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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 1080; 28 IBU
Formerly called Arcadia Scotch Ale

(Beer added by: zerk on 10-02-2002)
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4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A scotch ale for $1.79 a single? Yes please! Poured into a pint glass.

A - A deep shade of brown clear in color with ruby hues. The head is great well over a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick ring. No real lacing.
S - Not very sweet or even hardcore peat smells you usually get. It does have some caramel and peat smells and no distinguishable ABV smells.
T - This is actually quite different than typical takes on the style the house yeast these guys use give it a very fruity taste. You get your English hops some peat malt and a touch of caramel. The taste is quite bitter and constant the the ABV is nowhere to be found.
M - Again I would say it drinks quite well for around 8% Light to medium is great for this ale.

Overall I can't say I like this more than Old Chub but I haven't been impressed with a Scotch ale in a while. Would really love to see what a bourbon treatment does to this beer. Worth picking up just for the cost really.

Not sure what the guy under me said its not naturally sour smell or taste. You got an infected batch bro.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:04:58 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of kdahnke123


2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into snifter. From brewery so presume to be recent bottling.
A - Thin medium brown pour with minimal head.
S - Smells sour, like an old stale beer.
T - Tast is similar to the smell. The sourness overwhelms any malt or hops that could show through.
M - Thin, lightly carbonated.
O - Not a good representation of a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:53:40 | More by kdahnke123
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Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Loch Down is as dark as the lakes of the Scottish Highlands and neither more carbonated nor clear; for all I know there could have been a mythical creature living in the bottle. I won't find out now until the glass is empty. This ale is opaque despite a trim of chestnut highlights.

The aroma showcases subtle alcohol esters and a rich, nutty-sweet maltiness that emits hints of dried fruits and licorice. It's almost a bulls-eye for the style, though it's missing the optional peatiness and smoky characteristics that so many - myself included - love about Scotch Ales. It's not a deal breaker, but it would have bumped the score that extra little bit.

Scotch Ales have a lovely way of caramelizing the palate after every sip. They aren't overly sweet - this one especially not given the more generous hop bill - but do contain a lot of residual nuttiness as well as traces of dried fruits and toffee. It's not long before these flavours mingle with an herbal, tea-like bitterness.

There's just enough maltiness to satisfy the style's high expectations in the mouthfeel department; Scotch Ales are also referred to as 'Wee Heavy', a name reflective of a full-bodied ale that can be so viscous as to almost be chewy. There's no knife or fork required for this one, but there is enough sticky-sweet malt to entirely disguise the sizable 8% alcohol.

Arcadia is a reliable brewery - they've never steered me wrong. Every beer of theirs I've tried has been average at the very least. Loch Down is better than that: it is a solid, perfectly serviceable offering in its own right and moreover makes a great ambassador for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 00:13:15 | More by biegaman
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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A- A very dark murky brown, not much light coming through but some on the edges reveals a deep garnet. Small slightly off-white head dissipates slowly to a ring.

S- Surprising presence of alcohol coming through. Lots of malts and some dark fruits. Getting a lot of the yeast and adds some spiciness.

T- Similar to nose but with an added bready yeast on the finish and finishes dry, which is different than others of the style that I've had. Slight malt sourness as well.

M- A medium/heavy mouthfeel in line with the style.

O- An okay beer could help with a little more sweetness. Not up to the standard of Dirty Bastard and Scotty Karate.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 07:51:50 | More by PaulyB83
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 2013(?) bottle poured with some vigor into a snifter.

Clear despite a coat of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Only a thin tan head with weak retention, but some spotty lacing.

Rich, malty aroma and flavor with an excellent finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet well into the aftertaste. Some dark fruit. Peppry with faint hints of other spices.

Feel: medium+ body; fine, low carbonation.

O: Nicely true to style, particularly the malty aroma, but with the higher ABV a bit more obvious. Best ale I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 23:44:08 | More by chinchill
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New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle given to me by my sales rep to check out. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Dark muddy brown colour. Not much of a head on this, only about 1/8" right after the pour which quickly fizzled to just a sliver around the rim.
AR: Dark fruits (raisin, fig, black cherry), toffee, licorice, brown sugar, brown bread and a hint of vanilla. Faint Earthy hops in the background.
T: Taste is a bit thicker and sweeter than the nose led me to believe, which is fine. It's not an overly sweet beer, nor would I call it straight up sweet, but it does have some sugary sweetness to it. I also get some molasses in the taste along with the other aromas I described above. Nice little soft note of bitter Earthy hops on the aftertaste, not enough to balance the sweetness but enough to let you know it's there.
M: Low carbonation, medium body which with the sweetness and ABV of this beer I would say the body is a bit lighter than I would expect it to be, smooth and silky on the palate. Finish is kind of off dry, it doesn't coat your tongue with sticky flavours like you might think.
OV: Decent flavours and very drinkable, hides the ABV well. Not as chewy as I'd like it to be. A good sipper for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 04:19:20 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut brown with a little whispy head is my introduction to this little nugget. Nose doesn't jump up and impress a whole lot but it does carry a molasses arena and somehow a little of the upcoming heat. Taste is pretty darn neat. Sweet molasses, a little heat yet not too demanding on the dry yet smooth finish. Pretty enjoyable this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:15:42 | More by gopens44
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber brown color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is a tad below average and a thin ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Caramel, toffee, and peat right from the start. Then an almost mineral rustic outdoors. Sweet, yet manageable. Hints of tobacco, raisin, and dates.

3.5 T: Wow, there's a lot of flavor in here. Big peat component with layers of caramel and toffee. More fruity than the nose with plum joining tobacco, raisin, and date. Mineral and a touch of metal. It's not dry or sweet, but somewhere in the middle. Viscous neutral maltiness however.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a little bite to it. Light creaminess with a little more chewiness.

3.5 D: Good enough all around. Give it a try if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:41:13 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of RenownedHack


2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into tall wine glass.

A: The appearance isn't anything too horribly remarkable. Quite dark, slightly light-permeable, with about a finger of head which dissipated moderately quickly, leaving some light lacing.

S: There's a booziness there. The first thing I thought of was Jack and Coca Cola - maybe SoCo. Definitely some bourbon oakiness in this one. The nose really isn't that impressive.

T: I really hate to say this, but the balance on this one is off. I took a sip, waiting to see what the taste was reminiscent of, and it was just kind of...flavor. Nothing at all standing out, nothing at all balanced with or supplementing anything else. Just a blob of various flavors with an oaky finish. Very light hops for a moment or two, but that flavor dissipates quite quickly.

M: It doesn't feel bad in the mouth; it really doesn't. It feels pretty medium-bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and no irksome, syrupy hanglings. It's really pretty basic, though, truth be told.

O: I really feel like so much more could have been accomplished by this brew, and that it's onto something. I feel like it fell short of its goals somewhere, however, and just kind of faded into the woodwork. It's disappointing, because it felt like it was getting there with smell, taste, mouthfeel...then it just stopped without peaking. A bottle rocket when you wanted a mortar shell firework.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 06:44:37 | More by RenownedHack
Photo of Alextricity


2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Looks like Coke or something -- dark reddish brown with about a finger of head that quickly bubbles away. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever, and very few bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: Really Scotchy with some traces of alcohol. Caramel malts are there as well, but this is distinctively Scotch-like.

Taste/feel: Now, there's no bottle date on this, but I have to think it's past its prime. Dark fruits and Scotch on the front, and it really stays the same the whole way through. Slight bitter aftertaste. Quite carbonated, and with a pretty thin feel.

This is the second Scotch Ale that I've had in a row (the other being Innis & Gun's Oak Aged) that has just been unappealing to me. This is considerably better than the I&G beer I had, but I still feel like it has to be an old bottle. It looks ugly, it smells "bleh", and it doesn't taste very good. I'd say it could be because I don't like the style, but I find Dirty Bastard and Old Chub to both be tasty brews. Not feeling this one by Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:56:40 | More by Alextricity
Photo of jmendels


3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An overall enjoyable beer. While I didn't find it to be anything impressive, it's a good craft brew. The taste has a bit of toffee with some subtle roasted characteristics. It's medium bodied and leave s you warm after drinking. The after taste was a tad too bitter, I feel like this beer could have been balanced better.


Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:29:17 | More by jmendels
Photo of breakingbland


3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep brown -- almost opaque with a red tinge.

Aroma: Sweet with some hints of oak and smoke.

Taste: A definite coffee taste. It has a well balanced taste profile with a sweet, lingering hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth body with a slight carbonation bite.

Overall: I like this style, and this is one of my "go to" everyday favorites. It goes with a variety of foods, as well as standing well by itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 23:21:31 | More by breakingbland
Photo of Caskaway


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Currently, the bottle is labeled "Arcadia Ales" and contains the illustration of a castle. It must be a new bottle, not sure if the recipe has changed.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark, minimal head, reminiscent of syrup. Smell is nothing to write home about, but taste and mouthfeel are wonderful. Borders on overly sweet, but full-bodied malts are enough to keep it balanced.

Overall, I think this is an exceptional and robust beer. Much better than the current scores would indicate.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:25:35 | More by Caskaway
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Pours extremely dark and thick with just the slightest bit of a ruby glow coming through. One finger of thin head that goes down quickly. Little bit of alcohol lacing on the glass.

S - Can definitely smell a woody, smoked, whiskey smell coming from the scotch. Slight hint of vanilla, but not overwhelming.

T - Bit on the heavier / thicker side, but it works for this beer. Definitely a strong booze aftertaste on this one. Little bit of spice. Nicely balanced level of carbonation.

M - Mouth is nice and thick and filmy. Feels good, if maybe a little bit of hotness / spice that lingers for a minute. Extremely dry finish.

Overall, it is a decent brew for sure, but I tend to favor similar beers that are lighter bodied and lean more towards a vanilla flavor. Still a very well-made beer, and I have been a fan of most of the beers I have had from Arcadia.

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale ---3/5

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:11:37 | More by mfnmbvp
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2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle was poured into a sampler glass and shared with three other samplers. The ale poured a murky brown with little apparent head. One sampler described the aroma as smelling like old lady hair. If you have beer been to the salon with your grandma and smell the chemicals that go into the hair of the elderly, that is the essence of the aroma. The initial taste was that of a grapey scotch. The maltiness of the scotch is presented in the background and falls rather awkward with the grapiness. Dark fruit such as prune is also present, though the sweeter aspects of these fruits are absent relative to the drier aspects. The grape aspects turned medicine in the aftertaste, leaving a coating on the back of the throat. I really enjoy scotch ales, but I found this one to be quite flawed.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 13:51:16 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark brown with an very dirty brown head, along with a good amount of lacing along the sides. Almost has the appearance of an Imperial Stout

Smell - Very rich peated scotch, caramel, toffee, yeasts and sweet malts. The malt is very strong with this one.

Taste - Robust caramel, toffee, scotch, yeasts and malts. Very sweet tasting even by Scotch Ale standards thanks to the strong malty backbone, and being incredibly delicious at the same time.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick body but free from carbonation, so this feels incredibly creamy and it goes along with the flavor perfectly

Overall - Perhaps the best scotch ale I have ever had because it does so many things right with it's flavor and body, along with the rich aroma that comes along with it. I can't wait to try more from Arcadia Brewing!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:47:48 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of soju6


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit with some chocolate and caramel and hint of spice. Can sort sense the 8% ABV.

T: Taste follows the the aroma with roasted malt and dark fruit, followed with a blend of chocolate and caramel sweetness and bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

F: Medium body, with a smooth and creamy texture and a subtle feel of the alcohol.

O: Nice scotch ale, quite good for the style without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 21:55:22 | More by soju6
Photo of superspak


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/1/2011. Pours cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, toast, molasses, caramel, earth, cocoa, and light herbal. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of prune, raisin, cocoa, earth, molasses, caramel, toast, slight smoke, tobacco, and herbal. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, tobacco, caramel, cocoa, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; but has some unpleasantly cloying characteristics after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is an ok scotch ale. If it didn’t have the cloying flavors on the finish it would have scored higher. Certainly wasn’t too difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:42:21 | More by superspak
Photo of SometimesIfart


1.65/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My brother picked up a 6 pack of this at a local Kroger and he handed me one. The appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, With a smell of stale burnt toast. The taste pretty much follows the smell, Except it adds a slight sour, dark coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly warming for a moment, However it then just regains it's sour dark coffee flavoring. Did not like this beer at all. I am definitely not a fan of Scotch Ale in any way shape or form.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 04:14:20 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of HarrySTruman


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/deep red hues. Looks almost like a dark Diet Cola without the fizz. Not a lot of carbonation, virtually no head, lacing is minimal.

The mouthfeel was filled with alcohol, but it finished with a dry, yet fruity taste. The after taste was fantastic, really the highlight of this beer.

I'm certainly not an expert on scotch ales. I've always enjoyed Belgian Ales and thought I would buy this beer to support a local brewery. The taste wasn't as bold or as complex as most of the Belgian Ales I have had, but that very well may be the point.

I enjoyed this beer and would call it better than average. I would certainly drink it again and check out other options from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:06:28 | More by HarrySTruman
Photo of divineaudio


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. from notes.

a - pours a murky, reddish brown with a thin cap of tan head. spotty lacing.

s - earthy, carmel with notes of cocoa powder.

t - carmel malt with a light smokiness. notes of cocoa powder and raisin. no discernible hop character.

m - heavier side of medium with lighter carbonation.

o - decent but nothing memorable. can think of a few other examples of the style i would choose over this.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 18:28:46 | More by divineaudio
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from the cooler at my wife’s uncles place when we went there to eat last week. Being a wine drinker, it is rare he has pretty good beer at his house, outside Stella and Boulevard Pale Ale. Those are both pretty good, but I have had them plenty. However, I guess his son had brought him a sixer of this, and he had given all them away except that lonely one standing before me….Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a nice deep brown color with a tan head which dissipates rather quickly, leaving little sign of lacing. There is a lighter brown tint at the outside of the beer, but for the most part it is nice and dark. Just the way I like my beer. Bubbly too….

Smell – Bready malts, toast, biscuits, and a dash of scotch and alcohol at the end. I enjoyed the nose on this brew, I though it was good! I like the balance between alcohol and bready malts.

Taste – Much like the nose, there is a nice bready, biscuit, malty front and middle to the drink, with a strong alcohol finish to it. Balanced, representative of the style, you certainly know this is a scotch ale/wee heavy from the first drink, really as soon as you smell it. The strong alcohol kick doesn’t bother me, because I enjoy scotch/bourbon/whisky etc., but some may find it a little strong.

Mouthfeel – A little on the thin side, but smooth. Warming with the alcohol

Overall – I thought this was a pretty good brew to be honest. I really enjoy wee heavys, I like the scotch taste to them, and I thought this was an overall good beer. I would buy it again, I would drink it again, I would recommend it to people who I know like this kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 23:57:52 | More by TheCondor
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany pour with a thin tan head. Very sweet and deeply roasted malty aroma with hints of fruit and smoke. Malty sweetness dominates the flavors, a scotch like profile, but leaves me wanting more of something. Mouthfeel a bit thin and finish very much in need of a hoppy finish. Not very well balanced. Decent tasting beer, but missing some key scotch flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:54:04 | More by beergod1
Photo of CMUbrew


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured with a thin light tan head that made only a brief appearance before leaving behind just a few whisps of foam on top. The beer is a dark brown color that only reveals a lighter brown at the very edges of the glass. Surprising amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top, although they make their way slowly.

S: Toasted bread malt and a whiff of alcohol at the end.

T: Toasty bready malts with perhaps a slight dough quality make up the flavor profile. A slight trace of earthy hops cut in somewhere but are lost quickly. Then comes alcohol that is in no way shy. It is warming in the mouth and throat to let its presence be known. As this beer warms up the alcohol becomes more aggressive and liquor-like.

M: The carbonation is lighter than all the bubbles would suggest. Body is on the lighter part of medium and has a slick feeling to it.

O: The toasted malt profile was very one-note for me and the alcohol really took center stage. I would almost say the toastiness made the alcohol more abrasive. An unrefined scotch ale in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 05:59:18 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of homebrew311


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn with some clarity. Very dark, light hardly passes through. Thin head forms a collar, some retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is rich and malty with waves of toffee and caramel along with grainy bread and nuts. No hop presence on the nose. A slight hint of smokiness in the background. The taste starts of bready and becomes very sweet as the flavor develops. The finish features a touch of molasses along with caramel. Nice balance of flavors working here. The body is moderate with higher than average carbonation for style. Overall, this is a well crafted Wee Heavy. Lots of rich malty flavors are present and well balanced, the abv is well hidden as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:12:43 | More by homebrew311
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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.