Arran Sunset | Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Isle of Arran Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bark on 01-22-2005

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall brown 500ml bottle: best before 31 Oct 2012, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard early Mar 2012.

Pale amber, light copper in colour, bright and clean looking. The head looked good for 20 seconds, it then started to shrink and within a minute it has retreated to a collar and wispy covering: pity.

The aroma was a heady mix of yeasts and hops with a mild malty undertone.

The taste leans towards hops, especially initially. The malted wheat and barley appear mid-mouthfull, preventing the hop bitterness completely taking over the flavours.

Different and pleasant, not sure it's a Pale Mild though?

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bark
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale amber – bronze; the quickly dissolving foam is compact and pale beige.

The smell is fresh and full-flavoured with lots of hops, probably Challenger with its characteristic grapefruit notes. I noticed some alcohol, which I found surprising at just 4.4%. There are also some flavours of fine leather and a scent of smoke. Nice!

The carbonation is on the lighter side with small bubbles. If you pour this beer the wrong way, it will be almost stale.

The taste is a bit unbalanced with a powerful flavour of citrus fruits from the hops and a rather weak taste from the malt, making the overall taste a bit watery. There are dry notes of grape fruit, wormwood, some smoke and an almost unnoticeable sweetness. The aftertaste is quite simple and short with the bitter-sourish hops and a pleasant touch of mild whiskey.

As I said earlier, the taste is unbalanced: With some more powerful malt, this would have been a fantastic ale.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark gold beer poured into a pint glass that initially formed a white head, however this disappeared very quickly to leave little more than suds.

A very pleasant and refreshing nose was dominated by hops with a citrus zest and a good hint of orange peel. One of the most refreshing smelling beers I have ever sampled.

This theme of hops and orange continue their domination through to the taste with a slightly after-taste of spices. However the body of the beer let it down, very watery, no head retention; this very quickly started to remind me of lager. Too much so to be anything more than a thirst quencher, however I would go for something else personally.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden amber colour with a thumb sized, creamy white head that slowly reduces to just under that and leaves some nice lacing.

Light citrus and quite hoppy with some good floral notes and a sort of fruity, malt base backing this up.

Hoppy with some summer fruits in the mix and a fair amount of citrus thrown in too. There is some malts, a touch of bitterness and some light floral notes rounding things off.

Medium & smooth with a slightly bitterfeel and moderate carbonation.

A nice tasting pale ale, with a good mix of fruit and hops along with a nice, well balanced bitterness to it.

Bottle from Sainsburys supermarket (UK)

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Photo of charlatan
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has freshness date a couple of months away. Amber coloured beer with a decent head which sticks around for quite a while. It has a sweet lemon and dried fruit nose. Initially fairly nondescript then a wee hoppy blast, a slightly biscuity taste, and then a more herbal hoppy finish: nowhere near as sweet as the nose suggests. This feels insubstantial but doesn't taste watery. Overall better than anticipated. I agree this seems wrongly categorised.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Filtered, coming in a 500ml brown bottle, BB NOV 06. Served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark golden hue, great clarity, fluffy white head, constantly floating and gentle carbonation.
S: intensive flowery hop note pierces through semi-sweet nutty+bready malts upfront, added with a trace of lemonade and citrus-fruits. Very pleasant!
T&M: an intriguingly tartly-sweet lime/citrus-fruity as well as doughy palate gradually brings very lightly nutty malts on board, finished with a vegetation-like and faintly floral hoppy aftertaste with very restrained but noticeable bitterness down the palate. Nice and softly fizzy mouthfeel throughout with a rather clean and crisp finish; very light-bodied and mild flavoured.
D: I can’t say I like this beer, but it surely tastes different for a bitter/pale ale with its semi-sour juice suggestion at each step. That said, I'm still unclear about what it means by "English Pale Mild Ale" which this beer is categorised here...

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Photo of haggis
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Arran's best beer that I have tried so far. Had it when I went back home this past year and loved that my mum had stocked the fridge with some quality ale.

It was just so damn fresh, but then I live about 2 hours from the brewery. It pours well, and drinks well. The flavour is somewhat floral, but not overpowering. Decent amount of hops, but not bitter. It has more body than their blonde and went very well with the BBQ dinner out in the backgarden with some good Ayrshire sausages!

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