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MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

MacPelican's Scottish Style AleMacPelican's Scottish Style Ale

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%

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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3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Photo of mactrail


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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
Photo of hreb


3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of beertunes


2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +12.4%
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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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich copper hue with a haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head pours a couple of fingers of dense tan foam with decent retention. A good looking brew.

Smell: fairly complex malt aroma which is toasty, caramelly, nutty, bready and biscuity. There's a definite sweetness and it's just a bit floral; whether this is due to yeast or hops, I can't tell. You know, the malt character is not necessarily my favorite, but I salute this beer's complexity.

Taste: biscuity, bready and caramelly malt; starts of drier than the aroma but a sticky caramel sweetness builds. Bitterness is minmal. Complexity is not quite as intriguing as in the aroma; overally, not exactly my bag, but if you like Scottish style beers this one is definitely still worth a try.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a big, if a bit evanescent, mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I think this beer is a good example of the style, but the flavors that come to the fore just don't suit my palate. Like I said, worth a try if you are into the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 21:22:18 | More by flagmantho
Photo of smakawhat


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Photo of tvv375ia


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice copper colored with a 2 finger head that fades to a nice cap

S-some carmel and a hint of dark fruit

T-fruit doesn't really come through here it is mostly some bready carmel

M-good carbonation

O-pretty good scottish the is well crafted

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 13:14:42 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of scottfrie


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Thanks Ayn!

A: Pours a clear medium-amber color with a fizzy short lived off-white head that quickly faded into a thin collar that left wisps of lace.
S: Toasted notes of malted grains. Roasted overall, light sweetness. Bread crust. Light overall.
T: Bread crust and roasted malts all the way. Faint caramley sweetness with some brown sugar, toffee and roast come through near the finish. Hops are earthy and mildly spicy, and I get a nice buttery quality overall.
M: Medium-thin body, light mouthfeel, lightly sweet, good carbonation, a bit airy.
O: Not as sweet as most which I appreciate. Not a bad drinking beer at all. Seek out if a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:17:55 | More by scottfrie
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear tawny amber color topped by a somewhat eggshell colored rocky head that leaves some minimal lacing around the glass.

Aromas begin with toasted maltiness with a little bit of sweet fruit. As it warms you et a little more honey, nuttiness and more English yeast ester fruitiness.

The tastes begin sweeter but still very smooth, bready/toasted maltiness, a bit of carmelization, a touch of brown sugar and butterscotch, with a sharper, hard water like cleaner finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is creamy but on the drier side.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It was cheap, flavorful and low in ABV so you could session it if necessary. Not mind-blowing, but not every beer has to be; just a super solid American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 16:51:45 | More by claspada
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3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a mahogany color with a small white head, some bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Sweet with lightly smoked malt scent and some caramel

T: Pretty much same as smell. An initial sticky sweetness with light smokiness, caramel. Pretty straightforward.

M: Medium bodied and thinner than most beers of this style

O: Average and probably would not go back to this one again. My least favorite Pelican beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 17:35:29 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of gueuzer


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

app-brilliantly clear. orange with a ruby tint. slight head with a little retention

aroma- strong bready, biscuity malt aroma. slight hop bite. slight hint of milk chocolate

Taste- a light malt flavor. less than the aroma would lead you to believe. A slight hop bitterness. A little earth in the finish.

mf- a dry crisp beer.

Dr- a very enjoyable drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:29:26 | More by gueuzer
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well as a nice bit of overt grassy notes

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:54:47 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of NWer


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my Deschutes Brewery tulip glass.
Appearance is reddish brown, clear, ample head.
Smell, nondescript.
Taste balanced. High carbonation.
Mouthfeel, all I feel is the lingering carbonation.
One of my favorite styles.
A disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 19:58:40 | More by NWer
Photo of womencantsail


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Bobby.

A: The beer pours an opaque amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Smells watery, but bad. A little bit of caramel and toffee, quite a bit of grass, too. Just a bit of yeast, maybe some hints of fruit. Definitely a bit of cooked vegetable aroma.

T: Tastes better than it smells, luckily. Sweet caramel with a light creaminess. Toasted bread and some hints of yeast. A very light fruitiness, maybe some hop notes, too.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: So far I've been disappointed with Pelican beers that aren't barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:59:02 | More by womencantsail
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3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 22 oz into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear amber-red woth lots of carbonation. Head is quite audible, quickly dissipating, and an off-white color.

Aroma: Bitter smelling pils hops mixed with lighter fruits, apricot, and a slight alcoholic bite.

Flavor: Brief malt breadiness quickly dampens into a lighter flavored biscuit and honey. Hops are sweet and soda-like.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation gives deceptively large body though the flavor is so light that once the carbonation subsides the beer is revealed to be light and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:04:59 | More by ebrauser
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head and lacing quickly evaporate. Pours a golden sap color.

Smell is lovely; caramel, honey, brown sugar, light hops, smells sticky sweet.

Replicates the nose but everything is less prevalent, more subdued.

Light carbonation.

Nicely done, this bottle could easily be finished by a single person, and leave them thirsty for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 17:10:37 | More by ptykozoon
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into nonic pint glass. A bold amber topped with 2 fingers of frothy off-white foam. Decent retention and lacing

The nose is potent and is just as grainy as it is sweet. Herbal and earthy hop notes peek through. It's a rather thickish brew with a certain creaminess in spite of the substantial bitter streak running through it. Throw in a fair amount of carbonation and this is a brew that goes down quite easily. Caramel, burnt brown sugar and cereal grains are prominently featured, while hints of molasses and white chocolate appear nown and again. Earthy hops linger in the finish. While it's not boozy at all, it drinks "bigger" than you'd expect from a 5% beer. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 23:41:27 | More by PDXHops
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks again to hopsbreath for yet another Pelican brew!

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber color that produced a decent tan colored head with decent retention.

(S)- A light smokiness with minimal roasted barley aromas and a light caramel sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. A nice mellow richness with a subtle roasted component. Hints of a caramel sweetness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, yet mildly rich and sweet.

(D)- A solid scotch ale with some classic flavors. Nothing over the top or too strong; a great sessionable brew for the style

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 19:14:23 | More by sweemzander
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Ryan for this bottle!

Pours a lovely deep maple, a blend of crimson and honey in the light. Topped with a light beige cap that diminished quickly to a thin ring. Small patches of bubbles clinging as the level lowers. Aromas are rich in English biscuity malt and a light hint of caramel. Perhaps a tiny bit of molasses and raisins as well. Taste is quite similar with a touch more sweetness than is suggested from the smell. A relatively medium bodied brew, the initial taste nearly begs for a fuller body, but finishes nicely crisp and light. Very minute dryness that is interesting, but does not detract from the overall experience. Very drinkable. I'd certainly enjoy this with a steak and cheese hoagie and some curly fries!

Overall, this is a decent example of a Scottish Style ale. Perhaps it could use a touch more in the flavor profile. I'm glad it doesn't have that metallic/tinniness that many other Scottish Ales have. The fruitiness isn't too assertive and is actually well balanced. All in all, not a mindblowing in-your-face beer, but a good sessionable brew that can fit many occasions.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:49:07 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of mentor


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half finger light tan head over a clear dark rust liquid. Smells fruity and malty wonderful. Fruits are like a berry fruit roll-up. Malt is mild caramel and wonder bread.

Tastes thin overall. Carbonation is strong for the intensity of the flavor and the carb sting lifts flavor off the tongue. That said, malt is light caramel and biscuity. Iron. Esters are very light, and come across as pears. Light body and strong stingy carbonation. Not a particularly enjoyable beer.

The acid balance on this beer is off and, when combined with the fine stingy carbonation, really detracts from the flavor experience. After swirling to release most of the carb, the malt is a little bit smokey, but comes across more as dry wood instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:18:01 | More by mentor
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Scottish ale, but a little bit sweet. Cloudy copper colour with a thin, almost non-existent head.

Sweet malts, brown sugar and very light citrus notes combine in both the flavour and the nose. Slightly smoky scent. Comes off as a bit sweet in the flavour though, very malt heavy. Almost no smokiness in the taste at all.

Decent carbonation, though at times a little light and watery. Nice, but at times comes off as underdone and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:23:42 | More by BDTyre
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3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice shade of coppery reddish-brown. It is completely clear with light bubbles of carbonation rising in the liquid. The initial 1 finger fizzy white head fades immediately to nothingness and leaves only a few spots of wet, white lace.

Disappointingly, there is virtually no aroma from this beer at all. I get the slightest hint of the malt and a bit of saccharine sweetness, but that's stretching for something.

This is one sweet Scottish ale, almost reminiscent of drinking cola. The malts are very caramelly and there's also a bit of artificial sweetener sweetness in there, too. I get a hint of the smokey peat that I expect in this beer, but mostly in the malty, raisiny aftertaste. There's a good earthiness to the flavor, but it is almost ruined a little by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and leaves a little light effervescence on the palate.

Somewhat drinkable beer, but just doesn't offer enough taste or a pleasing enough mouthfeel to compete with others of this style that I've really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:12:58 | More by kels
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