Beer review: Holly Daze, Fyne Ales
With Christmas almost upon us it seemed like as good a time as ever to try out Loch Fyne’s seasonal brew, Holly Daze, ,writes Blane McConnell of Beers of the World Magazine.
Holly Daze pours a deep amber colour with a frothy off-white head. Scents of caramel and fresh grass immediately come to the fore on the nose, with a little hint of spice and red berries.
The taste is delightfully malty, with some mild bitterness which rounds off the initial flavour well. There is a very sweet honeyed finish which ascends in the aftertaste to become exceedingly pronounced.
Overall, a very nice winter ale. Typical profile of a seasonal light ale, though the prominence of the sweet aftertaste makes it an exceptionally drinkable brew.
The award-winning Fyne Ales brewery was first established 14 years ago in Cairndow, Argyll.
* Holly Daze tasting courtesy of Hippo Beers on Queen Margaret Drive. (mini-kegs are also available in store for a limited time)