Hope & King Scotch Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-28-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
178
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 178
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a decent light tan head formed and leaves billows of lace on the glass.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, coffee and some minor earthy hop notes.
Flavors is sweet butterscotch upfront followed by a bitter coffee and hop note. Interesting turn on the style, somewhat of a porter profile.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy.
Drinkability is very high, great twist on Scotch Ale style.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
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!

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

had on tap at MTH... the appearance an almost clear(some haze) amber/copper color with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing the smell was malt and some chocolate some toffee and a peat smell..taste is the same its a malt driven ale that has some toffee and caramel and chocolate a little hop/spice to round this one out this is another well balanced brew from a great brewery again it is perfectly balanced nothing dominates in this wee heavy but it is super tasty.recommended for sure hey every brew at MTH is recommended.. a must stop if you live here or are going to visit minneapolis

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Photo of grub
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep red, almost brown colour, with a very thin tan head.

aroma is caramel and malt, with no noticeable hop presence (as expected), and just a hint of smokeyness.

taste is excellent. malty, slightly roasty, with just a hint of smoke. i also catch just a slight dried fruit taste, like raisins. a bit of alcohol in the finish. as it warms i notice some bittersweet chocolate that was hidden when served. great balance between the malt and alcohol.

the mouthfeel is great. low carbonation feels just right for the style.

the drinkability is great too. not heavy or hoppy. i think i'd be in trouble if i had a keg of this on hand...

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, I've seen this for years but haven't tried it...

Heavy semi-opaque umber color, nice rising head with some glistening speckles. Laces in long strands. Aroma is full but not strident, subdued malt with some spicy fig elements that might betray background hops. Verges on full-bodied with lots of cakey, yeasty, starchy qualities and malts that range into maple sugar. While hops aren't assertive, the beer composes to a paprika-like dryness near the finish, while keeping the good mouthfeel -- a little different for a Scotch Ale. Nice beer, lots of thinks to keep track of.

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Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby in hue, brown influences as well. On cask there was also a slight haze to the beer, as desired. A foamy light beige head of over a finger in height graced with top of the liquid. The head retention was excellent as a half finger cap lasted the whole consumption. Sadly, there was hardly any subsequent lacing. Still this was a good-looking beer. The nose was not loud but the aromas I could detect were very malty, chocolate hints, some sweetness and some underlying astringency. I like the nose. Inviting. I couldn’t wait to take a drink. Why wait! The palate is great, the malty depth is wonderful, very ample yet subtle, hell, I’ll call it luscious. Deep chocolate flavors, there are some roast too but it is not stout/porter-like, there is slight astringency. The finish is very juicy from the big maltiness. The sweetness is moderate but it adds something pleasant and needed. No sign of the hops, I assume they managed to curb the sweetness but they don’t offer much in the way of flavor. Medium/medium-full in body, creamy mouthfeel, typical qualities of a cask ale. This is very drinkable. Lovely stuff, it was dynamite on cask. I didn’t try it on-tap but I can’t imagine it is better that this. I will cherish the fond memories of this Wee Heavy. I should have quaffed more of this when I was in town!

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

Another good offering from TH. Translucent maroon colored, with a whitish head. Smells malt and roasted, with a little hint of alcohol. A nice thick beer, with a strong flavor. Was pretty close to a stout, only with more of a bite. I definitely will be getting this again.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Cask pour into Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, dark ruby when held up to light. Thin head.

Smell: Smoky, caramel malts, light hops.

Taste: Malty, sweet, but not quite as sweet as expected. Smoke and biscuit flavors. I never know what to expect from Scotch Ales, as some seem to actually be Export Scottish Ales (80), while others are very sweet and are definitely Wee Heavys. This tastes in between; maybe this is what would be deemed a 90 shilling.

Feel: Low carbonation, relatively dry despite semi-sweet taste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Overall nice flavor, so could definitely have another.

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Photo of hardy008
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with little to no head and very little lace. Has a nice malty aroma and flavor. Smells of toffee and caramel. Likewise for the taste. A nice sweet flavor. The carbonation on this beer was higher than I expected, but did not make the beer less enjoyable. Overall a good Scotch Ale, but I would have liked it better if it were a little stronger and sweeter like SkullSplitter.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GABF blue ribbon winner.

Dark shadowy mahogany clear topped with a settled khaki wafer thin head cap. (possibly high ABV equates the thin head)

Toostie Roll and smoked peat moss Scottish scents.

First swigs: Rude bold unbridled tootsie-roll and cocoa. Toasted malt & syrupy. Smokey peat with a hint of cherry. Lingering candi sugar toffee and even a yogurt like finish.

Last swigs: Makes me wonder if the house yeast here is a Scottish Ale yeast? Cocoa and peat.

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

I had this one at Town Hall on 5/11/2009 (all part of a great beer trip with BA roadhouse).

A= This ale poured a clear cola-amber-brown color with a 1/2" cream colored head. The head maintained quite a long time and left some wispy lace down my glass.

S= This is where this beer started to shine for me. The aroma was very rich and malty and earthy all in one. Scotland in liquid form.

T= Excellent malt complexity through and through, with caramel, toffee, treacle, earth, peat, and Scottish yeast all making an appearance. Beautiful.

MF= Full medium body with a creamy, slightly oily feel and a soft carbonation.

D= Wow I loved this ale a lot. It was sessionable, sweet, and complex all in one. I could drink this every day for a month and not get tired of it!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at town hall. The color is an amber, slightly ruby, and the head is light in body and tan.

I couldn't pick up much in the smell. I was expecting a heavy malt, perhaps smokey presence, but only got a little bit of toffee.

Same for the taste... there wasn't much showing up other than the toffee malt. There was a strange touch of red grapes and cola. It was very sweet for a scotch ale.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. The carbonation cut the sweetness very well.

This was easy to drink but was almost too easy for a scotch ale. I like mine to have a little bit of a smokey-peat touch with an alcohol bite and this had neither.

Overall, a good beer but just not full-flavored enough to do it for me.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Righting this based off notes when sampled over the summer. The color was a dark red when chestnut brown highlights. A little darker for a Scottish but well within style. The head has an off darker with a tan color and lasts throughout the tasting. Lacing was also very good.

The smell is not strong overall. It does have a limited malt aroma with a sort of peat or smoky smell to it. The taste is great. A strong peat characteristic mixes with a good malt base. At the end there is a significant smoke flavor as well. The hops are limited but work to enhance the smoke flavor. I know the yeast for Scottish ales can cause some smoke characteristics, but this might be slightly enhanced as well.

A good body and smooth characteristic really round out the beer. I was impressed with this beer and surprised not a higher rating among others.

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Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler on my way to a friend's house, opened the same night.
Poured into a tulip, it shows a dark brown color, average sized light tan head, average retention and lacing.
Nice but subtle aroma, malty and sweetish, clean and simple. Notes of chocolate and dark fruits can be discerned, but not very prominent.
Thinner than expected, it is pleasant on the palate, highly drinkable, with no obvious hops; sweetish and malty, but never too sweet. Cocoa and dark fruits.
Good, but nothing really worth repeating.

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Photo of younger35
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well after stuffing myself with 3 Hour Tour it's time for something different. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish amber brown with a huge creamy off white head with some serious staying power. About a one finger cap and collar and a fair amount of sticky lacing remains the entire beer.
Smell- Lightly malty and honestly fairly tame. A touch of roasted grain and a slight bit of a malty sweetness. Not the most brash smelling brew that's for sure.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with medium malty punch. Not really roasted or toasted as it's sorta just a blah kind of flavor. Not even really sure how to describe it. Maybe a touch of citrus in the finish but all in all...
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a super velvety and creamy feel. Obviously almost no carbonation to speak of.
Drinkability- Well... Honestly not the greatest Scotch Ale I've sampled. Its semi bland but the cask really helps. Basically anything on cask is awesome so I guess I shouldn't bitch. Just needs kicked up a notch.

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Photo of mschofield
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

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Photo of KeefD
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first ever "cask" beer, and I had it today Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. Awesome cascading effect that settled into a nice thick head which left generous lacing. Smell was sweet and malty. Taste of sweet malts, burnt caramel, and brown sugar. very sweet with little hop bitterness in the background. Body was very thick and creamy. I don't know if this standard to cask brews, but I was missing the carbonation which would have sent this one into another level. An overall good brew however, and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of aaronh
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep walnut colored body topped by an ecru head. Aroma was decently malty, just a touch of earthiness. Flavor was a solid amount of sweet malt supported by earthy hops. Maybe Fuggle - not sure. The hops balanced out the sweetness very well. Mouthfeel was solid- not overly thick. Drinkability was also pretty good. Another nice offering that offsets the traditional American styles.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with good head to start and no lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, a bit faint but pleasant. Taste is delicious, a bit smoky and woody, a surprise, but a good malty beverage, a faint hop presence in the background, earthy, grainy a little, generally pretty smooth and slight carbonation. This beer is yummy. I convinced everyone else to drink it too:)

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on December 2, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruddy brown clean pour, with a thin off-white head. Sweet plum and candy cane aroma. Wow. Rich, smoky, deep oaky flavor, with a quaint grain and earthiness. Deep, coarse malt and a brown sugar and cake frosting flavor. Finish is a bit sugary, but also dry. No alcohol noted.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this one many times on visits to Town Hall, but I am finally getting around to reviewing it thanks to my cuz stubob who picked up a growler for us to sample.

It pours to a ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is a bit smoky, and malty, with a bit of roastiness. The flavor is smoky, malty and toasty. It has a pleasant hop bitterness throughout. It is a smooth, medium-full bodied brew. Another tasty brew from Town Hall.

Sampled 10/18/03

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall.

Pours a light amber color with ruby highlights when held into the light. The head is tan and creamy.

The smell is very light, and not much is detectable. Malty, slightly roasted and toffee.

Toffe and malt dominate the taste. For being a lighter tasting beer, this is pretty damn good. Sweeter than other scotch ales I've had, but thats fine it works in this brew.

Medium body with a light carbonation. Very high drinkability. Almost too easy to drink. This is some good stuff, and possibly a gateway beer for non-craft beer drinkers.

Another solid offering from Town Hall. I can see why this is a popular beer and one of the beers they always have on tap. I will definitely have this again, but with so many choices, maybe not with great consistency.

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

A – This was a clear beer that was brownish/copper in color.

S – The aroma was caramel and malt with a slight hint of smoke.

T – Malty and somewhat smoky.

M – Full and somewhat creamy.

D – This is a nice beer that goes down smooth and easy. Wish I had time to enjoy another!

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Photo of donnebaby
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, cherry-red brown hues to this Scotch Ale, with thin--but sticky--glaze covering up the glass. Nose was light breezymalts that grew in potency--to allay my disappointment I think. Taste was quite good--and far better then the other two wee heavy's I've reviewed (but still not the best that I've had..). Tastes are juicy in the mouth, and I thought of cherry cider. Lots of dry notes of nutty almond and cashew butter, cereals and toffee. But by the end of the day, I realized what this beer really tasted like: a butterfinger bar. Taste is dry, but flavourful (for the Brits). A clean finish, with not too much of an aftertaste. Most of the taste is enjoyed in the mouth. Medium creamy carbonation.

Bit low on the alcohol methinks for a wee heavy, but what the hell.
Not to be missed!

Had on-tap in Minneapolis, late August, 04

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Hope & King Scotch Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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