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Belhaven Scottish Ale | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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3.83/5
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2,118 Ratings
Belhaven Scottish AleBelhaven Scottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
belhaven.co.uk

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our signature Scottish Ale is the beer we've brewed the longest and is our best-selling bottle world-wide. We brew it from 100% Scottish Optic and Crystal barley malts for a nutty, biscuit character, balanced with a subtle spiciness from Challenger and Goldings hops for an all-around satisfying beer.

George Howell - Master Brewer, Belhaven

Added by Mitchster on 08-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,027
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
2,118
pDev:
13.32%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark red, slight gold. Smell is uneventfull. Very effervecent, with a nice bite on the tongue. This makes a great mouthfeel. The taste has the right balance, nice IPA. Overall we find this beer to be very inviting and worth repeating. Carry on

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3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at PreFunk. Velvety smooth, mellow caramel and butter, creamy head. Easy to drink and tasty too, An accessible benchmark for the style, nitro added tons of body.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can. Gorgeous pour as expected..big fluffy white head with good retention and lots of sticky lace. Bubbles cascading hypnotically. Mild but appealing bready malt aroma continuing in the taste. Some gentle sweetness..honey, toasted bread, even faintly boozy. A hint of floral hops in the finish, and i do mean a just a hint. Certainly not complex but tasty enough.

The mouthfeel is the big attraction with these nitro cans, obviously, and this one delivers the goods as well as any. Say what you want but sometimes I'm just in the mood for this kind of beer. The Belhaven is better than most, with good malt character and less of the overall blandness that plagues nitrous beers in general.

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color: light orangish brown, very clear
head: whitish/light brown, decent lacing
smell: skunky, malty
taste: surprising after that skunky smell (which may be due to the clear bottle), after a second sip or three the malt really is distinct. the mouthfeel is a little watery and you can almost taste the alcohol eventhough it's not a super strong beer.

Overall: average, I like my ales a bit heavier

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S: Not overly pungent, malty/oaky.

T: Nicely balanced, a lot of malty, molasses-y sweetness, tough of bitterness to balance. Not overly simple, a few interesting notes.

M: Medium, a true session beer. Very drinkable and light.

O: I dont usually like scotch ale, this was a nicely balanced brew, nothing earth shattering but would make a good session beer. Something good to drink in october/tailgating perhaps. Would be a good beer for BMC drinker.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,118 ratings
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