MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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MacPelican's Scottish Style AleMacPelican's Scottish Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

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
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of vkv822
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a thin, foamy, short lived head.

Delicate blend of floral, herbal hops and caramel malts in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable, tasty Scottish Ale that is easy drinking and approachable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive dark amber color in the Duvel tulip with a white cap of foam. Some bubbly lacing and quite spritzy on the tongue. What's odd is how thin this is for the category, so I am having to re-think my expectations to judge this fairly. So maybe it's a 60 shilling lighter style, which we never see in this country.

The first few sips seem light and very dry. Then there is a hint of something smokey, and gradually the malt flavors become more accessible. Still, the malt seems diluted and the flavors are subdued. The sweet smokiness is more of a suggestion, with some scorched malt and a faint bitterness of hops in the mix.

Or maybe this is an edgier Oktoberfest with a whiff of wood smoke. Whatever this is, it's really quite drinkable. Actually, this is ideal mixed 50/50 with a sweeter and heavier Scottish Ale, like the one I have a growler of from Kulshan in Bellingham. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DaveRinn
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Chris-MOC9
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of 510a
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of hreb
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MacPelican's is an ale seriously red in color, with a big earthy sweet aroma. I get molasses and a hint of smoke -- perhaps emanating from a bakery. The flavor is much less "big beer"... it tastes much like it smells, but turned down, resulting in a well-balanced, simple, and refreshing experience. Totally sessionable, if a little on the watery side.

22 oz bomber, "BTLD 120312"

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Photo of beertunes
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despised 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very still mahogany color with no head at all, but lots of clingy bubbles on the side of the glass. Weird.

The aroma was very malty-sweet, and lacked any peat which I look for in the style, but was otherwise typical. The flavor profile was nearly identical, with the addition of just a slight bit of earthy hops. The beer just wasn't as bold as I expected.

The body was probably just a wee bit thinner than typical for the style, just a bit more than medium. Drinkability was nice and smooth, but the lack of character reminds me why 12oz servings are better than these big bottles. Overall, not a bad beer, by any means, but also not one worth going out of your way for. Worth trying if you see it.

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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 oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, just like a penny. Is very transparent. A small white head recedes quickly leaving no lace on glass. Buttery, musty and woodsy aromas. Very malty, mild sweetness with a mild hop spice at the end. It has a slick body thats lightly carbonated. Subtle raisin or dark fruit in the finish. Very mild beer. Kind of rich, no smokiness. Easy to drink but not exciting or flavorfull at all. A bit boring.

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Photo of tiwee23
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a nice hazy bronze color with 3/4" light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a light surface layer with light lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugar and figs. With a mild smokey and mineral background.

Tastes of figs, raisins and other dried fruits. Caramel malts, light smoke and a hint of leather with a slight floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is sweet but crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable, mild bodied scottish ale. I prefer a little more smoke in my scottish ales, but this was well balanced example of the style.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. 2012 Bronze medal GABF winner for Scottish style ale. Bottled September 17th 2012.

A real nice copper ruby body and very clear. There's a little bit of cola sized carbonation, but it settles with some faint rising small wisps that rise from the bottom. Head makes three fingers, a little fluffy with not too much retention to hold it all together. Manages to fall at a good pace. Fairly nice looking beer.

Very toasty malt, almost kind of wooden. Splintery with a faint hint of caramel backbone hiding. A little wet and clean.

Hits the palate with a somewhat weak texture. A little watery, almost fizzy. Light malts match from the nose, with a good toasty brown bread. Faint sweet maple on the finish but really hiding.

Overall not bad, but nothing too memorable, the mouthfeel doesn't seem to hold up the flavor well enough.

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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 scottfrie
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Thanks Ayn!

A: Pours a clear medium-amber color with a fizzy short lived off-white head that quickly faded into a thin collar that left wisps of lace.
S: Toasted notes of malted grains. Roasted overall, light sweetness. Bread crust. Light overall.
T: Bread crust and roasted malts all the way. Faint caramley sweetness with some brown sugar, toffee and roast come through near the finish. Hops are earthy and mildly spicy, and I get a nice buttery quality overall.
M: Medium-thin body, light mouthfeel, lightly sweet, good carbonation, a bit airy.
O: Not as sweet as most which I appreciate. Not a bad drinking beer at all. Seek out if a fan of the style.

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MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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