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Award Winning Scottish Ales From UK

13/08/2018

At Orkney Brewery they create traditional craft brewed ales full of flavour using only the finest of ingredients

The tranquil Orkney Islands, with their fertile farming lands and fishing grounds, have been inhabited for over 5000 years. In fact, we’re just one mile away from one of the most famous Neolithic settlements in Northern Europe – Skara Brae.  Their brewhouse was born from their history and traditions. So as you can imagine, they had a long time to make sure they get it right.

Orkney Brewery’s processes create only the finest hand-crafted ales, using the traditional methods developed and handed down through time. Only the finest ingredients and purest Orcadian water can create these outstanding, full-of-flavour ales. So next time you sip one of their brews, you can be sure it was made with the best malt, hops, yeast, Orcadian water — and a long, long history of making quality ales.

The Beers

Cliff Edge IPA: Pale Copper IPA - Intense citrus and piney aromas, tropical fruit then spicy flavours, lasting zesty mouthwatering bitterness.

Deep Tawny Ale- smooth and nutty: Rich nutty malt, sweet smooth blackcurrant and lemon mousse leading to blackcurrant leaf and wood notes with a dry woody, spicy nutmeg finish.

Dark Island: Dark Island is an iconic beer: The Orkney Brewery's flagship beer. Exhibiting a ripe fruity, chocolate nose, Dark Island is balanced by flavours of dark Chocolate, dried fruit, figs and nuts from the combination of roasted malts and rich hops. A standard-bearer for traditional Scottish ales. In case, this beer has twice won CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Scotland.

Red Macgregor: The ruby ale Red Macgregor brewed to 4.0 ABV. Deliciously perfumed with hints of spiciness and toasted malts. Rich hop fruits giving way to a clean dry refreshing hop bitterness.

Northern Light: This beer combines juicy pale malt character with a citrus and apricot hoppiness. Refreshing citrus flavours dominate the palate, with hints of Brioche and fresh bread, giving way to a clean refreshing hoppy aftertaste.

Raven Ale: Raven Ale dominant malt character is a balance between juicy pale ale malt and a biscuity, toasty malt flavour this gives way to a clean spicy orange bitterness. Aromas of orange, lemon and fresh apple.

Dragonhead: This beer is brimming over with rich roast malt and roast barley flavours. Aromas of bitter chocolate, roast coffee and spicy dark fruits. complemented by a complex, bitter blend of traditional hop varieties.

Corncrake: Crisp hops perfectly balance the biscuity Maris otter to provide a thirst quenching ale with soft citrus( apricot and peach) flavours throughout. Corncrake is named after the rare and elusive bird which enjoys the natural habitats of Orkney. A donation from the sale of each bottle goes to support the RSPB's Corncrake conservation work in Scotland.

Latitude: A straw gold colour with a fresh hoppy herbaceous aroma. Slightly spicy, refreshing with citrus notes and a lingering fresh green hop flavour.

Three Sisters: Deep ruby red with toasted malt and caramel aroma. A delicate toasted flavour with a light fruity crispness.

Nimbus: Crystal clear straw gold with a malty backbone of fresh bread. Rich and aromatic with a zesty citrus accent, a lemon twist and a satisfying hoppy finish.

Skull Splitter: A rich fruity wine-like complexity on the palate includes fresh and dried fruits, warm exotic spice and light summer citrus fruits. Sophisticated, satiny smooth with a deceptively light character.

Orkney Gold: Refreshingly crisp with zesty sweet lemon mandarin and apricot on the palate balanced by a juicy malt background.

Red Macgregor: Their original Red Macgregor brewed slightly stronger to a 5.5 ABV Deliciously perfumed with hints of spiciness and toasted malts. Rich hop fruits giving way to a clean dry refreshing hop bitterness.

Orkney Gold Keg: Crystal clear gold with a sweet aroma of lemon and Apricot. Refreshingly crisp with zesty sweet lemon, mandarin and apricot on the palate, balanced by a juicy malt background.

Dark Island Reserve: Dark Island reserve is a rich strong Orcadian Ale. After a gentle fermentation at their brewery in Quoyloo, the beer is finished in old oak casks formerly used to mature fine scotch malt whisky. This unhurried process creates a timeless classic full of fruit, spice, oak and roast malt flavours.

Clootie Dumpling: This fruity spiced winter ale exhibits all the warming characters of the famous Clootie Dumpling. A light tawny beer which has a soft rounded palate flavoured with seasonal spices.

Dark Island Reserve: Dark Island reserve is a rich strong Orcadian Ale. After a gentle fermentation at their brewery in Quoyloo, the beer is finished in old oak casks formerly used to mature fine scotch malt whisky. This unhurried process creates a timeless classic full of fruit, spice, oak and roast malt flavours.

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