Ben Nevis

Rating: 3.05

Referred to as a “Ruby Red IPA” on bottle, and for the life of me I don’t know why. It’s a more of a bitter or Scottish ale but certainly not an IPA; it is however an organic beer if that matters to you. Described as a “full bodied” which I also dispute it is said to be of a “rich malty flavour” with a “lightly hopped aftertaste”. It is named after Scotlands (and the UK’s) highest mountain, this is a beer I have heard mentioned a by a few people in the past but never one I’d thought about trying until seeing it in the supermarket recently. It wasn’t on I was particularly looking forward to, mainly due to the errors on the bottles description but I did review it with an open mind. Again this one was previously brewed by the Bridge of Allan Brewery before production moved to Traditional Scottish Ales when they outgrew their original location.

Appearance (4/5): Dark Copper with a  nice, dark white head that settles to a half centimeter of lacing around the top of the glass. Quite dark but clear with no bubbles. This one certainly looks good.
Aroma (7/10): Quite like a lot of English bitters with hints of toffee & some malts on the nose. Dark fruits & a pleasant berry smell along with some caramel can also be detected.
Taste (6/10): Rather like the smell with dark summer fruits such as berries being the main flavour detected. It mirrors the smell with toffee & hints of caramel. There is a quite bitter aftertaste that lets it down slightly in my opinion.
Palate (2/5): Quite light on the palate with lots of carbonation &quite a bit of fizz on the tongue as it is drank. I found this one just a little too watery although it was very easy to drink.

Overall (11/20): I doubt I would purchase this beer again although wouldn’t rule out drinking it again, it’s just that there is a lot of much better bitters out there & those often work out cheaper than this one. I still have no idea why it is listed as a “Ruby Red IPA” the bottle as it is not an IPA.

Brewed In: Stirling, Scotland
Brewery: Traditional Scottish Ales
First Brwed: circa. 1997
Type: 80/- (Scottish Ale)
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £1.62

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  1. June 25, 2013 at 15:29

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