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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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BA SCORE
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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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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%.

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

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

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

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

06-18-2007 20:07:11 | More by barefootbrewer
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

On tap at Town Hall

Crystal clear, mahogany/copper color. Small, light tan head. No lacing, minimal legs.

Very mild aroma. Malty & sweet - caramel. Some earthiness and maybe peat.

Taste is smoky. More bitter than aroma would suggest. Grassy & herbal. Sweet is like tea with sugar. Touch of fruits.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Not too dry.

Very nice, and seems quite true to style.

05-29-2007 17:16:52 | More by
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

Deep walnut colored body topped by an ecru head. Aroma was decently malty, just a touch of earthiness. Flavor was a solid amount of sweet malt supported by earthy hops. Maybe Fuggle - not sure. The hops balanced out the sweetness very well. Mouthfeel was solid- not overly thick. Drinkability was also pretty good. Another nice offering that offsets the traditional American styles.

04-03-2007 03:54:37 | More by aaronh
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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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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a reddish brown with good head to start and no lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, a bit faint but pleasant. Taste is delicious, a bit smoky and woody, a surprise, but a good malty beverage, a faint hop presence in the background, earthy, grainy a little, generally pretty smooth and slight carbonation. This beer is yummy. I convinced everyone else to drink it too:)

01-17-2007 04:20:02 | More by objectivemonkey
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

11-30-2006 03:09:14 | More by CharlesDarwin
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mwagner1018

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

This was a good example of a scotch ale. Very smooth, not overly hoppy, beautiful amber color, thin head, and very drinkable. I liked it quite a bit. It looked and tasted just like I would expect of a scotch ale. It had a great mouthfeel, and wonderful aroma. I would definitely get a pint of this if I stopped in at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. It meets the description of a scotch ale perfectly.

07-07-2006 00:12:58 | More by ccs
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beckje01

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer looks really good, deep brown and porter-ish in the center with deep maroon around the edges, think caramel colored head that didn't leave any lacing (I think due to the plastic 'outdoor' pint glass though). The smell is almost of liquor, like wine or whiskey barrell aged beers (but ofcourse it's not), plus a well toasted malt presence. The taste is not sugary, but a malty-sweetness, coffee, red, and caramel malts, with no indication of hops until the finish. The mouthfeel is about average for a good strong, deep beer, not too coarse, but not too smooth. This is such a drinkable beer its dangerous. The last note I put down about it was 'quite drinkable but drinker beware.' Its a strong beer that is easy to lose track of how many you have had. But its good, when not enjoying a seasonal at T-Hall, I either get this or Masala Mama IPA.

06-06-2006 20:37:55 | More by dfried
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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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BrewMaster

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Dark brown with a red hue. A creamy tan head rests on top. The head is so creamy it nearly forms a skin on top. Very nice lacing anda lively head revived with some swirling.

Smell: Sweet maltiness with dates, raisins, brown sugar, and grape molasses. Rich with dry fruit scents and crisp sugars.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Sweet and malty to open with lots of dry fruit flavors to match the nose. Raisins and molasses build a full body with great sweetness. The beer also has great toasted malt flavors that blend well with the sweetness. Some floral hop flavors round out the ending flavors.

Drinkability: This is a very well done Scotch ale. I like the toastiness balancing with the thick, dry fruit flavors.

01-28-2006 04:31:01 | More by BrewMaster
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CultureJamMN

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

There is a lot going on here... almost too much for a neophyte like me to keep track of.

The color is dark but not quite black. I'm reluctant to call it purple... but almost. The head was thin, but retained beautifully, lacing was stringy, but consistant.

The smells here are malty but with a very real suggestion of bittersweet chocolate.

Initial taste of malt, but not overstated, hops seem hidden, and come on late, but not too strong. Very pleasant from sip to swallow.

Right in the middle in terms of mouthfeel, feels "just right".

All told, another excellent TH selection. Would make for an excellent March or April beer.

01-25-2006 20:54:44 | More by CultureJamMN
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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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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GABF blue ribbon winner.

Dark shadowy mahogany clear topped with a settled khaki wafer thin head cap. (possibly high ABV equates the thin head)

Toostie Roll and smoked peat moss Scottish scents.

First swigs: Rude bold unbridled tootsie-roll and cocoa. Toasted malt & syrupy. Smokey peat with a hint of cherry. Lingering candi sugar toffee and even a yogurt like finish.

Last swigs: Makes me wonder if the house yeast here is a Scottish Ale yeast? Cocoa and peat.

01-09-2006 00:38:35 | More by blitheringidiot
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badbeer

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-14-2005 17:19:03 | More by badbeer
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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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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Thanks to Jeffboo for the hookup, yet again.

Pours out deep amber brown and sits crimson-tinted brown with a smallish light tan head. Fades to a glassy surface with a ring of foam, hardly any lacings to speak of.

Smells evenly roasted with a soft, nutty presence. Hints of figs, raisins and maplewood throughout. Slighted tinge of leafiness beneath.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, roasted malts dominating the floor. Caramel and faint toffee follow behind and lead into a light, peppery spiciness. Some fruitiness appears with apples, pears and golden raisins coming through. Finish holds medium bitterness with a grassy spiciness paired with the slightest tinge of alcohol.

Creamy in the core, stacked with ultra-fine and piercing carbonation. Medium-full in body, quite elegant.

Overall, it's not all that impressive. There's something in the roasted portion that doesn't agree with me, it just tastes...off. However, as a whole, it's not entirely bad. Nice to try.

09-09-2005 00:36:44 | More by Skidz
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.