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60 Shilling Ale - Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant

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60 Shilling Ale
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 10-16-2003)
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Reviews by Fish113d:
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4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Another brew that I tried while in Philly for a bachelor party for Sulldaddy this past weekend.

Presented in a pint glass from a tap, it pours a ruby color with 1 cm of creamy white head that dissipates slowly to a nice fine white edge layer.

Aroma is of lots of plums and caramel malts along with some wheat grains. Nothing spectacular and a bit sweet on the nose.

Sipping was much better. Decent basic scottish ale flavors up front with lots of caramel flavors that back up a very nice, smooth body. Carbonation was a tad bitey, but it quickly went away allowing the smoothness to come through on through the swallow.

Nothing flashy about this brew. Just a nice, well done basic ale. This would also make a nice session brew.

08-31-2005 00:01:06 | More by Fish113d
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

08-16-2014 12:44:59 | More by kneary13
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3.98/5  rDev +20.6%

Had this one on tap at Nodding Head for Sunday brunch a week back. The beer was served in a pint glass with an off white minimal head. The body was a deep brown color but pure. The aroma is of caramel and a bit toasty, some notes of chocolate. The taste is pleasing with more caramel and hints of chocolate running through your mouth but the sweetness is not overpowering which makes for a pretty drinkable beer.

06-19-2006 02:16:48 | More by ggaughan
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2.8/5  rDev -15.2%

I'm picking up a common house flavor in this beer after having the blonde ale and getting the same background taste. It's a sort of grassy, herbal funk. It was light and added character to the blonde ale, but it's a little much in here and it make the aroma offensive. The flavor and aroma come off extra bready with a little rubber in the aroma. The flavor also has a mellow, malty backbone with spice and earthy notes.

01-28-2008 13:54:08 | More by tempest
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-26-2011 14:30:20 | More by mdillon86
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.1%

02-20-2012 20:56:06 | More by Mudawg
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-03-2014 22:31:12 | More by soulcougher
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

The body is a clear, dark copper brown, but there is little head. The aroma is quite weak. The flavor is lifeless and short with a watery finish. My wife even commented on the quick and watery flavor. A scottish ale needs more body and a fully flavor than this.

06-06-2004 07:19:49 | More by aracauna
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

08-03-2014 15:28:55 | More by IPAchris
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4.1/5  rDev +24.2%

Tasted on-tap 10/09/06 at Nodding Head Brewpub in Philadelphia, PA.

Nice light brown color with a low beige head. An easy drinking lighter Scottish Ale with a nice toasty malt character without being sweet in any way. Light-medium bodied, smooth, and very approachable.

One of few malt-centric beers that I've had recently that are simply delicious to try after being hit over the head with hops for so long.. worth a shot !

Per NH website: Lighter Scottish Style Ale.

10-25-2006 16:04:43 | More by RBorsato
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Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -69.7%

11-06-2012 19:44:32 | More by cfalovo97
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2.05/5  rDev -37.9%

First had: on tap at Nodding Head, Philly, PA

Didn't really care for this. Pretty bland. Looked okay on the pour: slightly hazy copper-amber color, with a small off-white head. Dark sugars on the aroma and slightly phenolic. Sickeningly sweet to the taste, malty, caramel, medicinal quality...kind of unpleasant. Light-medium mouthfeel, and a bit watery and lacking in flavor, especially for a Scotch ale. Not very exemplary of the style--missing that alcohol kick, and flavor in general--and not very drinkable.

05-22-2011 13:31:29 | More by Rifugium
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3.88/5  rDev +17.6%

This was my second beer with dinner on a visit to the pub.
The beer arrives in a pint glass with only a thin edge layer of beige head. The color is a clear rich mahogany and looks nice.
Aroma is sweet and with caramel and toffee and a hint of choc
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with a bit of a syrupy texture with mild and spacious carbonation.
Flavor is sweet as the nose advertised with caramel and toffee and brown sugar from start to finish. The beer is super smooth and easy to drink.
Not very complex but well made a tasty. A good beer for maltys, hopheads should look elsewhere.

08-30-2005 02:33:18 | More by sulldaddy
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

11-19-2012 15:25:36 | More by harrylee773
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -0.6%

A silver medal winner at the GABF 2003 as a scottish amber.

The beer was bronze in color with a thin head that quickly reduced to spotty residue on the surface of the beer. At least some lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was tough to pull out, only some malt was barley noticeable. The flavor was a dull malt and caramel flavor with barely any bittering to balance out the flavor. Hints of the scottish bite was there, but not enough to make me happy.

The mouthfeel was thin, and there was a slightly dry finish. Definitely drinkable as this is light with some average flavor and could be a session beer if your tastebuds want something lighter in flavor.

02-16-2004 19:48:28 | More by Gavage
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

12-07-2011 12:34:42 | More by ROGUE16
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-28-2012 16:55:42 | More by srw
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

08-12-2014 14:25:01 | More by mklisz
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

11-30-2011 21:41:48 | More by jmdrpi
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-04-2013 01:59:07 | More by mvanaskie13
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

04-11-2013 03:29:58 | More by orangesol
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3.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Served as a medium copper colored beer with slightly off-whiten puffy head.
Smell is light with some notes of caramel present.
Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but only slightly. Some caramel and roasted malt also present.
Finishes is a bit thin, with a quickly disappearing taste sensation.
An OK beer. Easy drinker, but nothing special.

10-04-2006 00:12:24 | More by tgbljb
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2.35/5  rDev -28.8%

Light copper-colored with thick off-white head, clear. Head retention is OK, no lacing, and gone by the end of the pint.

Slight malt aroma, not much more. Not unpleasant, not nice - just average. The aroma is very slight.

Taste is slightly malty sweet with hint of caramel, finished by a slight hop bitterness.

The beer is thin and light. It would be easy to drink, if it had a bit more flavor.

Generally, nothing special. The aroma and flavor is all a bit light for my taste, certainly more than a typical Macro, but not what I am looking for in a craft beer.

02-08-2007 20:05:22 | More by jmc44
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3.53/5  rDev +7%

Pours a clear darker reddish brown. Leafy nose. Flavor is even and smooth. Some wood and caramely/wood syrup characteristics kicking in there. Feel is about average. Okay drinkability. No great shakes here. There are a lot greater examples out there, but it's still a good stab at the style, though.

12-31-2007 19:08:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Light brown body and a sour watery nose. Taste feels like an amber, mild and watery with an occasional grain of toffee malts. Shallow light body. Uninteresting.

Definitely a light scottish ale. The bartender described it to me as an ale "anyone can drink", which is probably true I thought.

06-30-2005 17:21:08 | More by donnebaby
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60 Shilling Ale from Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
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