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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Hope & King Scotch Ale
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%


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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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewpub.

A: Clear copper body topped by a solid 3/4" head of super-creamy tan foam. Great retention, lots of lace. Beautiful cask pour.

S: Strong, slightly husky maltiness: toffee, toast, and some dark fruit. Earthy hops in the background. Ok, not great.

T: Butterscotch (definitely some diacetyl, but it works for the style), toffee, orange marmalade, and earthy bitterness. Pretty good, but forgettable.

M: Smooth, moderately carbonated cask feel. Solid.

O: I misread the menu when I ordered this: where it said "Cask: Scotch IPA", I thought it meant that they had some kind of weird hoppy scotch ale/IPA hybrid, and I was confused as heck by why my beer was so sweet and malty. Once it was brought to my attention that there were in fact two casks going, one pouring the Scotch ale and the other Masala Mama, it made a lot more sense. I kind of wish I'd tried a blend, though, as I'm sure that would have been more interesting than the Scotch Ale alone...

Cheers!

Serving type: cask

07-29-2011 21:20:05 | More by woosterbill
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby hued brown color with a tan creamy cap of foam that generates some acceptable lacing.

Very malty smelling. Caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malt and caramelized sugar.

Big malt heavy taste with lots of caramel and toffee. Some burnt sugars and a bit of an earthy taste. No presence of peat or smoked malt which I really like in this style. Mainly a sweet and malty taste.

Medium bodied, lightly chewy and very smooth.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but I find it hard to put it in the scotch ale category without any peat presence. It does appeal to a wider audience the way it is and is a tasty brew however.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2011 16:23:02 | More by jera1350
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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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bsp77

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: cask

04-21-2009 13:20:32 | More by bsp77
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: cask

07-26-2008 20:51:31 | More by morimech
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first ever "cask" beer, and I had it today Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. Awesome cascading effect that settled into a nice thick head which left generous lacing. Smell was sweet and malty. Taste of sweet malts, burnt caramel, and brown sugar. very sweet with little hop bitterness in the background. Body was very thick and creamy. I don't know if this standard to cask brews, but I was missing the carbonation which would have sent this one into another level. An overall good brew however, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Serving type: cask

06-20-2008 01:30:02 | More by KeefD
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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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mwagner1018

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good American micro-brew take on the scotch ale. Reminded me of the tradition of the scotch ale with a smooth, yet smokey, charred caramel flavoring. Great taste with a bit of low deep bitterness and roasted malty undertones. The light charring of the dark malts carried very well to my sense of smell. This beer had a good mild feel in the mouth, although I would have liked to see a bit more of a heavy/strong feeling to it.

Overall a very good option for a cold November evening.

Serving type: cask

11-25-2006 01:21:58 | More by mwagner1018
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beckje01

Minnesota

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

A pint at the bar right infront of the hand pull.

A- a dark color very still as expected from a cask beer with a half inch of head.

S- rich malty aromas

T- mild yet complex malt at times water taste comes through a bit but has a slight hop end to it

M- smooth with very little carbination

D- Easy to drink a really just a good beer, I would love to have a few and a big dinner.

Serving type: cask

06-29-2006 23:05:44 | More by beckje01
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schoolcb

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber. This time the beer had a thick frothy and creamy tan head that lasted fairly long. Aroma is a light malty-caramely sweetness. Favor is also malty, but not too sweet with hints of caramel and a complex prune-like fruitiness. There was no hop flavor at all. The flavor of this cask ale as compared to their on-tap version of this beer is a little less flavorful. Overall a nice beer, but if you want something cask aged, go with the IPA.

Serving type: cask

05-26-2005 02:35:18 | More by schoolcb
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Serving type: cask

06-29-2004 18:48:24 | More by bditty187
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark clear brown with amber edges and dissipating head and nice lacing. Smell at first is of delicate grassy field, light toffee a caramel malt. Taste immediately sweet, then fruity esters, and then a dry malt and familiar scotch ale something, the mouthfeel is really full, creamy and gentle carbonation. It ends with a little butterscotch then a bitterness that appears out of no where but calms down to a satisfying and complex linger.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2013 10:35:31 | More by jbaker67
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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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MrBluto

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 00:44:46 | More by MrBluto
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Town Hall Brewery.

Appearance - Dark Brown with a red tint at the bottom. Head is about 1 finger in width that fades in a couple of minutes.

Smell - Caramel, Toffee, Peated Scotch, Chocolate, and Burnt Malts. Smells just like a scotch ale should!

Taste - Much like the smell, we've got Caramel, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Toffee and Burnt Malts. Not as vibrant as others I've tried but still tastes rather good!

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied and very lightly carbonated as well. Very crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink

Overall - I figured I'd stop by here before I move out of town, and I'm glad I stopped by. Sure, I've have more flavorful Scotch Ales, but this is probably the easiest one I've had to drink thus far. Here's hoping that we'll one day see this in stores nationwide!

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 21:42:14 | More by NuclearDolphin
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into sampler glass. Pours a clear chestnut brown with white wispy head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly sweet and vinous. Flavor is intensely rich and vinous, though it’s "rich" without being "thick" or syrupy. In fact it’s a pretty thin palate on this beer. Very modest hop bitterness. Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very nice scotch ale!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 19:46:48 | More by CuriousMonk
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:23:15 | More by MattyG85
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: growler

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

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Toffee-amber color, with moderate lacing and a thin white head.

S: Light coffee, milk chocolate, toffee, and sweet roasted malts. No distinguishable hops.

T: Toffee, dark fruits (raisins mainly), roasted malts, red apple, and metallic tinge. Very light hopping.

M: Light and spritzy, with no noticeable alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 01:44:06 | More by Heavenisbeer
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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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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 20:42:59 | More by WoodBrew
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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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BucannonXC5

California

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

Poured from a tap into a pint at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was malty and dark looking. About ¾-inch of head.

Smells included amber, malts, caramel and bitterness.

Tasted immediately like caramel or toffee. Malts came in there, too. Smooth taste.

Nice mouthfeel. Very low carbonation and a smooth finish.

So glad I picked this beer after being a bit disappointed with the West Bank Pub Ale. Check it out if you are in the Twin Cities area.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 09:00:37 | More by BucannonXC5
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argock

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh growler purchased on site at the brewery into a clear glass mug. Consume by 6/27/11 on cap.

A: Soothing dark brown with magenta/ruby highlights. Ample 1/2-1 finger off-white head with a few spots of lace.

S: Malty dark fruit aromas of raising and prune with some grape and cherry notes.

T: Malt is king with Hope & King with some breadiness coupled with dark fruit flavors. Hops are minimal and slightly herbal.

M: Low carbonation and medium-to-full-bodied for an extremely silky smooth feel.

O: Solid and extraordinarily drinkable for a dark malty beer with a lot of residual fermentables. This is comfort beer.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2011 14:34:53 | More by argock
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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.