Scarlet Macaw
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #39
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #28,590
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 8.49%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
53
From:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  3
SCORE
83
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by StJamesGate:
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Bottled

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 TGS
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 KStark
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of JSOBB
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rulisekmartin
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of steverx8
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 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 leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Scarlet Macaw from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 53 ratings