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MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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MacPelican's Scottish Style AleMacPelican's Scottish Style Ale

Brewed by:
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: 134
Photo of BillyB
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper/burnt orange with a nice thick two fingered white head.

Aromas of caramel, bread, citrus, pine, slightly smokey, mildly alcoholic or whiskey notes.

Taste is very smooth and malty. Nice bready, nutty maltiness. A little bit of smokiness and whiskey character.

Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and a very pleasant and smooth scottish ale.

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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 Knuckles
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was down in Pacific City over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and loaded up a case of beer while I was there. Amongst the spoils I brought back with me were a few bottles of the MacPelican. It pains me a bit to start of my Pelican reviews with a negative one, but my positive reviews of the Imperial Pelican Ale, Tsunami Stout and the India Pelican Ale should offset this one. To make a long story short, this was the least impressive of all the beers I brought home from the Pelican.

Appearance: By far, the best part of the beer (in my opinion). A nice light, copper colored brew that pours with a relatively insistent pure, white head. Held up to the light it's completely transparent, with a steady stream of bubbles making their way lazily up the sides of the glass.

Smell: There is a smell that I associate with some Scottish ales, and this beer had it. I'm going to assume that it's thrown off by the yeast, but it can give Scottish ales an almost ozone-esque quality to them, and this beer had it.

Taste: Another issue I have with some Scottish ales (and I am, again, assuming that this is a flavor thrown off by the yeast) is that many of them have a funky, almost metallic tang in the finish. This beer has that tang. It's got a decent malt front and middle, almost no hop character at all and then that tang kind of chases everything else off the palate.

Mouthfeel: Decent enough for a session-type Scottish ale. I suppose that 'just right' would be the way to describe it.

Drinkability: I, personally, could not drink very many of these simply because I don't like the finish. However, I can see how it could be an enjoyable beer for many people.

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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 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 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 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 freed
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a rich copper color, a thin head, and equally thin aroma. There's hints of malt, but no hop aroma worth mentioning. This carries over into the beer, as its mostly a nice combination of malts, and a somewhat unique combination. The creamy pour and smooth body aren't quite there and the beer is somewhat transparent in flavor, and a quick dry finish. With no bitterness to start or finish, it a somewhat incomplete beer.

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