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Jarl - Fyne Ales Ltd

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BA SCORE
88
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fyne Ales Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 03-08-2011)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier today at the The Bruce Festival 2011 in Dunfermline which I should add is a medeival festival in honour of Robert The Bruce. Despite not being a beer festival it still manged to have twenty cask ales on tap all served via gravity. Result!

Super big foamy head with a pure crystal golden look. Ripe yet ripe citric nose.
Begins with a dry citric bitterness which leads to a sweet middle before it is again surrounded with all that long clinging bitterness. Amazing how this relatively light bodied beer so effortlessly supports such a complex drink.
Concludes with a beautiful long delicious Citra bitterness that is both satisfying and chewy.
Just stunning. Can't believe more people aren't singing this beer's praises. Without a doubt the best kept 'secret' in the Scottish beer scene.

Zimbo, Aug 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

innominat, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

fionn13, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 3.8% ABV, proclaiming itself a 'hoppy blond session ale'. The name seems to be a reference to an old term for a Scandinavian earl - all right then.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw hue, with two fingers of thin foamy, rocky white head, which renders a few patches of ECG pattern lace around the glass as it lazily settles. The aroma is of bitter, pithy grapefruit, lemon zest, some nice neutral tropical notes, and biscuity, white bready malt. Quite enticing.

First gulp is rather bracing - more bitter white grapefruit, sans fruit, sans sweetness. Further delving indicates that this sensation lingers for a little longer than expected, before welcoming a plain, grainy malt, more crackery than sweet in its lackluster balancing effort. A few other softer hop notes hang around as well, providing some leafiness and mild warming spice (it sure ain't the booze doing it...).

The bubbles are crisp, fine, and generally mild, the body medium-light in weight, a slight hoppy, frizzy edge eating into the overall smoothness. It finishes more off-dry than one would have anticipated at this point, the restrained grainy malt standing up for itself a tad more, amidst a somewhat waning, increasingly blended lemon/grapefruit bitterness.

A pretty tasty session beer, as generally promised. For the unsuspecting hophead, this is a pleasant boon. I don't know that I would drink a whole night's worth of this, but that's true of any hopped to the nuts offering. However, it would be super to have a few pints of this as a hop-fix start to an evening's pub proceedings.

biboergosum, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Graeme24
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Graeme24, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Bcolbert, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Black Sheep, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short had and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus, but these seem to be a bit muted. The hops lend a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pleasant English IPA that works well on cask and is also very easy to drink.

metter98, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, abv listed as 3.8%. Pours out a hazed pale straw colour, tall frothy white head on the pour.

Sweet white grapefruit aroma is prominent on the nose, some mild spice, very faint biscuity malt.

Bright sweet grapefruit hops up front in the flavour, some spicy, leafy notes, clean light grainy malt on the finish.

Light bodied mouthfeel, smooth texture, low carbonation with a spritzy kick on the finish.

A mellower fix for hopheads craving some grapefruit citrus, as that's pretty much all that's going on here flavour-wise. On the flipside an assertively hoppy blonde ale.

IronDjinn, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

gushov, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

vinicole, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received with many thanks from Zimbo

Bright lemon Jelly/jello body with big frothy white head that halves but still leaves a healthy amount

Big Hoppy aromas big sweet fruitiness that isn't quite lemon isn't quite grapefruit
with just slight elements of brewing coppers

There is a lot going on with the taste
but most important is it is all complementary
grapefruit, blood orange and malt all superbly tart, no trace of the sweetness of the aroma all warmed to a lingering yeasty bitterness with such a strong hoppiness that it almost becomes menthol.

Big flavours but low abv and spritely carbonation makes a beer that is easy to sink
slates thirst and could be consumed in a very merry session.

EmperorBevis, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Rossie1980
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on cask in Fisherman's, Broughty Ferry.
One of the many ales now trying to entice the lager drinker. Hopefully it will work!

Bright, fresh straw colour. crystal clear.

Nice and hoppy bitter tang.

Great session beer. Better than Bitter and Twisted.

Rossie1980, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mdagnew, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is Fyne Ales' seasonal ale, launched in 2010. I had it at the Bon Accord pub in Glasgow, Scotland, from a cask. This review is from notes.

A: Cloudy yellow colour. Relatively thin head.

Sm: Grapefruit citrusy scent. Uncanny. Clan barley. Very appealing.

T: Smooth clean pen to balanced citrus grapefruit ester body. Built nicely for the style, which is best described as a blonde/golden hybrid. Doesn't fit neatly into any of beeradvocates' categories.

Mf: Adequately smooth to complement the flavour. The finish is nice.

Dr: I'd have it again. 4% ABV is nicely buried, though that isn't difficult to accomplish. Very drinkable. Would make a decent session beer.

kojevergas, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottled poured into wine glass

BBE July 2013

A- Cloudy straw blonde body with 2 finger creamy head. Head retention and lacing both very good.

S- Grapefruits, lemon, pepperiness.

T- Grapefruit bitter hoppiness upfront with a peppery note coming through. A nice zesty/touch sweet lemon note coming into the strong hoppy finish. However i feel its lacking a malty sweet dimension, but to be honest, thats being picky.

M- Moderate/lively carbonation and medium body.

D- Looks and smells great. Great hop complexity on the palate, just lacks a touch of a malty dimension for me. Tasty stuff.

seanyfo, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours platinum yellow with a feathery lacy white head that leaves big crusty sheets. Musty citrus nose, like rotten white grapefruit skin, that is Citra. Sour grain, cream cracker and lemon oil but Citra starts to cut in right away with musky lemon pith hops that go tight and impressively bitter on the finish. Sour mango linger. Soft, round, creamy and light to medium.

Not really an American blonde - the bready malts and creamy feel are definitely English - but until BA puts in an English Golden/Blonde category, it's better than "English Pale Ale".

Citra on parade! These hops just bully your palate in the most pleasant way. At 3.8% in bottles, I'd drink this all day. Big winner of a single hop ale.

StJamesGate, May 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MikeKSmith, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Hultkrantz, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Hanglow, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of beer2day
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Baker's Corner off-license in Dun Laoghaire.

Light yellow pour with a decent amount of haze. 1-finger of light cream head. Very little in the way of retention and only light lace.

Nose is very nice. Pineapple-grapefruit mix from the hops with a light straw note to back that up. Well done.

Taste is also very well done. More pineapple than grapefruit, with notes of orange citrus and a bit of apricot for a light sourness. Great flavor, especially for a lighter abv.

Feel is right on, not too heavy but thick enough for the hop flavor.

This would not be that remarkable a beer, but for only 3.8% this is fantastic. Wish I had picked up more of these.

beer2day, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*11.2 Oz Bottle*

So my hunt for Jarl was concluded. I went to Max's of Friday and grabbed a couple of bottles of this. Well time for the beer! This beer pours perfect blonde. Not witbier blonde, but nice golden blonde. The head was small but what was there was a nice shade of white. Ok, looks good so far! This smells amazing! There is grapefruit pith, lemon, and hints of stone fruits and papaya. There is a nice herbal tea note in there as well. Ok, time for me to devour! Heavy grapefruit, with lemon zest and a hint of lime. Herbal tea and papaya toward the finish. Very, very nice! Malts are there to help sweeten the hops, barely. Yet enough to balance the body of the brew. This finishes dry with subtle bitterness. The feel on this Beaut is light with ample amounts of carbonation.

Overall: I had this at Max's by sheer chance. It was a random pour and it blew my socks off. A man I met and had conversations with said that this is what brewing is all about. Making beers that are quality and making them sessional. This beer is a winner to me. This brew is Recommended.

Shroud0fdoom, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely looking cloudy golden colour, which has a great fresh look to it. It has a nice lively head.

Smells very fresh and quite fruity and hoppy like an IPA.

Tastes reflects the smell, very hoppy but not overpoweringly so, with a good balance to it. That said it is very tangy and fruity, and extremely moreish.

Overall quite a remarkable beer, especially for such a nice abv.

CwrwAmByth, May 09, 2012
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Jarl from Fyne Ales Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.