Hop Scotch | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 02-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by TMoney2591:
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3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Just when I thought they'd used up all the hop puns... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset garnet-topaz topped by a finger of glowing off-khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet honey, light cocoa powder, dark greens, light toasted biscuit, and a whiff of vanilla bean in the background. The taste is dominated by some thick-ish caramel, though a vein of dark cocoa-y greens runs directly through it. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, though I wouldn't necessarily say this stuff lives up to its own billing as a "hoppy Scotch ale", I do think it's an enjoyable brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Drewone for the share.

A: Pours clear copper with a thin off-white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Malty, smokey/peat with caramel notes. Not much hop here.

T: Sweetish malty caramel with a boozy quality which seems more than the 8% label indicates.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lingering sweet caramel finish.

O: Fairly basic and decent. Nice to try once.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Raime
2.09/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a deep ruby with a two finger head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Smells like nuts and soap.

T - Nutty up front, along with some caramel and lightly toasted malts followed by a big hit of rancid meat.

M - Medium creamy, but rancid body with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, the aftertaste was terribly rancid. I wouldn't have again.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of SteveJeremy
1.48/5  rDev -55%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Got Saugatuck's Hop-Scotch out of total randomness at work. Boss had a few random beers on his desk and said I was welcome to take what I wanted since he was gifted them and didn't want them; took this one only because I didn't want to be greedy; let's give it a go.

Appearance - Foggier yellowbrown. Unattractive and lacks promise.

Smell - Unattractive and ugly through and through. Smells of pure bitterness and alcohol. Losing faith already...

Taste - The taste is absolutely horrifying, with flavors of cereal, intolerably bitter hops, toasted malt, and strong alcohol that tastes like rubbing alcohol. One of the most disgusting, putrid beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - Almost as rancid as the beer itself, and lingers worse than a bad malt liquor.

Hop Scotch is a deplorable beer through and through; the worst drink I've had this year.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 6/3/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, floral, bread, light peat, and floral earthiness; some slight phenols, but not much. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt complexity. Taste of caramel, raisin, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, toast, brown sugar, floral, light chocolate, bread, and floral earthiness. Slight pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, citrus, pine, floral, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a great balance of moderate hop bitterness and malt sweetness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy scotch ale. Nice complexity of hop and malt flavors with great balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.49 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No info on the website. 8.0% and 48IBUs per the bottle.
Pours out to a very clear medium chestnut, forming a nice creamy yellow head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate low, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is at first nutty, then I get rye bread crust, some walnut, then caramel...some subtle earthy hops make their presence known, more so than most Scotch ales where hop aroma is absent. No DMS, fusels or oxidation. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium thick body and finishing somewhat dry for the style. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of nuts, toast, and caramelized sugar but with a firmly earthy hop bitterness atypical for scotch ales, but offering a pleasant bite to counteract the malty sweetness. There are some apple and dark cherry esters as well. The finish is dry, aided by the bitterness level, with a lightly tart souring milk mouthfeel in the aftertaste. The overall impression though is earthy nuts. Unfortunately, I don't get any pink bubblegum which is something I typically get (and enjoy) from Scotch ale yeasts.

While Scotch ales aren't my favorite, this is an interesting variation on the style. It may not be for the purists, but I think it's decent.

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Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Hop Scotch from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 24 ratings