Trade Winds | Cairngorm Brewery Company, The

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Brewed by:
Cairngorm Brewery Company, The
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light golden in colour, with high proportion of wheat, giving the beer a clean fresh taste. The mash blends together with the Perle hops and elderflower providing a bouquet of fruit and citrus flavours.

Added by cypressbob on 10-13-2004

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of honey, elderflowers, some citrusy, stone fruit and white bread.
Flavor with notes of elderflowers, orange-lemon citrusy, earthy and spicy hops, mint, white bread, pineapple and grapefruit. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very pleasant Specialty Pale Ale with a unique flavor that combines the elderflowers with earthy, citrusy and spicy notes. Hard to beat on a summer day.

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Photo of vinicole
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cask. Straw. Thin dense head.
Light citrus hop aroma. Lemon. Some Tom cat.
Taste as above. Demi-sec. Tobacco is present along with a bit of grain. Elderflower? More tom cat.
Light and smooth.
I probably would not have detected the elderflower unless it was advertised.

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Photo of steverx8
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed fresh on tap from the hand pump as a real cask ale.

Light golden straw color with a thin lacing of natural carbonation.

Bright fruit forward aroma with a light and bright taste to match. Notes of citrus abound.

Low carbonation provides just a fizz with the feel

Overall: Very bright and pleasant. Great beer.

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Photo of bitterandtwisted
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beer_bottle
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of burnstar
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of charlatan
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw coloured beer from a 500ml bottlewith decent white head which leaves some lacing on my glass. It has a freshness date six months away and a pleasant nose dominated by lemon but also featuring a hint of pine.

This is not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests. Instead a rather astringent lemon flavour pervades with a slight biscuity flavour in the background becoming more apparent in the finish and a lasting bitterness on the tongue. I like this. It belies its appearance by being something of a slow sipper. A dry feel presumably contributes to this.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Bix
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

17th Feb 2012: Hand pulled pint in The Wrekin, Wellington, Shropshire.

Clear and almost bright golden body with a small but full head of white bubbles that tried to hang around.

Weak nose: some floral hop content, but no malt notes I could find.

The flavours were fruity and floral: again not overly strong and with no malt input I could detect: the high proportion of corn and wheat might have something to do with the lack of maltiness of course.

Pleasant enough, but not what I want from a pint of Ale

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Photo of stercomm
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pulled at the Price of Wales in Aberdeen, Scotland into a classic UK pint glass.

A - Poured a clear golden/orange color. Slight white head, good overall retention. Slight lacing along the glass.

S - Good citrusy hops along with some floral notes. Elderflower, intresting ingredient.

T - Good citrus, floral hoppy taste. Good biscuity dry malt taste on the finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Very crisp nice finish, definitely a good session beer

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Photo of flyingpig
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden amber with a large and foamy head & some nice lacing.

A great fruity smell to begin with along with some strong hops and there is a very noticeable elderflower aroma, background notes of pine too.

Some elderflower from the nose along with a background wheat taste and some hops and pine. I could also detect some good fruity flavours and citrus towards the end. A good tasting beer.

Light to medium bodied and as expected this one is smooth with moderate carbonation and has a crisp, bitter finish.

This beer has been one of the best, if not the best of this style of beer I have reviewed thus far. It has been a very pleasant surprise and a great drinking experience thus far. Certainly a beer I will try to pick up again in the future, and for once a beer that I might have to actively seek out on cask.

1 of 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die:

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Photo of maxk
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Brabander
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from my beerbuddy in Scotland. Thanks Craig! (Zimbo on BA).

Surprisingly good beer to start with. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks nice with a golden yellow fluid and a nice white head which disappears after a while. Some corbonation in the glass makes this a lookable beer.

Smell is good, they write there is elderflower on the nose. Hmmm, could be. Taste is crisp with the hops at the end of each sip.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My nephew picked this up for me while in Scotland. Clear yellow pour with a two finger head, decent retention, and great lacing. Really interesting and unique herbal, earthy, citrus nose with hints of butterscotch, grain, and hops. The taste mirrors the nose with a bit more citrus coming through and lots of great herbal hoppiness. I have no exposure with elderflowers, but I assume they are what gives this beer it's uniqueness. It reminds me a lot of some Heather beers I've tried in the past. Very nice balance between the hops and malt, coupled with a crisp, fresh finish makes this hugely drinkable. I would love to try this on cask and will definitely seek it out on my next trip to the UK. Thanks Kevin!

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Trade Winds from Cairngorm Brewery Company, The
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 40 ratings