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Fyne Ales Nice

Rating: 3.75

Time for one of my first Christmas beers of the holiday season now, this particular offering coming from the Fyne Ales brewery in Scotland. The beer is the sister beer of Fyne Ale’s Naughty porter style beer. This one, ‘Nice’, is labeled as a white IPA and doesn’t seem particularly influenced by winter judging by the hoppy, citrus flavours the bottle suggests it will contain but it is still on I’m excited about trying. Surprisngly for such a local and highly thought of brewery, I’ve not tried all that many of Fyne Ale’s beers with Zombier and their Sanda Black being the only two previous offerings I’ve managed to try before this one, that’s something I’ll be looking to change though as I’ve heard nothing but good things about a lot of their beers.

Fyne Ales Nice

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a very light looking amber to golden colour, this beer was very clear and still looking with a centimetre and a half tall, foamy white head on top that seems to hold fairly well over the opening minute or so before reducing in size ever so slightly; there is a touch of lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (7/10): Initially this one smells like a cross between a wheat beer and an American IPA, there is a bit of wheat to kick things off before some strong tropical fruits and pine start to come through. I managed to detect some pineapple, mango and citrus notes to begin with, the hoppy pine notes following on soon after before grapefruit and finally biscuit notes start to come through. I’m never sure how a hybrid beer like this one will turn out but so far so good here.
Taste (7/10): Citrus and orange flavours open up here with some wheat as well but not to the same extent as with the nose. I managed to detect some good grapefruit and pine flavours, lots of hops and a good bitterness as result. There was some  of the tropical fruits from the nose featuring as well, most notably the pineapple but also some papaya.
Palate (4/5): Quite a bitter beer with a nice balance of flavour on top of a medium to light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Naturally the finish was a slightly dry one with a slight citrus tang and the hops seemed to linger at the end as well.

Overall (15/20): This one was a surprisingly good beer and reminiscent of another favourite Christmas beer of mine, Hoppy Christmas from Brewdog in that it definitely does not seem at all like a Christmas beer, certainly not in the traditional sense at least but it is still an excellent beer. There was plenty of hops and topical fruits to this one with a solid, bitter taste throughout that helped it down well; this one would be enjoyable at any time of year.

Brewed In: Argyll, Scotland
Brewery: Fyne Ales
First Brewed: 2014
Type: White IPA
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.60

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  1. February 22, 2017 at 08:16

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