Harviestoun Mr. Sno’balls
Reviewed by Brady White on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Harviestoun Brewery 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 !
This 330ml bottle pours a clear, dark rusty brown hue, with one skinny finger of thin, bubbly, foamy beige head, which leaves a decent hanging arch array of lace around the glass as things fall away. It smells predominantly of biscuity, bready caramel malt, nutty milk chocolate notes, a twinge of juicy citrus, and earthy, dusty hops. The taste is more biscuity malt, but softened a fair bit further by the bittersweet chocolate, nuts, shy citrus, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is not quite sedate, with a slight twinge here and there, the body a near medium weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt still there, with a growing flinty edge that somewhat muddles the latent floral, obfuscated citrus hops.
Not quite sure about this one – it’s definitely more of an English Brown Ale, for reasons self-evident, perhaps the recipe changed for its North American debut. It’s definitely drinkable, even though the proclaimed ‘crisp, clean, citrus’ is reflected minimally, at best, and the low-ebbing flinty edge seems poised to rise up at any given moment.