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Caledonia | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pitasoup on 06-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, a" Scottish IPA". Unusual taste, hoppy, wierd, but drinkable. Golden bodied, Soapy head, lacey. Funky, a tad acidic, and a dry finish.Carbonation is appropriate, average mouthfeel. I get some champagne taste. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is what I would describe a bold mild earthiness to the nose on this one. It has a slightly burnt roasted malt character, caramel, and some herbal qualities as well.

A crisp white head sits on top a foggy opaque orange liquor. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice ring around the edges which provides some really interesting lacing.

Caledonia brings a strong bitterness right up front. They weren't shy about throwing tons of hops into this beer. It's grassy, floral, toasty, and bold. Traditional scottish style flavors are subdued in this in favor of americanizing it with just tons of hops.

Fairly dry with heaps of carbonation and a surprisingly light body. Palate cleansing and totally satisfying. This is a winner.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile, thanks. Beer is copper and clear with a tan head of small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is grassy with a maltiness.

Beer is billed as a Scottish IPA but the hops aren't really there, is it milldy bitter but the finish is a little odd. The beer is grassy and rough. Not a great beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured deep amber in color with a thin but sticky head to it. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty nice American hop profile to it with notes of zesty orange and lemon along with a touch of a juicer tropical fruit. It's got a bit of a malty, slightly nutty presence to it as well. The aroma comes together pretty well.

The taste shows a little more of the nutty, bready, Maris Otter malt to it up front. There is some of the zesty orange citrus at first, but it leads to more of a resiny, grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness as you get to the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average for the style. Overall, I thought it was a really good beer. The hoppiness was pretty solid overall and the Maris Otter malts gave it a nice supporting and complimenting base. I don't think it was quite as good as good as Bitter Valentine, but overall it was a very enjoyable, flavorful and easy drinking beer. The fact that it it's lower in alcohol impresses me as well, it definitely has all the flavor of a much bigger beer.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise Brewer's Choice beer? After Bitter Valentine and now this, maybe these surprises will be the norm going forward.

A. Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color. Pretty substantial cream colored head, about two fingers that quickly declines to a half finger. Lots of big soapy lacing on the glass. Head is slightly loose and bubbly. Otherwise, good.

S. Citrusy hops, some more bitter and herbal smelling resinous hops, bread crust. Impressive hop presence on the nose, the malts are less prevalent, but provide a nice roasty quality. Good.

T. Lots of citrus hops, tangerine, orange, some pineapple. Some more herbal and minty hops also linger in the background. Other flavors include a mild biscuit-like flavor. I actually really dig this. I think this is only 4.5%, but it sure packs in a lot of hop burst for what it is. Drinks quite a bit like a hoppy pale ale, but with a little more grain and malt presence. Not really extreme on either end, very mild, but well-rounded and enjoyable.

M. Just ever so slightly undercarbed, otherwise it's quite nice.

O. I'm bumping this up because it's such an interesting style. Not sure what inspired it, but I think this drinks great as a hoppy, sessionable IPA with a malty twist. Really really nice, I applaud the creativity of Alewerks in this. And I am so pumped to see them spontaneously adding these new beers to their Brewers Choice series...it's like a little surprise every few months. Not the revelation Bitter Valentine was, but a tasty beer nonetheless. At 4.5%, I dare you to find a tastier hoppy session beer.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Brewer's Choice series. Billed as a Scottish Style India Pale Ale. Unsure of category.

A: brilliantly clear amber/orange hue, will blindly guess an 8 srm or so. one finger of fine white head that fades quickly. light stream of bubbles flows up from the bottom of nb globe glass.

S: huge american hop aroma, pine, citrus (lemon lime orange), almond, then maybe some malt but hops are too dominant. slightly catty, probably citra.

T: hoppy bitterness, but not overwhelming, chinook-like but can't be certain, then the scottish ale hints, maybe? there is a touch of smoke and biscuit at the end but if the label didn't say scottish style, i'd assume another ipa w/ an odd grain bill.

M: light-medium body, despite the supposed scottish malt bill, i'm able to pound this quite quickly. a little bit slick on the tongue afterwards, not diacetyl, maybe hop resins? otherwise lingering bitterness.

O: nice take on experimentation. I'd drink this on tap fresh, despite the minor cat pee (to which i am probably over sensitive). great for the price and another above avg offering from a localish brewery.

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Caledonia from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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