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Jarl - Fyne Ales Ltd

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BA SCORE
88
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 6
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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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

06-23-2014 15:35:37 | More by metter98
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-06-2012 03:14:52 | More by biboergosum
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

03-08-2011 01:34:16 | More by kojevergas
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-24-2014 17:42:52 | More by Latarnik
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +14%

Gravity halfpint at the Euston Tap; ABV listed at 3.9%, fwiw.

A: Clear pale gold body topped by a thin but remarkably solid, clumpy white head. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Very fresh, light, and appealing Citra aroma: grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Terrific.

T: Juicy, citrus fruit, and tons of it. So good, so juicy, so tasty. Amazing.

M: Smooth, lively light-to-medium body. Very delicate.

O: What a great session beer! I could drink this by the gallon.

Cheers!

03-30-2012 15:51:50 | More by woosterbill
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StJamesGate

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

05-21-2011 18:29:07 | More by StJamesGate
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

12-03-2011 19:50:57 | More by IronDjinn
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

12-27-2012 13:58:20 | More by mdagnew
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -17.3%

Massive props to Shroud0fdoom for splitting a bottle of this with me! 11.2 oz bottle served in a little taster at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.

A: Pours a golden color. There's a small white head with only a modicum of lacing left behind.

S: Not too fresh, to be fair. Still, there are some nice notes to be found: there's a vivid aroma of confectioner's sugar, in particular. Some lesser tones of grapefruit also appear. I'll still say it's superior to a lot of old IPAs, though (and this is just a 3.8% golden ale!)

T: It starts with a nice, grassy bitterness. There's just enough sweet malt to balance it - I'm definitely getting a slight sugar cookie vibe. Due to its age, some of the vibrant tropical notes are lost. It's still a fine beer regardless.

M: Give this brewery credit: they made a 3.8% beer seem almost substantial. The lightness and the dryness is still there, but the dinkiness isn't. Carbonation seems well controlled.

O: The only thing drinking this accomplished was making me desire a fresh keg/bottle. Good God, imagine how tasy this would be fresh. Not only is that going to be hard here in the good ol' United States of 'Murica, but what are the chances I'll be at Max's with a fresh Jarl keg again?

07-14-2014 06:49:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-31-2014 02:17:04 | More by PatGreer
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-29-2013 11:05:46 | More by samEBC
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.31/5  rDev +8%

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.

12-11-2013 22:01:07 | More by EmperorBevis
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

07-31-2012 00:56:57 | More by beer2day
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.35/5  rDev +9%

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.

05-09-2012 07:28:29 | More by CwrwAmByth
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Light gold colour with good lacing. Smell is fruity and floral, citrus, crisp maltiness, apple esters, nice. Taste is again fruity and floral, very flavourful session ale. Light maltiness, light bodied but well balanced floral flavour character. Body is firm crisp and light, a tasty session ale as it as meant to be, but not the most flavourful or exciting beer of the day.

05-19-2013 09:29:40 | More by mick303
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-04-2013 14:00:40 | More by innominat
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-25-2012 17:56:26 | More by fionn13
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

12-03-2012 20:39:10 | More by seanyfo
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

11-09-2013 15:36:00 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%

Half pint at 'spoons in Helensburgh.

Very pale coloured beer with a slightly greenish hue and a brilliant (but not splendid) white head. It has a wonderful herbal to pine resin nose. This aroma has my mouth watering which is particularly unusually with 'spoons casks offerings.

It is lsightly watery to start and somewhat dry to finish until oily hops form a decent residue on the tongue. This beer is all about the hops (as per the nose) and there is only the very faintest hint of something biscuity. The hops begin piney/herbal with the pine gradually giving way to the mint.

It seemed quite hard on the stomach (rather early in the day for me to be drinking), and is highly recommended but more as a sipper than a session beer despite the relatively low abv.

03-20-2014 20:35:56 | More by charlatan
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-06-2013 12:08:17 | More by vinicole
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

08-28-2011 18:49:31 | More by Zimbo
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-09-2013 13:43:56 | More by Brewer1980
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-17-2013 14:47:53 | More by Hultkrantz
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mnixon86

Ireland

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-11-2011 00:54:58 | More by mnixon86
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Jarl from Fyne Ales Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.