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Stuart's Natural Session AleStuart's Natural Session Ale

Brewed by:
Scotch Irish Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Stuart's Organic Session Ale.

Added by Derek on 06-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden body with a compact white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. Grainy, slightly floral aroma along with some grass - like a roll in the hay with the farmer's daughter. Good floral malt body rounded off with grassy English hopping. Packs a good amount of flavour into its 3.7% form and should dispel notions that lighter beers are also light in flavour. Sole criticism is that every now and then I notice a split second metallic taste on taking a sip, but it quickly dissipates. Mouthfeel is medium-light, as is the carbonation. Drinkability is out of the park - absolutely perfect.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear yellow with a white head. The aroma is light malts and grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same with some very light grassy hop bitterness and wheat. High carbonation and a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A surprisingly golden brew, not what I was expecting. A thin head, doesn't really last long, nor is there much lacing. Aggressive, visibile carbonation at the beginning.

The nose was both fruity and earthy, with a bit of hops to the finish. Smelled more like a Czech pilsner to me, actually.

Wasn't blown away by the taste, but it was okay. Earthy, with a bit of malt in the front, with the hops coming through at the end. Skunky finish, I wonder if this bottle is a dud...

Mouthfeel is thin, but the carbonation had remarkable staying power (I thought it had all burned off during the pour).

Can't say I'd get this again. It's not bad, and the low ABV does lend itself for a session drinker, but I found the taste department wanting. Not something I'd enjoy drinking a lot of in a session.

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Photo of Swedes21
1.95/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours with almost no head, any head is gone within seconds of the glass been filled. Colour is a golden haze with almost no carbonation present.

Smell - very light smell, i would even go as far as saying fresh smell. slight hint of grass/barley.

Taste - for a light beer it has a very distinct taste, not overly smooth.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is almost not even existent in this beer, after taking a full mouthfeel, the beer did not add any carbonation.

Drinkability - this beer is not a solid choice for most, its not even refreshing or has an distinct taste. Would not buy again...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this little stubby at an LCBO along the Toronto waterfront, and couldn't pass up grabbing a single, at least as a souvenir of local Ontario brew to take back home.

This beer pours a light orange-copper colour, with three fingers of white head, which disappears almost instantaneously, leaving no lacing. There is wispy sediment streaming throughout the beer, when held to the light. The aroma is dry cracker malt, with a bit of floral hops coming through. The taste is very cereal-like, with a grainy sweetness that coats the mouth. For a light beer, this is quite full, flavour-wise. The carbonation is very mild, and predictably, the alcohol is a no-show in the mouthfeel. The finish peters out quite quickly, making me want to have another quaff. This is an aptly named beer; I would imagine it to be highly sessionable, and without sacrificing flavour at that.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The clear golden body is capped by a fingers worth of white head. The head fades quickly to a thin cap, leaving no lace behind. It smells of bread, damp earth, and grassy hops. Mild caramel flavour, biscuit, and a restrained grassy/lemony hop flavour. Bitterness is mild. Light bodied and a little bit fizzy. It succeeds at being a quaffable session beer with a nice flavour.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odd and unique yet hoppy aroma, apparently from the U.K.-based Admiral hops. Low IBU that gives some mild bitterness. Golden colour with seapy head. Light taste. A little sweet and dry finish. Sessionable balanced, but expect less. Volo Cask Days 2007.

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

Very light beer, straw with a bit of an organe tinge.

I really don't get much aroma off of this. Finger-thick head and some decent enough lacings.

Not the most challenging beer I've ever had. Not quite as fruity as I like my bitters. A little bit of orange. Not that fond of the admiral hops, I get a distinctly un-British taste off them, somewhat citrussy. Very short finish with some kind of astringent hops.

First Scotch-Irish I've had that I didn't enjoy. Very average. Little flavour. Overly carbonated for the style. Takes "sessionable" a little too far.

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Photo of tuvok
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second time drinking this one. The first sip goes down very well, but the experience changes as you get a chance to process the experience.

Dark, golden yellow. Slightly murky when held up to the light. Beer had slight, white head that dissipated relatively quickly. No lacing was evident.

No really bold smells, just a very subtle earthy aroma.

Starts off slightly sweet with a mild bitter finish. Taste is somewhat grainy with malts not really evident.

Thin mouth feel.

Low ABV and light taste make this one easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a small foamy with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of floral malt with some light hoppy bitterness is somewhat interesting. Taste is a mix between some floral malt with a light English hops bitter touch. Full body with some average carbonation. Not very complex overall but I thought this was easily drinkable and very refreshing. I wish more North American brewers would brew bitters and mild at less then 5% alcohol.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on September 11, 2009.

Thanks to bobsy for this beer.

The beer is yellow color... some might say the color is slightly golden. The aroma is earthy/grassy hops with some faint notes of fruits. The taste is similar to the aroma. More grassy hops than earthy in the taste. The bitterness is light,but it is there. The head is thin but sticks a little to the glass. Crisp and dry which to me is in the beer style.

A good session beer. I like it.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head, not much lacing or retention. Has a golden color with some haziness.

Smells of fruits (lemons/oranges) and a sourness that seems out of place. The malts aren't really noticeable (the nose and the tongue).

I am still not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this beer. Has a fruity, sour taste that seems a little odd. This would be a great yard work/camp work beer but thats as far as I would go with it.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Found this in a Kingston, ON LCBO. 3.70% abv, 341mL stubby bottle. Bottled August 17 2008. Poured into a pint glass slightly above fridge temp.

Amber body, small cloud but no collar. Looks very English to me. Bubbles coming up through it.

Aromas of ale yeast, noble hops, a hint of sweet maltiness. Pretty subdued.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp for a Bitter in terms of carbonation. Fizzy overall. Well balanced at least, with some residual graininess. Finish is tasty... wow, it really redeemed itself there, more malt coming out. Wasn't expecting a lot of hops and I didn't get any. Too bad the mouthfeel is so poor.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.02/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - small head that went away quickly, low carbonation, dark golden yellow

Smell - grassy, barley/wheat, sweet notes

Taste & Mouth - I'm not sure if there's something wrong with my bottle, but it seems really flat. Or at least a very very low amount of carbonation.

Drink - I would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of Voonder
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobsy for this one!

Pours orange-ish color, a bit cloudy with small white head. Smell - sweet malts, some spices, some caramel. Taste - biscuity, toasted malts, somewhat sweet, hint of citrus. Intresting and I should say I'm liking it. Pretty balanced, fair amount of carbonation. Easy drinker, great session beer.

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Photo of hopdog
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml. stubby, bottle acquired in trade with Sammy - thanks!

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grains, a little earthy, and light card board. Tastes of grains and some citrus. Started out lightly sweet and had a light tart finish. Light lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of mfgeorge
1.16/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours hazy golden yellow with no head. Smells like it tastes, which was a bit grassy but mostly just plastic and piss. I'm not trying to be offensive with my remarks, it really tasted like that to me. It wasn't skunked so I would say it wasn't off, just awful. Really one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the modest bitterness, this boarders on being a pale mild ale.

A: Golden-yellow, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Grainy bread & bubble-gum fruity esters.

T: Grainy, lightly spicy hop flavour (a little woody & earthy with hints of nut-shell bitterness); modest bitterness; some British fruity esters. Well-crafted with plenty of flavour for its weight (I'm just not overly fond of those particular flavours).

M: Light to moderate body (impressive for its strength), modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Commercial Description:
A bit paler than Session, owing to the colour of the organic pale ale malt being about half the colour of non-organic. we couldn't up the organic crystal too much for fear of sweetening the beer too much. Organic Admiral hops are used exclusively as well. The are a relatively new "dwarf" variety from the U.K. that gives very good aroma as well as usable bitterness. The IBU's are about 25.

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Photo of nokes
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured clear and gold with a white unremarkable head which faded quickly and left no lacing. The colour is actually quite nice, though.

It smells bready and maybe grassy, mildly so.

Flavour is slightly biscuity, but what I notice most is the grassy/lemony twang. It actually goes very well with the nachos and fresh salsa we have out at the moment. Not really bitter at all, actually.

It's light-bodied with good carbonation.

Eminently quaffable for sure.

This beer was a perfect match for what I was eating, so the review might be generous. I might try this again sometime when it has to stand more on its own, but why bother? It was a good match for nachos and fresh salsa, and quite enjoyable in that context.

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

On tap:

Gold with a clear body and a smallish white cap. Light caramel tones, boiled cereals and some leafy hop notes. Fast clean lightly bitter finish with a golding bite at the end

I'm not much on these mild Brit session ales but this one had enough taste to hold my interest and the hegged version is far better than the bottled product.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes in a stubby bottle with Westie dog on the cream colored label. I like the traditional UK images this brewery uses on its bottles.

The pour reveals a clear brass color with a tiny flash in the pan head. It quickly recedes to a thin ring that musters up very little lace. The aroma is of passionfruit, fresh bread, lemon drops and some butterscotch. Its more fruity than hoppy. The taste is malty with a tropical fruit flavor and some tartness. Lemony, herbal hops provide balance but never play much of a role. The finish is lightly bitter and tart.

This is an OK beer but its a little too tart and underhopped/malted.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ditto from the last review, the name has been changed to Stuart's Natural Session Ale and it's 3.7% now. The label indicates it was bottled in either C, D or E (March, April or May) early in the month - I'm guess it was March. Fizzy, spritzy head on the pour disappeared quickly. Clear cognac colour with scarce carbonation. Slightly grassy smell, wet soil, not much else that I could detect. Flat taste and mouthfeel, bitterness seems AWOL for the most part, slight malt in the finish. No hops to describe. For what was intended as a session ale in particular, I'm sorry to say that I would not buy this again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now called Stuart's NATURAL Session Ale. I guess they couldn't afford the Organic ingredients this year (but wait the small print on the label says "brewed using only certified organic malts and hops"., maybe there was some legal reason they couldn't call it ORGANIC in the name). It's also now brewed by Heritage in Carleton Place, so maybe what this means is that it needs it's own entry? Judging by the previous reviews I'd say they have improved this brew considerably since it was ORGANIC.

Pours a deep honey gold with a fine fuzzy head.

Smells of clover and citrus,; very fragrant and pleasant.

It's very smooth and fresh tasting. Light but with nice maltiness. not too sweet and a nice floral hop after taste.

I really like this product. Perfect for after work on a summer's eve.

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Photo of bylerteck
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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Stuart's Natural Session Ale from Scotch Irish Brewing Company
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