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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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89 Ratings
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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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 Bronze medal GABF winner for Scottish style ale. Bottled September 17th 2012.

A real nice copper ruby body and very clear. There's a little bit of cola sized carbonation, but it settles with some faint rising small wisps that rise from the bottom. Head makes three fingers, a little fluffy with not too much retention to hold it all together. Manages to fall at a good pace. Fairly nice looking beer.

Very toasty malt, almost kind of wooden. Splintery with a faint hint of caramel backbone hiding. A little wet and clean.

Hits the palate with a somewhat weak texture. A little watery, almost fizzy. Light malts match from the nose, with a good toasty brown bread. Faint sweet maple on the finish but really hiding.

Overall not bad, but nothing too memorable, the mouthfeel doesn't seem to hold up the flavor well enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:46:23 | More by smakawhat
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-06-2014 22:05:46 | More by KAF
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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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TATURBO

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-19-2014 21:25:27 | More by TATURBO
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Nmgreen

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

05-01-2014 22:48:36 | More by Nmgreen
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vkv822

Oregon

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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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-17-2014 16:32:41 | More by DrinkSlurm
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15%

09-24-2013 02:54:06 | More by akttr
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mactrail

Washington

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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Ultra-Plinian

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15%

08-15-2013 14:49:28 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-06-2013 20:04:48 | More by Derek
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DaveRinn

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

08-01-2013 07:23:14 | More by DaveRinn
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-30-2013 18:01:10 | More by tastymug
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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-19-2013 17:27:18 | More by Chris-MOC9
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-27-2013 20:19:33 | More by Kelp
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510a

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-30-2013 16:13:57 | More by 510a
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hreb

Washington

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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beertunes

Washington

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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Hoptometrist

Oregon

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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15%

01-21-2013 22:51:47 | More by oriolesfan4
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n2185

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-20-2013 04:54:27 | More by n2185
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Braz

Washington

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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tiwee23


4/5  rDev +13.3%

01-03-2013 00:00:58 | More by tiwee23
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srhoadsy

Florida

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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-07-2012 03:25:26 | More by t0rin0
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MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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