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Rating: 3.6

This is another bottle I picked up over the weekend whilst visiting the Tinpot Microbrewery based in the Allanwater Brewhouse. Normally I would have held on to this one for a little bit longer but I opted to give it a go so soon because the freshness date on the bottle was faded and I couldn’t tell what it said. The beer was brewed for the annual Kiltwalk charity event held in Scotland each year since 2011. The Glasgow leg of the walk finishes in Loch Lomand, near Balmaha where this beer is brewed so I assume that’s why this one was brewed in the first place with a percentage of the profits going to the Kiltwalk charity. From what I gather this one was first brewed this year for the 2013 edition and upon opening the bottle I was pleased to note that all was well and it still seemed to be in date so I was able to give it a proper go. This one will also be the second beer I have picked up from the Balmaha Brewery, following on from their Little Acorn that I reviewed earlier this week.

The Kiltwalk

Appearance (3/5): A clear, light gold with a thin, foamy white lacing round that top that just about manages to cover the surface.
Aroma (7/10): Slightly sweet with some light butterscotch and a fresh, grassy hop aroma that is quite clean. There are a few light and sweet malts but nothing that really grabs your attention straight away. I could also detect some touches of citrus although not a lot of them.
Taste (7/10): A nice combination of sweet hops and malts with a helping of grassy hops and a hint of citrus and a tiny bit of orange peel too. There is some vanilla or butterscotch in there too.
Palate (4/5): A very clean and crisp beer with a light citrus tang, some sweetness and almost no bitterness in the finish at all.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice beer and one that took me slightly by surprise, I wasn’t expecting it to be so fresh and easy to drink although I’m not sure why that was. The beer has a very fresh and lively taste and goes down well with almost no negatives. A very good beer and very British in it’s taste.

Brewed In: Balmaha,  Scotland
Brewery: Balmaha Brewing Co.
First Brewed: circa. 2013
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Allanwater Brewhouse (Bridge of Allan)
Price: £2.85

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