Beer Review: Orkney Gold – The Orkney Brewery

The elusive double upload today! Despite doing the Taproom Talk I still fancied doing a classic beer review. This is a new brewery for me all the way from the Orkney Islands with The Orkney Brewery. This was given to me by grandparents as even they have been absorbed into my beer world! This ‘Orkney Gold’ is unsurprisingly a golden ale and coming in at 4.5% ABV. As I’ve mentioned golden ales are probably my favourite style of traditional ale so always excited to try new ones.

‘Orkney Gold’ pours an amber almost marmalade colour with a slightly off-white head. On the nose there is a zesty citrus mixed with a slight malty sweetness which is really pleasant. The body of the beer has a strong citrus hop to it and the carbonation really pushes that flavour around. Despite the strong hop it is very refreshing and goes down surprisingly well.

A quick note on the bottle art: I often find bottle wraps are never quite as good as can wraps but this might be my favourite bottle so far. I believe the image is of the Standing Stones of Stenness on the island but it is in an awesome holographic gold that makes the bottle gorgeous to look at!

The grandparents have found me a lovely golden ale here. The hop might be a bit overpowering for some people but the lemon citrus in the flavour and the nose is really tasty. It’s clean drinking and quite light. They apparently have a 5 star visitor centre so would love to head up one day and check the place out! Cheers Nan and Grandpa!

Score: 7.5/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade
  • Malt: Pale, Malted Wheat
  • IBU: 34
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Price: £1.49
  • Purchase Location: Lidl

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