Breakfast Beer Tasting: Islay Ales Single Malt
Islay Ales come, naturally, from the isle of Islay where they have the honour of being the only brewery. They have been brewing since 2005.
The basics: It’s a bottle-conditioned, 5%, ale made with Pale Malt, Amarillo and Bramling Cross hops. It poured a healthy amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma, perhaps surprisingly given the name, was a pungent mix of grapefruit and orange.
Taste: Medium bodied and crisp. There is a gentle backbone of malt, but the hops dominate here. There is a very refreshing burst of citrus hops that builds and lingers on the palate.
Finish: Long and very dry, bitter hop finish.
Conclusion: Excellent. A very refreshing beer that drinks well under its strength. The Amarillo and Bramling Cross are combined perfectly to give a crisp, dry edge. One for the birthday bash.