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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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88
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-28-2003)
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dizztracted

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-15-2011 01:38:12 | More by dizztracted
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Twotonsandwich

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +27.9%

08-15-2014 03:47:11 | More by Twotonsandwich
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-28-2011 04:32:41 | More by tbeq00
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%

deep red, almost brown colour, with a very thin tan head.

aroma is caramel and malt, with no noticeable hop presence (as expected), and just a hint of smokeyness.

taste is excellent. malty, slightly roasty, with just a hint of smoke. i also catch just a slight dried fruit taste, like raisins. a bit of alcohol in the finish. as it warms i notice some bittersweet chocolate that was hidden when served. great balance between the malt and alcohol.

the mouthfeel is great. low carbonation feels just right for the style.

the drinkability is great too. not heavy or hoppy. i think i'd be in trouble if i had a keg of this on hand...

05-16-2006 03:18:39 | More by grub
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-18-2014 17:14:00 | More by billhelm
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mellowmark

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-22-2012 16:12:27 | More by mellowmark
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p-wagz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

04-29-2014 01:04:16 | More by p-wagz
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Clear blood red appearance. Medium sized light brown head recedes to a thin coating in a few minutes. The lacing comes in sagging rings. The aroma's malty and got some peatiness to it as well. Yeasty and sweet as well. The taste of this beer's got some of that nice "Town Hall" yeastiness to it. It's meaty as well. And chalky and dry. Thickly malty and hints of smoke as well. Great taste. Body is full and mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. Nice one.

01-24-2004 00:13:37 | More by Bighuge
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +12%

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!

06-29-2004 18:48:24 | More by bditty187
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12%

Appearance is perfect for the style, a brilliantly clear reddish/caramel brown, topped with a creamy tan head, leaves sticky webs of lacing.

Aroma is bready, malty and raisiny.

Taste is similar, getting raisin like from Special B, possibly some Munich there is a melanoidiny bread crust taste over plenty of pale malt. No there isn't any smoke or peat, Scottish ales don't taste like smoke or peat. OK, I got a little smoke on my 3rd pint, that I drank while eating some buffalo chicken.

Nice break from the hoppier beers I tend to drink, not getting much of anything in the way of hops.

Medium bodied, creamy good drinker especially for 6% ABV

01-05-2012 01:01:17 | More by mschofield
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12%

Pours out brown with hints of red. Little head and virtually no lacing.

The smell is pleasant, but not very impressive. The present aromas are sweet, brown sugar/molasses/caramel. I don't know how else to put it, but the scents seemed airy.

The taste makes up for the lack of smells however, not exactly what I'd expect from the scent. This beer gets most of its sweetness from malt, I didn't taste any sugar. I noticed no hops, but a very slight hint of alcohol toward the finish.

This is a smooth beer, very smooth, not in anyway difficult to sip or swallow. Delicious!

03-21-2007 04:14:58 | More by dogger6253
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-14-2012 14:16:59 | More by tigg924
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

07-09-2007 00:51:11 | More by supercolter
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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

07-06-2009 19:32:25 | More by gatornation
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spointon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

I had this one at Town Hall on 5/11/2009 (all part of a great beer trip with BA roadhouse).

A= This ale poured a clear cola-amber-brown color with a 1/2" cream colored head. The head maintained quite a long time and left some wispy lace down my glass.

S= This is where this beer started to shine for me. The aroma was very rich and malty and earthy all in one. Scotland in liquid form.

T= Excellent malt complexity through and through, with caramel, toffee, treacle, earth, peat, and Scottish yeast all making an appearance. Beautiful.

MF= Full medium body with a creamy, slightly oily feel and a soft carbonation.

D= Wow I loved this ale a lot. It was sessionable, sweet, and complex all in one. I could drink this every day for a month and not get tired of it!

05-14-2009 04:23:25 | More by spointon
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will4240

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Had on tap at the illustrious Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis...

An excellent session beer as it is both delicious and drinkable. As all the brews at the Town Hall, this brew is downright gorgeous. once it hits your lips you are in store for malt, malt, and malt. Like I said, a fantastic go-to beer at one of the nation's best brewpubs. Definitely a world class scotch ale.

09-24-2009 07:57:24 | More by will4240
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edbeered

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +10%

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.

01-22-2006 11:38:59 | More by edbeered
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Righting this based off notes when sampled over the summer. The color was a dark red when chestnut brown highlights. A little darker for a Scottish but well within style. The head has an off darker with a tan color and lasts throughout the tasting. Lacing was also very good.

The smell is not strong overall. It does have a limited malt aroma with a sort of peat or smoky smell to it. The taste is great. A strong peat characteristic mixes with a good malt base. At the end there is a significant smoke flavor as well. The hops are limited but work to enhance the smoke flavor. I know the yeast for Scottish ales can cause some smoke characteristics, but this might be slightly enhanced as well.

A good body and smooth characteristic really round out the beer. I was impressed with this beer and surprised not a higher rating among others.

10-21-2005 21:29:01 | More by Oxymoron
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-18-2012 04:16:50 | More by djschnabel
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-20-2012 23:41:09 | More by GRG1313
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jmich24

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-08-2012 04:30:44 | More by jmich24
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chgobear

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-01-2012 18:02:13 | More by chgobear
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SweJon

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2012 18:49:29 | More by SweJon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-12-2014 22:35:17 | More by kylehay2004
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-01-2012 05:39:13 | More by Localdrinklax
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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.