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Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale - Empyrean Brewing Company

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Burning Skye Scottish Style AleBurning Skye Scottish Style Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in the tradition of Scotland's malty-sweet beers. Sweet and smooth with a wee hint of smoked character. Brewed with American, English & German grown barley and American hops.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 08-11-2002)
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Eric908, May 10, 2013
Photo of guityler83
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy (lots of sediment) with a old copper penny color (or a burning sky). Very small bright white head with spotty lacing,

S: Toffee and caramel sweetness. subtle spicyness hiding underneath the malt aromas.

T: Smokey and peaty (like a nice scotch). toast and bread crust. Caramel sweetness with a clean finish

M: low carbination, moderate mouthfeel.

O: This was a solid Scotish Ale. More peaty/smokey then most I've had but I enjoyed it. I don't know if the sediment in my bottle was normal (which i don't mind) or not but it seamed exesive.

guityler83, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

someone explain to me how this is a scottish ale? unless its a dumbed down sort of version for the masses, because theres nothing authentically scottish about this. the pour is mostly clear golden, maybe a tad darker, like so many of their beers. a good inch of head on top. the nose is sweeter, but the malt profile is indeed lighter than i am used to in the style not much hops to speak of, but an earthen character that makes me ready for a big gulp. refreshing, too light for the style again, but crisp in the finish for the sweetness. nothing too interesting here, but a sessionable english pale ale style with a medium to light body and enough bubbles to wash away some of the spicy food they serve at lazlos there. overall im not too impressed with this, but theres nothing wrong with it either. kind of par for the course, maybe a little better for nebraska.

StonedTrippin, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Bear1964
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Bear1964, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

OregonGrown7, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of beerdhabelly
3/5  rDev -14%

beerdhabelly, Oct 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14%

YalovaIA, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a sort of muted copper color, looks watery in a way. A creamy, fluffy head recedes to swirls of bubbles while light lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is a very solid body of sweetness, some caramel, bready notes.

The taste profile follows the aroma, very sweet and very drinkable. The beer starts with a sweet stroke of warm caramel, then transitions to a tangy, dry English tea body. A slight toffee, tangy finish.

The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat light bodied.

Overall, I do enjoy this beer, but it's almost too damn drinkable. It's got some good notes in the taste profile, and with the low ABV it makes it a good session beer.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of udubdawg
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a coppery gold color, quite light for any scottish style. very nice clarity, topped with a moderate light tan head that quickly fades to an uneven cap before sticking around.

aroma is light on caramel, with a sort of toasty malt like victory or something similar. some biscuity character, low leafy hop seems mildly out of place but isn't obtrusive. slight minerally character, sort of a faint green apple fruitiness that could be a bit of acetaldehyde. alcohol comes out as it warms.

light on caramel in the mouth again, toasty, nutty, and some sweetness. bitterness is quite light though the light roasty character increases apparent bitterness a bit. More apple fruitiness and some smoke character comes out in flavor especially as it warms. Bit of alcohol is OK, well integrated.

medium light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation is fine, fairly crisp, no astringency. easy drinker.

on its own merits this is a better than decent beer, though other than the smoke character in the flavor (which isn't exactly per style either) there is nothing that really screams scottish. Just a bit of a chocolate character and it'd be closer to Northern English Brown, another highly drinkable style. again, fairly tasty beer, flaws are easily ignored and it drinks easy. I'd have it again...just not when looking for anything authentically scottish.

udubdawg, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

beerbrains, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +14.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

HoistinBrews, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beige head. Decent lace. Color is a hazed burnt gold.

Aroma: Smokey malts, caramel, and a light chocolate malt. All malts here.

Taste: Lots of malts. Smoke and peat. Caramel sweetness. This pretty much sums it up.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, yet clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a little touch of smoke.

Overall, a very straight-forward beer. Not to much going on here. Very average.

mothman, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

cbcrunch, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a light brown, clear, with a cream colored that lasts most of the glass.

It's got a bready aroma. Hint of bittering hops.

Not too sweet. There is a nice roasted flavor to the malts. Very biscuity.

It's medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

This beer's good. It's easy to drink and flavorful.

TippySelenoid, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
4/5  rDev +14.6%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of icecube
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- medium head, with a nice amber color.

Smell- Burnt malts and nice grain smell. Some fresh crisp barley with a little smoke.

Taste- The malt is there with a subtle smoke finish.

Mouth- Bordering on light to medium bodied with medium carbontion.

Overall- This is what a Scottish style should be light bodied with a little smoke finish. This style can be confused with a Scotch ale that has an much more body and smoke flavor. Burning Skye is an excellent example of what I enjoyed in the Scottish pubs. Very sessionable and flavorful. This will be a regular in my beer fridge.

icecube, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

pokesbeerdude, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of phenomenologian
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening no smoke comes out. It pours with a 1/2 finger head that does not retain and laces a bit. The color of the body is of a darker orangish brown. It has nice translucent look to it. It appears to not be carbonated much and I cannot see much bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is not much after poured in the glass. It seems to not have too much of a smell. It does have some malty smell to it. And then I smell it from the bottle with the beer still left in it. Here I smell more: hops, alcohol, and malt. It has nice smell to it from the bottle. I poured it correctly but from the glass it has little aroma.

It tastes of malt and hops. There is something else here that gives a sweetness to it that is pleasing to the nose and tongue as you enjoy this. The taste to this is more than hops and malt. Whatever this sweet alcohol-deliciousness is it is great.

It is not very carbonated but not uncarbonated to the extent that its flat. It appears to have no carbonation, but it does have some that you can feel. It is just the right amount.

Overall, it has a few certain things to it I cannot put my finger on. It is an enjoyable brew. If you can find it or live in Nebraska, try it.

phenomenologian, Dec 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Stouttyme, Dec 18, 2011
Burning Skye Scottish Style Ale from Empyrean Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.