As per my post of yesterday, I was seeking something to revitalise my interest in craft beers, and this started with a case of different brews from the Skye Brewery, situated – unsurprisingly – on the Isle of Skye in western Scotland.
This mixed case was a gift from my daughter and her husband who visited Skye and arranged the shipment.
And today, November 30th being St Andrew’s Day, and St Andrew being the patron saint of Scotland, I thought I should try one of the Skye brews.
The first brew out of the box is ‘Skye Gold’, brewed with Pale Ale and Crystal Malts, Challenger and Hersbrucker hops, and the addition of porridge oats – that’s known as ‘Oatmeal’ in the US, I believe.
I’ve heard of oatmeal being added to Stout beers, but never to a pale ale.
It pours, as its name would suggest, a pale golden colour with a tight, white head that fades slowly.
There’s a biscuity nose, slightly bready and slightly sweet, nothing to write home about, but not unpleasant.
The flavour? Well there’s a honey sweetness that could well come from the oats, along with a nicely balanced hop bitterness that verges towards citrus.
A very pleasant brew that does what it sets out to, I’m happy to give this 3½ Brewclub stars.