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Red Hill Scotch Ale - Red Hill Brewery

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Red Hill Scotch AleRed Hill Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

21 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Hill Brewery visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by aBeeraWeek:
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aBeeraWeek

Australia

4/5  rDev +17%

03-25-2012 10:32:09 | More by aBeeraWeek
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -39.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Red Hill boasts that their grain bill for this beer is "a tightly kept secret. It has taken 7 years to perfect and is a very special blend of English Malt," and that it's hopped with house Willamette and Goldings.

Lays dark, tawny and hazy in the glass, with a deep brown middle, and copper hues around the edges. Light tan head is creamy and tight, with some great lacing and retention. Aroma is, well, unique. It's a bit vegetal, with soft rhubarb in the nose. Somewhat smooth on the palate, and a tad coarse, with a light citric bite and an out-of-place note of sourness. Leafy green edges and appley spots. Malts are thin, with little sweetness for balance or the style for that matter. As the beer warms, some toasty and watery caramel and a little tea-like character provide hope, but they are lost. Dry, husky, powdery finish.

Pretty weak for a Wee Heavy. Where are the malts? Depth? Balance? Maybe another seven years of grain-bill perfection might help.

04-07-2010 20:39:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Vanz

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -5%

01-27-2014 22:39:34 | More by Vanz
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours dark copper with a small head.
Nose shows earthy peat, cinnamon, soft alcohol, caramelised malt and creamy chocolate. Pretty complex!
More the same regarding flavours, but with more roasted malt present as well. Not quite as complex, and there's a floury flavour I find in several of the Red Hill beers.
Carbonation is too high.

02-04-2010 09:32:56 | More by CrazyDavros
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norwichboy

Australia

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%

On tap at Red Hill Brewery.
Caramel coloured hue with a small head with some lacing and retention. Very little aroma to speak of. To taste, fruit flavours up front, with a reasonably long lasting finish, although lacking real complexity and character. Good level of carbonation and mouthfeel.
Overall I found this a rather average beer with nothing very compelling about it, and lack of aroma.

11-21-2006 06:30:00 | More by norwichboy
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-02-2012 02:58:54 | More by pin
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Macca

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

This pours a dark copper colour with quite a small head and some lacing. Some haziness.

A toffee sweetness and some maltiness on the nose.

The dark roasted maltiness dominates the palate. There is some sweetness in there as well.

A beer to ponder.

12-15-2008 09:13:56 | More by Macca
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juju7

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%

Pretty solid example of the style. Head disappeared a bit quick and not much lacing to speak of but the dark fruit, fig, molasses kicking malt is all pretty spot on. Plenty of upfront flavour and a tidy finish with the alcohol in check. Overall a fairly approachable Scotch Ale. Good stuff

01-28-2010 08:40:08 | More by juju7
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mulder1010

Australia

2.63/5  rDev -23.1%

330 ML bottle poured into a Great Divide globe glass
Thanks to Triple5 for providing the beer in trade

A-- Poured a reddish brown, settled in glass as near chocolate color with tints of red at the bottom of the glass. Half finger of light brown head that became film. No Lacing and very little head retention.

S-- Roasted malts, roasted coffee and slightly sweet carmel. The roasted smells were the dominant smell with carmel in the background.

T-- Coffee, roasted malts and carmel almost all at once in the taste. Nothing to get excited about.

M-- Over carbonated right off the bat. Carmel finish is pretty dominant in the end and slightly sweet. Flavor drops off pretty quick leaving a slightly sweet but acidic ending feel. Still a dry finish. The carbonation hurts the beer too much.

D-- Probably a better Dark Ale than a Scotch Ale. Needs less carbonation and a higher ABV. Really misses the sweetness that a lot of Scotch Ales have and the warming sensation that the ABV carries. Get bloated pretty quickly on this beer and it hurts drinkability a lot. A good beer as a night cap though.

05-31-2010 15:47:56 | More by mulder1010
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braican

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

08-03-2012 20:05:57 | More by braican
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koolk

Australia

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours an orange brown with little head and no retention.

Initially the nose is dominated by piney hops notes. Over time there appears more toasted and roasted notes. Sweet malt and grain in there as well. Nice, though not overly complex.

More roasted grain flavours mix well with the very sweet toffee flavours. Light bitterness but some good hop flavour in there. Some yeastier flavours as well.

High carbonation, big mouthfeel and what seems a lot of apparent sweetness means it feels great and is well balanced but drops the drinkability down with the cloying nature of the palate.

This is a good beer and an interesting choice of style, but it somewhat plain.

09-15-2008 09:39:15 | More by koolk
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%

a: nice hazy copper color with lots of carbonation activity & little head retention
s: difficult to detect anything specific in the aroma
t: light sweetness and some roastiness
m: good mouthfeel to start but loses it quickly - medium,smooth body, good carbonation to start
d: this beer started off pretty well with aforementioned charactetistics, but lost its form too quickly. i'd enjoy another if i drank it much faster than i'd like

02-01-2007 09:17:55 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +12%

Pours a nice cedar colour, with very nice creamy beige head, retains pretty well, leaves some nice traces of lace behind.

Aroma is slightly woody, certainly bittersweet with a grainy character and hints of dried fruit. Pretty nice.

Taste is very pleasant. Spicy fruit characters, raisins and sultanas with cinnamon and clove flavours. Quite sweet with a lot of tang to it and a nice profile. Doesn't quite have the complexity of other examples of the style, but is certainly very pleasant.

Mouthfeel smooth and rich, perhaps a bit flat with not enough texture.

Very good drinking though, smooth and tasty.

08-04-2009 01:28:02 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Deep reddish-brown hue. I added the yeast sediment which adds an opacity to the body. Decent head of large light-brown bubbles. Body is a little thin, but overall it's a pretty good-looking beer.

Deep vinous characters on the nose. Toasted malts, red wine cork, and a little caramelly sweetness. The wine character is a bit unwelcome, but it does have a reasonable amount of complexity.

Hmm, rather dark on the palate. Little residual sweetness, finishes very dry. Quite thin in the mouth, long but rather flat mid-palate and an extremely dry toasted malt character at the end. All said and done, it's disappointingly simple on the palate.

Still, the dryness adds to the beer's drinkability, and it's not a bad drop all up. I just wish it had a bit more depth and sweetness on the palate - for a Scotch Ale, it's unbeguilingly light.

01-18-2008 05:17:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ADZA

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

This beer pours a burnished copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with nice lacing,it has aromas of toffee,caramel and some fruity hops,it has an above average mouthfeel with a dark fruit taste first up followed by a nice warm toffee alcohol finish not a bad beer although not exact on style very easy to drink.

09-21-2009 13:21:24 | More by ADZA
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SmashPants

Australia

3.94/5  rDev +15.2%

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, better than average macro-style label, though I imagine it is actually a craft beer.

Appearance: pours a dark copper with red highlights, with a small head.

Aroma: plenty of different aromas coming through - toffee and caramel, heavy fruits, molasses and spices. Quite complex, and all the better for it.

Taste: definitely malt-driven, with those spices coming through. Quite a jolly drink.

Aftertaste: some bitterness lingers through.

Mouth feel: the mouth feel is moderate in carbonation and body. Quite easy drinking, but perhaps backing off the carbonation would have it more true to style; a slow sipper.

Overall: a lovely scotch ale - good variety of flavours and a great drinkability. The one and only problem I have with it is the AU$96 a case price (2013). A 4-pack every now and then won't hurt though!

04-21-2013 10:31:05 | More by SmashPants
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Stew41

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Chocolate brown with some haze and thin, coffee colour ‘espresso’ head. Sweet bouquet of malts and fruity notes; very appealing. Rich and assertive. Lighter palate weight for the style. Malt flavours thin out somewhat but the chocolate notes do hang around, albeit in a mild fashion. Finishes nicely with a kick of sweetness on the finish. Ultimately needs more ABV to really make this beer work but a decent example of the style at 5.8%.

05-08-2011 08:22:16 | More by Stew41
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brendan13

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a tulip glass a copper colour with a small head that quite quickly disappears. Leaves thick lacing on the glass and head reappears on swirling.
Quite lacking in the aroma I thought. A mild malty smell but thats about it. The taste makes up for it though. A nice, sweet roasty flavour. The taste hits the front on the tongue but feels quite light as it gets towards the back.

03-28-2007 09:45:44 | More by brendan13
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Booza

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-23-2012 06:03:45 | More by Booza
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

This was the second time I had tried this beer, but the first time on draught. My original notes still hold with the exception that the draught version had a much fuller mouthfeel and I felt the carbonation was more under control. Reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner flavors; gingerbread, sweet potato, wild rice and sweet & savory spices. I would love to try this one on cask.

03-01-2011 05:16:36 | More by burnheartsMKE
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance - 4.0
Poured three fingers of loose beige head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a clear, deep red to copper coloured body.

Smell - 3.0
Not a lot of aroma, a little spice and alcohol, some malt sweetness and fruit.

Taste - 4.5
A lovely rich, malt driven ale with flavours of caramel and dried fruit with moderate bitterness and lots of spicy hop character. Alcohol is slightly warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine but lively carbonation is similar to that of many a Belgian ale. A little syrupy.

Drinkability - 4.5
Very easy drinking for a strong(ish) ale.

OVERALL - 4.05
A big beer that punches harder than the 5.8%ABV suggests.

08-12-2009 09:12:30 | More by LittleCreature
Red Hill Scotch Ale from Red Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.