Ossian | Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The

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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

English Pale Mild Ale you elusive bugger. This makes style number 104 thank you to West Lakeview Liquors and UPS.
Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly but covers the glass in a fair amount of sticky lace. Smells malty bready with a hint of butterscotch and nail polish. Sweet dark pitted fruit and a hint of toffee round out the nose quite well. Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of bread and toffee up front. Lots of butterscotch coated berries and cherries in here. Slightly earthy hop barely cuts through malty sweetness. Surprising fullness of body for such a small abv. Moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost oily mouthfeel. Not to shabby of a beer, if it were a bit easier to obtain I might have one periodically.

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Photo of msromberg
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In bottle at the Bonham's, Glasgow

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer to add the style to the list of beers I have tried. This one is much more than a "check in a box". Pours a hazy gold color with a medium size delicate white head. Head retention is good. A good amount of lacing as well.

Aroma is surprisingly robust, especially for such a low abv beer. Floral, fruity, malty, this is a distinctive smell - very nice.

Taste is good as well, mostly a malty beer, but I can taste where the cascade hops contribute as well. There is a tinge of hoppiness in the finish. The flavor is not the typical roasted malt, bready malt type of thing. There is a fruit (apples and pears) thing going on and some grassy hops too.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit light. Overall this would be a grea session beer - light alcohol content but big time aroma and flavor. If this was available here, I would love to try it on-tap or on cask for a session..

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish EPMA? Well, alrighty then. I guess if it fits...

Pours a rich golden, peach color. Hazy a bit capped with a white head, soft and somewhat dense. Lacing is splotchy.

Aroma is malt forward. Light caramel sweetness, a bit husky and grainy. Slight smoke on the end. Herbal notes here and there.

Malt is the call here. While not overly sweet or husky, both are present. It has a slight metallicness to the malt end. An herbal bite in the middle, some hop spice and fruitness. Good thing, too, b/c the malt could really get out of hand and beget a flatness in flavor. With the help of carbonation, the hops tighten up the end. Nice finish.

Solid beer

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
4.1% ABV, Best Before 2279

Thanks to the infamous Beerwolf77 for supplying another style tick!

A - This hazy pale golden yellow brew is crowned by a well-retained off-white head. Great lace adorns the glass!

S - Mild earthy English hops smell like Willamet and balance the aroma slightly. Farty sulfur comes out as it warms and a mild butter diactyl lingers with biscuity malts to the back.

T - Mild biscuity malt underlines the earthy hops, sulfury and buttery taste, and uninteresting finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, smooth and slightly dry with an anti-clean finish, if I can say that. A touch bitter.

O - Yes, it would be a good session ale if you wanted to put back a few beers. Would I want to drink a ton of this though? Not really. Fair, but certainly not the fairest in the land.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to finally try this one. The #1 English Pale Mild Ale (at least since Whipper Snapper was changed over to APA). Picked this bottle up at State Line. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a nice golden color with a single-finger white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of diacetyl and toffee as well as some notes of grain and a bit of some floral hops. The taste is light bread and a bit of toffee. Diacetyl there but not as much as with the nose. Not too, too much for the style. The body is light with moderate carbonation. Not bad. Too much diacetyl for my taste, though it was an acceptable level. Decent enough.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is transparent and yellow hued, with a thin, white cap. The aroma is floral, with a hint of lemon zest. The flavor brings a light, floral hop character, as well as a bready, biscuit taste. The feel is thin and light bodied, and finishes slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. I found this to be enjoyable and very drinkable. I could throw back a few pints of this.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, I get stupidly excited about really esoteric beers like this one when there is nearly no demand for any beer in this style at all let alone this one. I've driven hours to liquor stores in the hope that it would be there, searching for almost 2 years for this particular beer and it finally showed up to disappoint me. Big thanks to Thorpe for this one here.

Beer is a little amber / brown with a mild haze, decent head, no lacing low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is toffee like with some biscuit and grainy acidity to it.

Beer is thin (I guess that's to be expected) and has a late grainy bitterness, the mid-palate is almost like butter toffee or some thin caramel. Carbonation is minimal in the mouth but overall it is fine. I've actually had better English Pale Mild Ales before, definitely not my favorite and I'd probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the elusive English pale mild. You thought you could hide from me forever. Thanks to West Lakeview Liquor you have been captured. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Clear golden yellow hue. Solid two fingers of bright white head. Thick sticky lace clings to the glass. About a quater inch cap forms and sticks around.

S: Whoa! Buttery farts are the first thing that come to mind. I see that this style is know for sulfur and diacetyl aromas so can't fault it there. Fresh baked buttered white bread and sweet malt. A good amount of grassy hops comes through as it warms.

T: The flavor is very mild. Guess that's how the style gets its name. Again buttered bread with a mild hop bite. Fairly clean and fresh. Dry finish.

M: Medium to light body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Well session beers aren't really my thing but this one would certainly fit the bill.

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Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a bright white and foamy head that doesn't have much lacing.

The smell is light. It is slightly floral with some apricot and caramel.

The flavor is nice compared to the smell. It is grainy with an herbal hop favor that lingers on the tongue int eh aftertaste. It isn't amazing, but for being subtle it is nice.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Stark white head with widely spaced bubbles. Golden yellow and slightly hazy. Some lace.

S: Hops, sweet-creamy citrus; very fruity.

T: Initially sweet and creamy, the maintaste is full of fruit with light carbonation and gentle hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and very pleasant.

M: Round and sweet, gentle and pleasant.

D: Quite a nice beer. Very drinkable; sweet-bitter. Not recommended, but you'll probably enjoy it.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

A: pale golden yellow to faint orange with a 2 finger frothy white head, dissipates slowly

S: just your basic citrus hints and not much else

T: a nice blend of citrus fruits, malts, and bitterness

M: mild carbonation, crisp on the tongue

D: another one of those that I am glad to have tried at least once in my life, but that's probably enough for a lifetime beers


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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow similar to a hefe. Frothy white head and some nice lacing.

Canned pear with syrup and a light butter presence.

Decent amount of bitterness up front, not much sweetness. Some herbal notes with some buttery diacetyl.

Smooth, light body with a clean finish.

An interesting style that is sessionable. Kind of surprised there aren't more examples. Glad to have tried it.

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

500ml bottle with code 2279 stamped on it.

Served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Ossian is a pale peachy color with a slightly hazy appearance. The head is thick and settles slowly into a rocky white cap.

Aroma is very mild with some subtle peach and orange nuances. I really have to breath deeply to get much of anything but what's there is pleasant. So far, it's living up to the style's name, this being the first English Pale Mild Ale I've had.

Flavor is also subtle but there is more to enjoy here than in the nose. Gentle fruits and spices in the way that a Belgian wit might be described. Light tropical fruit with an almost peppery yeast seem to balance eachother nicely.

Mouthfeel is very light in body with ample carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer and one that is somewhat harder to judge as it's so different from what else is generally available in the U.S. It's a rare style but one I would like to try again.

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Photo of marty21
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden colour with a finger width of white head. Settles to a thin cap and left lots of lacing.

S: A bit of a biscuit malt aroma but it's taken over by a citrus and sweet zesty fruit aromas.

T: Biscuit malt up front that finishes with orange, lemon and some light bitter hops.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: This was a very easy beer to drink. The low Abv makes it a great session beer that you won't get sick of.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 6/09. Consumed 12/10.

A: Dark burnt orange with no sense of clarity. A frothy, whipped white head sits atop with good retention. Thick coating for lace with a visible carbonation that was hard to determine through the murky waters but did exhibit flashes of strong patches every now and then when backlighted.

S: A touch of funk, rock candy and oranges with some hard orange candy notes. There is a bit of yeastiness and strong bready sense brought about with a touch of bubblegum, most likely from the yeast that finishes out with a bit of fruitiness of moderate intentions.

T: Bready and fruity with a bit of honey and orange sweetness with notes of honey dew and grapes. Nice spiciness from the hops, bright in character with a bit of fresh citrus. Yeasty and malty, fruity and spicy all comes together in a decent package. Time had no bearing or off flavored results, found this to be quite tasty, spicy and fresh all the way around.

M: Light bodied, spicy with a bright carbonation. Citrusy and flowery feel on the tongue from the hops coat the tongue.

D: At 4.1%abv hard to argue about having more. Alcohol is easy enough to manage, and packs quite a bit of flavor, depth and maltiness in a modest package worth checking out. interesting.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Belfast Beer Festival.

Hazy light copper with loose froth. Sour grain on the nose with slight fruit hops. Biscuit, yellow plum, and peach crumble malts, lactic hit in the middle, branch and nettle hops. Light to medium, stick, soft.

Good fruit but too sour. Don't know where the Cascade is. Has that lactic thing that some hoppy English ales get - Perle hops? Malts? Anyway, a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of charlatan
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light gold coloured beer with a significant slightly offwhite head. The nose is fruity with hints of cherry and raisin. An indistinct creamy and vaguely sweet start gives way rapidly to dry herbal hop domination. Too dry to be a session beer for me.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Finally, an English Pale Mild available in the US.

A - Pours with a finger of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind some spotty lace. Body is a slightly hazed apricot color with a mix of small and large bubbles.

S - Lemon and orange hop character, with a bread, honey, and toffee malt character. There's some nuttiness, and maybe a touch of diacetyl. Pretty true to style, but the American hop character is a nice change of pace.

T - Taste is a little less complex. More nuts and toffee, with a bit of lemon bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly flavorful for 4.1%. Diacetyl is again lightly present, but isn't offensive.

M - Light carbonation zest, but otherwise quite smooth. Body is surprisingly big for the low alcohol - very creamy and hearty. Oily enamel-coating hop character lingers well after swallowing.

D - This is highly drinkable. The only thing that would preclude it being a regular session beer is the price (and unknown freshness). If it were cheap and on cask at my local pub I'd get it regularly.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my 103rd and final style here on Beer Advocate. Never thought I would check off all of the styles, so I was really looking forward to this beer.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is not good at all. I get some bready malt and some perfume from the hops, but the overwhelming aroma is butter. The flavor is just the same. I get a ton of butter with some biscuit malt, perfume and flowers. The butter is what stands out and it is not inviting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I am glad I got to try this beer since it was the last style I needed, but I wish the beer would have not had so many flaws. Maybe I will get to try it again, since I assume this is not what the brewer intended.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial nonic lemon sunshine color,just a hintof orange to the lemon hued body,a fluffy but quick to fade white head atop.Amix of biscuit and juicy fruity malt with a bit of earth and lemony hop.Malt tilted with biscuit and toffee malt flavors,a real nice fresh squeezed lemon note emerges to make it more vibrant on palate, still the hops are subdued.This would be great on cask for sure,its sociable,and not as "modest" as most for the style in my mind.

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Photo of JamesS
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly pale golden copper color with some nice head and nice lacing. Very clean aroma; crisp and slightly malty with a very distinct English hop overtone (Fuggles perhaps?). Wonderful taste, a very nice malty body (not huge, but at just over 4%, it's great) with a very nice hop taste at the end (and in the aftertaste). It goes down quite well. Not necessarily a thirst quencher with the higher hops to malt ratio, but still a great brew! I enjoyed it completely.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear and bright golden orange color. A one finger, bubbly white head forms and recedes in a second. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: A great leafy hoppy, floral, grassy, and hey aroma. Bread and biscuit malt comes next with a lingering bitterness. I love it so far.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of floral and grassy hops that are great. Biscuit malt for balance. An apple cider dryness. A lingering bitterness. A huge flavor.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. In a relative way for cask offerings. Very dry and smooth. So easy to drink. A can session this all day long.

American brewers need to take note from this. A huge flavor, but very low alcohol. This is a wonderful cask offering. Highly recommended.

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Ossian from Inveralmond Brewery Ltd., The
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