Ossian | Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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3.76 w/ 113 Ratings

Brewed by:
Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available throughout the year, this superb golden ale continues to win awards. A pale, golden coloured brew with a full bodied fruity flavour with distinct nutty tomes and a hoppy, zesty, orange aroma, derived from First Gold and Cascade hops. Excellent brewing resulted in Ossian being judged the Champion Beer of Scotland.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2002

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and lots of particulates floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of buttery malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the fruity flavors are stronger and more balanced with the malts. There are some hints of floral hops and no bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make for a really nice choice for someone who doesn't like bitterness.

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Photo of rmargeson
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mick303
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice tight head of foam which shows pretty good retention and lace, colour is a brown honey gold, no carbonation.

Nose has caramel malt, slight pineapple. Overall quite fresh, but pretty restrained.

Taste is quite sweet, pretty malty, caramel toffee is present, some bread flavour and tart berries. Light lemon and honey notes. Finally a bit of bitterness of the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, toffee sweet, smooth and light, finish is a bit drier. Drinkability is okay, found it a bit much on the sweet side though.

Overall, a light session ale, without noticeable flaws, quite good balance, but a bit simple and on the sweet side.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of imbibehour
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up another bottle... Good till May 2013...

Appearance: Solid, probably slightly better, with less sediment.

Nose: Identical to original, great classic fruit aromas and bitterness.

Taste: Tasting one that isn't so old... Not as thick and dense, but a real good grass hop bite and mild bitterness. It's same flavors also but not as pronounced, and also not as sweet.

Conclusion, either way old or new, the brew delivers, rating remains unchanged. Dare I say it, I think I like it with a bit of age on it !!!! (shudder!)

-- First review --

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass. Been trying to get this for ages.. uh oh.. this is old too, Good till Jan 2012.

A cloudy and orb lemon yellow body, some noticeable chunks of yeast floating in it's midst. Head is thick and creamy white and large three fingers deep, lots of retention. Head clumps like CRAZY, with thick sheets of lacing everywhere.

Nose is milky cream, apricot fruit, citrus zest, and marmalade jam. Subtle and airy, wonderful fruit aroma and sweetness.

Palate has just enough depth, but there's a light tea like hop on the finish. Fruit forward with a good amount of grass, and a great "mild" light body. Cask like in feel a bit, if a little wet, even out of the bottle.

Overall a great winning mild, super drinkable too. Want a fresh one!

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale tawny hue with plenty of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty good looking!

Smell: rather sweet malt aroma with a hint of vague fruitiness. Not really my style, but OK.

Taste: sweet malt taste with a little more complexity than the aroma. There are underlying hints of biscuit and bread which round out the flavor nicely, although that fruitiness remains. Mostly, I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a surprisingly nice creaminess. I'll take it!

Overall: actually a pretty decent beer. A hair on the sweet side, especially in the aroma, but generally quite good.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a robust white head. Nice foamy thickness, ok retention. No lace.

Some light toasted malt, some herbal bitter notes in the nose.

This brew changes considerably as it warms. Starkly bitter with some watery grain when dead cold out of the fridge. As it warms, and as your palate becomes used to it, you find some nutty notes, some lightly sweet maltiness, with balances well with the bitter. There is a bit of coarseness to the beer, and that is my only knock.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than expected.

Overall, ok. Not a favorite, but not hated either.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick soapy white head and very nice sticky lacing seal off a cloudy pale orange/yellow body.

S - Honey, butterscotch and lightly floral aroma.

T - Creamed honey, lemon, orange and light buttery toffee. Yum.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, just the right level, slight tang of citrus cuts through.

O - Mild but with an array of pleasant flavours. Top quality English ale at just 4.1% abv.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN.

Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, butterscotch, honey, and toffee.

The taste has citrus, citrus zest. butterscotch, flowery hops, and a little bit of honey. In spite of the description, this is not a sweet beer. The butterscotch is most likely a bit of diacetyl. This is neither sweet nor bitter. It falls somewhere in between, leaning slightly more towards bitter.

Medium bodied with average carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste. I am glad I tried this.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer from Chicago in pursuit of reviewing all 104 styles.

I'm up to 96 after this review. I own four of the styles (I just need to drink them). I still need to find Kvass, Happoshu, and American Dark Wheat. I'm hoping to make American Adjunct my number 104 out of irony.

This beer poured with two fingers of light, fluffy foam. It is golden yellow.

The smell is pretty light. I get just a hint of flowery hops and honey suckle. The flavor is pretty pleasant. I do pick up a little metallic background.

This is a pretty good beer. The brewery did a good job in making this one.

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Photo of Naugros
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ummswimmin for the bottle share. This will get me to 102 in the different styles with only kvass and happoshu left.

A thin white head immediately condenses to the sides and forms a ring over the pale orange, murky body. The smell is all honey suckle and tangerine with some cracker underneath. The honey suckle continues in the flavor, but the malt becomes more aggressive, giving more of a biscuit feel. The body is a little denser than I had expected, or would have wanted, but it's still very drinkable and refreshing.

I now know what is meant by a "mild". You get all the flavor of the floral hops without much by the way of IBUs. It's also low on the ABV scale. This one was really nice in the fact that, although there wasn't a lot of bitterness, it didn't become cloyingly sweet. Nicely balanced.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a tough style to find and makes style number 104 for me!!!

Purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC online.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall soapy white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is stronger than I expected for the style, appearance, and mouthfeel. There are some light toasted malts, some earthiness, and some floral hints as well.

T: The flavor of this beer is very approachable and enjoyable, there is a lightly toasted malt body to start with. Next the beer has some flavors of light fruits (apple/pear) and a little bit of spice (pepper). Finally there are some light hop flavors in the finish, mostly floral but with a little bit of grassy notes as well.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: This beer reminds me of the real ales I drink when I get the chance to travel to the UK (mostly for business and it has been almost a year now). I find this to be very easy to drink, sessionable, and really enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Ossian from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
Beer rating: 61.9% out of 100 with 113 ratings
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