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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

427 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

03-16-2014 01:53:19 | More by thinwhiteduke
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marcb105

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-15-2014 02:30:43 | More by marcb105
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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
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onlymurderers

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-27-2014 22:51:12 | More by onlymurderers
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zenithberwyn

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-27-2014 07:01:11 | More by zenithberwyn
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HardyA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-23-2014 20:20:48 | More by HardyA
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-21-2014 22:36:13 | More by tbeer40
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kdahnke123

Indiana

2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
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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vader06

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-17-2014 12:13:57 | More by vader06
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-17-2014 00:11:06 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-15-2014 03:00:52 | More by jeffwright
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-05-2014 14:43:27 | More by ryanpj
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.6%

02-01-2014 21:17:43 | More by beergorrilla
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jscheuf

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-31-2014 00:20:48 | More by jscheuf
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vinny21bal

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

01-30-2014 05:11:25 | More by vinny21bal
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-28-2014 04:46:11 | More by jzlyo
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Murphious

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-13-2014 02:00:48 | More by Murphious
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.64/5  rDev 0%
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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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-01-2014 15:00:20 | More by DMarlinJ
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-28-2013 18:07:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-22-2013 04:12:00 | More by Ohiovania
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kirkse

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-15-2013 23:46:49 | More by kirkse
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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-02-2013 21:43:37 | More by Waveoff
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-29-2013 17:57:56 | More by enelson
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.