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MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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MacPelican's Scottish Style AleMacPelican's Scottish Style Ale

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
13 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.0% by volume
Bitterness: 17 IBU
Color: Copper

(Beer added by: freed on 08-09-2003)
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Reviews by Knuckles:
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was down in Pacific City over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and loaded up a case of beer while I was there. Amongst the spoils I brought back with me were a few bottles of the MacPelican. It pains me a bit to start of my Pelican reviews with a negative one, but my positive reviews of the Imperial Pelican Ale, Tsunami Stout and the India Pelican Ale should offset this one. To make a long story short, this was the least impressive of all the beers I brought home from the Pelican.

Appearance: By far, the best part of the beer (in my opinion). A nice light, copper colored brew that pours with a relatively insistent pure, white head. Held up to the light it's completely transparent, with a steady stream of bubbles making their way lazily up the sides of the glass.

Smell: There is a smell that I associate with some Scottish ales, and this beer had it. I'm going to assume that it's thrown off by the yeast, but it can give Scottish ales an almost ozone-esque quality to them, and this beer had it.

Taste: Another issue I have with some Scottish ales (and I am, again, assuming that this is a flavor thrown off by the yeast) is that many of them have a funky, almost metallic tang in the finish. This beer has that tang. It's got a decent malt front and middle, almost no hop character at all and then that tang kind of chases everything else off the palate.

Mouthfeel: Decent enough for a session-type Scottish ale. I suppose that 'just right' would be the way to describe it.

Drinkability: I, personally, could not drink very many of these simply because I don't like the finish. However, I can see how it could be an enjoyable beer for many people.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 19:45:00 | More by Knuckles
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-06-2014 22:05:46 | More by KAF
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3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by someone at Francois cellar cleaning party.

Decent fizzy head, hazy reddish color.

Nose sweet candy malts, very toasted reddish malt, little bready caramel like,, hint of candied fruit,

Taste sweet candy but drier, little candied fruit again, watery grainy malt, chewy malt almost nougat like, little butterscotch candy, not super sweet but little tingly booze. Finish bit more booze, sweet candy malt, little flat and thin, little earthy hop, mild soapy note.

Mouth med to heavier bod, little syrupy but thin, lighter carb.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 01:17:49 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-19-2014 21:25:27 | More by TATURBO
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3/5  rDev -15%

05-01-2014 22:48:36 | More by Nmgreen
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3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a thin, foamy, short lived head.

Delicate blend of floral, herbal hops and caramel malts in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable, tasty Scottish Ale that is easy drinking and approachable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 06:08:45 | More by vkv822
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-17-2014 16:32:41 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3/5  rDev -15%

09-24-2013 02:54:06 | More by akttr
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive dark amber color in the Duvel tulip with a white cap of foam. Some bubbly lacing and quite spritzy on the tongue. What's odd is how thin this is for the category, so I am having to re-think my expectations to judge this fairly. So maybe it's a 60 shilling lighter style, which we never see in this country.

The first few sips seem light and very dry. Then there is a hint of something smokey, and gradually the malt flavors become more accessible. Still, the malt seems diluted and the flavors are subdued. The sweet smokiness is more of a suggestion, with some scorched malt and a faint bitterness of hops in the mix.

Or maybe this is an edgier Oktoberfest with a whiff of wood smoke. Whatever this is, it's really quite drinkable. Actually, this is ideal mixed 50/50 with a sweeter and heavier Scottish Ale, like the one I have a growler of from Kulshan in Bellingham. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 04:47:54 | More by mactrail
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3/5  rDev -15%

08-15-2013 14:49:28 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-06-2013 20:04:48 | More by Derek
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-01-2013 07:23:14 | More by DaveRinn
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-30-2013 18:01:10 | More by tastymug
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-19-2013 17:27:18 | More by Chris-MOC9
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-27-2013 20:19:33 | More by Kelp
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-30-2013 16:13:57 | More by 510a
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3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MacPelican's is an ale seriously red in color, with a big earthy sweet aroma. I get molasses and a hint of smoke -- perhaps emanating from a bakery. The flavor is much less "big beer"... it tastes much like it smells, but turned down, resulting in a well-balanced, simple, and refreshing experience. Totally sessionable, if a little on the watery side.

22 oz bomber, "BTLD 120312"

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:36:04 | More by hreb
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2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despised 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very still mahogany color with no head at all, but lots of clingy bubbles on the side of the glass. Weird.

The aroma was very malty-sweet, and lacked any peat which I look for in the style, but was otherwise typical. The flavor profile was nearly identical, with the addition of just a slight bit of earthy hops. The beer just wasn't as bold as I expected.

The body was probably just a wee bit thinner than typical for the style, just a bit more than medium. Drinkability was nice and smooth, but the lack of character reminds me why 12oz servings are better than these big bottles. Overall, not a bad beer, by any means, but also not one worth going out of your way for. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:55:58 | More by beertunes
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear dark amber color with visible carbonation, soapy and bubbly off-white head dissipated instantly and left no lace

S- Butterscotch, caramel, toffee and mineral notes

T- Lots of cereal graininess, butterscotch, brown sugar, toffee, and mineral notes

M- Smooth, soft carbonation, medium body, dry

O- A good example of the style, very easy to drink. Great session beer with all the flavors you want from a Scottish Ale

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:59:39 | More by Hoptometrist
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3/5  rDev -15%

01-21-2013 22:51:47 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-20-2013 04:54:27 | More by n2185
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, just like a penny. Is very transparent. A small white head recedes quickly leaving no lace on glass. Buttery, musty and woodsy aromas. Very malty, mild sweetness with a mild hop spice at the end. It has a slick body thats lightly carbonated. Subtle raisin or dark fruit in the finish. Very mild beer. Kind of rich, no smokiness. Easy to drink but not exciting or flavorfull at all. A bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:33:13 | More by Braz
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-03-2013 00:00:58 | More by tiwee23
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a nice hazy bronze color with 3/4" light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a light surface layer with light lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugar and figs. With a mild smokey and mineral background.

Tastes of figs, raisins and other dried fruits. Caramel malts, light smoke and a hint of leather with a slight floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is sweet but crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable, mild bodied scottish ale. I prefer a little more smoke in my scottish ales, but this was well balanced example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:40:16 | More by srhoadsy
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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