Harviestoun Mr. Sno’balls

Reviewed by on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

A not entirely welcome reminder of the set in change of seasons ’round here in the Great White North. It also sounds a little too much like something a little girl would name her cat.

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.

Brady White

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