Corncrake Ale | Orkney Brewery

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Corncrake AleCorncrake Ale

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AgentMunky on 07-18-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden bronze with a white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma of orange zest and biscuity malt.

Earthy-orange hop flavour, a bit of biscuit and caramel, mild fruit esters (apple and pear?), hint of diacetyl, modest bitterness.

Light body with a modest carbonation.

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Photo of Lemreway16
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Despite living in Scotland I much prefer my home country English Ales, however now and again I find a Scottish beer that both refreshes and is what is says on the bottle. This is a classic Pale Ale as opposed to IPA with dry hops and malt. Easily drunk and not to strong for a session drink. One downside its a seasonal beer and not hardy enough for the Hebridean Winters. But I am a Unionist - the Union of Highland Malts and English Ales and Bitter.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on cask in an imperial pint glass. golden, white head, good lacing. mild aroma. some biscuit, earthy mild hop flavors in the taste. nice mouthfeel from the cask serving

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle with a BB date stamp of July 2016.
Pours with a gold-amber tone and a small head that soon reduces to a ring but manages to leave spotty lacing.

Mild aroma with about equal contributions from light malts and spicy hops.

Flavor: more flavorful than usual for style as is most obvious in the finish and aftertaste that feature bready wheat and barley malts with a well proportioned addition of hops.

Feel: medium-light body; medium+ carbonation; crisp.

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Photo of charlatan
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw coloured beer with a decent white head from bottle with freshness date eight months away. The nose is mostly lemony and perhaps a tad grassy. Fresh lemon flavour, starting somewhat sweetly but becoming more bitter. Increasing caramel element the more I drink. Neither bold nor bland, a decent refreshing beer for a rare warm summer evening like this one.

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Photo of Godfather50
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Supped this at the Old Inn, Gairloch.

L- pretty sound light ale with a frothy head that stayed put for half the pint.
S - got some sweet hops but feint
T - faint flowery hop and sweet malt, which grew on me as I sunk it. No wow factor but good enough to have two or three.
M - disappointing at first, something flattish about the condition may be. But by the end of the glass seemed irrelevant.
O - a nice pint I can say no more.

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Photo of mick303
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the brewery. A blond gold in colour, some light soapy lacing.

S - crisp biscuity malt, light florals, malty notes and apple with some earthy character, aromatic and mild.

T - crisp maltiness, fruity with a dry finish, some berry and fruity sweetness coming through.

M - crisp, light, very sessionable.

An easy drinking session ale that is quite tasty and grows on me as it disappears, straightforward and not too exciting though.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Whey Pat in St Andrews. From notes. Reviewed 25 May 2011.

A: Incredibly light yellow (piss-pale). Light head and decent lacing. I hope it tastes better than it looks.

S: Creamy, citrusy, and fruity sweet.

T: Light and fresh. Hoppy, with fruity malts. Citrusy-soft. The aftertaste is light and lightly bitter. Generally pleasant.

M: Round and more than decent.

O: A good beer, but rather boring. Not recommended. I probably wouldn't have again. Still, good effort.

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Corncrake Ale from Orkney Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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