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Scottish Pale Ale - Highlander Brew Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highlander Brew Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bright copper colour; toasted malt, a hint of caramel and a touch of fruit aromas; Medium body, with coffee and dark chocolate notes, nice hop balance and nutty finish.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 03-26-2012)
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3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 5.4% ABV. Nice coat of arms imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of tightly foamy, chunky, and near-creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered dissolving cloud lace around the glass as things bleed away.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, a bit of sourdough, mild earthy yeast, soft drupe fruit esters, and leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is quite malt-forward - caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses - more sourdough and dark wheaty breadiness, weak grassy peat notes, and mild leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is fairly stilted, hardly exhibiting a bare frothiness, the body a pleasantly plump medium weight, and smooth, I suppose, though a sort of steely flintiness lingers from its just out of the fridge state. It finishes well off-dry, the malt still the headliner, but moderated well enough by the lesser biscuit and hop essences.

A flavourful and enjoyable Scotch-tinged pale ale, the malt complex and well drinkable. That's four for four (and yet I'm not on the floor) for this brewery, who seem to have a predilection for traditional UK styles (if their name didn't give it away) - and that's a-ok by me, especially when they are this proficiently turned out.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer out a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber brown hue with a solid white lace that lasts for awhile before ending in a wispy lace.

S: Malty caramel aroma

T: Similar to the aroma there is a malty caramel flavor that finished slightly dry

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent brew - good flavors and aromas.

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3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A random score at the local LCBO...

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Loads of bready malts, sourdough, rye and a hint of peat. Sweet caramel and buttered bread come through on the finish.

T - Peat notes are subdued by the heavy breaded malts, hints of smoke and leather come through on the finish alongside burnt caramel, toffee and some leafy greens.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty scotch ale, decent flavour profile and worth a try. I would probably buy it again, but I doubt it will see the shelves of Northern Ontario again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle in a Pokal glass. Bought at the LCBO

A: head builds up to about 1 inch and then settles down to a nice 1/8 inch across the top. Colour is hazelnut, very clear with no particles. There is a bit of lacing also.

S: Caramel and toffee do dominate the smell. You can smell the caramelized malt in here. No bitterness, just sweet malt

T: Toasted nuts, caramel, toffee and all very clean and balanced. Residual sweetness is low and there is a low dryness to it in the finish which makes the sweetness very well balanced and leaves you to wanting more. Allowing the sip to finish and waiting for your next you can taste raisins and baked pear.

M: Thin (in a good way) well carbonated, dry finish

O: This is the 5th bottle I buy and it's now a must have in the fridge. I just love the balance of flavours with the bitterness that finishes it. This is a amazing Scottish Ale and a must try.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle into tulip.
Best before October 14th, 2012

A- Crystal clear burnt copper/ brown pour. Short lived fizzy off white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Toasted bread, biscuits, almonds and some caramel. dark stone fruits and a little bit of butter.

T- Fresh baked bread, short bread or digestive cookies. Dark stone fruits and loads of caramel.

M- Light bodied, wish it had more chew to it. Carbonation is a little high.

Photo of mick303
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colour is a nice dark chestnut brown, with a good lace, and active carbonation.

Aroma is of quite malty, a bit heathery/floral. A slight earthy pepperiness. Slightly retrained but interesting.

Taste is of strong caramelized malt, very malty and rich. Sugar is present and sweetness is very assertive for a time, and then dry on the finish. My impression of the flavour is strong, but a bit of refinement seems lacking.

Mouthfeel has an initial carbonation then a strong dry malt, medium bodied, perhaps a bit unbalanced for the style, quite dry to the end.

An interesting beer to drink, definitely a welcome switch up. Probably not the best everyday drink, flavours are strong but come across a bit unbalanced.

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Scottish Pale Ale from Highlander Brew Co.
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.