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Red Hill Scotch Ale | Red Hill Brewery

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Red Hill Scotch AleRed Hill Scotch Ale

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Red Hill Brewery

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2006

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.09/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Red Hill boasts that their grain bill for this beer is "a tightly kept secret. It has taken 7 years to perfect and is a very special blend of English Malt," and that it's hopped with house Willamette and Goldings.

Lays dark, tawny and hazy in the glass, with a deep brown middle, and copper hues around the edges. Light tan head is creamy and tight, with some great lacing and retention. Aroma is, well, unique. It's a bit vegetal, with soft rhubarb in the nose. Somewhat smooth on the palate, and a tad coarse, with a light citric bite and an out-of-place note of sourness. Leafy green edges and appley spots. Malts are thin, with little sweetness for balance or the style for that matter. As the beer warms, some toasty and watery caramel and a little tea-like character provide hope, but they are lost. Dry, husky, powdery finish.

Pretty weak for a Wee Heavy. Where are the malts? Depth? Balance? Maybe another seven years of grain-bill perfection might help.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Vanz
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a small head.
Nose shows earthy peat, cinnamon, soft alcohol, caramelised malt and creamy chocolate. Pretty complex!
More the same regarding flavours, but with more roasted malt present as well. Not quite as complex, and there's a floury flavour I find in several of the Red Hill beers.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of norwichboy
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Red Hill Brewery.
Caramel coloured hue with a small head with some lacing and retention. Very little aroma to speak of. To taste, fruit flavours up front, with a reasonably long lasting finish, although lacking real complexity and character. Good level of carbonation and mouthfeel.
Overall I found this a rather average beer with nothing very compelling about it, and lack of aroma.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Macca
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark copper colour with quite a small head and some lacing. Some haziness.

A toffee sweetness and some maltiness on the nose.

The dark roasted maltiness dominates the palate. There is some sweetness in there as well.

A beer to ponder.

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Photo of juju7
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid example of the style. Head disappeared a bit quick and not much lacing to speak of but the dark fruit, fig, molasses kicking malt is all pretty spot on. Plenty of upfront flavour and a tidy finish with the alcohol in check. Overall a fairly approachable Scotch Ale. Good stuff

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Photo of mulder1010
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ML bottle poured into a Great Divide globe glass
Thanks to Triple5 for providing the beer in trade

A-- Poured a reddish brown, settled in glass as near chocolate color with tints of red at the bottom of the glass. Half finger of light brown head that became film. No Lacing and very little head retention.

S-- Roasted malts, roasted coffee and slightly sweet carmel. The roasted smells were the dominant smell with carmel in the background.

T-- Coffee, roasted malts and carmel almost all at once in the taste. Nothing to get excited about.

M-- Over carbonated right off the bat. Carmel finish is pretty dominant in the end and slightly sweet. Flavor drops off pretty quick leaving a slightly sweet but acidic ending feel. Still a dry finish. The carbonation hurts the beer too much.

D-- Probably a better Dark Ale than a Scotch Ale. Needs less carbonation and a higher ABV. Really misses the sweetness that a lot of Scotch Ales have and the warming sensation that the ABV carries. Get bloated pretty quickly on this beer and it hurts drinkability a lot. A good beer as a night cap though.

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Photo of Ajax85
4.53/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of koolk
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange brown with little head and no retention.

Initially the nose is dominated by piney hops notes. Over time there appears more toasted and roasted notes. Sweet malt and grain in there as well. Nice, though not overly complex.

More roasted grain flavours mix well with the very sweet toffee flavours. Light bitterness but some good hop flavour in there. Some yeastier flavours as well.

High carbonation, big mouthfeel and what seems a lot of apparent sweetness means it feels great and is well balanced but drops the drinkability down with the cloying nature of the palate.

This is a good beer and an interesting choice of style, but it somewhat plain.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice hazy copper color with lots of carbonation activity & little head retention
s: difficult to detect anything specific in the aroma
t: light sweetness and some roastiness
m: good mouthfeel to start but loses it quickly - medium,smooth body, good carbonation to start
d: this beer started off pretty well with aforementioned charactetistics, but lost its form too quickly. i'd enjoy another if i drank it much faster than i'd like

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cedar colour, with very nice creamy beige head, retains pretty well, leaves some nice traces of lace behind.

Aroma is slightly woody, certainly bittersweet with a grainy character and hints of dried fruit. Pretty nice.

Taste is very pleasant. Spicy fruit characters, raisins and sultanas with cinnamon and clove flavours. Quite sweet with a lot of tang to it and a nice profile. Doesn't quite have the complexity of other examples of the style, but is certainly very pleasant.

Mouthfeel smooth and rich, perhaps a bit flat with not enough texture.

Very good drinking though, smooth and tasty.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown hue. I added the yeast sediment which adds an opacity to the body. Decent head of large light-brown bubbles. Body is a little thin, but overall it's a pretty good-looking beer.

Deep vinous characters on the nose. Toasted malts, red wine cork, and a little caramelly sweetness. The wine character is a bit unwelcome, but it does have a reasonable amount of complexity.

Hmm, rather dark on the palate. Little residual sweetness, finishes very dry. Quite thin in the mouth, long but rather flat mid-palate and an extremely dry toasted malt character at the end. All said and done, it's disappointingly simple on the palate.

Still, the dryness adds to the beer's drinkability, and it's not a bad drop all up. I just wish it had a bit more depth and sweetness on the palate - for a Scotch Ale, it's unbeguilingly light.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red Hill are a brewer (out at Mornington Peninsula, Victoria) that I’ve recently enjoyed some fine Ales from at The Durham (Kingston, Canberra) during a Victorian tap takeover. To be honest I find the labels on their bottles totally uninspiring and I never would have bought a bottle if I had seen it in a shop (same with Kooinda for that matter), but now that I have tried this Scotch Ale and I know it’s decent I will get another Red Hill beer in future. Which just goes to show how important good marketing/label design is for a craft brewer.

Poured from tap into a Schooner.

A: Presents a hazy deep ruby body with an off white half centimetre head. Not bad, it definitely benefits from being a tap beer here. 7/10.

S: Aromas are roasted coffee, hints of peat and cardamom, with a big sweet caramel malt base. I’m expecting this to be a fairly sweet Scotch Ale, as many do tend to be. Bog standard for the style apart from the intriguing notes of roasted coffee. 7/10.

T: All of the above is the flavour profile. That sweet caramel base is well done as it doesn’t ruin everything with cloying sweetness. The finish is mildly earthy hop bitterness. It could do with a bit more peat and more complexity but otherwise the flavours are good. 7/10.

M: Excellent medium bodied with a creamy carbonation, again tap rules over bottles in this department. 8/10.

D: In the end Red Hill Scotch Ale is a decent but non-confrontational representation of the style. Personally I would prefer a bit more adventure but I’m nonetheless satisfied with this easy-going Scotch Ale. I’m not so impressed with the price in comparison to Scotch Ales readily available from Scotland, which teeters on far too expensive in comparison, but for a Christmas treat I’m sure this Ale will make it on Santa’s “nice” list. 7/10.

Food match: Christmas pudding might overpower this Ale but a good roast turkey/chicken wont.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a burnished copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with nice lacing,it has aromas of toffee,caramel and some fruity hops,it has an above average mouthfeel with a dark fruit taste first up followed by a nice warm toffee alcohol finish not a bad beer although not exact on style very easy to drink.

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice reddish brown, but no head or lace.
Aromas of molasses.
Taste is quite watery and sweet, hint sherry, and mouthfeel is real let down, it's watery but over carbonated for style as well.
Not one of Red Hills better offerings.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, better than average macro-style label, though I imagine it is actually a craft beer.

Appearance: pours a dark copper with red highlights, with a small head.

Aroma: plenty of different aromas coming through - toffee and caramel, heavy fruits, molasses and spices. Quite complex, and all the better for it.

Taste: definitely malt-driven, with those spices coming through. Quite a jolly drink.

Aftertaste: some bitterness lingers through.

Mouth feel: the mouth feel is moderate in carbonation and body. Quite easy drinking, but perhaps backing off the carbonation would have it more true to style; a slow sipper.

Overall: a lovely scotch ale - good variety of flavours and a great drinkability. The one and only problem I have with it is the AU$96 a case price (2013). A 4-pack every now and then won't hurt though!

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Photo of chogm54
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip

L - dark ginger ale colour, pours a thick frothy beige head that eventually settles to 1cm thick

S - slight smokiness to the smell, hazelnut (almost like nutella), funky yeast

T - sweet upfront and right at end, toffee, raisins and brown sugar.

F - overcarbonated for style, watery texture,

O - ok, but didn't really tick off many boxes - too thin and carbonated for scotch ale, not smokey enough for a rauchbier, too sweet for a brown ale.

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Photo of Stew41
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown with some haze and thin, coffee colour ‘espresso’ head. Sweet bouquet of malts and fruity notes; very appealing. Rich and assertive. Lighter palate weight for the style. Malt flavours thin out somewhat but the chocolate notes do hang around, albeit in a mild fashion. Finishes nicely with a kick of sweetness on the finish. Ultimately needs more ABV to really make this beer work but a decent example of the style at 5.8%.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brendan13
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass a copper colour with a small head that quite quickly disappears. Leaves thick lacing on the glass and head reappears on swirling.
Quite lacking in the aroma I thought. A mild malty smell but thats about it. The taste makes up for it though. A nice, sweet roasty flavour. The taste hits the front on the tongue but feels quite light as it gets towards the back.

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Photo of Mosant
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

I had a 330ml bottle and it is the first time I've had a Scoth Ale. Letting it sit a bit so it's not ice cold but cold to allow flavours to come through.
Appearance: pours a nice clean golden dark brown colour. Off white to browning head that dissipates quickly with little lacing just residual around the rim.
Aroma: I'm getting faint golden syrup aroma and empty pub/stale beer - not saying that as a negative, just what I'm picking up.
Flavour: caramel and toffees, warm alcohol, smooth mouthfeel. Lasting sweet finish from the malts. Very nice style.
Overall: nice style beer, enjoyable. Good malty flavours coming through.

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