The Ghillie | Broughton Ales Ltd

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The GhillieThe Ghillie

Brewed by:
Broughton Ales Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-04-2004

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of charlatan
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour with a generous slightly offwhite head. The nose is berry and perhaps a little rhubarb, redcurrant and peach, so, er, fruity then. After a hint of caramel or perhaps toffee early on, there is a short creamy phase before the spicy hops kick in. They prove the main focus, culminating in a rather dry and unusually spicy finish with a hint of orange. Good, but a sipper. Reminds me somewhat of Black Sheep Ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle: shared with a mate on 15 Feb 2013 during a random beer tasting evening.

Nice looking brew: bright copper body with a full if not deep biege head on top.

Malts rule the flavours both aromaticly and taste wise. This is almost a smooth, gentle beer: however the hop undertones prevent it becoming too sweet and malty. I'm sweet toothed and prefer maltier brews, this sat nicely within that 'pigeon-hole'. The hops play there part but if you're a Hop head this isn't for you unless you fancy something diferent for a change.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep reddish-copper with a massive and rocky light tan head that is retained extremely well. Lots of rising carbonation and incredible lace. Absolutely gorgeous. Smell is subdued, and almost entirely malt. Caramel is apparent, and butter as well, but there's virtually no hop presence. Taste is also malt-dominated, but the hops do at least put in an appearance to prevent balance from going right out the window. Lots of caramel again, with very herbal hops in the finish. Diacetyl is present but under control. Mouthfeel is very well carbonated, plenty of body, and quite fulfilling all in all, and drinkability is solid. Perhaps the prettiest pale ale I've ever had in terms of appearance, but doesn't deliver up to it's potential. More balance would do a world of good for this beer.

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Photo of ToneControl
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This style of beer is not my favourite, but it's a better than average example.

The website says "A rich copper coloured ale, fresh flavoured with a mix of malt and hop and an exciting hop-flower aroma."
However, the bottle is more accurate about the malt: it says "a full malty flavour and a distinctive spicy hop flower aroma".

To me, the malt us too dominant, but I confess I am a hop-head.
However, the malty aftertaste is much smoother than average - a slightly chocolately texture.

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The Ghillie from Broughton Ales Ltd
3.51 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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