Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-28-2003

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.
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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 166
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, I've seen this for years but haven't tried it...

Heavy semi-opaque umber color, nice rising head with some glistening speckles. Laces in long strands. Aroma is full but not strident, subdued malt with some spicy fig elements that might betray background hops. Verges on full-bodied with lots of cakey, yeasty, starchy qualities and malts that range into maple sugar. While hops aren't assertive, the beer composes to a paprika-like dryness near the finish, while keeping the good mouthfeel -- a little different for a Scotch Ale. Nice beer, lots of thinks to keep track of. (599 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (725 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler into glass pint.
40°F

$9.50 / ea.

A: Hazy brown body topped with a tight tan one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving only slight lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Nut aroma dominates with hints of coffee, smoke, and booze. Slightly sweet, with only the faintest hop character.

T: Slightly sweet up front, with roasted nuts, coffee, and caramel throughout. Low hop bitterness, and very little aftertaste. Nice.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Smooth throughout with a crisp finish. Very easy on the tongue.

D: Great session choice. Interesting flavor that doesn't overpower the senses, and approachable by a wide audience. The mouth is light and crisp, and the aroma pleasing. A growler for the evening? No sweat.

O: This is probably the second best beer I've had from Town Hall. Makes for a nice Saturday night. (858 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (438 characters)

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

On tap at Town Hall.

Pours a light amber color with ruby highlights when held into the light. The head is tan and creamy.

The smell is very light, and not much is detectable. Malty, slightly roasted and toffee.

Toffe and malt dominate the taste. For being a lighter tasting beer, this is pretty damn good. Sweeter than other scotch ales I've had, but thats fine it works in this brew.

Medium body with a light carbonation. Very high drinkability. Almost too easy to drink. This is some good stuff, and possibly a gateway beer for non-craft beer drinkers.

Another solid offering from Town Hall. I can see why this is a popular beer and one of the beers they always have on tap. I will definitely have this again, but with so many choices, maybe not with great consistency. (776 characters)

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

I sampled this one many times on visits to Town Hall, but I am finally getting around to reviewing it thanks to my cuz stubob who picked up a growler for us to sample.

It pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is a bit smoky, and malty, with a bit of roastiness. The flavor is smoky, malty and toasty. It has a pleasant hop bitterness throughout. It is a smooth, medium-full bodied brew. Another tasty brew from Town Hall.

Sampled 10/18/03 (467 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of bsp77
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. (629 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
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. (931 characters)

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

Another good offering from TH. Translucent maroon colored, with a whitish head. Smells malt and roasted, with a little hint of alcohol. A nice thick beer, with a strong flavor. Was pretty close to a stout, only with more of a bite. I definitely will be getting this again. (272 characters)

Photo of beckje01
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. (392 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (801 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (291 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with little to no head and very little lace. Has a nice malty aroma and flavor. Smells of toffee and caramel. Likewise for the taste. A nice sweet flavor. The carbonation on this beer was higher than I expected, but did not make the beer less enjoyable. Overall a good Scotch Ale, but I would have liked it better if it were a little stronger and sweeter like SkullSplitter. (397 characters)

Photo of KeefD
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. (535 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (394 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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%. (251 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly

You get Carmel, coco, toffee, molasses, and some toasted malts.

The taste is more malt forward than I expected. Toasted malts up front followed by some mild Carmel, toffee, molasses and coco notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall, I think this is a very solid scotch ale. Might not be my favorite scotch ale I have had but still there is nothing bad I can really say about it. (489 characters)

Photo of morimech
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (532 characters)

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

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. (400 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
Served in a pint glass.
Good looking red-amber body topped by a decent head.
This is a solid mainstream Scotch Ale that is at least on par with the typical version found in Scotland. Plenty of medium malt flavor and no off-notes in the nose or taste. (277 characters)

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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.