Fyne Ales Avalanche

Reviewed by on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fyne Ales Ltd

  • Origin: Scotland

  • Rated On: December 30, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: English Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A Scottish ale, produced with an excess of American style hops, and thus put forth in a wintery ‘avalanche’ theme.

This 500ml bottle pours a hazy, very pale straw colour, with two fingers of thin foamy, rocky white head, which leaves a nice well spread, fuzzy web of lace around the glass as everything duly sinks away. It smells of light bready, cracker malt, a touch of grapefruit citrus pith, some mild earthy yeast, and bitter floral hops. The taste is light bready malt, a little bit of crackery edginess, some faint, indistinct tart citrus notes, and persistent, fairly bitter grassy hops.  The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive all the same, the body medium light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt and bristling hops engaging in a low-fi end game.

More of a mild bitter, with fruity tendencies, and a rather decent one at that. Hoppy enough to keep this new world denizen satisfied, and worthy of the label’s posturing, though I am not quite convinced of the overwhelming deluge that we in the New World associate with the titular term.

Brady White

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