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Mr. Sno’balls

Rating:3.65

This one is a December seasonal from the Harviestoun brewery in Alva and is a brewery I’ve had quite a few beers from in the past, which is the main reason I picked up this one. Since Christmas beers tend to be a hit or a miss I would usually not be keen on this one but it has been about for a couple of years now so I must be doing something right and the brewery is a good one so I’ll be giving it a go and ignoring the fact that it is another seasonal; hopefully it’s better than some of the ones I’ve tried this Christmas already.

Mr Sno'Balls

Appearance (4/5): A deep copper amber colour with a foamy, off-white head about a thumbs width tall. This settles to a thick looking lacing after a couple of minutes and remains like that for the rest of the beers life.
Aroma (6/10): This one didn’t come across as the strongest beer in the world as far as smell was concerned but that’s not to say it wasn’t a pleasant smell once detected. There was some earthy malts, and perhaps some caramel at the start along with a faint blend of fruits and a hint of citrus. Not a bad smell but far to weak on the nose to fully appreciate.
Taste (7/10): An unexpected mix of fruits that features some banana, a little citrus, some earthy malts and caramel along with a bit of citrus and some lighter, earthy hops. Quite a good mix of flavours and one that works well together.
Palate (4/5): Definitely medium bodied and fruity with a slightly citrus light tang and acidity. The finish is quite bitter and despite what the bottle says about it being crisp I would class it as a wet beer and definitely one that leaves you wanting more at the end.

Overall (15/20): Another pretty decent effort from the Harviestoun brewery here, a nice beer that was well balanced and had a good variety of flavours throw into the mix. Not a classic beer but a welcome addition to their range for December anyway and it is certainly better than most other Christmas beers I have tried in the past, although granted the competition hasn’t been that impressive really.

Brewed In: Alva, Scotland
Brewery: Harviestoun Brewery
First Brewed: circa. 2008 
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.50

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