Scottish Ale
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Scottish Ale
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3.35 | pDev: 6.87%
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 12 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Smithhaven John Harvards.

Look: dark amber, pretty much red. There's no head because of the pour being up to the rim of the glass. No lacing left behind.

Smell: malty and very sweet. A little caramel and no real sign of hops.

Taste: Pretty simple and follows the nose. Caramel malt is mostly what I get. There's almost no hop bitterness in this one.

Feel: medium bodied and smooth. This is flat like a lot of John Harvard's beers are.

Drink: easy to drink so this is sessionable... assuming you wanted to drink this all night.

Overall, not a particularly good beer but not particularly bad. I probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal malts. It's sweet smelling with a dry edge. The taste is average. It has a dry crystal malt flavor that's syrupy and sweet. There is no trace of peated/smoked malt and the abv. is average. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a substandard Scottish ale that's not indicative of the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at JH. Pours a deep brown/red with a small white head. Aroma is rather bland, I just get sweet malt. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate (more as the beer warms), apple, and light fruits. A pretty good Scottish ale.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light buttery cereal grain and hints of caramel.

The taste consisted of a grainy, yet smooth, sweet malt with a smattering of balancing hops.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side and reminded me of soggy cereal.

Overall an easy drinking ale. Lighter bodied than most Scottish Ales and a bit uneventful, but the plusus outweigh the minuses.

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Photo of weeare138
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark, haze of mahogany with a 1 finger, off-white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly cracked grain, mild notes of toffee, brown sugar, light vanilla, perhaps a touch of smoked wood.
Taste is of the aromas but lacking in the complexity department. It's just like drinking an average Scottish Ale with light grain coming through as the mainstay. No abundance of chewy, smoked malt, heavy caramel, or hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, slightly dry in the finish.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this on-tap at John Harvard's Bew Pub in Wayne, Pa.
Appearance: This was poured with a rich black color, with a head of off white head. The head poured was about a half of a finger, with poor retention.
Smell: There was no smell to speak of.
Taste: The taste was nice, with mild malts. It was a very general taste.
Mouthfeel: This was excellent. It was very smooth and very thick. It was nice to have a smooth thick beer that wasn't overly malty.
Drinkability: This beer has a medium drinkability.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of BBM
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep brown, near black in color. There is a small tan head to accompany it. No lacing to speak of. Smell is not too strong, but is sweet, with some caramel notes.

The taste is very malty. It's not very well balanced, and is incredibly heavy feeling for some reason. There are really no hops or spices to speak of, which is to be expected with a Scottish. Overall it's not a bad beer, but it's not that great either. JH makes better, so I'd look elsewhere first.

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Photo of ark57
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was simply designated Scottish Ale and not Loch Lanier so that is why I added a new beer. It is a dark copper in color. The aroma has some peat in it. My first impression is thast this is more of a Scotch Ale than a Scottish Ale. It is very malty with some caramel and peatiness in the taste. There is no hop taste and little bitterness, which is good for the style.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as a 5 oz. sample at Harvard's. The color was a dark brown, with some white head. The smell was a dry malt. The taste was a very nice dry, nutty brown flavor. The mouthfeel was thin. Drinkability-wise, could have one or two.

Though this didn't really remind me of a Scotch Ale, despite being listed as such, I enjoyed it, and it's certainly one I'd have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pittsburgh location,

Pours a deep ruby brown with tan creamy head minimal lacing. Darker roasts sent with a mild peated mlat smokey tone. Creamy smooth malt treat a bit tame in flavor but very good overall. Medium body creamy texture, can't complain. Drinkability was good all around medium toned smooth sipping beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pittsburgh location.

Medium mahogany color served with a tan head. Displays very good retention. Slightly smoky, peaty aroma. Taste is all malt, with a nice roasty sweetness. Very nice peat and caramel notes. Smooth, chewy mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

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Scottish Ale from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 12 ratings