Jarl | Fyne Ales Ltd

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by kojevergas on 03-08-2011

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of psm90
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
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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2.8/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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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2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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 flandoggie
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronDjinn
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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 dcbeers
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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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3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shelton Brothers 8/18/17

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Jarl from Fyne Ales Ltd
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 77 ratings