Scottish Pale Ale - Highlander Brew Co.
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3.96/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
05-03-2014 02:12:47 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-03-2013 18:52:48 | More by ckollias
3.54/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-15-2013 03:34:43 | More by andrenaline
4.38/5 rDev +22%
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.
09-19-2012 23:46:58 | More by Kremlock
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-11-2012 23:44:37 | More by korguy123
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
08-07-2012 22:57:20 | More by mick303
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct. 14 2012. Another new brewery for me - seems like they've been popping up like dandelions all over the province over the last year or so. I tend to like these Scottish-style ales, but this is the first new one I've seen in a while.
Pours a clear copper-amber colour, topped with approximately one finger of frothy, off-white head that wilts away before a minute's time has passed. It is survived by a soapy film on the surface, foamy collar and some modest lacing smeared onto the glass. The aroma is pleasant, if a little understated in intensity - mostly malts here, with some toasted nuts, biscuits, poundcake, molasses, butterscotch, as well as some light peat and dark fruit notes. Unique and enjoyable.
The aroma certainly got my mouth watering, and the taste does not disappoint in the slightest. Dominated by a multitude of malty flavours - buttered biscuits, toasted hazelnuts and molasses are probably the most prominent. Some light plum and raisin fruitiness adds additional variety to the profile. Not overly sweet, despite the abundant malt flavours - it finishes with floral, leafy dryness and some light, musty smoke/peat flavours that linger only briefly. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a smooth, slick mouthfeel. Highly sessionable, but worth savouring.
I passed this stuff up the last few times I happened by it at the shop, but I'm kind of regretting that now because this is a really tasty example of a style that isn't particularly easy to find examples of around here. Calling the flavour profile 'complex' might be a bit of a stretch, but only a small one. There's enough going on to keep me interested, and the combined flavours all add up to one undeniably delicious whole. I could drink this stuff all night and not get sick of it.
Final Grade: 4.03, an impressive A minus. Highlander Brewing's Scottish Ale makes for one damn fine pint in my opinion, and I'll certainly pick it up again some time. There is something about this stuff I find highly satisfying. I really hope this stuff makes its way to Sarnia eventually (this particular bottle is from a London shop), because I can definitely see myself craving it again. It's also pretty good value at only $3.25 a pint. Definitely worth a try for any fan of malty UK session ales.
08-02-2012 04:41:47 | More by thehyperduck
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
500ml bottle from the Main & Bronte LCBO in Milton, ON.
Pours a clear coppery bronze with one finger of eggshell white head and a few spots of lacing on the pint glass.
Smell is toffee, toasted malt, treacle, bruised pit fruit, earthy hops, trace of diacetyl, mild mineral note, and raisin.
Taste is caramel, toffee, brown bread, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light plumy and apple-like fruitiness precedes an earthy-musty finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, average carbonation, sugary-viscous middle transitions to a bone dry finish with fleeting afters.
Overall, this is a solid Scottish Ale with some English Pale and Brown Ale elements. Worth a purchase as the style is hard to come by in Ontario.
07-21-2012 19:33:36 | More by cratez
Scottish Pale Ale from Highlander Brew Co.
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