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MacPelican's Scottish Style AleMacPelican's Scottish Style Ale
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Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
13 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.0% by volume
Bitterness: 17 IBU
Color: Copper

Added by freed on 08-09-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
20.9%
 
 
Wants:
5
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5
For Trade:
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 133
Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours deep reddish burnt copper with fast acting white foam that dissapears quickly. No residual white foam at the top.

Smells of caramel toffee, light sweetness.

Taste is powerfully malty, hints of whiskey in the background but very faint. Relatively clean, very little hop. Notes of honey and brown sugar on second review.

Good carbonation and balance in the mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

Tasty, drinkable, well made.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty, slightly opaque orange color with muted golden highlights. A flourish of off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of sweet, slightly roasted malt - notes of caramel and dark fruit,with just a touch of brown sugar and leather.
Palate is mildly sweet up front, with good fruity notes on the swallow. Mild hops offer some balance, leading to a mellow finish with just a hint of astringency. Notes of clover honey, leather, and a touch of stone fruit. Body is fairly light and smooth, appropriate for a Scottish ale. An easy drinking ale, this is one of my favorite offerings from Pelican.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

app-brilliantly clear. orange with a ruby tint. slight head with a little retention

aroma- strong bready, biscuity malt aroma. slight hop bite. slight hint of milk chocolate

Taste- a light malt flavor. less than the aroma would lead you to believe. A slight hop bitterness. A little earth in the finish.

mf- a dry crisp beer.

Dr- a very enjoyable drinkable beer

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Photo of Reidrover
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and the family were camping at the coast ..it was late we had just set up the tents..so instead of campfire cooking we ventured in to Newport , OR...to a all you can eat/pizza place called Izzys( a Oregon chain).
Was not expecting much in the way of beers..but to my surprise they had MacPelicans Scottish style on tap..I have reviewd the bottle so hers the tap.
appearance is pretty much the same as the bottle clear brown with a smallish tan head.
The aroma is better on tap ..a little more malty and more smoky ( though even hear it is faint.
The taste on tap seemed to bring out the smokiness better..and also some small hoppiness right at the end.
great on the palalte.
very drinkable stuff on tap..this must have been fresh..great Scottish "export" style beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper colour that has a nice bready, malty taste. this is not a real heavy malty bomb but rather a well balanced version of the style. very drinkable and very smooth on the finish. another nice beer from these guys. goes well with BBQ on the grill.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear tawny amber color topped by a somewhat eggshell colored rocky head that leaves some minimal lacing around the glass.

Aromas begin with toasted maltiness with a little bit of sweet fruit. As it warms you et a little more honey, nuttiness and more English yeast ester fruitiness.

The tastes begin sweeter but still very smooth, bready/toasted maltiness, a bit of carmelization, a touch of brown sugar and butterscotch, with a sharper, hard water like cleaner finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is creamy but on the drier side.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It was cheap, flavorful and low in ABV so you could session it if necessary. Not mind-blowing, but not every beer has to be; just a super solid American take on the style.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon.

This cask-conditioned version of MacPelican Scottish Style Ale is even richer than its on-tap relative. Not surprisingly, this is less carbonated than the regular draft version. It is also a little darker.

When it's cask-conditioned, this ale is a special treat.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into nonic pint glass. A bold amber topped with 2 fingers of frothy off-white foam. Decent retention and lacing

The nose is potent and is just as grainy as it is sweet. Herbal and earthy hop notes peek through. It's a rather thickish brew with a certain creaminess in spite of the substantial bitter streak running through it. Throw in a fair amount of carbonation and this is a brew that goes down quite easily. Caramel, burnt brown sugar and cereal grains are prominently featured, while hints of molasses and white chocolate appear nown and again. Earthy hops linger in the finish. While it's not boozy at all, it drinks "bigger" than you'd expect from a 5% beer. Well done.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clear copper and not too much head. A small amount of sediment at the bottom makes for a hazier second pour from the bomber. The aroma is vaguely reminiscent of metallic lagers, not really distinctive or inviting. Broad, sturdy malts lead the way with elements of caramel, butter, bread crust. There's not much of the usual shortbread flavors one can often find in a Scottish-style ale. Some nutty elements and very slight toffee. The hoppiness is appropriately muted, not really grassy, a bit more citric like Pac NW beers; it's scarcely noticeable other than to give the malts a slight tweak. The beer can at times seem watery but never unpleasant. Eventually, a Scottish malt quality reveals itself, deep down, but it only shows itself intermittently. At other times, this beer oddly resembles a copper lager, as the Munich malts take the reins. Again, this is lacking many of the more familiar Scottish qualities, but it will serve nicely as a regular session ale, one with a reasonably sweet malt background and thin, refreshing mouthfeel. It's also not as cloying as many Scottish-style ales, so the drinkability is good. Perhaps it is wrong to consider it a Scottish-style ale at all, maybe better to think of it as your standard American micro amber. It's a step up from the Cream Ale and will not alienate those who dislike Pelican's intimidatingly hoppy IPA. I can imagine how good it would be through a handpump, although I preferred it on the colder side of cellar temp. I'll venture to say this is Pelican's best regular bottled beer for session drinking (unless you're a stout fan) and it should go very well with most pub-style fare, esp. burgers and such.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear dark amber color with visible carbonation, soapy and bubbly off-white head dissipated instantly and left no lace

S- Butterscotch, caramel, toffee and mineral notes

T- Lots of cereal graininess, butterscotch, brown sugar, toffee, and mineral notes

M- Smooth, soft carbonation, medium body, dry

O- A good example of the style, very easy to drink. Great session beer with all the flavors you want from a Scottish Ale

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a nice clarity to it and adequate carbonation visible trickling up from the bottom of the glass. This gathered at the top and combined to form a delicate head

nice delicate notes of nuts and caramel were mixed and intertwined with a deeply rooted grain filled back. This was a malt monster for sure as the only thing that was easily picked up through all this was the dark roasted malts that made up the majority of it. nice bit of caramel and sweetness right from the start and this really never faded as any other flavors that were here simply mingled and swirled around this. There were hints of roasted nuts as well as a nice bit of overt grassy notes

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, medium head. A light bodied Scottish style ale. Slightly roasted malts and slightly spicy hops. Nice mild malty flavor. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Etched/Painted Beer bottle.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in Pacific City. Great location, just sitting there on the beach. Little kids throwing sand into the air...me covering my glass as a wave of stinging sand assails my eyes. With my beer safe, I take a look at it.

A nice copper orange with a thin lacing on the top...plus some grains of sand that managed to slip between my fingers, oh well.

Malt up front, and a slight smokey peat flavor. Caramel sweetness and a real good woody punch.

Nice brew!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a DFH glass a nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, very slight hop note. The taste is slightly sweet, and malty. Medium body. Overall a tasty brew and is a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-nice copper colored with a 2 finger head that fades to a nice cap

S-some carmel and a hint of dark fruit

T-fruit doesn't really come through here it is mostly some bready carmel

M-good carbonation

O-pretty good scottish the is well crafted

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Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber that I picked up at the brewery on new years day 10 months ago. Poured into an impy pint, MacPeclican's is a clear, tawny bronze, with an eggshell head that leaves very light, scattered traces of foam.

Smell is pretty soft, even served at ~60F. Malty and sweeter, honey, apricots and tangerines.

Taste is sweeter but very smooth, malt heavy, a bit of carmelization, a touch of brown sugar and butterscotch, with a sharper, hard water like cleaner finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, creamy but dry, medium bodied, a bit gassy.

Drinkability is good, this goes down very easily, a nice, traditional scotch ale, the low abv and relatively big flavors are a wining combonation. I can't believe I sat on this bottle for so long, I wish I had another!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks again to hopsbreath for yet another Pelican brew!

(A)- Pours a clear brown amber color that produced a decent tan colored head with decent retention.

(S)- A light smokiness with minimal roasted barley aromas and a light caramel sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. A nice mellow richness with a subtle roasted component. Hints of a caramel sweetness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, yet mildly rich and sweet.

(D)- A solid scotch ale with some classic flavors. Nothing over the top or too strong; a great sessionable brew for the style

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Photo of ebrauser
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 22 oz into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear amber-red woth lots of carbonation. Head is quite audible, quickly dissipating, and an off-white color.

Aroma: Bitter smelling pils hops mixed with lighter fruits, apricot, and a slight alcoholic bite.

Flavor: Brief malt breadiness quickly dampens into a lighter flavored biscuit and honey. Hops are sweet and soda-like.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation gives deceptively large body though the flavor is so light that once the carbonation subsides the beer is revealed to be light and sessionable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich copper hue with a haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head pours a couple of fingers of dense tan foam with decent retention. A good looking brew.

Smell: fairly complex malt aroma which is toasty, caramelly, nutty, bready and biscuity. There's a definite sweetness and it's just a bit floral; whether this is due to yeast or hops, I can't tell. You know, the malt character is not necessarily my favorite, but I salute this beer's complexity.

Taste: biscuity, bready and caramelly malt; starts of drier than the aroma but a sticky caramel sweetness builds. Bitterness is minmal. Complexity is not quite as intriguing as in the aroma; overally, not exactly my bag, but if you like Scottish style beers this one is definitely still worth a try.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a big, if a bit evanescent, mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I think this beer is a good example of the style, but the flavors that come to the fore just don't suit my palate. Like I said, worth a try if you are into the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color topped by a somewhat rocky head that leaves a few lacing lines around the glass

Smell: English toffee, with a hint of butterscotch

Taste: Toffee flavors up front, with a peppery aspect developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor tends to fade, although the toffee elements linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks some of the peaty complexity I was expecting, but otherwise pleasant enough

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Ryan for this bottle!

Pours a lovely deep maple, a blend of crimson and honey in the light. Topped with a light beige cap that diminished quickly to a thin ring. Small patches of bubbles clinging as the level lowers. Aromas are rich in English biscuity malt and a light hint of caramel. Perhaps a tiny bit of molasses and raisins as well. Taste is quite similar with a touch more sweetness than is suggested from the smell. A relatively medium bodied brew, the initial taste nearly begs for a fuller body, but finishes nicely crisp and light. Very minute dryness that is interesting, but does not detract from the overall experience. Very drinkable. I'd certainly enjoy this with a steak and cheese hoagie and some curly fries!

Overall, this is a decent example of a Scottish Style ale. Perhaps it could use a touch more in the flavor profile. I'm glad it doesn't have that metallic/tinniness that many other Scottish Ales have. The fruitiness isn't too assertive and is actually well balanced. All in all, not a mindblowing in-your-face beer, but a good sessionable brew that can fit many occasions.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-inch head that settles quickly to a thin skim that lasts the duration. Color is a rusted ruby with excellent clarity. Looks true to style.

Aroma gives off notes of cherry, wood, hops and caramel.

Flavors pretty much mirror the aroma, with a slight salt-and-smoke accent that usually comes up in this style, but these are very subtle back-notes, and unfortunately the body is a bit too thin to carry them through as they should be. Definitely thinner in comparison to the on-tap version I had. I tasted this first on-tap at the brewery/brewpub. It was much better then. I wonder if it's been sitting in the bottle too long? I bought it from the cooler at Pelican on Oct. 1. Of course, no date on the bottle...still a fine brew though, just not what I expected after the robust fresh version I had that night.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Scottish ale, but a little bit sweet. Cloudy copper colour with a thin, almost non-existent head.

Sweet malts, brown sugar and very light citrus notes combine in both the flavour and the nose. Slightly smoky scent. Comes off as a bit sweet in the flavour though, very malt heavy. Almost no smokiness in the taste at all.

Decent carbonation, though at times a little light and watery. Nice, but at times comes off as underdone and too sweet.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head and lacing quickly evaporate. Pours a golden sap color.

Smell is lovely; caramel, honey, brown sugar, light hops, smells sticky sweet.

Replicates the nose but everything is less prevalent, more subdued.

Light carbonation.

Nicely done, this bottle could easily be finished by a single person, and leave them thirsty for more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by someone at Francois cellar cleaning party.

Decent fizzy head, hazy reddish color.

Nose sweet candy malts, very toasted reddish malt, little bready caramel like,, hint of candied fruit,

Taste sweet candy but drier, little candied fruit again, watery grainy malt, chewy malt almost nougat like, little butterscotch candy, not super sweet but little tingly booze. Finish bit more booze, sweet candy malt, little flat and thin, little earthy hop, mild soapy note.

Mouth med to heavier bod, little syrupy but thin, lighter carb.

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