Scarlet Macaw
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #28,450
3.77 | pDev: 8.49%
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 53
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear, pours with thin white head, the body rather like it's been 'Tango-d' having a distinct orange hue.
S- Subtle to me, just some very light fruit notes.
T- Contemporary hop profile, builds slowly on my palate, finish is quite sour/dry.
F- Despite the sour/dry finish, it has enough richness of body that the former does not dominate or overwhelm.
O- This would suit a sweltering summer day, as a refresher. It fits the contemporary style of an American Pale.
500ml bottle. Bought from the Waitrose shop beneath John Lewis dept. store on Oxford St London. BB 31/3/2020

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - berry forefront - gooseberry, light peachy notes. Taste - gooseberry front, slight fruitiness, dry, sharp bitter finish. Nice balanced ale.

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Photo of Spike
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a crystal clear amber with a one-finger white head that recedes to a 2mm cap. Lots of lacing. A couple of streams of bubbles. Shiny when held to the light. The colour and clarity are beautiful.

S: Made with Amarillo and Summit hops so there is plentiful soft fruit aroma. As the beer warmed I thought the nose would develop but it seemed to diminish instead.

T: Spicy, fruity, biscuity flavours with a hefty level of bitterness.

F: Medium body. Smooth. A couple of pints go down nicely. Extremely drying.

O: A pleasing cross between an American pale ale (citrus, floral, hoppy, moderate carbonation) and an English pale ale (lowish ABV, solid malt base, earthy bitterness). Too bitter for more than 1-2 pints.

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Photo of seanclip
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and deep orange with a small white head. Aroma is of toffee from the malts, orange zest and dankness from the hops. Flavour is toffee sweetness with lingering sharp oranges and slight oniony taste. The bitterness is smooth and well balanced with the taste.

A good example of an American style pale ale by a British brewer - Lots of flavour with a bitterness that supports rather than dominates.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden-amber with a lacing head, nice fresh gooseberry, lemon and peach nose, theres tropical fruit flavours and lightly toffeed malt hiding in the background.

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Photo of charlatan
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber coloured beer from 500ml bottle. Very little head. Nice tart raspberry to gooseberry nose with some dried fruit. There is some lingering dried fruit flavour, but hops really dominate here. Astringent but not sweet enough to come across as citric after an initial blast, this is more herbal, yet somewhat fruity. Excellent.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Copper body, very little head.

S: Intense tropical fruit. The bottle describes tart goosberry and peach but I suppose pineapple is the closest thing I get.

T: Still a bit cold but it's clearly a dry beer. Having let it warm I'm now getting a touch of barleywine-like warming syrup. Think I'm getting the gooseberry thing as well. Some hoppy, subtle floral fruit in the aftertaste. It's pretty bitter. Gets sweeter as it warms. It's a very trans-Atlantic beer. Just wish it had some more malty caramel to bring out the hops.

M: Light and fizzy. Much better on cask.
O: Some of Oakham's offerings are better bottled but I prefer this on cask.

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Photo of malvrich
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

16.9 oz. bottle into a Stella glass
BB date smudged but appears to be May 2014 so beer is a cpl months past.

A: 3.5 Amber/orange slightly hazy appearance. Poured to a small tight eggshell head. Lacing retention is good in the center of the beer and edges of the glass. Little lasting visible carbonation. I like the color.

S: 3.25 Slight fruity bite on the nose with a malty backbone. Interesting balance.

T: 3.0 Immediate citrus pith whether orange or grapefruit. The same malt bready sweetness is still in place but the pithy hops seem to dominate. Not bad and kind of different but more hop complexity would have been good. Not to tone down the hops but just to add another dimension. The citrus pith gets a bit old after a while.

M: 3.5 Saves this review. A little soapy, very slightly chewy both of which I like. Carbonation is subdued but there and enjoyable. Surprisingly not much of a lingering aftertaste. I'll call this a positive in this case. Does go down good!

O: 3.25 A surprising and different brew. The hop taste is too one dimensional. I like the citrus punch but too much astringency inside. Low 4.8% ABV says sessionable but I don't think I'd like to drink many of these in one sitting. Overall, nice and glad I tried it but not one I'll return to.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness that’s as sharp as a macaw’s screech!

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear marmalade orange. Decent white head.
I can smell the marmalade reflecting the colour.
And now I can taste it with an added balance of malt.
Closer to an APA than an EPA

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Photo of tillmac62
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light medium amber with a very nice head and lacing that retains quite well. Nose is of light sweet fruit, mostly peach, against a subtle toast malt essence. The body is light medium in texture coupled with a normal level of carbonation. The flavor profile is well balanced and quite nice. It begins with a fruit hop flavor, mostly peach, over a toast/biscuit sweetness. It then progresses to a well crafted level of bitterness - not too bold, but just right to arouse the taste buds. It finishes with a slightly citrus bitterness that lingers that is somewhat crisp. An excellent English use of Amarillo and Summit hops.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a clear medium golden with a tightly formed full one finger white egg shell colored head that settles ever so slowly leaving a full ring of lace as into a frothy mass.Aromas of toasted cereal and biscuit malts wich are light but very English.Very herbal and grassy upfront on the palate wich means a big dose of English hops, a dryer toasted biscuit malt base is firm thru to the finish.A quaffable somewhat hoppy English pale here,I like this more than most of the style,cutting edge?

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Photo of jonb5
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at the Hope Carshalton.

A: Pale amber, continental apple juice like clear, one finger head, decent retention, some lacing.

S: Citrus, flowers.

T: Tangy, zesty bitterness, mango, sharp on the palate, pepper.

M: Crisp, light, easy drinker.

O: Had a nice subtle balance.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small white head.
Nose shows toffee, caramel, herbal earthy hops, orange marmalade. Moreish.
Pretty similar flavours, more slight caramel and bready malt with some earthy hops underneath.
Could use more carbonation.
Not bad, easy drinking.

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Photo of avalon07
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a long while. Excellent lacing.

S: A striking aroma (considering the style) of hops, light fruit, and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly large amount), a subtle amount of malt, and some tropical fruits (e.g., mango) lurking around. With many British brewers there's a tendency not to shoot for bold flavors. This is not the case with Scarlet Macaw. It tastes more like an APA or a light West Coast IPA than anything else - and this is a good thing. It's sweet, bold, and flavorful.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable brew that could easily be a session beer. Well made and likeable.

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Photo of davet100
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle found in Charleston, SC. Nice to find an English ale that is something other than the usual suspects you find in the U.S; Fullers, Brewdog, Wells, etc. Been some time since I've had an English pale ale in this mould. Very interesting beer, poured a light amber colour with a small white head and decent lacing. Fairly mild aroma, light citrus and tropical notes. For 4.8% this beer packs some bold flavors; mainly grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava, alongside a subtle summit hop oniony infusion. This is backed up with a typically English bready malt backbone; albeit quite a light one which is always a good feature in my mind. Whilst light in body,it is nicely balanced and refreshing. It is also surprisingly hoppy with a decent amount of bitterness. All in all, this was more of an American pale ale in my mind, and in that respect this is a very decent offering and worthy of trying. Nice to see a fruity/citrusy English pale ale, look forward to checking out any others I can find over here.

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Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand Pulled at The Rake

A_Golden clear liquid with a thick and creamy off white head

S_Citric and toasted grain aroma. Hints of tropical fruit come through as it warms

T_Bracing lemony hops hit the palette first followed by a mild grain sweetness Aftertaste lingers with a pine and citrus peel bitterness

M_Lighter bodied with a tight carbonation.

O_Interesting brew. The bitterness is very strong here and I like it. This might not be everyone's cup o tea

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled pint in Ye Old Fighting Cocks, Oakengates on 29 Jun 2013.

Light amber to deep gold in body colour with a clinging head of white foam, the beer was in excellent condition.

Citrus feel to the nose and taste: Oakham seem to major on citrusy and tart fruit flavoured beers and this sits nicely in that group. I am not a huge fan of this style, but you have to admire the effort some breweries go to in their quest for different tastes.

Great beer if you are into grapefruit and gooseberry flavoured beers.

I don't like fruit tea's and I don't really like fruit flavoured beers, my scores are as objective as I can be.

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Photo of wl0307
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 21/02/2014, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The beer label specifies a blend of two American hop varieties is applied, Amarillo and Summit.

Appearance: pours a dark amber hue, coming with a foamy off-white head retreating to a thin blanket, on top of random and mild carbonation.
Smell: the rich fruity aroma of peaches, gooseberries and tropical fruits such as mangos and overripe guava comes with an overripe peary edge of esters, on top of a rather light-bodied but intensely sweet, almost caramely sweet, malt background, while the acidity on the balance shows some signs of nectar even. Overall, the hop profile is really enjoyable, yet the sweet side of malts and estery elements seem to overpower the other elements.
Taste: very lightly carbonated, the flavour initially comes exotically gooseberry-ish, guava-ish and mildly peachy, closely ensued by decent pale malts, then giving way fully to an intensifying flow of spicy and tropical-fruity hop bitterness, leading towards an increasingly chewy, citrus-zesty tannic and mouth-wateringly dryish-bitter finish.
Mouthfeel & Overall: the palate is refreshing and lively tannic, medium-bodied, richly-flavoured and wonderfully hoppy, this Golden Ale has indeed a delicious flavour profile all in all, hoppy and very colourful. It tastes actually better than smells on the nose, benefiting from an evolving flavour structure at the same time. Recommended!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rusty amber with loose white froth despite vigourous pour.
Lots of musty orange peel on the nose with some peach.
Doughy malts with more peach and honeydew then tangerine and light resin hops.
Sherbet ending and needling aspirin bitterness.
Very soft, round, light-medium, some cling.

Amarillo and Summit.

Fascinating spin on this one - hops are edgy but restrained, the resin reminds more somehow of spun caramel. The malts are chewy, almost pillowy, and the body is silky smooth (low carb helps here), but then there's aggressive little stab of pure bitterness at the end, like a miniature stiletto. Never had a pale ale that was so mellow yet so hoppy.

This is why British brewing should be admired.

Little wonder.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York not long back. The label mentions that it is hopped with Amarillo and Summit. Oakham clearly have a nautical theme going on.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of white grape, melon, grapefruit and citrus. Underpinned by light caramel malt and mildly fruity ale yeast, with just a twinge of diacetyl in the background.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, white grape, melon, citrus, mild caramel malt, stewed hops and faint ale yeast. A trace of diacetyl lurks in the background. Well-attenuated, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly - the hop oils tease the palate. Good body but low carbonation. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of aromatic citrus and bitter stewed hops.

Nice - a satisfyingly hoppy brew. It looks a bit lacklustre - clear, barely carbonated and with a rapidly shrinking head. However, the aroma and flavour are great; tons of fruity hop notes and a decent bitterness. Body is OK, but increased carbonation would improve the texture. It doesn't seem to be bottle conditioned - I reckon this would add depth to the beer's character (and I had the impression that this was the case for other Oakham brews). At any rate, a tasty ale with only minor flaws. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a clear light amber colour with a frothy white head and decent lacing.

Smells hoppy - fruity with a bit of piney resin.

Tastes quite hoppy - fruity and tart, with a bittersweet finish. Crisp malt backbone.

Overall a decent beer. Nice, crisp and refreshing.

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