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.