Northern Light
Orkney Brewery

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Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
Ranked #245
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3.41 | pDev: 11.44%
Dec 26, 2020
Oct 09, 2005
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Notes: This beer combines delicate pale malt character with a spice, citrus and apricot hoppiness. Refreshing citrus flavours dominate the palate, with hints of fresh bread; giving way to a clean refreshing hoppy aftertaste.

One of Britain's first Golden Ales, delicious crisp hop character without being overly aggressive. Named after the lights of the aurora; collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere and light up the sky with a peculiar glow.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.0%. Crystal clear pale golden colour, big to moderate white head. Moderate aroma of fruity hops, hint of apricots. Light bodied and refreshing: The flavour has distinct fruity hops on a moderately sweet bakground of malts, ending in a well balanced resinous and grapefruity bitterness. A nice little summer ale this one.

Cask pint at The Grill, Aberdeen. Golden colour, white head. Very moderate aroma, some hops. The flavour is fruity, well hopped and pleasant.
Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 2.03 by Macamah from England

Oct 13, 2018
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cask. Burnished straw. Ever so slight haze. Dense frothy head.
Citrus lemon aroma.
The lemon almost dissappears upon tasting to reveal caramel.
Soft feel. Somewhat watery.
I was disarmed by the vague green look of this beer.
May 18, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by _nickg_ from New Jersey

Aug 09, 2017
Rated: 3.8 by aberjack from England

Dec 13, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap on the Isle of Skye.
Pale golden body with a weak bubble head, Clear.
Appealing but mild aroma. Moderately flavorful and mildly bitter.
Hops build in flavor and linger in the aftertaste.
Aug 12, 2016
Rated: 3.38 by clarknova from Germany

Jul 23, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Nice soft hoppy aroma, pours medium golden with creamy head. taste is initial hops and then...nothing. Watery mouthfeel and no finish (because there’s no taste). Doesn’t taste bad, just doesn’t taste at all...
Dec 29, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by VitorDamasceno from England

May 21, 2015
Rated: 3.03 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

May 04, 2015
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
500 ml bottle, poured into glass

light yellow in color, clear. thin body. both aroma were just a bit of an odd flavor. I liked all of their other beers much better
Apr 29, 2015
Rated: 3.24 by Flashbac from Germany

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 3.64 by Honeybourne from Scotland

Sep 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by Rehabeam from Germany

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mizx from England

May 31, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by dcmchew from Romania

Nov 06, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Oct 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by abeeronthebeach from California

Oct 03, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Hanglow from Scotland

Sep 11, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by GraduatedCashew from California

Sep 06, 2013
Rated: 3 by His_Royal_Hoppiness from England

Aug 29, 2013
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Reviewed by charlatan from Scotland

3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
BBE Apr 2013. Missed that it was a pale ale, assuming it was some kind of lager. 4.0% abv rather than the 3.8% listed above.

Pours a light amber colour with a generous white head. It has a pleasantly clean citric nose, with lemon, a hint of orange and a grassy freshness. There's a honeyed elderflower type flavour backed by lemony hops. Light as the name suggests, well carbonated and eminently quaffable.
Mar 15, 2013
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Reviewed by mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
4% ABV in bottle. Pours a pale gold colour, light head which leases a small amount of lacing.

Smell is light, and fresh. Piney and reminiscent of macadamia nuts. Matliness with a little nuttiness and slight floral. Balanced

Taste has a well balanced bitterness, crisp maltiness with some grassy notes. Well structured hop bitterness, it finishes with a lingering hop bitter character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, carbonation is light. It is refreshing and crisp without being too complex or interesting, a nice session pale ale.

Works well enough as a solid session ale, pretty strong bitter character, but could be more complex and balanced on the finish. Refreshing brew, not bad at all.
Nov 17, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Liquoric3 from Germany

Aug 15, 2012
Rated: 3 by petluo from Finland

Apr 19, 2012
Rated: 4 by Arborescence from Finland

Feb 19, 2012
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Light amber, clear, foamy thumb sized white head that stays well.

Summery smelling with lots of fruit upfront along with some hops and citrus plus floral notes.

Citrus and floral hops hit me first and was followed by some light fruit flavours that were not quite as strong as those from the smell. Light bitter & citrus at the end.

Light bodied but not watery as I had feared, there is medium carbonation and a smooth, crisp finish.

Straight down the middle here, it was drinkable and pleasant enough but it done nothing at all to excite me or to make me want to buy it again.

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Dec 01, 2011
Reviewed by GONZALOYANNA from Spain

3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
500ml served in a Pint glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.Pale straw color.Clear body.White & thick layer crown.Lasting froth & nice lacing.Slightly citric & hoppy aromas.Citric & fresh fruit on tongue.A little fat sensation.Correct carbonation.Drinkability is not as smooth & gentle as expected for a low ABV beer.
Aug 28, 2011
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Reviewed by NATOuk from Northern Ireland

3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served from a 500ml bottle (different than shown - slightly different label and darker glass - 4.0% ABV). BBE Dec 2011

Pours a golden straw colour with a nice head which forms and quickly recedes leaving a white ring. 

A smell of citrus, slightly fruity

A balanced, delicate taste which starts a sweetness, hints of fruit, leaves a slight zesty hop bitterness on the finish. This beer definitely improves remarkably when left to warm slightly, the delicate flavours are easily masked when served too cold.

Medium carbonation, medium body. 

Very drinkable in quantity, this is a very light and refreshing beer. Perhaps not particularly distinctive on it's own, but great as a session beer
Feb 06, 2011
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Reviewed by Wattsox from Northern Ireland

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
500ml bottle at 4.0% ABV, different bottle to one displayed.
Consumed Jan 2011, BBE Dec 2011.

A - Pale golden body with little head that dissipates quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Gentle aroma of citrus and hops, with some malt aromas.

T - Light malt sweetness with a citrusy hop finish and a little tang but very little bitterness.

M - Very smooth and crisp.

D - Quite a drinkable sort of session beer, as light as it is.
Jan 24, 2011
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Reviewed by seanyfo from Scotland

3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pint served by handpump into imperial pint glass

A- Golden lagerish blonde, very creamy head that produces very good lacing.

S- Very subtle fruity hops, not much else.

T- A nice pale malt sweetness in the beginning blends into a fruity citrus hop finish, a nice balance, giving a refreshing finish.

M- very light and creamy.

D- Very easy to drink, light on the stomach with a nice interplay of malt sweetness to hop bitterness makes this ale very refreshing.
Jul 20, 2008
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Reviewed by wl0307 from England

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Tasted by half pint at a fantastic historical pub, the City Arms, nr. Manchester Town Hall. It was one of the six guest ales on offer, on top of Tetley's Bitter and Mild. Served without a sparkler, at 4.0%abv.

A: pale straw hue, good clarity, coming with a frothy white beer head, leaving layers of tight lacing along the way.
S: very citrussy fruity upfront, balanced with pale malts, moderate floral scent of hops, and an interesting tinge of flower pollens... softly aromatic and refreshing~~
T: floral hops and salty-sweet pale malts dominate the palate, followed by a light bite of spiciness from whatever hops that are used, finished with a little tang.
M&D: overall, this beer is feather light on the palate but full of soft flavours, slightly more spicy and richer than other Blond Ales tasted recently. Very drinkable!
Jan 26, 2006
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Reviewed by cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On cask locally

Pours with a yellow body, slight coppery shimmer. Tight white head but very small

Smell, slight hint of sulphur, little bit of hops on the nose too

Taste, a bit thin on the mouthfeel, the flavours seem all over the place, little bit of hops, little malt but its all very bland. Has an almost cardboardy taste

Not a great ale, pretty average stuff
Oct 09, 2005
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