Ossian

Rating: 3.3

Ossian is the flagship beer from the Inveralmond brewery and a beer that I’ve came across on countless occasional over the years without actually ever trying it. It’s a favourite go to beer of a few people I know and is usually always available in Aldi supermarkets for a relatively good price so I’m as surprised as anyone that I’ve never tried it until now. I finally ended up grabbing a bottle when in Aldi recently getting some beers as part of their Scottish beer festival selection and since I’ve waited so long to try it, it’s probably the beer of my haul that I’m most looking forward to now. The beer is only my third from the Inveralmond brewery too, it follows on from the bottle of Thrappledouser that I tried last summer and really enjoyed as well as their bottle of Santa’s Swallie that I had around Christmas 2011 but wasn’t particularly impressed by; hopefully this one falls at least somewhere between the two, the closer to Thrappledouser the better though.

Ossian

Appearance (4/5): This one sits a really light golden colour in the glass but it’s also very bright looking and quite clear as well. The head is about half a centimetre tall, maybe just slightly above that, and it’s a foamy white one with hints of lacing left on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Starting with some light malts and a touch of grassy hops, this one is fresh with a few hints of sweetness sneaking in early on before some faint caramel and perhaps even some butterscotch begin to come through. The beer wasn’t particularly strong on the nose but the smell was noticeable at least with some biscuit malts and a couple of background fruits thrown in right at the end.
Taste (6/10): Light malts, a few touches of biscuit and some grassy flavours kick things off with the taste, there is some touches of sweetness as well with some caramel, butterscotch and a few background fruits providing this for the most part.
Palate (3/5): Light medium bodied  and smooth with fine carbonation and a slight tang to proceedings, the beer is quite a dry one but with slightly less bitterness than I was expecting going in. The beer has quite a nice balance to it and it goes down easily enough without really standing out.

Overall (14/20): This one was a very easy to drink beer that went down a treat and came through with a good balance but at the same time nothing really stands out for me. I liked the beer, it was a smooth one with nice touches of sweetness and good bitterness throughout; good stuff from Inveralmond but not quite great.

Brewed In: Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
Brewery: The Inveralmond Brewery Ltd.
First Brewed: Brewery since 1997
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi (Cardonald)
Price: £1.49

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