Jarl | Fyne Ales Ltd

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Brewed by:
Fyne Ales Ltd
United Kingdom (Scotland) | website

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.

Added by kojevergas on 03-08-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
64
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
20.52%
 
 
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11
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by gushov:
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcbeers
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 vinicole
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is Fyne Ales' seasonal ale, launched in 2010. I had it at the Bon Accord pub in Glasgow, Scotland, from a cask. This review is from notes.

A: Cloudy yellow colour. Relatively thin head.

Sm: Grapefruit citrusy scent. Uncanny. Clan barley. Very appealing.

T: Smooth clean pen to balanced citrus grapefruit ester body. Built nicely for the style, which is best described as a blonde/golden hybrid. Doesn't fit neatly into any of beeradvocates' categories.

Mf: Adequately smooth to complement the flavour. The finish is nice.

Dr: I'd have it again. 4% ABV is nicely buried, though that isn't difficult to accomplish. Very drinkable. Would make a decent session beer.

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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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Jarl from Fyne Ales Ltd
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