Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-28-2003

Our interpretation of the classic ale that originated in Glasgow, Scotland. A full-body ale, rich in malt complexity. Brewed with both English and American barley and many, many specialty malts allowing hints of roasted chocolate, caramel and raisins with very little hop presence.
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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, peat, and dark chocolate

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, peat, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy body, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and chocolaty treat. I could have several pints of this. I actually think I like this more than Mama Masala although both are great in their styles.

Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a nice mahogany color, and the lacing lasted throughout. The taste was of sweet maltiness, no hops were present. This was a very smooth beer and found myself wanting more. This could definately be a session beer, I could drink this all night.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Cask pour into Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, dark ruby when held up to light. Thin head.

Smell: Smoky, caramel malts, light hops.

Taste: Malty, sweet, but not quite as sweet as expected. Smoke and biscuit flavors. I never know what to expect from Scotch Ales, as some seem to actually be Export Scottish Ales (80), while others are very sweet and are definitely Wee Heavys. This tastes in between; maybe this is what would be deemed a 90 shilling.

Feel: Low carbonation, relatively dry despite semi-sweet taste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Overall nice flavor, so could definitely have another.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and very bready aroma of malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Big presence of dark raisins. Also some peat and hints of nuts and chocolate. Hops are very faint. Big on bready malts and fairly sweet.

Taste: A big mix of sweet and bready malts. A good taste of caramel, toffee, and raisins with a hint of prune. Hints of peat, chocolate, and nuts also linger. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. On the sweeter side but not overdone. Tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Light but somewhat chewy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid Scotch ale that makes a good option when seeking something lighter. Very nice use of malts.

Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, I've seen this for years but haven't tried it...

Heavy semi-opaque umber color, nice rising head with some glistening speckles. Laces in long strands. Aroma is full but not strident, subdued malt with some spicy fig elements that might betray background hops. Verges on full-bodied with lots of cakey, yeasty, starchy qualities and malts that range into maple sugar. While hops aren't assertive, the beer composes to a paprika-like dryness near the finish, while keeping the good mouthfeel -- a little different for a Scotch Ale. Nice beer, lots of thinks to keep track of.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- Deep mahogany red with a thin white soapy head.

S- This beer has notes of sweet caramel malt and some faint smoky notes.

T- This beer has a big toasted maltyness with some caramel and honey notes also. A slight roasted malt background with a slight tangy finish, although the finish was pretty dry.

M- Medium mouthfeel although a bit watery with some slight fizz at the finish. No alcohol warmth or heat.

D-This beer had a big malt taste but not much depth and no dark fruit qualities. Without the backbone of some alcohol warmth to balance the malt it really was missing something as a Wee Heavy.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly

You get Carmel, coco, toffee, molasses, and some toasted malts.

The taste is more malt forward than I expected. Toasted malts up front followed by some mild Carmel, toffee, molasses and coco notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall, I think this is a very solid scotch ale. Might not be my favorite scotch ale I have had but still there is nothing bad I can really say about it.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable scotch, chocolate and caramel, atad on sweet side. Medium yellow with a minimum head and white lace so surprises in taste.Above average mouthfeel, satisfying. Above average for style. I was noticing the alcohol a bit, as if it was 8-9%.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hope & King Scothch ale was very good. One guest had at least six pints of this stuff. The appearance was a darker rich amber with thick white head that laced nicely. The smell was sweet with hints of earth and peat. The taste was exceptionally good for a scotch ale....the abv was not over-powering which really helped to bring out the sweet malt and earthy tones. Definite session beer for cooler nights....no shortage of this in Minnesota!!! Definitely worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice beer, but I wasn't impressed with my pint. The cask character of oxygenation was too strong and there wasn't enough beer. There was a very smooth and fairly sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma, but that was about it. The beer was pretty drinkable and easy to put down, but the flavor complexity is lacking. I don't know, I've liked this better on CO2 tap before, maybe the cask is just old. I'll be sure to try it again and re-review.

Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby in hue, brown influences as well. On cask there was also a slight haze to the beer, as desired. A foamy light beige head of over a finger in height graced with top of the liquid. The head retention was excellent as a half finger cap lasted the whole consumption. Sadly, there was hardly any subsequent lacing. Still this was a good-looking beer. The nose was not loud but the aromas I could detect were very malty, chocolate hints, some sweetness and some underlying astringency. I like the nose. Inviting. I couldn’t wait to take a drink. Why wait! The palate is great, the malty depth is wonderful, very ample yet subtle, hell, I’ll call it luscious. Deep chocolate flavors, there are some roast too but it is not stout/porter-like, there is slight astringency. The finish is very juicy from the big maltiness. The sweetness is moderate but it adds something pleasant and needed. No sign of the hops, I assume they managed to curb the sweetness but they don’t offer much in the way of flavor. Medium/medium-full in body, creamy mouthfeel, typical qualities of a cask ale. This is very drinkable. Lovely stuff, it was dynamite on cask. I didn’t try it on-tap but I can’t imagine it is better that this. I will cherish the fond memories of this Wee Heavy. I should have quaffed more of this when I was in town!

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on December 2, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruddy brown clean pour, with a thin off-white head. Sweet plum and candy cane aroma. Wow. Rich, smoky, deep oaky flavor, with a quaint grain and earthiness. Deep, coarse malt and a brown sugar and cake frosting flavor. Finish is a bit sugary, but also dry. No alcohol noted.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at town hall. The color is an amber, slightly ruby, and the head is light in body and tan.

I couldn't pick up much in the smell. I was expecting a heavy malt, perhaps smokey presence, but only got a little bit of toffee.

Same for the taste... there wasn't much showing up other than the toffee malt. There was a strange touch of red grapes and cola. It was very sweet for a scotch ale.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. The carbonation cut the sweetness very well.

This was easy to drink but was almost too easy for a scotch ale. I like mine to have a little bit of a smokey-peat touch with an alcohol bite and this had neither.

Overall, a good beer but just not full-flavored enough to do it for me.

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask serving provides a nice cascading head that unfortunately is short lived and leaves little lacing.

Smells of caramel malt with a bit of smokey peat.

The flavor is mostly of smokey caramel malt. A hint of alcohol is detected.

The texture is not as chewy as I would hope in a casked beer. Just feels unimpressive with a very low carbonation.

Has a good flavor but I was expecting more. Rather moderate ABV levels for a Wee Heavy.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a decent light tan head formed and leaves billows of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, coffee and some minor earthy hop notes.
Flavors is sweet butterscotch upfront followed by a bitter coffee and hop note. Interesting turn on the style, somewhat of a porter profile.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy.
Drinkability is very high, great twist on Scotch Ale style.

Photo of edbeered
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful dark burgandy with a small whitish head and nice lacing on the glass. What smell there is features malt. Taste is subtle and sweetly malty with hints of cherry and plum. This is a nicely balanced beer and goes down smoothly. Very impressive.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color with almost no head. Some malt in the nose and perhaps a hint of coffee. The flavor is strongly malty and finishes pretty clean. There are some hints of nut in the flavor. I prefer the Heather that Town Hall will brew up on occasion, but I am guessing that this sells better or it wouldn't be the regular "scottish" type of beer on the menu. There is something about the aftertaste that makes me think of the basement of the Town Hall in my hometown of Worthington, Massachusetts. I am betting that not too many folks have made that connection on this beer.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – This was a clear beer that was brownish/copper in color.

S – The aroma was caramel and malt with a slight hint of smoke.

T – Malty and somewhat smoky.

M – Full and somewhat creamy.

D – This is a nice beer that goes down smooth and easy. Wish I had time to enjoy another!

Photo of supercolter
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I truely enjoyed this brew.
This is the first of this style that I have rated so I don't know that it follows the elements, but I will assume so.
Appearance- above average, but nothing to brag about, dark purpleish brown small head,
Taste and smell are similar with a lot of malt, a hint of scotch and some smokiness.
Mouthfeel is decent, and drinkability is good as well.

Photo of lurpy1
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint purchased at the THB on a beautiful Saturday night.

Pours a very appealing burnt toffee color,somewhat silty, minimal head.

The smell as with most Scotches is malt, caramel, toffee, booze. A little muted though, as are the flavors. Tastes good but I've had more assertive Scotches.

Overall, quite a good drink. But THB has some beers, Masala Mama for one, that really help set the standard for the style. This one isn't quite there.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this on our tour de beer de twin cities last weekend. Few days past the drink by date on the top but still looking good.

A: Pored a one finger head of just off white that disipated quickly. The beer is quite dark, brownish red almost black with a little haze to it.

S: Sweet and malty, that's mainly what I get. No hops whatsoever, unless this slightly herbal scent is hops, but it could just as easily be something like heather. Either way, it's a bit weak.

T: Very much like the nose, but this time I get a bit more hoppyness. Just a bit, in the end of it. Not very smokey or anything, which I was hoping for, and while it's malt tilted, it's not malt forward.

M: Light-ish, but smooth and yet crisp. Very aimable considering the time in growler.

D: Very, and I think it would be better a few days fresher. I will have to retrieve more soon and re-review.

Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at MTH... the appearance an almost clear(some haze) amber/copper color with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing the smell was malt and some chocolate some toffee and a peat smell..taste is the same its a malt driven ale that has some toffee and caramel and chocolate a little hop/spice to round this one out this is another well balanced brew from a great brewery again it is perfectly balanced nothing dominates in this wee heavy but it is super tasty.recommended for sure hey every brew at MTH is recommended.. a must stop if you live here or are going to visit minneapolis

Photo of MrBluto
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery. It's a nice Scotch ale, but on the light side in terms of flavor and nose. The head was small and dissipated quickly. Decent mouthfeel with light carbonation. Toffee and caramel flavors. Reasonably balanced with a moderate bitter finish.

Photo of Briancaldel
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep rich copper color with Amber tones and a light white head. Aroma is sweet malt. Very smooth with light carbonation. It a good new go to beer

Photo of battlekow
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm reviewing this from notes I took on 8/18 on a visit to the brewpub.

Big and black, with a small head. Smells slightly sour, and tastes kinda bland, slightly like eggnog, actually. Nondescript, but with a good toasted malt finish. Mouthfeel seems overcarbonated. Dirty Bastard and Robert the Bruce are better, and you don't have to drive to the Twin Cities and put up with shitty service to get them.

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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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