Finlaggan Ale | Islay Ale Co. Ltd.

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Finlaggan AleFinlaggan Ale

Brewed by:
Islay Ale Co. Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bark on 04-29-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Zimbo:
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4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep oaky brown with a retaining magnolia head throughout. Gives an air of fruit (apply) with a likewsie prickly fruity palate leading to so dark chocolate earthiness at the end. Cleans the palate well and displays qualities between a lively yeasty cask ale and a lambic.
Lots of potential here. A quality beer. Wish I had another.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MillRat
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper coloured brew with an active, persistent white head that leaves plenty of lace behind. Aroma is malt-dominated, with caramel and toffee notes, plus a little dark fruit and a hint of hops. Flavor brings out more of the hop bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the limited malt in this 3.&% ABV brew, yet keeps one refreshed and ready for more. A very quaffable drink, I'd lean more to filing this one under a mild than a bitter, but it has a foot in both camps. Another nice bottle-conditioned brew from Islay Ales worth seeking out.

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Photo of msondel
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #160.

The liquid is hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned). The colour is copper. The three finger high head is white, uneven and compact.

The unusual smell is loaded with minerals, some chemical perfumed flavours. Some fruits.

The taste is with some malt, mixed fruits, (grape fruits, plums), sourish notes, some chemical flavours. The aftertaste got some light bitter flavours. A hint of soap?

The strong carbonation is stronger than most Bitters; small bubbles. Liquid is light.

An OK bitter, but at US$14, I had expected some more...

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a glass at the Ardbeg distillery.

A: Pale orange-yellow with a big head. The body is almost entirely clear.

S: Lagery. Vaguely metallic. Floral and fruity hops.

T: Oddly sour-sweet. Overripe lemon meets berries. The aftertaste feels like carbonated water.

M: Serviceable, but thin and weak.

O: Not my favourite. Not recommended.

Notes: "Finlaggan Ale is brewed with pale and crystal malts, giving the beer a mid brown colour. The use of Golding as the bittering hop gives the beer a gentle, rounded bitterness, while Mount Hood and Styrian Goldings hops added towards the end of the boil provides the beer with a fresh, fruity and hoppy flavour."

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance : golden color, with white foam bubbly head
Smell : spicy hops, citrus
Taste and mouthfeel : bitter on the palate, fruit and caramel, medium bodied.
Drinkability : a good beer in the English bitter style

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Photo of MDDMD
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Bottle conditioned with sediment. Poured into a shaker pint. Colour is a bronze copper, really solid head retention and lacing on this, no visible carbonation.

S- strongly present yeast character. Horseblanket, barn attic, pungent lemon, charcoal, some floral honey notes, some barley present.

T- semi sweet malty bread with the horseblanket note. Lemon citrus, earthy, some sweetness later, heather. A lot of the farmy character with hay, barn, dry blanket. Finish is mild, dry, maybe a bit of leather. A bit of a cloying yeastiness on finish.

M- seems a bit thin, really light and refreshing though hardly much carbonation. Finish is dry and a lingering balanced maltiness.

Interesting to see an approach that includes bottled conditioned yeast, certainly has a big impact on the finished flavour. A bit of an Orval character to this, but with a weaker mouthfeel, the flavour is overall quite good, mostly lemon and various yeast/farm notes. An interesting beer, straightforward, and could use more balance, certainly a far more yeasty bitter than i've come across, packs some flavour for a slight abv. My first beer from these guys.

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Finlaggan Ale from Islay Ale Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 9 ratings