates leaving lacings.

S: The smell is dominated by hops, both floral and bitter. There is a smell of neath and clean malt, some caramell-malt in it. Lots of fruit: lemon, some ripe bananas.

T: Freshness and floral hops (american style) is what first comes to mind. Then you can taste bitter hops and lots of citric notes from the florar hops. The caramell malt has a sweetness to it.

M: The aftertaste is long and holds some faint sweetness and lots of bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich in this creamy beer.

D: A really nice English Pale Ale with an floral hoppy twist, American style. It's like the best of two worlds.

Evil_Pidde, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Converge
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into 16oz pint glass.

A - Bubbly tan head off the pour. Really dark amber hue. No retention. No lacing.

S - Earthy hops, roasted malt, and distinct smokiness. Light cirusy notes are present along with caramel malt.

T - Light leafy hops and smooth caramel malt upfront. Not as zesty or citrusy to me as others, but it's still there. Nuts, toffee and roasted malt all make an appearance. Not getting much from the hops though; they feel really subdued. They're not really even buried under the malty goodness here, as there's plenty of room for them to shine through, but they just don't. Still a great flavor profile, and I love the smokey malts.

M - Pretty hefty body for a 4.5% ABV beer. Little carbonation present, but due to the weight in the body and the smoky and roasted flavors, I don't really mind.

D - Not particularly seasonal tasting, but still very enjoyable. Definitely an English pale ale, with the lack of hops/bitterness, and the strong focus on malt.

Converge, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa...I didn't realise it looked like that.

It is copper with nice head and lacing.

Smell is banana, teriyaki, faint rauch and roast. Some herbs (Belgian). Some of the promised citrus. Sausage roll; lots of it.

Taste is more of the herbs, more sausage roll and its composite herbs. Decently bitter.

Mouthfeel is fine, medium body and carb; creamy, bitter.

Overall an interesting beer. Probably wouldn't buy again, but worth trying.

danieelol, May 03, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a smooth, creamy, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Slightly metallic malt aroma with some light earthy hops. Okay.

Simple malt profile with a touch of metallic character. Good bitterness and a touch of citrus. Decent.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent little Pale Ale. Nice flavour but the malt is a touch metallic.

dgilks, Sep 26, 2011
Mr Sno'balls from Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.