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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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%.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 00:51:45 | More by Sammy
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a dark brown with some crimson hues and a light tan head. The smell involves plenty of caramel malt with hints of toffee and maybe a bit of chocolate. The taste is somewhat sweet and bready with a good dose of caramel. A little bit of alcohol going on. The mouthfeel is rather robust without being too heavy, making this a fairly easy to drink scotch ale, one that my wife could not get enough of.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 17:39:51 | More by Thorpe429
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

10-14-2013 20:33:55 | More by acurtis
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-12-2014 22:35:17 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-20-2012 23:41:09 | More by GRG1313
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, burgundy hue with a small, thin, off-white head. It left some thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy, mossy and earthy. It had a malty nose, too.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty. A nice subtle earthy quality and some spiciness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good scotch ale. I was expecting more sharp "scotch ale" flavors but it still tasted quite good and was pretty easy-drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 20:54:33 | More by zeff80
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to violet in color, with a firm, creamy, lacey head. Aroma is fresh and fragrant with hints of cocoa, oats, lavender, and honey. Soft palate, great texture, generous and lingering finish. Hop presence is minimal, initially, hidden behind a buttress of malt, exuding a pleasant sweetness. Medium body. In the middle, some hops start to show and do a delicate dance upon the tastebuds, that carries through the finish. This fine Scotch ale is 3-tiered, I find: malt, hops, happiness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2003 17:09:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-17-2013 19:13:46 | More by imperialking
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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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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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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-25-2013 20:00:50 | More by Gonzoillini
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark reddish copper, thin off white head forms, slowly drops to a thin ring, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, caramelized, toast, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, definite malt bomb. Taste is similar, sweet up front, lots of brown sugar and caramel, oats and toast, quite fruity, nice balance, very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, quite nice. Like most of their regular, nothing crazy but just really well made, balanced, and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 19:44:21 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-29-2014 16:43:19 | More by LXIXME
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ccrida

Oregon

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

On draught at the brewery, Hope and King is garnet with a small, light tan skim leaving no lace.

Smell is a bit of caramel and light, plasticy phenols.

Taste is on the sweeter side, kind of bread pudding, but not cloying. Strait forward and not overly complex, but tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, perhaps a touch sticky.

Drinkability is pretty good, a decent scotch, but I'm not sure I'm tasting the goodness of golden promise malt that I love so much in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 01:26:19 | More by ccrida
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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Color is a clear dark brown, some amber highlights with a small lacy head that looked a bit like whipped cream, just a bit thinner. Smell is a soft but very pleasing and inviting sweetish malt with a bit of slightly sugary bread-like oat and grain notes. Taste is nice, its clean and smooth with mostly faint malt at start and middle but fades nicely into a very tangy hop that reminded me of rubarb in the finish. The feel is full/medium bodied but is mostly held in the middle and end when the nice tart/tangy hop and sweet malt makes its sneaky presence. This is highly drinkable and I can only imagine what it must be like from the cask? Yikes and yum.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2003 20:39:55 | More by tavernjef
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2012 19:58:37 | More by Duff27
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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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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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into decent lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. The taste is of burnt malt, burnt dark chocolate, with caramel coming into play in the aftertaste. It is nice to see a Wee Heavy that is more than just caramel, and butter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, but it could be a little smoother. Overall, this is a nice brew. I've had it at the pub before, and will certainly have it again when the mood is right.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2006 03:29:31 | More by KarlHungus
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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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