Jarl | Fyne Ales Ltd

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Fyne Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for the first time in 2010 as a festival special for FyneFest, Jarl is a full on citrus experience and a cracking session beer. Jarl is single hopped with Citra, a vibrant and powerful American hop that gives the beer a very distinctive citrus flavour and aroma. Jarl was born out of an experiment with Citra, which was a rarely seen new variety of hop at the time, after our former Head Brewer Wil Wood got a tip off on its unique character and flavour profile.

Fyne Ales was one of the first breweries in the UK to use Citra in a brew and the results were fantastic. Jarl is now is our best selling beer and has won a number of prestigious awards, including being the current Champion Beer of Scotland. The area of Argyll is shrouded in Viking folklore and the name Jarl refers to the name of the Norwegian Earls (Jarls), who claimed many of the surrounding lands in the 12th century.

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 82
Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, gold in color with one half inch head. Taste is lemon and herbal hops. Light bodied, slightly bitter with moderate carbonation. Good but I prefer other ipas.

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Photo of MisterBanks6
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fantastic slightly low alcohol blonde at 3.8%. Very nice to enjoy any time but best served really chilled in a glass served with Black Bomber Cheddar. Hoppy with light bitter taste with some sweetness. Nothing too overpowering and is perfectly balanced. Clear citrus notes

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizzaria Paradiso - Georgetown.

I would have never classified this beer as an American Blonde Ale.

A - Pale yellow, straw colored, slight haziness with an off white one-finger head.

S - A subdued aroma with some grassy, slightly citrusy hops noticed.

T - A rather balanced beer, some faint off taste like an old keg of American lager.

MF - This is where the hops make themselves know. A dry hoppy finish full of citrus, grass and pine.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it on the engine at Anker, a gastropub opened by the Publican people in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood.
It has been a few years since I had one pulled from the cask and I had forgotten that some ales seem softer pulled.
Jarl also Looks like a pulled ale, nice tight bubbles; albeit a blonde, and I'm used to more amber.
Smell is both the Citra and malt backbone. In the Taste, the balance continues... both sides play nice.
Feel, I find the hops linger too much. I'd like some juice from the malt to work its way back in.
OA: fine. But only one in a session because of the hop after-taste.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy yellow colour. Smells of light, sweet malts, with a hint of earthy hops. Velvety mouthfeel and tastes a little sweet, with faint hops; just like it smells, very light overall.

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Photo of psm90
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't understand the love for this one. It's very uninteresting to me. The malts are lightly sweet and thin, with a mellow hay flavour. Slightly citric, lemony hops - but again, there's no real depth or distinction here. If I was told this was a macro lager I would have agreed.

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Photo of kevinodonnell91
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought in bottle straight from the brewery. Taste is dominated by tobacco and citric hops flavours with citrus forming most of the smell. One of my absolute favourites and perfect session ale.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled last night on 12/30/14 after league bowling. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Back of label says: "BEST BEFORE: FEB 2015". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a small 'Das Boot'.

Pours a slight hazy gold in color with a thin white cap. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is mostly of pine, citrus zest and hops. The taste of citrus zest is right up front with some juniper, pine in the mix as well followed by a slight dry hoppy finish. Didn't linger for too long but was pretty noticeable. Medium-bodied with good carbonation as there was a slight 'fizz' noise when opened. Overall, not a big fan of a 'Blonde Session Ale' type of brew.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- This one pours a hazed light gold color, that has tinges of brown and yellow hues....the head isn't that impressive....it didn't provide anything other than a patchwork in the middle of the liquid that looks like Antarctica. The lacing is alright I suppose, with thin wisps of foam that eventually slide back into the glass. Carbonation appears to be mild as well....nothing special overall.

S- Dried grains are prominent, along with some zesty spice blended in. Milder aromas include citrus fruits, malt and cedar. The finish of the aroma spectrum is of leafy hop cones.

T- Very citrusy indeed, and it's strong through and through! There is an Earthy quality about it too that tastes of juniper, pine, and cedar, as mentioned before. The finish is hopped up pretty well and has a freshness to it that many brews don't carry. This is all balanced out with some subtle yet biscuit like malts.

M/O- This is a light bodied, crisp and refreshing ale....the carbonation is zingy and the flavors carry through from start to finish well! I find the overall state of this beer to be fresh and it seems to be made of high quality ingredients! I think this is a highly drinkable ale that is really well suited for hot weather and would be a great palate cleanser when had with a spicier dish. I like it and would most likely get this again and recommend it!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Best before 2/2015.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Massive props to Shroud0fdoom for splitting a bottle of this with me! 11.2 oz bottle served in a little taster at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.

A: Pours a golden color. There's a small white head with only a modicum of lacing left behind.

S: Not too fresh, to be fair. Still, there are some nice notes to be found: there's a vivid aroma of confectioner's sugar, in particular. Some lesser tones of grapefruit also appear. I'll still say it's superior to a lot of old IPAs, though (and this is just a 3.8% golden ale!)

T: It starts with a nice, grassy bitterness. There's just enough sweet malt to balance it - I'm definitely getting a slight sugar cookie vibe. Due to its age, some of the vibrant tropical notes are lost. It's still a fine beer regardless.

M: Give this brewery credit: they made a 3.8% beer seem almost substantial. The lightness and the dryness is still there, but the dinkiness isn't. Carbonation seems well controlled.

O: The only thing drinking this accomplished was making me desire a fresh keg/bottle. Good God, imagine how tasy this would be fresh. Not only is that going to be hard here in the good ol' United States of 'Murica, but what are the chances I'll be at Max's with a fresh Jarl keg again?

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Black Sheep, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short had and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus, but these seem to be a bit muted. The hops lend a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pleasant English IPA that works well on cask and is also very easy to drink.

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Photo of charlatan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Half pint at 'spoons in Helensburgh.

Very pale coloured beer with a slightly greenish hue and a brilliant (but not splendid) white head. It has a wonderful herbal to pine resin nose. This aroma has my mouth watering which is particularly unusually with 'spoons casks offerings.

It is lsightly watery to start and somewhat dry to finish until oily hops form a decent residue on the tongue. This beer is all about the hops (as per the nose) and there is only the very faintest hint of something biscuity. The hops begin piney/herbal with the pine gradually giving way to the mint.

It seemed quite hard on the stomach (rather early in the day for me to be drinking), and is highly recommended but more as a sipper than a session beer despite the relatively low abv.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

*11.2 Oz Bottle*

So my hunt for Jarl was concluded. I went to Max's of Friday and grabbed a couple of bottles of this. Well time for the beer! This beer pours perfect blonde. Not witbier blonde, but nice golden blonde. The head was small but what was there was a nice shade of white. Ok, looks good so far! This smells amazing! There is grapefruit pith, lemon, and hints of stone fruits and papaya. There is a nice herbal tea note in there as well. Ok, time for me to devour! Heavy grapefruit, with lemon zest and a hint of lime. Herbal tea and papaya toward the finish. Very, very nice! Malts are there to help sweeten the hops, barely. Yet enough to balance the body of the brew. This finishes dry with subtle bitterness. The feel on this Beaut is light with ample amounts of carbonation.

Overall: I had this at Max's by sheer chance. It was a random pour and it blew my socks off. A man I met and had conversations with said that this is what brewing is all about. Making beers that are quality and making them sessional. This beer is a winner to me. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received with many thanks from Zimbo

Bright lemon Jelly/jello body with big frothy white head that halves but still leaves a healthy amount

Big Hoppy aromas big sweet fruitiness that isn't quite lemon isn't quite grapefruit
with just slight elements of brewing coppers

There is a lot going on with the taste
but most important is it is all complementary
grapefruit, blood orange and malt all superbly tart, no trace of the sweetness of the aroma all warmed to a lingering yeasty bitterness with such a strong hoppiness that it almost becomes menthol.

Big flavours but low abv and spritely carbonation makes a beer that is easy to sink
slates thirst and could be consumed in a very merry session.

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Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold colour with good lacing. Smell is fruity and floral, citrus, crisp maltiness, apple esters, nice. Taste is again fruity and floral, very flavourful session ale. Light maltiness, light bodied but well balanced floral flavour character. Body is firm crisp and light, a tasty session ale as it as meant to be, but not the most flavourful or exciting beer of the day.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottled poured into wine glass

BBE July 2013

A- Cloudy straw blonde body with 2 finger creamy head. Head retention and lacing both very good.

S- Grapefruits, lemon, pepperiness.

T- Grapefruit bitter hoppiness upfront with a peppery note coming through. A nice zesty/touch sweet lemon note coming into the strong hoppy finish. However i feel its lacking a malty sweet dimension, but to be honest, thats being picky.

M- Moderate/lively carbonation and medium body.

D- Looks and smells great. Great hop complexity on the palate, just lacks a touch of a malty dimension for me. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of Rossie1980
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on cask in Fisherman's, Broughty Ferry.
One of the many ales now trying to entice the lager drinker. Hopefully it will work!

Bright, fresh straw colour. crystal clear.

Nice and hoppy bitter tang.

Great session beer. Better than Bitter and Twisted.

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Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Baker's Corner off-license in Dun Laoghaire.

Light yellow pour with a decent amount of haze. 1-finger of light cream head. Very little in the way of retention and only light lace.

Nose is very nice. Pineapple-grapefruit mix from the hops with a light straw note to back that up. Well done.

Taste is also very well done. More pineapple than grapefruit, with notes of orange citrus and a bit of apricot for a light sourness. Great flavor, especially for a lighter abv.

Feel is right on, not too heavy but thick enough for the hop flavor.

This would not be that remarkable a beer, but for only 3.8% this is fantastic. Wish I had picked up more of these.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely looking cloudy golden colour, which has a great fresh look to it. It has a nice lively head.

Smells very fresh and quite fruity and hoppy like an IPA.

Tastes reflects the smell, very hoppy but not overpoweringly so, with a good balance to it. That said it is very tangy and fruity, and extremely moreish.

Overall quite a remarkable beer, especially for such a nice abv.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gravity halfpint at the Euston Tap; ABV listed at 3.9%, fwiw.

A: Clear pale gold body topped by a thin but remarkably solid, clumpy white head. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Very fresh, light, and appealing Citra aroma: grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Terrific.

T: Juicy, citrus fruit, and tons of it. So good, so juicy, so tasty. Amazing.

M: Smooth, lively light-to-medium body. Very delicate.

O: What a great session beer! I could drink this by the gallon.


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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 3.8% ABV, proclaiming itself a 'hoppy blond session ale'. The name seems to be a reference to an old term for a Scandinavian earl - all right then.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden straw hue, with two fingers of thin foamy, rocky white head, which renders a few patches of ECG pattern lace around the glass as it lazily settles. The aroma is of bitter, pithy grapefruit, lemon zest, some nice neutral tropical notes, and biscuity, white bready malt. Quite enticing.

First gulp is rather bracing - more bitter white grapefruit, sans fruit, sans sweetness. Further delving indicates that this sensation lingers for a little longer than expected, before welcoming a plain, grainy malt, more crackery than sweet in its lackluster balancing effort. A few other softer hop notes hang around as well, providing some leafiness and mild warming spice (it sure ain't the booze doing it...).

The bubbles are crisp, fine, and generally mild, the body medium-light in weight, a slight hoppy, frizzy edge eating into the overall smoothness. It finishes more off-dry than one would have anticipated at this point, the restrained grainy malt standing up for itself a tad more, amidst a somewhat waning, increasingly blended lemon/grapefruit bitterness.

A pretty tasty session beer, as generally promised. For the unsuspecting hophead, this is a pleasant boon. I don't know that I would drink a whole night's worth of this, but that's true of any hopped to the nuts offering. However, it would be super to have a few pints of this as a hop-fix start to an evening's pub proceedings.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, abv listed as 3.8%. Pours out a hazed pale straw colour, tall frothy white head on the pour.

Sweet white grapefruit aroma is prominent on the nose, some mild spice, very faint biscuity malt.

Bright sweet grapefruit hops up front in the flavour, some spicy, leafy notes, clean light grainy malt on the finish.

Light bodied mouthfeel, smooth texture, low carbonation with a spritzy kick on the finish.

A mellower fix for hopheads craving some grapefruit citrus, as that's pretty much all that's going on here flavour-wise. On the flipside an assertively hoppy blonde ale.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier today at the The Bruce Festival 2011 in Dunfermline which I should add is a medeival festival in honour of Robert The Bruce. Despite not being a beer festival it still manged to have twenty cask ales on tap all served via gravity. Result!

Super big foamy head with a pure crystal golden look. Ripe yet ripe citric nose.
Begins with a dry citric bitterness which leads to a sweet middle before it is again surrounded with all that long clinging bitterness. Amazing how this relatively light bodied beer so effortlessly supports such a complex drink.
Concludes with a beautiful long delicious Citra bitterness that is both satisfying and chewy.
Just stunning. Can't believe more people aren't singing this beer's praises. Without a doubt the best kept 'secret' in the Scottish beer scene.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours platinum yellow with a feathery lacy white head that leaves big crusty sheets. Musty citrus nose, like rotten white grapefruit skin, that is Citra. Sour grain, cream cracker and lemon oil but Citra starts to cut in right away with musky lemon pith hops that go tight and impressively bitter on the finish. Sour mango linger. Soft, round, creamy and light to medium.

Not really an American blonde - the bready malts and creamy feel are definitely English - but until BA puts in an English Golden/Blonde category, it's better than "English Pale Ale".

Citra on parade! These hops just bully your palate in the most pleasant way. At 3.8% in bottles, I'd drink this all day. Big winner of a single hop ale.

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Jarl from Fyne Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 82 ratings