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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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87
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
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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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%

05-25-2012 03:34:12 | More by Hopstout
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TVolt1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%

02-19-2012 03:14:54 | More by TVolt1
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of malty and sweet aroma from this dark red ale. Lots of body with just a touch of bitterness. Mainly a malt flavor vehicle, with little hop presence to speak of. I’m pretty sure I could taste some chocolate malts in there too. I doubt that I could drink more than a pint of this at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2005 20:36:35 | More by fisherman34
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

5.8% ABV according to the menu as of November 2012. Served on-draught into a stem-goblet at the brewery in Minneapolis. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving.

A: Pours a one finger head of mocha colour, smooth cream, nice thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque mahogany-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toffee, caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, and dark malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Toffee, caramel, dark malts for the foundation, cream, and lingering chocolate/chocolate malts. Well balanced albeit simple for the style. Backwoods Bastard or Old Chub this is not. Nicely layered. Has enough depth and body to keep it interesting - a trait I've found many of this brewery's beers lack.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with good body. Slightly creamy, which complements the style nicely. Good thickness and carbonation. The texture complements the taste well.

Dr: One of the better beers I've had from this brewery so far, but that isn't saying much. I like it, but it's far from exceptional for the style. I'd have it again, but it's not special or unique. Hides its ABV well.

C+

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 18:37:13 | More by kojevergas
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hope and King is outwardly brown with ruby highlights and no real head to speak of. The taste is much like a strong porter with a potent abundance of smoky chocolate malt. In contrast, the aroma is faint and gives no hint of the abundant flavor. Instead, the nose is sweeter and maltier without the smoke or chocolate of the palate.

I didn’t care for the finish of this beer which grows too thin too quickly and combines with a chalky mouthfeel to end on an unflattering note. That’s a shame, because this ale initially presents with a wealth of flavor which, if sustained or gracefully diminished, would make it a first rate beer. But the finish is cloying, almost metallic, and the mouthfeel is unpleasant and thin. The draught was laceless, a factor I can deal with. But the mouthfeel and the finish are in need of serious revision.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2004 04:23:11 | More by RedDiamond
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-06-2008 06:49:38 | More by tempest
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Penguin3200

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had today on tap at town hall. Pours dark amber and brown with a one finger head. Lacing was minimal and legs receded quick.

Smell was malty and caramelly with a hint of scotch Malts but no deep earthy boozy notes.

Taste mimicked the aroma and was okay, but not the punch that some scotch ales bring to the table. Enjoyable.

Very drinkable with the toned down style and enjoyable this afternoon.

Liked it for a change of pace but will be sticking to masala most often at the Town Hall.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 00:42:20 | More by Penguin3200
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

10-14-2013 20:33:55 | More by acurtis
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

08-07-2013 03:45:24 | More by MylesMac
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younger35

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well after stuffing myself with 3 Hour Tour it's time for something different. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish amber brown with a huge creamy off white head with some serious staying power. About a one finger cap and collar and a fair amount of sticky lacing remains the entire beer.
Smell- Lightly malty and honestly fairly tame. A touch of roasted grain and a slight bit of a malty sweetness. Not the most brash smelling brew that's for sure.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with medium malty punch. Not really roasted or toasted as it's sorta just a blah kind of flavor. Not even really sure how to describe it. Maybe a touch of citrus in the finish but all in all...
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a super velvety and creamy feel. Obviously almost no carbonation to speak of.
Drinkability- Well... Honestly not the greatest Scotch Ale I've sampled. Its semi bland but the cask really helps. Basically anything on cask is awesome so I guess I shouldn't bitch. Just needs kicked up a notch.

Serving type: cask

12-05-2009 15:50:20 | More by younger35
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2005 19:32:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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Ragingbull

California

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 14:32:17 | More by Ragingbull
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2005 03:31:44 | More by battlekow
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-03-2013 13:06:25 | More by bishopdc0
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Slimpo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-18-2012 23:15:01 | More by Slimpo
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-04-2012 02:56:45 | More by nmann08
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-21-2012 03:36:50 | More by doucmehu
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kguard

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-29-2013 15:31:09 | More by kguard
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-13-2013 21:01:50 | More by Adamostella
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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-19-2013 19:27:31 | More by Herky21
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-04-2012 03:07:58 | More by t0rin0
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-13-2013 18:24:29 | More by MNBeer1017
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

09-30-2013 19:55:52 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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lurpy1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 13:53:18 | More by lurpy1
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Holland

Illinois

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

A: appears a translucent brown with a slight red color. Good head and retention, and looks sticky.

S: coffee, roasted malts, and malt sweetness with a hint of peat.

T: ahh, here is the peat, but barely. It's not dominant, which is nice.

M: medium body, carbonation is medium to light, and it's smooth.

O: nice beer, but expected more bite to it. Not much peat, not much carbonation, and it's more like a brown ale. Didn't have the complexity that I expect.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 22:27:21 | More by Holland
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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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