Organic Yellowhammer | Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Brewed by:
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A golden, straw coloured bitter, brewed with Cascade hops adding a flinty, grapefruit aroma that is deliciously refreshing."

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 39
Photo of REVZEB
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Remember that ratings are per style, so here we go. Thought this was a pleasant bitter ale. Has nice grapefruit, orange, earthy and floral notes on the nose. Taste, unlike most bitters, had some orchard fruit (apple/pear) and lemon zest to with bitterness and dried fruits. Body right in the prototype per style. Bitters are not that exciting of a style, but this is a nice bitter

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Photo of kitch
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of 24th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear golden colour with a just less than two finger frothy white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit zest, candied sugar, light caramel and mandarin peel.

Taste: Grapefruit flesh and zest, pine, citrus peel and light candied toffee.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice relaxing easy to drink session ale.

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Photo of vinicole
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow colour with a thin and wispy head.
Tangerine aroma with sour notes. Dried fruits are apparent.
Leaf hop and earthy malt flavour.
Medium body.
I would not call this an English Bitter.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw colour. Smells very grainy (wort), earthy hops, and not much else. Tastes milder than the smell leads on, cereal malts, grains, light bitterness.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep brown producing 2 fingers of frothy, tan, somewhat lived head that leaves thin, pasty sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is earthy dark roasted malt with hints of dried fruit, char, raisins, molasses & bitter chocolate. Taste is fronted by dark "cake-like" malt, chocolate milk, bittersweet cocoa, & hints of smoke, char & dark fruit. Finishes with dark chocolate, toffee, prune, char, smoke, a little prickly spice & a bitterness that intensifies in the burnt, bitter, unsweetened chocolate, astringent & long lingering aftertaste. In my experience the bitterness is more intense in the finish & aftertaste than is common to the style. Liquid fruit cake is a nice description by the brewery but I would call it more like liquid plum cake Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin but slightly silky, moderately prickly & drawing in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden ale poured into english pint.
Pours clear greenish golden beer with 1-finger off white head, moderate retention.
Crisp golden ale aroma - citrusy and malty.
Taste flows from aroma - piny, malty, citrusy, a bit harshly bitter, but still refreshing.
Light body, nice carbonation. Remarkably successful blonde ale.

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Photo of Godfather50
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The youtube on this from the brewery says it uses Pale, Crystal and Wheat malts and cascade hops. It's the wheat I think that gives the beer such a good head retention and mouthfeel. Reminded me very much of B1 which is surprising as this used Northern Brewer and Golding. Yellow Hammer has one plenty of awards and you can taste why!

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Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Tesco (£1.89):
Clear amber with a large, thumb-sized head that is quite foamy looking and holds great.

Hoppy with some grapefruit and fresh, cut grass to go along with a little orange and some citrus notes. Lively and refreshing on the nose that I was expecting with some floral notes, a touch of sweetness and some biscuit too.

Hoppy with the same grapefruit and bitterness from the nose along with some citrus and floral flavours. Bread & biscuit with a malty bitterness follow. English in style, bitter and with fruity undertones.

Medium bodied with a great balance between flavours and moderate carbonation. There is some sweetness initially with a semi-bitter taste.

A surprisingly hop filled and bitter taste to begin with and was followed up by a nice mix of background fruits and malts. A great beer and one I'll pick up again no doubt.

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Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich hazy golden under a frothy foam head that fizzles into islands of suds. Abundant floral hops waft up to the nose backed by some honey malt sweetness.

The taste is rich, dense and layered. Complex. When colder, the hops are subdued and the malt mild. As it warms, the malts grow sweeter and more pronounced as the hops are stronger, more astringent, and flowery. The British hops never overpower, but this beer is a showcase for me for presenting them in all their glory. The organic grains, hops, and careful brewing are evident and appreciated, bringing depth and complexity of flavor. Beautifully done, Black Isle!

Excellent session beer. The label clearly calls this an IPA, and at that it is well within the lighter alcohol British IPA style, and a standout at that. Excellent beer with deep, rich flavors. Black Isle should be a sought-after destination brewery by any American hop-head traveling in Scotland.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear golden with a rather large compact white head that sinks into rich lacings.

S: Sweet malt kind of bready. Butter and floral hops. Red apples, ripe oranges and lemon. Grassy.

T: Sweet bready malt. Buttery/creamy. Lots of fruits; oranges, red apples and quite some lemon sezt. Bitter hops.

M: Aftertaste is nice and bitter. Body is smooth and medium full. Carbonation is moderate.

O: Nice, well balanced English Bitter. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Lot 024. Best before October 2011.

A: Substantial head tops a clear, golden beer fraught with bubbles. Great lacing. Pretty.

S: Grapefuity hops. Delicious, deep, earthy, and floral.

T: Fresh, tasty, and vegetal. The maintaste is hoppy, citrusy, and balanced, with a root vegetable taste offering a backbone for the flavour. The aftertaste is excellent -- all the elements of the taste mingling and fading. Good beer.

M: Good, but not great. There-ish and lightly drying.

O: An excellently-crafted ale that is a pleasure to drink. Hoppy, but I like that. 500mL is a good size choice as well. I like Black Isle Brewery, and I like this beer. Recommended.

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Photo of rarbring
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beverage is deep golden/brass colored and clear, small swirling bubbles, a white foamy head that settles leaving little lacing.

The smell is faintly citric and fruity, lime and green apples, much green herbs, grass and nettles. A touch of soap.

Some initial bread sweetness, then sour lemon peel, bitter herbs and crushed apple seeds.

Medium high carbonation, a rather thin body, a watery feeling, a coarse dry finish that lasts.

Actually I did not really came to terms with this beer, maybe I had too high expectations.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bird is what you are going to name your beer after? Ok. Pours a crystal, golden yellow color with some straw colored hues throughout. A fizzy white head that did last for a while, but did not last through the full pint. I question the style, its more on par with a blond than a English bitter

The nose was light but there was a graininess that really came out. A nice barley aroma that lingered. Some noticeable phenolics and fruity notes. Mostly plums, dates and hibiscus but a light lemon and herbal note from the yeast. There is a light hop aroma, that is more grassy than anything. Some yeast notes but mostly clean.

The taste is a bit more delicate than the nose would indicate. A light grainy and malty base with a nice sweetness but a bit light overall. Some fruity notes with figs and a touch of raisins but there is a more white wine taste that really comes out and lingers. Some herbal and lavender notes enhance this. A touch of rose peddles as well. The yeast is mostly clean but still is there.

The body is a bit light even for style (bitter or blond). Would like a touch more depth but overall a very easy drinking light ale with some nice yeast notes.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured quite a light copper orange colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to thickish covering with good thick edging that creeps up the glass.... barely any carbonation bubbles.... some good lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Decent juicy fruits to the fore (oranges, pears, some strawberry traces), light biscuity malts, quite grassy hops, peppey notes, some raw nuts, light marzipan traces, faint graininess, some sulphur...

Taste - Good peppery, grassy and citrusy hop bitterness up front, tart and spicy fruits (grapefuits, bitter oranges (marmalade?), apples), light biscuit malts, toasted bread notes, butterscotch, metallic traces, floral..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing and thirst quenching - i could happily down a few of these in an evening...

Overall - A very good and quite hoppy British bitter... recommended...

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Photo of Sigmund
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at The 78, Glasgow. My notes say "Black Isle Organic Yellowhammer IPA, ABV 4.5%" - but I might have been "under the influence" ... Deep golden colour, large and lasting head. Unusual fruity aroma, very complex. The mouthfeel is maybe a bit thin - I drank it too cold though. Reasonably fruity and hoppy flavour, but not very exciting.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into a traditional pint mug a golden-amber colour with a thick white head that settled to a 2mm film with decent retention throughout the duration of the drink. However be warned, this ale was extremely lively when the bottle was opened it made a heck of a mess of the kitchen worktop, it definately was not shaken or dropped before-hand.

The scent was dominated by hops with a citrus-grapefruit aroma, the two produced quite a bitter scent, but nice. These tastes then continued through to the mouth where they were joined by the slight taste of wheat. A light medium mouthfeel was then followed by a bitter aftertaste from the citrus-grapefruit combination.

A very nice English style IPA, very drinkable and at 4% this would make an ideal session beer on a hot summers night.

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Photo of foamer
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask @ Bon Accord, Glasgow

Pours a straw gold with a thin bubbly head. There is a faint citrusy and pine hop presence in the nose. The taste is a lot of butterscotch with some biscuity malts balanced by pine/citrusy hops. Smooth mouthfeel. A drink light drinkable bitter.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: chamomile tea color, fine bubbles, no head (just some suds), a bit hazy

Aroma: fantastic "woodsy" hop scent, malt, touch of butterscotch (the bottle says Cascade hops, but it's not that grapefruity), vaguely smells like Mirror Pond Ale

Flavor: mild maltiness, big hit of butterscotch, herbal hop flavor and a bitterness that plays off almost like roast, finishes dryish with more diacetyl and herbs in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, very soft texture (from that wonderful Highland water!), fine carbonation

Overall Impression: Very peculiarly light color and haze. To my taste, the diacetyl is a little too prominent (both in the nose and on the tongue). It would have scored higher if that was scaled back a bit. The soft texture is magnificent, though!

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Organic Yellowhammer from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 39 ratings