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Hope & King Scotch Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Hope & King Scotch Ale
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 174
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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:
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: 76 | Hads: 174
Photo of Skidz
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this on our tour de beer de twin cities last weekend. Few days past the drink by date on the top but still looking good.

A: Pored a one finger head of just off white that disipated quickly. The beer is quite dark, brownish red almost black with a little haze to it.

S: Sweet and malty, that's mainly what I get. No hops whatsoever, unless this slightly herbal scent is hops, but it could just as easily be something like heather. Either way, it's a bit weak.

T: Very much like the nose, but this time I get a bit more hoppyness. Just a bit, in the end of it. Not very smokey or anything, which I was hoping for, and while it's malt tilted, it's not malt forward.

M: Light-ish, but smooth and yet crisp. Very aimable considering the time in growler.

D: Very, and I think it would be better a few days fresher. I will have to retrieve more soon and re-review.

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Photo of supercolter
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of malty and sweet aroma from this dark red ale. Lots of body with just a touch of bitterness. Mainly a malt flavor vehicle, with little hop presence to speak of. I’m pretty sure I could taste some chocolate malts in there too. I doubt that I could drink more than a pint of this at a sitting.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color with almost no head. Some malt in the nose and perhaps a hint of coffee. The flavor is strongly malty and finishes pretty clean. There are some hints of nut in the flavor. I prefer the Heather that Town Hall will brew up on occasion, but I am guessing that this sells better or it wouldn't be the regular "scottish" type of beer on the menu. There is something about the aftertaste that makes me think of the basement of the Town Hall in my hometown of Worthington, Massachusetts. I am betting that not too many folks have made that connection on this beer.

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Photo of dfried
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of battlekow
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm reviewing this from notes I took on 8/18 on a visit to the brewpub.

Big and black, with a small head. Smells slightly sour, and tastes kinda bland, slightly like eggnog, actually. Nondescript, but with a good toasted malt finish. Mouthfeel seems overcarbonated. Dirty Bastard and Robert the Bruce are better, and you don't have to drive to the Twin Cities and put up with shitty service to get them.

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Photo of lurpy1
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.

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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!

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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.

$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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served with a thin tan head and a dark copper body.
S: Strong smell of sweet malts and caramel. Some toffee mixed with chocolate also strong.
T: Big sweet malty flavor. Finishes with toffee: predominantly sweet but with a hint of the toffee bitterness.
M: Not too light or too heavy but leaning on the thick side for the style, which was enjoyable.
D: Always get this beer when I go to Town Hall. Definitely a great session beer. Probably my second favorite of the style, after Old Chubb.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of edbeered
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of schoolcb
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.

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Photo of Penguin3200
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had today on tap at town hall. Pours dark amber and brown with a one finger head. Lacing was minimal and legs receded quick.

Smell was malty and caramelly with a hint of scotch Malts but no deep earthy boozy notes.

Taste mimicked the aroma and was okay, but not the punch that some scotch ales bring to the table. Enjoyable.

Very drinkable with the toned down style and enjoyable this afternoon.

Liked it for a change of pace but will be sticking to masala most often at the Town Hall.

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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.

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Photo of ccs
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of will4240
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the illustrious Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis...

An excellent session beer as it is both delicious and drinkable. As all the brews at the Town Hall, this brew is downright gorgeous. once it hits your lips you are in store for malt, malt, and malt. Like I said, a fantastic go-to beer at one of the nation's best brewpubs. Definitely a world class scotch ale.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MrBluto
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.