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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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Ratings: 140
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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Photo of jbaker67
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

jbaker67, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of HardWater
4/5  rDev +2.3%

HardWater, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +2.3%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ahbithwabm, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +2.3%

MattXT, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of MylesMac
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

MylesMac, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kguard, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bigbeers84, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

CoryR, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Adamostella, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

grumpygerman, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of tswater
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tswater, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Herky21, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

bishopdc0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +2.3%

sacrelicio, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

yokken, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Hopsiam14
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Hopsiam14, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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.


kojevergas, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

t0rin0, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +2.3%

herman77, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of MrBluto
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

MrBluto, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +2.3%

millelacsmark, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

tigg924, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of jmich24
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jmich24, Aug 08, 2012
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.