Northern Light | Orkney Brewery

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Orkney Brewery
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cypressbob on 10-09-2005

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Reviews by NATOuk:
Photo of NATOuk
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.21/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of Rehabeam
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of seanyfo
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of mizx
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of clarknova
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flashbac
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Honeybourne
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Wattsox
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Photo of stevoj
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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...

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Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of charlatan
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Northern Light from Orkney Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.
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