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Organic Great Scot Pale Ale - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Organic Great Scot Pale AleOrganic Great Scot Pale Ale

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Metalmonk on 12-31-2008)
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Reviews by alexrichman:
Photo of alexrichman
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew came from TJ's in Portland, OR in a 16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A> Really nice appearance. Light copper with a little bit of hazing. This beer poured with a nice thick head and left a small amount of lacing.

S> The malt smells very toasty for this style of beer. The hops come across very lightly with green apple and a floral smell coming through.

T> Kind of unusual compared to american pale ales but I had to keep in mind this beer came from scotland. Strong, interesting malt. The hops tasted lemony/citrusy and were pretty mild. They play nicely with the sweet finish of the beer.

M> A little too thin for my liking but the carbonation is spot on.

D> I could easily drink a few pints of this. This is a beer that I find myself liking more and more everytime I come back to it.

alexrichman, Nov 30, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Trader Joes as been doing a lot of imoorting of this brew, as so many of the reviews note TJs as their poing of puchase. Same here, in Brooklyn NY. 16.9 ounce bottle. This one pours hazed lighter amber under a long lasting fluffy off white head, that stays and stays. Leaving a thick collar and respectable loose sheeting and plentiful bits of lacing. Light lemony nose with some toasty notes tossed into the mix. Easy drinking, moderatly hopped EPA. More light citrus hops, light toasty malts. I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable, nicely balanced, quite drinkable and well worth a try...or two...suprised by the quite low scoes for this offering. Perhaps I was lucky enough to sample a fresh bottle.

Billolick, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear reddish-copper hued body with a slow carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin wheat head that last as a thin bubble film for a bit.

S- The muted hop note has a sulfury dry quality to it with a noble hop quality in the finish.

T- the taste of soft green hops is dry and overpowered by the carbonic acid flavor that lead to a dry Munich malt note. As the beer warms the Munich malt turns more to a biscuit flavor but still pretty faint. The finish just kind of trails off with no bitterness or hop note more of a watery quality.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of a flat texture.

D- I like British PAs and IPAs but this one is pretty dull and thin in aroma and flavor. I don't know if it lost its complex neances in travel or just never had them.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into that nifty Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Finger-thick crackling head sits atop a super well-filtered bronze/copper color.

Aroma is underwhelming. There's almost nothing there whatsoever, so I can't say it's bad, either. There's a ghost of maltiness lingering around somewhere, and an even fainter, somewhat musty honey smell. That's it.

Flavor is toasted white bread, sunflower seeds (serious) and caramel, with light touches of honey and hops in the background. Really quite simple, but solid and seems almost tap-fresh. The lingering caramel flavor in the finish is wonderful.

Fairly high carbonation, but kept from being soda-like with a buttery, slick balance. Almost sticky.

This is good if simple, and probably one of the better organic beers I've had thus far. Don't know how much this differs from Caledonian's Organic Premium or Golden Promise, as they seem to be pretty much the same beer, but I haven't had those. As is, this is a super session beer, if you're into that kind of thing, and one I would gladly have again.

Metalmonk, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden into a pint glass. A creamy and slightly off white head sits atop the pour and yields a fair amount of lacing through the pint.

Light buttery malts on the nose typical of the style, yet more muted, not as rich. A welcome move due in part I assume to the lingering head, and in part simply to a lighter body. Some hops are present but rather subtle initially, become more robust as the carbonation lightens.

Fizzy champagne carbonation on the tongue gives the beer a good feel but the bready feel it yields keeps the malt flavors from penetrating until the finish. Said finish offers a lingering light caramel malt close. Lighter than average body makes for an easy drink, very light bitterness and not too sweet, or at least well masked by the carbonation. In fact, almost cask-like in appearance and feel.

HalfFull, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of andrewm190
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. I entered in assuming a decent but not particularly noteworthy beer experience. Immediately the smell hit my nose - sweet, but not overly dramatic. Nice clean finish, crisp, ready for another. A bit sweeter than I expected for a pale ale but I found it enjoyable. I highly recommend this find; I'm a bit puzzled at the mediocre reviews it has gotten thus far. I picked mine up at Trader Joe's, which is good for a hidden gem every now and again.

andrewm190, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of tjd112
4.78/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Trader Joes in Westfield, NJ. 500mL bottle

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's nonic

Appearance - Yellow/apricot colour body, decent white head, little bit of lacing

Smell - Apricots and green apples

Taste - Same as smell, very balanced in terms of maltiness/hoppiness

Mouthfeel - Crisp, light to medium bodied

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - One of the best organic beers I have tasted.

tjd112, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Bigfatbino
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A = Pale golden color, very translucent. Nice frothy head, but faded quickly, left little lacing in the glass

S = some raw alcohol smell. Smell a bit of grains also, not too much else going on here

T = The first thing I get are adjuncts, faint sweetness that becomes more pronounced, then fades to a fleeting aftertaste that lets you know that hops (at some point, briefly) were added. I expected much more from an "organic" crafted brew. It tastes...American, in a bad way.

M = Thin, watery, a bit of bubbles, followed by more thin and watery.

D = No real satisfaction for me. After drinking the pint, I really found myself wanting to go to the store to get a pint of beer to wash this down.

Bigfatbino, May 11, 2010
Photo of madpentzer
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the local Trader Joe's. Poured with a nice foamy head two fingers thick. Had a little citrusy aroma with a sweet malt undertone. Had a light malt taste followed by a little hope bight. Light bodied and relatively easy to drink. Not the best, not the worst, this beer is just alright. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it to some one else, but a thumbs up for being organic.

madpentzer, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I was being sneaky, putting this in the mix-a-six at TJ's...it was $3 and change for the 16.9 oz. Apparently, also vegan-friendly (no isinglass?)...vegan BA's rejoice!

Poured a dull gold shade into a pint glass. Thin bubbly cap, with rapid carb feeding it, maintaining a head for a while. Grassy, doughy biscuit aroma. Earthy hop flavors, sort of tea like, not unlike their Golden Promise Ale. Slight grassy bitterness and cracker malt flavor. Soft flaccid feel, pretty easy drinking at 5%. It hits the style mark for sure, even so it's not going to blow any minds.

emerge077, May 12, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle, purchased from Trader Joe's, Columbus. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The aroma is grassy hops, butter, and biscuit/grain. Aroma is light, but not bad. Taste is stronger than the aroma would indicate. It tastes like bready malt, butter, and a bit of honey, grassy hops and biscuit/grain. Mouthfeel is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink, and has enough taste to make this a decent choice as an occasional session beer. Overall I think it's a decent enough English Pale Ale, and for the price it's not bad at all. I'd buy this one again.

bluejacket74, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of theopholis
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly golden apricot. The head is creamy and slightly off white head. Good head retention, and it leaves a fair amount of lacing through the pint.

Smell- Nice, soft malts with a subdued, grassy hop aroma. Pretty much exactly what you would expect out of an English pale ale.

Taste- Nice, reasonably complex maltiness with malt sweetness. Hints of breadiness, with very subtle hints of caramel. The hops are reasonably well done and blend nicely with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability- quite nice.

theopholis, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a frothy head then settles to a thin head with thin lacing. Transparent. Golden to bronze in color.
S) Dry grains. Light notes of citrus - orange. Pilsner-esque.
T) Very light malt sweetness - caramel. Moves to a dry hoppy-ness.
M) Light bodied. Dry. Somewhat chalky.
D) Meh. Just average. Not one I would suggest to a friend, but thank for the organic ingredients.

u2carew, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This might be my first English pale ale that I've tried, despite the multitude of APAs. Pours clear, a pretty golden color with a tinge of amber. I roughed up the pour to get a moderate orange-tinged cap that leaves a bit of lacing. I like the hefty bottle and logo!

Aromas open up some with warmth. Just some faint malts and grassy hops when it's cold. Caramel and corn syrup emerge, while the hops add a bit of earth and spice after sitting a while. Good, but not too abundant.

Mild malt flavors for the most part. Some caramel sweetness, just a hint of bread with some earthy, grassy hops. I might just be imagining it, but there might be a trace of peat or smoke with moderate hop bittering on the finish. Medium body, too much carbonation gives it a spritzy feel.

Looks aside, this is a mediocre pale. It it costs too much for what it's worth. Maybe they couldn't get good enough organic ingredients? I probably won't spring for this one again.

josiahschlender, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: into my tyranena pint, light amber in color with a fizzy head that shows little, and eventually no, retention

s: pale grain, light biscuit, unimpressive papery hops, a little metallic

m: medium carbonation and body, comes across a bit fizzy

t: starts with a decent pale grain flavor with plenty of biscuit, but an unpleasant (but not totally obtrusive) slick buttery flavor emerges after the swallow, papery english hops lend a mild bitterness

d: reasonably drinkable, and an okay but sub-par english pe

blackie, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice coppery honey colored body with an inch thick of off white suds that leaves some lacing. Smells of faint grain and honeycomb. Tastes decent, kind of mild with a steely graininess and an astringent hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Highly drinkable example of an EPA.

biggred1, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of selecter70
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice offering from the UK via Trader Joe's...and with a same last name, I had to have a go. A crystal brown pour to 2 finger fluffy white head promised a fine pale ale. Slightly floral brightness to the aroma & a toasty light malt with corn & hops rounded out a simple but decent nose. The smooth light body with clean, mild malts & lemony hops left a bit lacking, but was drinkable and refreshing. Perfect for a day in the sun.

selecter70, May 05, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a good off white colored head.
Malty and nutty smelling with a good fruity and herbal BPA scent. Scents of leather and butter and a slight tobacco aroma. Slight toffee scent but this smells dry.

Taste starts out malty and herbal with a toffee and tobacco flavor. Herbal hop that gets drier as you drink it. Not supper complex but respectable for a $3.00 beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Just a good average to a little better than that British Pale ale. Way better than you would expect a $3 beer to be.

Zorro, May 14, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new item down at trader joes. Offsized bottle, 500ml, not typical for brew, atleast on this side of the pond.

Pours an amber with a nice head. The aroma on this oneis not doing it for me, hardly anything to be found except a slight twang of english hops and a slight bready sweetness from the malt.

It's a decent english pa, there's nothing notably off about it. It fits the style nicely and is organic to boot. Notes of honey, sweet biscuit, and a slight grassy earthy and leafy green hop flavor. I'd get this again, and recommend it for the price.

SurlyDuff, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of pablot71
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint size bottle into a pint glass

A- Medium size head with larger bubbles. Kind of a murky copper color

S- Fair amount of English hops aroma.

T- Some malts can be noted with a present hops bitterness. There is a certain after taste that lingers on for a while after swallowing.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- Overall an OK beer. It has a certain after taste that I can't put my finger on at this point that I'm not sure I like.

pablot71, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is something new from Trader Joe's and it wasn't from the ubiquitous "Kennebunkport" line. A single bottle cost $2.49 and was 500ml. The nose is grainy and briefly features unexciting doses of barley and hops but nothing more distinguishable. The appearance is equally unimpressive, with a dark golden body but little head.

Too much carbonation initially hides the taste, which escapes to reveal a caramel malt backbone with hints of metal and burnt that mellow more agreeably in the finish. The hops are present but seem a little watered down, so to speak. The texture is thick enough to handle the flavor, but the bubbles are a drag.

I like English pale ale, and this isn't terrible. Considering it's organic, it's actually drinkable. These guys still will have to work overtime to seriously challenge the likes of Fuller's or Sam Smith but this would be okay in a pinch

daliandragon, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of kmadaus
2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is my first review, so bear with me. Apparently I'm an "acolyte" :) I just like good beer.

A - The color was a lighter caramel color. It was a bit cloudy too. Hopefully wasn't frozen at some point. It didn't seem very carbonated at the pour.

S - The beer smelled a bit nutty for a pale ale. There was a bit of caramel scent that matched the color. It smelled quite sweet. I didn't get any hint of hops going on here even though there are pictures of hops on the label.

T - The taste was slightly sweet and nutty at first, but it doesn't linger. Slightly toasty, and very toasty for a pale ale. It certainly tasted on the maltier side. The finish is bland and short.

M - This beer is lighter on the carbonation, medium on the first sip, and thin on the finish. According to the label it is a 5.0 ABV, but it tasted like less, lighter.

D - Overall, the beer is drinkable, but it doesn't seem to fit the mold of a pale ale. But that could be my amateur-ness coming out. It was far too malty and sweet for my tastes, and even tasted like toasted malts were used in the brew. But that seems typical for the Scottish or British pales from my experience. I might have another if it were sitting in my fridge, but I wouldn't but it again if I were looking for a pale. I might buy it if I were looking for a lighter brown ale... which I would never do.

kmadaus, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Nick3
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Forms a nice pillowy 2 finger head. Great lacing on the glass and a lovely burnt orange color. Nose is a light blend of citrus, hops and a little malt. I believe it smells like a typical english pale but it's not especially appetizing to me; almost a bit metallic. Taste is crisp with light malt on the forefront and light hops in the finish. Very crisp and easy to drink but nothing complex or interesting. Light bodied beer and could use some more carbonation. Overally, this beer was inconsistent as it offered glimpses of brilliance, only to disappoint in other areas.

Nick3, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. The wife picked this up for me at Trader Joe's; let's see how she did.

Pours a hazy wheat yellow, with a foamy white head that after a brief carbonation fizz begins to pillow unevenly down.

Smells of sour wet grass, some lemon, and barley malt. Not very pleasant.

Taste thankfully is better than it smells. Mildly hoppy, slightly crisp, sweeter than you'd expect, and some lemony bitter at the end. Better for a warm day than a cool night like tonight. Not sure the "organic" nature of this beer is adding anything for me.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, though certainly rather thin.

Once you get past the cheesy label, its not a bad beer. Would likely have this one again.

TheHoppiest, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours hazy golden with foamy white head. Aroma is of apple juice with hints of hops. Medium, somewhat syrupy body. Flavor of apples, biscuit malt and buckwheat grain with some hints of earthy hops. Finish is light and dry. I will skip this one next time.

mikeg67, Dec 07, 2010
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Organic Great Scot Pale Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.