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Scottish Ale - Fearless Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fearless Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-07-2005)
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Photo of fightline
4.93/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

SMOOTH! You can taste a tinge of honey, but it's well balanced and one of my favorite beers around. I've tracked a number of beers using Untappd (179, I think) and this one is still one of the highest rated beers around.

I used to only find it on tap, but now the 16oz Cans are popping up everywhere!

fightline, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of searsclone
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a flared pint glass

Caramel color with a great off white head and good lacing

smells like malt and bread and caramel

tastes like fresh baked bread and pretzels, malty with just a touch of spice and a few hops in the end

mouthfeel is sharp on the roof of the mouth and creamy on the tongue, easy to drink

overall, this is one of my favorite beers. If this was available locally, it would be my "go to" beer for any occasion

searsclone, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of mvforegonian
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: A off-white head with subtle lacing. A reddish bright color.

S: Low hop aroma apparent caramel and toasted malts.

T: Definitely a hop filled malty brew with some slight sweetness to balance out the hops.

M: A flavor that develops at the end. Not as thick as I would like from a Scottish Ale.

O: Above average, this is my favorite Scottish Ale! Well done Fearless

Serving type: can (although I've had it off tap as well)

mvforegonian, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of beertunes
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color with a thick, rocky head that had great retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of peat and sweet. Neither aspect dominated, but both had strong presences. On the tongue the same was true, just everything was amplified. Great crisp, clean, and focused flavors.

The body was full, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was excellent, and this is not one of my favorite styles. Overall, a very good brew, worth seeking out. This is my first beer from this brewery and I will be seeking out more.

beertunes, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of touchet20
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

touchet20, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of cougfan2002
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

cougfan2002, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of wetshoes
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an oddity: a pacific NWer who really doesn't like hops. This beer suits my taste perfectly. I actually spend a lot of time in Scotland and Fearless Scotch ale would stand up well to traditional Scottish lager like Belhaven's, which is my choice when there. it has a low carbonation and great malt taste. It's a bit pricey -about $10 for 4 pint cans in Portland.

wetshoes, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. This is a very good amber, with tons of flavor. Pours an autumnal auburn brown with a rising head that disappears pretty quickly. Blank aroma with some rainy day yeast. The flavor is rich, malty, smooth; none of the peaty or smoky elements I've found in beers like Belhaven. Lots of nuttiness, a fair shake of caramel, and a light tang of brown sugar. The hops stay within their boundaries but add a gentle fruitiness as well as a subliminal crispness. Like the best of Fearless' beers, this is very mellow but fully satisfying.
This was the brew that got Fearless started, and it's easy to see why.

Thrasher, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Although not outstanding, this is a very nice Scottish Ale I had on tap at Henry's 12th St Tavern in Portland.

Red amber, like a redder version of Bridgeport Blue Heron, it has a lasting thin foamy top that diminishes only slowly and leaves a little weak foamy lace.

Aroma is malty, fruity, very toasty, hints of cherry.

Taste is very fruity-malty with firm toastiness and a mellow clear nuttiness. Light spicey-earthy hop joins in before a long caramelly-toasty malt aftertaste. It is very drinkable, not overly complex, but well-rounded and with good, firm character very fitting for a Scottish Ale.

Offa, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +9.9%

avaldivia, May 07, 2012
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

JVan, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Dunkelhund, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DuaneKing
4/5  rDev +9.9%

DuaneKing, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Gaffattack
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Gaffattack, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with a thin finger of creamy ivory foam. Not bad, but not much head retention and not much lace.

Smell: rich, sweet caramel malt aroma. Not terribly complex but it delivers what I like in a Scottish ale.

Taste: very nice, somewhat sweet caramel malt flavor. I definitely feel like they did a good job caramelizing the sugars in this one. Even at a mere 5.3%, the maltiness is quite impressive.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a little low on the carbonation. I think with this lighter version of the style I can't fault the body, but this beer could be a lot creamier.

Overall: I'm quite favorably impressed by Fearless Scottish Ale. This is the first of their beers that I've had and I hope each of the others is as good as this one.

flagmantho, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a mostly hazy dark brown color with a big fluffy off-white head that left some droppy lace

S- Mostly grains and wheat. Nothing malty or reminiscent of a Scottish Ale. Pretty faint aroma

T- Sweet brown sugar and toffee notes, butterscotch, breadiness, barley, and a little bit of fresh citrus peel on the finish.

M- Very smooth, soft almost silky mouthfeel for the style, pleasant prickly carbonation, and a dry finish. Goes down very easy

O- I do really enjoy this style, but I don't see too many breweries attempting it. Really glad I was able to find this one in tallboy cans.

Hoptometrist, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Henry's Tavern in Portland; couldn't resist ordering a pint, especially after a recent chance meeting with brewer Ken Johnson. Asked for, and received, a pint.

A: Thick amber/mahogany pour that's clear and full of slow-but-steady carbonation. Capped with approximately 1-finger of sandy tan head that hold perfectly stilll, then begins to drop slowly to a thinner cream. Lace is fine and sticky, gluing to the glass in wide bands.

S: Sweet, malt/brown sugar aroma that has a faint pit fruit and light cocoa.

T: Grainy toasted cereal, toasty and lightly sweet. There's also a little milk chocolate, cinnamon spice and an earthy peat that make this a Scottish Ale. Floral/grassy hops build and give a nice balance.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that's smooth, albeit slightly flat. Carbonation is modest; finish has a little chocolate bittering.

D: One of the better Scottish Ales (US-made) I've tried; Fearless does well to push this as one of their flagship labels. It's one I'll have again and one I definitely recommend NW beer fans try if they have the chance. At just 5%, this is certainly drinkable beyond only a single serving...

msubulldog25, May 16, 2008
Photo of BrassHandles
3.75/5  rDev +3%

BrassHandles, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of MadeInOregon
3.75/5  rDev +3%

MadeInOregon, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +3%

shelby415, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome coppery color and plenty of suds in the New Belgium snifter, even after the can has been open for an hour. Nicely spritzy on the tongue. Fairly light body with a malty mouthfeel and a tangy sensation. Just a faint peaty aroma.

The malt has a touch of smoke to it with some sharp notes. Roasted barley and a fruity flavor. A touch of bitterness but more like some bitter ash or smoky taste. A little bitterness for the finish. The current version of this brew tastes pretty good to me. Quite quaffable. Nice to taste a Scottish Ale in the lower ABV and less sticky style. From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

mactrail, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can amazingly! From Capital Market ,Salem Lovelly looking beer here. Clear darkish amber, with a gorgeous ,pilloy ,foamy light tan head. Aroma subdued, but mainlly nutty and malty. Taste again slightly bitter caramel style malts, touch of smoke in the back of the throat, some nuttiness and a ting of hop. Nice palate, smooth and rich yet not overly so. Actually not a bad 90 schilling ale. Real surprise in a can.

Reidrover, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a creamy, long lasting white head. Nice lacing.

Mildly malty with just a hint of hop in the aroma. A good Scottish ale aroma.

Crisp, pale malts with a touch of caramelise character. Nice and malty ale with some light hop character.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

A solid American interpretation of the Scottish Ale. I appreciate the hop crispness that has been added to the malt. Good.

dgilks, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A CANQuest (TM) shout-out to msbulldog25 for sending me some unheard of (by me) CANs from his neck of the woods in return for a mixed bag o' beers, including some Kvass. Good lookin' out, bud, and many thanks!

From the CAN: "Brewed just for you by Ken Johnson, Grand High Exalted Mystical Brewer and Owner of Fearless Brewing Company. 326 South Broadway. Estacada, Oregon, Center of the Brewing Universe. Skoal!"; "Brewed from the magical waters of the Clackamas River".

The Crack and Glug went off unimpeded by any untoward events and I was soon facing a massive two-finger, thick, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with just a hint of haze. Nose had a cereal sweetness to it, very malty with a slight presence of hops underlying. Mouthfeel was medium with a nutty maltiness and a grassy hoppiness on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry with the nutty, bready flavors lingering well after the swallow. It was not a style that I normally truck with, but it seemed okay in sum. I was glad to have had the chance to try it, but it really was not my cup of tea (or glass of beer). Oh well.

woodychandler, Apr 15, 2011
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Scottish Ale from Fearless Brewing Company
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