Hope & King Scotch Ale
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #119
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,573
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 8.97%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
184
From:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  12
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Our interpretation of the classic ale that originated in Glasgow, Scotland. A full-body ale, rich in malt complexity. Brewed with both English and American barley and many, many specialty malts allowing hints of roasted chocolate, caramel and raisins with very little hop presence.
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Light khaki head. Copper color.

Caramel, toffee, lightly Smokey, bacon, and red apple skins. Smooth and creamy feel. Well balanced. Medium bodied with a lot of flavor. Would be a great beer to drink with smoked meat.

Jun 01, 2019
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours kind of a brownish amber color. Sweet caramelly bready malts dominate with some fruity esters. Not much in the way of balancing hops, but this is pretty consistent with the style. A bit too sweet for my own taste but still nicely done.

Jan 03, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: On tap at the brewery. The glass is filled to the rim with a dark mahogany liquid with a slight chill haze. S: Malty caramel nose with a slight hint of banana. T: Slight roast, caramel, toffee and slight chocolate, a little anise in the finish and not a lot of hop presence. F: medium full body, medium carbonation – a little more than it needs. O: A good Scotch ale that borders on brown ale territory..

Aug 13, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery. Deep reddish hue with minimal carbonation. Taste is unbalanced with hops predominating the taste. Not what I expect in a scotch ale. Expect much more maltiness with this style.

Aug 13, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
Served in a pint glass.
Good looking red-amber body topped by a decent head.
This is a solid mainstream Scotch Ale that is at least on par with the typical version found in Scotland. Plenty of medium malt flavor and no off-notes in the nose or taste.

Jul 17, 2015
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gangstafaceclay from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly

You get Carmel, coco, toffee, molasses, and some toasted malts.

The taste is more malt forward than I expected. Toasted malts up front followed by some mild Carmel, toffee, molasses and coco notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall, I think this is a very solid scotch ale. Might not be my favorite scotch ale I have had but still there is nothing bad I can really say about it.

Oct 04, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark clear brown with amber edges and dissipating head and nice lacing. Smell at first is of delicate grassy field, light toffee a caramel malt. Taste immediately sweet, then fruity esters, and then a dry malt and familiar scotch ale something, the mouthfeel is really full, creamy and gentle carbonation. It ends with a little butterscotch then a bitterness that appears out of no where but calms down to a satisfying and complex linger.

Sep 07, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

5.8% ABV according to the menu as of November 2012. Served on-draught into a stem-goblet at the brewery in Minneapolis. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving.

A: Pours a one finger head of mocha colour, smooth cream, nice thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque mahogany-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toffee, caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, and dark malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Toffee, caramel, dark malts for the foundation, cream, and lingering chocolate/chocolate malts. Well balanced albeit simple for the style. Backwoods Bastard or Old Chub this is not. Nicely layered. Has enough depth and body to keep it interesting - a trait I've found many of this brewery's beers lack.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with good body. Slightly creamy, which complements the style nicely. Good thickness and carbonation. The texture complements the taste well.

Dr: One of the better beers I've had from this brewery so far, but that isn't saying much. I like it, but it's far from exceptional for the style. I'd have it again, but it's not special or unique. Hides its ABV well.

C+

Dec 06, 2012
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MrBluto from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery. It's a nice Scotch ale, but on the light side in terms of flavor and nose. The head was small and dissipated quickly. Decent mouthfeel with light carbonation. Toffee and caramel flavors. Reasonably balanced with a moderate bitter finish.

Sep 05, 2012
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, peat, and dark chocolate

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, peat, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy body, medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and chocolaty treat. I could have several pints of this. I actually think I like this more than Mama Masala although both are great in their styles.

Aug 14, 2012
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NuclearDolphin from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Town Hall Brewery.

Appearance - Dark Brown with a red tint at the bottom. Head is about 1 finger in width that fades in a couple of minutes.

Smell - Caramel, Toffee, Peated Scotch, Chocolate, and Burnt Malts. Smells just like a scotch ale should!

Taste - Much like the smell, we've got Caramel, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Toffee and Burnt Malts. Not as vibrant as others I've tried but still tastes rather good!

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied and very lightly carbonated as well. Very crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink

Overall - I figured I'd stop by here before I move out of town, and I'm glad I stopped by. Sure, I've have more flavorful Scotch Ales, but this is probably the easiest one I've had to drink thus far. Here's hoping that we'll one day see this in stores nationwide!

May 01, 2012
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into sampler glass. Pours a clear chestnut brown with white wispy head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly sweet and vinous. Flavor is intensely rich and vinous, though it’s "rich" without being "thick" or syrupy. In fact it’s a pretty thin palate on this beer. Very modest hop bitterness. Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very nice scotch ale!

Feb 14, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: A dark brownish ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet and very bready aroma of malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Big presence of dark raisins. Also some peat and hints of nuts and chocolate. Hops are very faint. Big on bready malts and fairly sweet.

Taste: A big mix of sweet and bready malts. A good taste of caramel, toffee, and raisins with a hint of prune. Hints of peat, chocolate, and nuts also linger. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. On the sweeter side but not overdone. Tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Light but somewhat chewy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid Scotch ale that makes a good option when seeking something lighter. Very nice use of malts.

Feb 04, 2012
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mschofield from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is perfect for the style, a brilliantly clear reddish/caramel brown, topped with a creamy tan head, leaves sticky webs of lacing.

Aroma is bready, malty and raisiny.

Taste is similar, getting raisin like from Special B, possibly some Munich there is a melanoidiny bread crust taste over plenty of pale malt. No there isn't any smoke or peat, Scottish ales don't taste like smoke or peat. OK, I got a little smoke on my 3rd pint, that I drank while eating some buffalo chicken.

Nice break from the hoppier beers I tend to drink, not getting much of anything in the way of hops.

Medium bodied, creamy good drinker especially for 6% ABV

Jan 05, 2012
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Heavenisbeer from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Toffee-amber color, with moderate lacing and a thin white head.

S: Light coffee, milk chocolate, toffee, and sweet roasted malts. No distinguishable hops.

T: Toffee, dark fruits (raisins mainly), roasted malts, red apple, and metallic tinge. Very light hopping.

M: Light and spritzy, with no noticeable alcohol.

Dec 27, 2011
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Holland from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: appears a translucent brown with a slight red color. Good head and retention, and looks sticky.

S: coffee, roasted malts, and malt sweetness with a hint of peat.

T: ahh, here is the peat, but barely. It's not dominant, which is nice.

M: medium body, carbonation is medium to light, and it's smooth.

O: nice beer, but expected more bite to it. Not much peat, not much carbonation, and it's more like a brown ale. Didn't have the complexity that I expect.

Nov 13, 2011
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hope & King Scothch ale was very good. One guest had at least six pints of this stuff. The appearance was a darker rich amber with thick white head that laced nicely. The smell was sweet with hints of earth and peat. The taste was exceptionally good for a scotch ale....the abv was not over-powering which really helped to bring out the sweet malt and earthy tones. Definite session beer for cooler nights....no shortage of this in Minnesota!!! Definitely worth a try.

Sep 21, 2011
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint purchased at the THB on a beautiful Saturday night.

Pours a very appealing burnt toffee color,somewhat silty, minimal head.

The smell as with most Scotches is malt, caramel, toffee, booze. A little muted though, as are the flavors. Tastes good but I've had more assertive Scotches.

Overall, quite a good drink. But THB has some beers, Masala Mama for one, that really help set the standard for the style. This one isn't quite there.

Aug 28, 2011
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was malty and dark looking. About ¾-inch of head.

Smells included amber, malts, caramel and bitterness.

Tasted immediately like caramel or toffee. Malts came in there, too. Smooth taste.

Nice mouthfeel. Very low carbonation and a smooth finish.

So glad I picked this beer after being a bit disappointed with the West Bank Pub Ale. Check it out if you are in the Twin Cities area.

Aug 11, 2011
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewpub.

A: Clear copper body topped by a solid 3/4" head of super-creamy tan foam. Great retention, lots of lace. Beautiful cask pour.

S: Strong, slightly husky maltiness: toffee, toast, and some dark fruit. Earthy hops in the background. Ok, not great.

T: Butterscotch (definitely some diacetyl, but it works for the style), toffee, orange marmalade, and earthy bitterness. Pretty good, but forgettable.

M: Smooth, moderately carbonated cask feel. Solid.

O: I misread the menu when I ordered this: where it said "Cask: Scotch IPA", I thought it meant that they had some kind of weird hoppy scotch ale/IPA hybrid, and I was confused as heck by why my beer was so sweet and malty. Once it was brought to my attention that there were in fact two casks going, one pouring the Scotch ale and the other Masala Mama, it made a lot more sense. I kind of wish I'd tried a blend, though, as I'm sure that would have been more interesting than the Scotch Ale alone...

Cheers!

Jul 29, 2011
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argock from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from fresh growler purchased on site at the brewery into a clear glass mug. Consume by 6/27/11 on cap.

A: Soothing dark brown with magenta/ruby highlights. Ample 1/2-1 finger off-white head with a few spots of lace.

S: Malty dark fruit aromas of raising and prune with some grape and cherry notes.

T: Malt is king with Hope & King with some breadiness coupled with dark fruit flavors. Hops are minimal and slightly herbal.

M: Low carbonation and medium-to-full-bodied for an extremely silky smooth feel.

O: Solid and extraordinarily drinkable for a dark malty beer with a lot of residual fermentables. This is comfort beer.

Jun 21, 2011
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Penguin3200 from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had today on tap at town hall. Pours dark amber and brown with a one finger head. Lacing was minimal and legs receded quick.

Smell was malty and caramelly with a hint of scotch Malts but no deep earthy boozy notes.

Taste mimicked the aroma and was okay, but not the punch that some scotch ales bring to the table. Enjoyable.

Very drinkable with the toned down style and enjoyable this afternoon.

Liked it for a change of pace but will be sticking to masala most often at the Town Hall.

Jun 08, 2011
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby hued brown color with a tan creamy cap of foam that generates some acceptable lacing.

Very malty smelling. Caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malt and caramelized sugar.

Big malt heavy taste with lots of caramel and toffee. Some burnt sugars and a bit of an earthy taste. No presence of peat or smoked malt which I really like in this style. Mainly a sweet and malty taste.

Medium bodied, lightly chewy and very smooth.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but I find it hard to put it in the scotch ale category without any peat presence. It does appeal to a wider audience the way it is and is a tasty brew however.

Apr 11, 2011
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ccrida from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewery, Hope and King is garnet with a small, light tan skim leaving no lace.

Smell is a bit of caramel and light, plasticy phenols.

Taste is on the sweeter side, kind of bread pudding, but not cloying. Strait forward and not overly complex, but tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied, perhaps a touch sticky.

Drinkability is pretty good, a decent scotch, but I'm not sure I'm tasting the goodness of golden promise malt that I love so much in this style.

Nov 04, 2010
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dpnelson1978 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler into glass pint.
40°F

$9.50 / ea.

A: Hazy brown body topped with a tight tan one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving only slight lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Nut aroma dominates with hints of coffee, smoke, and booze. Slightly sweet, with only the faintest hop character.

T: Slightly sweet up front, with roasted nuts, coffee, and caramel throughout. Low hop bitterness, and very little aftertaste. Nice.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation. Smooth throughout with a crisp finish. Very easy on the tongue.

D: Great session choice. Interesting flavor that doesn't overpower the senses, and approachable by a wide audience. The mouth is light and crisp, and the aroma pleasing. A growler for the evening? No sweat.

O: This is probably the second best beer I've had from Town Hall. Makes for a nice Saturday night.

Oct 03, 2010
Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 184 ratings