Skye Gold | Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Isle Of Skye Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-24-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Godfather50:
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3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was serve bottle and chilled to me in Kyke just off the Isle of Skye. The chill ruined any early appreciation of smell and taste. So while warming in it in the palm of my hands I wondered why the brewery don't tell the vendors not to serve it so cold.

That apart it's a pale ale with some biscuity, malty notes. Hopping is moderate and flowery. The head retention was OK. It quenched my thirst but there was nothing living about this ale. Probably pasteurised, I must check.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dcbeers
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rather chewy breakfast beer at Smokeless Joe's. Golden colour with a bit of white head. Aroma on the cheesy side. Chewy and malty. Interesting, not too sweet but it is sweetish. I would recommend wheat beer fans trying this.A pint was remarkably filling

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Photo of frasergrove
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of degarmot
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrmanning
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub- Deep golden pour with a frothy and long lived lacy top. On the nose, I get heavy grains, some hay, pale malts, some grassy hops. Tastes really an odd sort of way. Sweet malts meet some sharp grassy hops, some soapy flavours too. Towards the finish, lots of grains again, to the point of this being not all that great. A strange dank funky taste is left in my mouth as well. This one is not for me.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Full name is "Isle of Skye Hebridean Gold Porridge Oat Ale". ABV is 4.3%. Deep golden colour, creamy and lasting off-white head. Pleasant fruity hops in the aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. The flavour has moderate malts and acceptable hops, hints of nuts and maybe some toffee. The porridge oat is just there as an airy notion in the background. Dry hoppy finish. Easy drinking, nice enough.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a nice deep coppery amber colour. White head poured big, foamy and meringue like then faded to decent one finger coating... lots of carbonation fizzes to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Quite juicy fruitiness (apples, pears and lemons), sea salt notes, lightly toasted bread, biscuit notes - some cookies, peppery, light floral honey, some butteriness, very faint whiff of oats, some fresh raw nuts...

Taste - Slightly watered down spicy fruits (lemons and grapefruits), barely any oats, salty, bready, very light maltiness, some cookie dough notes, light herbal notes, faint butteriness, light grassy and spicy hops...

M&D - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable but maybe a little on the dull side to have you rushing back for another...

Overall - An OK bitter although i think they could do with cranking up the flavours a bit - the porridge oats are barely noticeable... worth a try...

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Photo of dqrull
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bright yellow, with a fizzly white ehad, that lasts some time, leaving some dry lacing.

Aromas of honey, light fruity malts, very light all around, smells refreshing, with a small hint of lemon.

Taste has honey, light fruity english ale-esters and a nice fullness from the oates used. Full, but with a light feel, maing it feel really refreshing.

Mouthfeel is really smooth and nice thanks to the oats I would think, with a soft and creamy carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head from a bottle pour in the restaurant. Leaves thick webby lace on the glass. Amber color and clear. 

A touch of vinegar?  Otherwise, it smells like a traditional Amber, lots of crystal malts with some floral lanhop. 

Round ale flavor with a strong peppery bite. Rich full body with an equally high level of carbonation. Good aftertaste of white pepper. Very nice beer after a very long day. 

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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, poured into glass. golden in color, good head retention and lacing. nice mild pleasant flavor. greaty mouthfeel from the oats. better than expected.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served very fresh at the Castle Tavern in Inverness.

Light yellowy orange sparkle this is somewhat malt forward and has a very smooth soft silky body. Tender constant fluffy head but not overly thick and leaves some sticky lacing.

There is a slight bitterness which marries beautifully with the toffee-ish maltiness which leads to a long, complex, gently lingering mealy bitterness. Firm and persistant but not at all aggressive.

Beautifully tasty, the difference between the cask and bottled version is just colossal.

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Photo of BanrionMAB
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of T-34-85
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lackenhauser
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average, low orange color. No real head and a low carbonation level. Nice,mellow and sweet malt aroma. Somewhat toasted and nutty. Soft, malty flavor. Slight bready character. Very smooth. Somewhat dry finish. Nice,soft though full body. Very drinkable. Great session beer. I can only imagine this on draft. Find some if you get to Scotland.

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Photo of sephyrott
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ajdemma
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyrenaica
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
4.3% ABV

I tried this beer on April 4, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a dark translucent gold colour with a fluffy white head that quickly died. The aroma was mainly grassy malt, but there was a hoppish hint. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was also a combination of grainy malt, with some bitter hoppiness thrown in for good measure. Definitely a better beer than both the Red Cuillin and the Black Cuillin.

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Photo of charlatan
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pint at the impressively cheap 'spoons in Airdrie (£1.65). The beer was a light golden colour with a typical white mottled 'spoons head. It seemed a tad on the cold side for a cask ale. Perhaps that's a clue towards the mystery of the relative lack of aroma of cask beers served by 'spoons. My desperate sniffing mustered a hint of banana, a little yeast and some cream and probably a few funny looks to boot.

The beer has a warm sweetcorn flavour with a faint hint of banana. Rathe rminty hops gradually become apparent. As I make my way through th epint the initial corn flavour seems to become slightly more oaky. I had no idea there were oats involved until I looked the beer up here.

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Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB date: Sep. 06.
A: pours a slightly hazy, dark orangey golden colour, with a very very creamy and frothy beige-hued head… leaving very tight and fine lace along the way; with very sparse tiny bubbles swimming in the nectar.
S: deeply biscuity malty, butterscotch, and intense, a little stinky, unprocessed honeyish note and sweet wild flowery scent. The typical Scottish ale’s slightly exotic maltiness makes a big entrance, along with a thicker texture of fruitiness and grains. Full-bodied on the nose, albeit a bit overly sweet.
T: refreshing and dryish texture of peat-smoked maltiness and raw-nuttiness dominate the palate upfront; turning incredibly smooth afterwards, backed by the lingering flow of mild nuttiness sustaining firmly at the back along with a little herbal touch, but showing little sign of that sweetish aroma on the nose, thus quite welcomed. It’s said to be brewed with porridge oats, and with that indication I do find this one a bit different from other pale Scottish ale I’ve tasted, softer on the palate, though they all are a bit timid in terms of flavour and hop presence.
M&D: as smooth as you could get from any pale ale, but it also remains lively as the bubbly texture provides good backbone. Medium-bodied, while the texture is a bit too light. Overall, a quality, but “quiet” brew in need of more flavour for my preference, and I really fail to pinpoint where the oats make their greater contribution than perhaps the obvious smoothness. A beer to try once in a life time.

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Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gulden
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Skye Gold from Isle Of Skye Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 27 ratings