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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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4/5  rDev +13.3%

12-05-2011 00:27:03 | More by joefc
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-15-2011 17:37:42 | More by bpfrush
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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +5.7%
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 +1.4%
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 +13.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +4.2%
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
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2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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 +2%
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%
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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2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, shared by Kels, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deeper amber with a bit of clarity. Pretty much no head on the pour and no lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. Some grainy malts with light sweetness. Very light spiciness.

T/M: Pretty light flavor. A bit of an odd sweetness with a light grainy flavor. Seems a little watered down. There's a bit of caramel and very light spice. Body is medium light or so with light carbonation.

D: Low ABV and very drinkable but not very tasty or interesting. Maybe a good lawnmower beer or golf beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:57:52 | More by pwoods
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Pacific City brewpub on the Perfect Storm release day. Thanks to ramnuts for the ride!

From notes.

A: Pours a coppery amber body. Not much head on it, and not much of a collar. Some slow, lazy bubbles up the glass give it a viscous appearance.

S: Malty (duh). Toast, nuts, caramel, floral hops. Brown sugar.

T: Toast, nuts, and caramel up front. It has a sweet profile, but it does not feel sugary, due to an undercurrent of herbal and earthy hops. Slightly roasty finish. Doesn't particularly strike me as a Scottish Ale, more of a brown. And not a great example of one. Still, for 5% I'm impressed.

M: Lightly prickly. Medium-bodied. It's set up to take the load of a sugar-laden body, but this beer doesn't have that.

D: It goes down pretty easily. Nice little quasi-session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 04:43:46 | More by Arbitrator
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2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow. A very disappointing beer from a brewery that was getting solid marks from me for beer after beer.

Pours a watery orange gold. Surprisingly large foamy head.

Smells ... like grain. Like a malt liquor, frankly. Maybe a hint of earthiness to the nose, but this is doing a great impression of a beer like steelhead reserve.

Flavor is a bit more robust, but again; what is the awful grain-iness to it? And a beer that's 4.7% shouldn't have a cereal, boozy quality as its main flavor point.

Just, not very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 19:15:06 | More by Overlord
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4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty, slightly opaque orange color with muted golden highlights. A flourish of off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of sweet, slightly roasted malt - notes of caramel and dark fruit,with just a touch of brown sugar and leather.
Palate is mildly sweet up front, with good fruity notes on the swallow. Mild hops offer some balance, leading to a mellow finish with just a hint of astringency. Notes of clover honey, leather, and a touch of stone fruit. Body is fairly light and smooth, appropriate for a Scottish ale. An easy drinking ale, this is one of my favorite offerings from Pelican.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 06:35:03 | More by ElGordo
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours deep reddish burnt copper with fast acting white foam that dissapears quickly. No residual white foam at the top.

Smells of caramel toffee, light sweetness.

Taste is powerfully malty, hints of whiskey in the background but very faint. Relatively clean, very little hop. Notes of honey and brown sugar on second review.

Good carbonation and balance in the mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

Tasty, drinkable, well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 00:46:58 | More by KTCamm
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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, finally a beer that's called "Scottish Ale" and actually classified as a Scottish Ale on both here and RB. Wish I could say it was a good one, but this was...meh.

A - Clear orangish-copper color with a nice lasting white head.

S - Aroma is caramel, grain, earth, and roast.

T - Flavor is a little grainy and slightly roasty with caramel malt, toffee, butter, and peat. A bit like an amber ale or an altbier, which I guess are not too different in general stylistically.

M - Body is medium-light and finish is slightly dry.

D - Drinkable, but not very exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 22:13:33 | More by nickd717
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3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper and mahagony wood stain color. Not much in the way of head and foam, but decent bubbling. Very bready aroma, with some sweet pecans and a hint of gummi. Toasty and super sweet malts upfront, just a splash of hops give this scotc ale a light earthy aire. Some candy notes in the middl with just caramel grins through the finish. This palate starts light syrup and finishes medium husk. Ok drinkability, just a bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:25:15 | More by scruffwhor
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color topped by a somewhat rocky head that leaves a few lacing lines around the glass

Smell: English toffee, with a hint of butterscotch

Taste: Toffee flavors up front, with a peppery aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor tends to fade, although the toffee elements linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks some of the peaty complexity I was expecting, but otherwise pleasant enough

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 02:36:36 | More by brentk56
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3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber color, quite cloudy. A medium sized head fades quickly, leaving a few stray spots. These, too, eventually fade. Not very impressive.

Smell: A light smoked caramel aroma, with some notes of peaches and apricots. Not a very aggressive smell at all.

Taste: The style definitely comes through here - not much hops at all, but a strong malt presence throughout each sip. The malt gives a caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and a surprisingly light feel, almost watery. A stronger body would not hurt this beer at all.

Drinkability: Not really all that enjoyable or special. As is my experience with other beers of the style, it is pretty easy to drink, but this beer just does not have enough unique characteristics to warrant a spot in my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 03:48:07 | More by KickInTheChalice
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/23/08. Bottle courtesy of bitbucket. Pours a clear red-orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts, brown/maple sugar. Flavor of sweet malt, toasted caramel malt, maple sugar, light fruits (raspberry). Quite sweet, but tasty. Light-bodied. This is an ok beer but a little on the sweet side.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 18:00:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This was a very light copper color and was served to me with no head.

s: Not much here at all. Just a little smoky caramel.

t: Pretty weak overall. Not at all peaty, just a strange, faintly charred taffy flavor. Tasted watered down.

m: Lightly carbonated and thin.

d: Not at all offensive, just bland.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 15:49:38 | More by DIM
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber that I picked up at the brewery on new years day 10 months ago. Poured into an impy pint, MacPeclican's is a clear, tawny bronze, with an eggshell head that leaves very light, scattered traces of foam.

Smell is pretty soft, even served at ~60F. Malty and sweeter, honey, apricots and tangerines.

Taste is sweeter but very smooth, malt heavy, a bit of carmelization, a touch of brown sugar and butterscotch, with a sharper, hard water like cleaner finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, creamy but dry, medium bodied, a bit gassy.

Drinkability is good, this goes down very easily, a nice, traditional scotch ale, the low abv and relatively big flavors are a wining combonation. I can't believe I sat on this bottle for so long, I wish I had another!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 06:36:58 | More by ccrida
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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in Pacific City. Great location, just sitting there on the beach. Little kids throwing sand into the air...me covering my glass as a wave of stinging sand assails my eyes. With my beer safe, I take a look at it.

A nice copper orange with a thin lacing on the top...plus some grains of sand that managed to slip between my fingers, oh well.

Malt up front, and a slight smokey peat flavor. Caramel sweetness and a real good woody punch.

Nice brew!

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 01:22:32 | More by SurlyDuff
MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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