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St. Andrews Oatmeal Pale

Rating: 3.3

The penultimate beer from my recent trip to Aldi now, the ninth of the haul that I’ve got round to reviewing with this one hailing from St. Andrews in Fife, an English IPA from the St. Andrews Brewing Company which isn’t a brewery I’m all that familiar with despite seeing their beers for sale in Aldi on a couple of occasions now. The brewery was founded in 2012 and has a capacity of roughly 3500 bottles a week so they are definitely one of the smaller breweries to have their beers on sale in a national supermarket and it’s about time I gave one of their bottles a try. Due to the fact that the last few Scottish beers from Aldi that I’ve reviewed have been less than impressive, I’m hoping this one can buck the trend and show me something different but I’m not entirely sure that it will, lets see though.

St. Andrews Oatmeal Pale

Appearance (4/5): Pours a light, golden amber colour that produces a huge, foamy white head that starts at several inches tall when poured into a mason jar. This soon settles down a little after a minute or so to a more acceptable level, holding at about two centimetres tall, perhaps just under that after you’ve taken a drink of the beer.
Aroma (6/10): Starting with some citrus and floral notes, this one is quite hoppy for the style with some freshly cut grass and some bitterness follows, as does the oatmeal that the beer takes its name from. It was a fairly pleasant smelling beer with some biscuit and bread like notes coming through alongside some lemon and further bitterness towards the end.
Taste (7/10): The start starts where the nose did with some fresh flavours that featured some lemon, citrus and freshly cut grass, the bitterness and oatmeal flavours followed, much quicker in the taste though with their presence being made known almost as soon as the citrus flavours were. There was some earthy flavours coming through as well and some biscuit malts with quite a bitterness finish and aftertaste that was accompanied by the oatmeal.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied with similar carbonation and a dry, very bitter finish that I felt was slightly overdone. The beer seemed a little grainy and I also felt the balance between the initial citrus flavours and the bitter finish could have been a lot better.

Overall (12/20): Another fairly average Scottish beer that I’ve picked up in Aldi I’m afraid, it’s not been the best of hauls and with only one left hopefully things will finish better. This one was okay with the highlights being the fresh and citrus smelling start to the beer but the oatmeal bitterness wasn’t particularly great in all honesty. The beer was drinkable but I’d consider it fairly run-of-the-mill and as such not one I’d be likely to pick up again unless it was heavily reduced.

Brewed In: St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Brewery: St. Andrews Brewing Co.
First Brewed: circa. 2014
Type: English IPA
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi
Price: £1.99

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