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Scottish Style Ale - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Scottish Style Ale
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87
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rdrummer on 05-09-2004)
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Reviews by dherling:
Photo of dherling
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly reddish brown color with a thin off white head and minimal lacing. Some sweet honey like malt and faint bitter notes are all I could get form the nose. The taste was a little astringent, bitter, riding onsome medium toasted malt, but not a lot. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Had a decent and clean finish.

dherling, Apr 30, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on a recent visit.The beer poured a dark amber color with a thin off white head that left a nice ring around the glass and some lacing. The aroma was sweet from tha malts and provided a bit of hops to the nose as well. The taste is caramelly sweet and there are also some tastes of raisins, plums and some other dark fruit. The hop bit balances this out well and at only 4.5% abv it is deceiving as you get the feeling that it must be a bigger beer. Very smooth.

ggaughan, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Malty aroma. Above average looks, with a little redness in there and spider lacey. Malting, carbonation both OK. Average mouthfeel. Nothing special but drinkable nonetheless. Good refresher before having the Big beers here.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh pour at the brewpub.

A: The Scottish ale is a dark coppery color, a ruddy ale that has a bit of a glow to it. Not much head on the ale.

S: The nose is a caramelized wonderland, rich with caramel and bread. More Scottish than Scotch, there's no smoke to be found, just plenty of toasted malts.

T: The ale is littered with caramel malts, a full flavor that doesn't skimp on the warming flavor. Toasted flavors, plenty of caramelized sugars, are the hallmark of the ale. Hops are an afterthought but they aren't missed.

M: A warming caramelized ale, bready with sarker flavors, sits very nicely on the palate.

D: Under 5%? Check! That's good enough for me. A caramelized treat, a liquid meal.

akorsak, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of foamy light tan colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a slightly splotchy lacing and thin collar... The color is a light to medium brown with a distinctive reddish hue... Limited carbonation, only a couple stray bubbles rise randomly throughout...

S - Light brown sugar... Caramel... Toffee... Nutty... Some toasted malts... Simple and fairly straight forward...

T - Almost a carbon copy of the nose... Light caramel... Light toffee... Some brown sugar notes... Some nuttiness... Toasted malts... Nothing fancy here, just a tasty malt forward brew...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Slight carbonation... Sleek... Goes down easy sip after sip... The finish has a touch of dryness...

D - Nothing fancy here folks, just a highly drinkable malt forward Scottish Ale that I'd have no problem putting a couple back of... Not much depth or complexity, this one is simple, straight forward, and rather tasty...

philbe311, May 15, 2011
Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent example of a Scottish ale, it poured a dark amber with a smallish, off-white head. The aroma is of malt and other grains. It almost smells as if there is wheat present but I'm pretty sure there isn't. The taste is one of a very rich maltiness with some fruitiness underneath. It is creamy and rich in the mouth and is very drinkable.

rdrummer, May 09, 2004
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brew pub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber color with just a little off white head on top of the pour. The head fades to a thin ring.

Smell: This beer has a very light smell to it. I'm getting some mild fruit and a caramel note.

Taste: This is a very malty beer, but it's not particularly sweet. I'm getting some fruity notes with caramel malt that is quite bready. The finish is lightly bitter with some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very nice sessionable ale, but there is a ton of taste. I'd be happy to have more in the future.

oline73, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Rhettroactive, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

bigfnjoe, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

BeerBucks, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BeerCon5
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BeerCon5, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown with a nice off white head. The nose brings forward some light caramel coloring as well as some lights fruits and some bread dough. The taste is some good caramel taste as well as some light baked goods. Moderate feel with good carbonation. Overall, a fairly solid and sessionable version of the style.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Selin's Grove Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper and hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasty, and a trace of biscuitiness. Tastes of caramel, the same toastiness, and lightly earthy.

Notes from 10/26/08..

hopdog, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling this one from a growler in a pint glass 2 days after filling at the pub.
THe brew pours a dark mahogany color with some orange/amber highlights.
I get a small beige head to foam up easily and hang around.
Aroma is all malt with caramel and chocolate mixing well, I cant detect any hops on thenose. A bit of brown sugar is also evident.
First sip reveals an average body with very mild carbonation.
Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar and caramel up front with some chocolate poking in as well.
The brew is fairly sweet without being completely unbalanced. Very tasty beer that goes down smooth and silky.
QUite nice!

sulldaddy, Aug 22, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap at the Selin’s Grove Brewery during a quiet Saturday afternoon visit.

Appearance: Murky dark brown body which was almost sludge-like when held to the light. Tan colored head was foamy with some big bubbles. Nice conditioning. Looked good in the Pint glass.

Nose: Toffee sweetness, warming roasted malts and a chewy caramel all mix together.

Taste: Lots of malts but not overtly heavy. Rich, raisins and dark fruits all support the toffee-like malts which have a caramel chewy character. The finish has a little bitterness which rises out of the Devon toffee sweetness in the end. A fecking great Scottish Ale.

Mouthfeel: A definite 4.0, easily one of the better bodies of all the Selin’s Grove beers that I tried. The smooth profile and chewy warm caramel all assisted in supporting this one……I was staggered to find out that it was “only” 4.5% after a few drinks…..feels much bigger.

Drinkability: I’d just eaten when I sampled this one; even so I had little trouble making short work of the whole Pint. Very nice and damn drinkable.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. A simple Scottish Ale but it works extremely well. Another one of my favorites along with the East Kent Pale Ale and the lovely Stout.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 05, 2005
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

brez8791, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours light brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of candy sugar, toffee, caramel, bready malt, and some dulled hops. Not as strong as I was expecting but still decent.

T - Good amount of toasted malt chewiness up front quickly giving way to a mix of candy sugar sweetness, caramel, herbal hops, and some light nuttiness. This one has some good flavors and is fairly well balanced.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly dry feel that combines with the grainy feel to linger on the pallet.

O - Pretty good. I have never been a huge fan of this style but this one has a good flavor profile and it is pretty easy to drink. A good beer to start out with before you move on to some of their other beers.

orangesol, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a lightly hazed color of brown. A creamy finger of head fades leaving spots of lace all about the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with alcohol and some sweet malt indications. Quite herbal with hops to balance it out. As it warms, the malt comes across like caramel and a touch of candy-like sweetness. Fruity and almost with a touch of vanilla across the back.

The taste is toasty malt with herbal hops that are quite bitter for the style. More herbal than expected but plesant nonetheless. The aftertaste is lightly smoked grain that lingers with a mixture of herbal hops and toasty caramel grains.

Overall a pretty decent representation of the style. It is medium bodied and modest to lightly carbonated. The fresh grainy caramel notes contrasted by the herbal bitterness was pleasant to drink but this isn't something I would find myself returning to time and time again.

stakem, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev +2%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
Photo of NCSUdo
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler courtesy of KRAMER17801

P: Semi-hazy brownish/red under a small head, no retention and no lacing.

S: Some sour grape character, almost a ground coffee like smell and maybe some honey, toasted malt.

T: Toasted malt and a little bit of sourness, tab bit of bitterness in the end.

M/D: Ok on the carbonation, body is a little watery, drinkability is good due to low ABV. Overall I wasn't impressed that much.

NCSUdo, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of mikereaser
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a medium copperish color with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - roasted and caramel bready malts

T - caramel malts and roasted grains dominate this one

M/D - Decent scottish ale but again, not my favorite style so its doubtful i'd go for it again

mikereaser, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Fish113d
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pouring from a chilled growler into a pint glass, this Scotch Ale pours a chestnut color with a 1/3" creamy slightly tan head along with some haze. Not much retention but it left nice lattice work on the glass.

Aroma is lots and lots of caramel malt with some slight grassy hops and something that reminds me of oatmeal a bit. However, not overly complex.

Taste is interesting and reminds me of tasting black walnuts (the musk from them) right up front, but is followed by some mild caramel and hops that balance this flavor out. Very very Good!

This brew was SMOOTH SMOOTH SMOOTH!!! Medium carbonation with a very ligth aftertaste along with a little alcohol and with a nice sweet finish.

Drinkable?? Hellz yes!!! I loved this one and wish I could have more!! Thanks Sulldaddy!!!

Fish113d, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After getting my Splinter Black beers from Troegs, I made the one hour trek over to Selin's Grove to sample the goods.

A: Poured a caramel color, with about a one finger head that quickly melted into the liquid below it.

S: Very faint, but I detected a bit of candy sugar that was reminiscent of caramel and a slight nuttiness.

T: The same as the nose, only more intensified with more of a bread dough-like quality as opposed to a sticky, sugary one.

M: Fairly light, but I personally liked that about it. The carbonation was fine and gave it some semblance of a creamy texture.

D: I'm not a big fan of this style in general, and even though there was nothing complex going on here, I was able to siphon this down rather quickly.

Chaney, Dec 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

StarryNight74, Jun 25, 2012
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Scottish Style Ale from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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