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Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neustadt Springs Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2004

Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Brewed in the traditional Scottish style, being deep golden in colour, full flavoured, with a hint of roast barley, making it smooth with plenty of body. In Scotland this style of beer would be used as a chaser to a malt whisky. The malts in Scottish ale compliment the malts in a scotch whisky.
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Coronaeus
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Excellent. Opens and pours well. Head stays for a while. Dark gold color

S- Peppery good. Nice malt.

T- Great at first then instead of growing on you like a good beer it changes less flavorful. Caramel and roasted malt.

M- Pretty good and rather creamy.

O- Ok. Will not buy again but bet this one would be wonderful in an old wine barrel for a year or so.

Food Pairing

This ok little ale goes well with... BBQ chicken


Photo of patre_tim
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper filtered with some fine bubbled carbonation, 3 fingers of creamy light beige head, some frothy lacing.

S: Lager, animal offal (haggis perhaps) scotch, light butterscotch, earthy, dark toasted notes.

T: Dark, toasted and earthy, heather a little lager quality of haggis but falls to the background, little scotch, butterscotch in a positive way. Very delicious, very drinkable.

M: Medium body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Really enjoying this Scottish ale. Not loving the scent, but the taste exceeds my expectations.

Photo of hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think this would be a great transition beer for anyone making the shift from macro to well-brewed. With a much greater Ontario variety available now this isn't a style I choose often, but saw this can in the LCBO and it has taken me back to some earlier days...

Pours a bright and clear copper colour with an initial white head that dissipates quickly, with little residual lacing. The primarily bready aroma includes caramelized malts and some mild smokey and earthy tones in the background. Malt-forward in taste, with hints of the barrel wood or peat that I'd expect in this style. The caramelized malt sweetness become more bitter in the finish, but still well short of dry and couldn't offend any palate.

A well-brewed and easy drinking beer.

Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down quite fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, toffee, bready malts, biscuit, nuttiness and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice caramel/toffee sweetness, bready and biscuity malts and slight nuttiness and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of scott451
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber. The merest hint of a haze. A one finger white head soon diminishes to a ring.

A fruity, peppery and slightly spicy smell. Tastes of fruity malts. A slight caramel flavour. A very mild hop twist at the end.

A light body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Pretty good overall. Dry and drinkable.

Photo of howiethenurse
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cold, from a can. The colour is lovely amber. The feel in your mouth is fresh and full. There was lots of flavour! It was a pre-dinner beer that I would definitely have again! Some good motivation to peddle my butt out to Neustadt sometime when we're up at the cottage!

Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO... no expiry date anywhere (normally Neustadt puts them on the bottom IIRC but this one is blank), but this stuff just came into the store a few days ago so I'll assume it's fresh.

Pours a clear, deep amber-bronze colour, topped with one finger of frothy white head that is gone within a minute or two. It leaves in its place a filmy cap and creamy collar around the glass, with minimal lacing. Looks ho-hum but I do like the aroma - lots of stuff going on here. Some hoppy floral citrus notes are an unexpected but welcome surprise, alongside some more 'traditional' Scottish ale notes - a bit of toffee, with nutty, peaty roasted malts. Some fruity plum or apple undertones as well.

Nice mild flavour. Bready at first, but the toasted nature of the malts comes through more mid-sip. Nutty but only vaguely peaty, with some sweet toffee and honey notes as well. More floral than fruity. Hops are in the backseat until the finish, where they provide some astringent earthy bitterness that dries the palate and lingers a bit in the aftertaste. In between light and medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that gives it a smooth, only slightly crisp feel.

Tons of flavour for a low-ABV beer, which makes this a wonderful session option. Not strictly to-style - more hops than most Scottish ales, which makes this sort of an APA/Scottish ale hybrid. I'm not one to split hairs though - it's an enjoyable brew and something I'll probably pick up again some time.

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, yellowish copper with a dense, fizzy head of modest size. It gradually dissipates to a foamy ring, leaving some lacing.

S: Caramel malts with an assertive, fruity hop aroma - fresh and candied fruits, with a hint of lemon zest and more general citric bitterness. Undertones of biscuit malts, nuts, and very faint smoke.

T: A robust mixture of slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malts, quite toasty with a hint of peat smoke, segues into more bitter roasted malt with subdued floral, citric hops - the lemon zest from the nose is present.

M: Light-medium, slightly sticky body with smooth and gentle carbonation. The finish is clean, dry, and lingers lightly to provide excellent balance.

D: Though it isn't very complex, it's good, to-style Scottish pale ale and quite sessionable.

Photo of RyanBelle
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very good beer but falls below the expectation of an Ontario Craft brewer. It's not as desirable as a cold molson canadian to me, but it does have a taste that is unforgettable. It's quite balanced. Nice hop and malt profile that doesn't shine through too much for it's own good. Always a supporter of Ontario Craft Brewers because these days they're kicking out some of the best beer on the planet but this one doesn't keep up with what is out there. Average. Cheers!

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, best before March 19, 2011 (consumed on March 18, 2011). Just made it! Into a balloon tulip.

Pours an orange-amber, with a couple fingers of fluffy white head. Moderate retention. Nose has some faint grassiness, weak malt, some caramel and a general breadiness about it. Taste has some more notable hop notes, and a distinct earthy quality to the malt. Some bread as well. Slight bitterness and finishes moderately dry, with a bitterness that doesn't linger too long. Good mouthfeel and a nice body. Good drinkability, sessionable. Enjoyable.

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/gold colour with a largesize frothy off white head. I can see an average amount of carbonation. There is also some good lacing and the head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, citrus zest are the most noticeable. Also some corn syrup and malts and a biscuit like scent.

Taste & Mouth - Mouth feel is pretty good, seems like the perfect amount of carbonation. I can taste the hops and citrus zest. However there is another strange taste that I can't quite put my finger on.. Almost like an ingredient that doesn't belong - it tastes almost like plastic.. Anyways, moving on.. There is also a caramel and malt flavour and last but not least - pine.

Drink - I It's an okay effort from this brewer.. I don't think I'd buy it again, but I'm happy I gave it a shot.

Photo of kwjd
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour with white head. Head dissipates quick enough without lacing. Smells lightly of floral hops with nuts, grain, frutiness and bread in the malt. Quite a sweet beer with mild bitterness in the flavour. I actually find this really resembles 10w30 from the same brewery, just a bit lighter. A nice Scottish ale.

Photo of BBP
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A brownish orange with quickly receeding head.

S- Caramel and malt. I think I detected raisin as well. I find it strange that a few people can't smell it. Was more of a potent smell than most beers I've had.

T- Butterscoth and malts mixed with an apple/banana taste. Hints of these flavors keep popping up after you've had a sip. An abundance of flavors.

M- Somewhat fizzy but smooth.

D- I would call this an any time beer. I'd rather drink it on it's own though.

Photo of papat444
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bobsy for this one. Had this last Friday night while camping in NH and paired with my supper, spaghetti.

Poured from a 473ml. can, best before 02-09-2010.

Appearance: A hazy orange body with a really thin ring that recedes rapidly.

Smell: Clean aroma, a little grassy with a bit fruit maybe but not much else.

Taste: A bit of bitterness with a dry touch, some fruit and a tea-like aspect. A bit of a weird aftertaste as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, malty smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability: It drinks well though the aftertaste is a little off-putting.

Overall: I like the fact that it has a bit of a bitter egde but i find it lacks a depth in flavor. Average at best.

Photo of cratez
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the Cooper Street LCBO in Toronto. Pours a reddish amber orange with a thick ring of eggshell white head and threads of lacing on the shaker. Smell and taste are roasted, pale, and peat malts, floral and herbal hops, nutty bread, sweet caramel, and a very light bitterness to finish. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat syrupy (surprising for the ABV), spicy hop bite through the middle, bitter and watery toward the end. A strange beer that closely resembles 10w30, both in flavour and aroma. I'm starting to see a pattern here, as the Big Dog Porter also tastes like the brewery's flagship. Anyhow, this is a decent quaffer that punches slightly above its weight (4.5%). Worth trying.

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Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale from Neustadt Springs Brewery
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