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MacPelican's Scottish Style AleMacPelican's Scottish Style Ale

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Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 135
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 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 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 mentor
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half finger light tan head over a clear dark rust liquid. Smells fruity and malty wonderful. Fruits are like a berry fruit roll-up. Malt is mild caramel and wonder bread.

Tastes thin overall. Carbonation is strong for the intensity of the flavor and the carb sting lifts flavor off the tongue. That said, malt is light caramel and biscuity. Iron. Esters are very light, and come across as pears. Light body and strong stingy carbonation. Not a particularly enjoyable beer.

The acid balance on this beer is off and, when combined with the fine stingy carbonation, really detracts from the flavor experience. After swirling to release most of the carb, the malt is a little bit smokey, but comes across more as dry wood instead.

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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 kels
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice shade of coppery reddish-brown. It is completely clear with light bubbles of carbonation rising in the liquid. The initial 1 finger fizzy white head fades immediately to nothingness and leaves only a few spots of wet, white lace.

Disappointingly, there is virtually no aroma from this beer at all. I get the slightest hint of the malt and a bit of saccharine sweetness, but that's stretching for something.

This is one sweet Scottish ale, almost reminiscent of drinking cola. The malts are very caramelly and there's also a bit of artificial sweetener sweetness in there, too. I get a hint of the smokey peat that I expect in this beer, but mostly in the malty, raisiny aftertaste. There's a good earthiness to the flavor, but it is almost ruined a little by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and leaves a little light effervescence on the palate.

Somewhat drinkable beer, but just doesn't offer enough taste or a pleasing enough mouthfeel to compete with others of this style that I've really enjoyed.

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Photo of pwoods
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, shared by Kels, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deeper amber with a bit of clarity. Pretty much no head on the pour and no lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma. Some grainy malts with light sweetness. Very light spiciness.

T/M: Pretty light flavor. A bit of an odd sweetness with a light grainy flavor. Seems a little watered down. There's a bit of caramel and very light spice. Body is medium light or so with light carbonation.

D: Low ABV and very drinkable but not very tasty or interesting. Maybe a good lawnmower beer or golf beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Pacific City brewpub on the Perfect Storm release day. Thanks to ramnuts for the ride!

From notes.

A: Pours a coppery amber body. Not much head on it, and not much of a collar. Some slow, lazy bubbles up the glass give it a viscous appearance.

S: Malty (duh). Toast, nuts, caramel, floral hops. Brown sugar.

T: Toast, nuts, and caramel up front. It has a sweet profile, but it does not feel sugary, due to an undercurrent of herbal and earthy hops. Slightly roasty finish. Doesn't particularly strike me as a Scottish Ale, more of a brown. And not a great example of one. Still, for 5% I'm impressed.

M: Lightly prickly. Medium-bodied. It's set up to take the load of a sugar-laden body, but this beer doesn't have that.

D: It goes down pretty easily. Nice little quasi-session beer.

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Photo of Overlord
2.16/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow. A very disappointing beer from a brewery that was getting solid marks from me for beer after beer.

Pours a watery orange gold. Surprisingly large foamy head.

Smells ... like grain. Like a malt liquor, frankly. Maybe a hint of earthiness to the nose, but this is doing a great impression of a beer like steelhead reserve.

Flavor is a bit more robust, but again; what is the awful grain-iness to it? And a beer that's 4.7% shouldn't have a cereal, boozy quality as its main flavor point.

Just, not very good.

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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 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 nickd717
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, finally a beer that's called "Scottish Ale" and actually classified as a Scottish Ale on both here and RB. Wish I could say it was a good one, but this was...meh.

A - Clear orangish-copper color with a nice lasting white head.

S - Aroma is caramel, grain, earth, and roast.

T - Flavor is a little grainy and slightly roasty with caramel malt, toffee, butter, and peat. A bit like an amber ale or an altbier, which I guess are not too different in general stylistically.

M - Body is medium-light and finish is slightly dry.

D - Drinkable, but not very exciting.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper and mahagony wood stain color. Not much in the way of head and foam, but decent bubbling. Very bready aroma, with some sweet pecans and a hint of gummi. Toasty and super sweet malts upfront, just a splash of hops give this scotc ale a light earthy aire. Some candy notes in the middl with just caramel grins through the finish. This palate starts light syrup and finishes medium husk. Ok drinkability, just a bit too sweet for my taste.

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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 KickInTheChalice
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a caramel amber color, quite cloudy. A medium sized head fades quickly, leaving a few stray spots. These, too, eventually fade. Not very impressive.

Smell: A light smoked caramel aroma, with some notes of peaches and apricots. Not a very aggressive smell at all.

Taste: The style definitely comes through here - not much hops at all, but a strong malt presence throughout each sip. The malt gives a caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and a surprisingly light feel, almost watery. A stronger body would not hurt this beer at all.

Drinkability: Not really all that enjoyable or special. As is my experience with other beers of the style, it is pretty easy to drink, but this beer just does not have enough unique characteristics to warrant a spot in my regular rotation.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/23/08. Bottle courtesy of bitbucket. Pours a clear red-orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts, brown/maple sugar. Flavor of sweet malt, toasted caramel malt, maple sugar, light fruits (raspberry). Quite sweet, but tasty. Light-bodied. This is an ok beer but a little on the sweet side.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of DIM
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This was a very light copper color and was served to me with no head.

s: Not much here at all. Just a little smoky caramel.

t: Pretty weak overall. Not at all peaty, just a strange, faintly charred taffy flavor. Tasted watered down.

m: Lightly carbonated and thin.

d: Not at all offensive, just bland.

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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 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 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 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 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 RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dry-hopping with Centennial hops gives the cask-conditioned version of MacPelican’s Scottish Ale an incessant greenness which burdens much of the underlying ale with a vegetal quality. That’s too bad because the MacPelican of course deserves no concealment. The dark bronze body is silken textured and delivers striated lace. But the late infusion of hops is not very Scottish and only conflicts the taste. My advice: save dry-hopping for the IPA.

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Photo of loren01
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours mahogany color, small white head, not really much for lacing down the glass
S: Sweet malty smell, also has a roasted malt scent.
T: Pretty much same as smell, not quite as flavorfull as I thought it might be. Sweet caramel maltiness with a little roasted character. Taste is actually a bit watered down.
M: Medium bodied, light carbonation very easy drinking.
D: Average Scottish Ale, pretty easy drinking however. I expected more flavor from this beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Clear brownish-orange color with a thin off-white head that disappears pretty quickly. Thin coating of lace on the glass. Toasted malt aroma with a little bit of sweet fruit. Medium, smooth body with a malty flavor. Touches of hops and fruit as well. The flavors don’t stay firm for very long though. The finish shows a little more hoppiness. Overall this beer doesn’t have the legs I was expecting but it is still an easy to drink Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mohogany colored with a thin head that disappears quickly. Smell of caramel and malts. Taste of grain, malts with only a slight evidence of alchohol, having a light - medium mouthfeel. A light, creamy and smooth ale that goes down easily, a good drinker, but the lacking body needed. Makes for a good darker summer ale.

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Photo of JasonA
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish copper. No real head, very little lacing.

Smells malty, no alcohol present.

Taste is light, not a fierce malt present. ABV isnt listed, but it doesnt seem high.

Mouthfeel is ok. Light carbonation. Medium bodied, no real action.

Drinkability was only average. I wanted more from this beer as I have had lots of success with other Pelican brews. The Doryman was outstanding and was hoping this would fall behind it.

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