Red Legs Scotch Ale
COAST Brewing Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #48
Ranked #8,457
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: Extreme caramel malts with smoky undertones. Hops and Heather combine for bitterness and a tea-like character.
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beergoot from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany red hue; thin yet creamy head; sheets of foam lining the glass. Rich, roasted grain smell; nutty and woody. Excellent roasted grain flavor; some char; mild malt sweetness offset with a slight bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and velvety.

Enjoyed this one on tap at Alchemy in Old Colorado in Colorado Springs. This is a very nice malt-forward beer, easy drinking and very flavorable.

Feb 25, 2019
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby hints, thin head passable lacing.

Aroma is toffee melanoidin and earthy hops. Flavor is more of the same with notes of tobacco.

Mouthfeel medium + dissipating finish

Apr 09, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage
On tap at the brewery today. My first pint at the brewery, so pumped the pint law finally passed!

A: dark mahogany 2 fingers cream colored head leaves little to no lacing

S: oaky woody scotch like

T: caramel, oaky, chocolate , excellent

M/D: smooth, full body, great drink ability

O: excellent beer, probably my favorite scotch ale to date

Jun 13, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got a pint of '09 vintage at the brewery, pint bill signed around 3:50pm today!

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a decent tint of red, dark tan/light brown w/ red tint finger plus of head. Good retention, ok lacing.

S - Lots of sweet candy, sugar daddy flavor almost, mild scotch and sugary aged malts, a bit woody too.

T - Sweet but not overly sugary up front then definitely a more mellow sweet scotch and chocolate flavor, slightly boozy. Perhaps a little too mild

M - Certainly well carbonated, very drinkable

O - Quite good but fairly one dimensional. Very sweet and the scotch qualities have certainly mellowed over the past 4 years. Very drinkable - decent

Jun 07, 2013
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Mississipping from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a COAST shaker

A: Pours an amber-brown color with a moderate off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving decent lacing behind.  

S: Bready maltiness, sweet caramel, slight roasted malt, and a bit of dark fruit.  Really nice balance between the maltiness and the sweetness.  

T: Solid malt backbone with caramel and a bit of chocolate.  Slightly smokey toward the middle with maybe a touch of coffee, and finishes sweet and bready.  Pretty nice balance and transition.

M: On the heavier side of medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with ample carbonation.  Very nice feel overall.

D: Very easy to drink.  An excellent scotch ale that isn't overly malty or sweet and has a bit more complexity than a lot of others that I've tried over the years.  I had two glasses of this, and could easily have had another two.  Definitely worth trying!

Jul 27, 2011
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great COAST beer made to style. Pours a brilliant, deep topaz with a glow and some orange highlights. Fairly short head, but the beer itself is so beautiful it deserves its marks. Smells of firm malt and a light spiciness. About what you'd expect from the style. The taste is very balanced and integrated. Firm malt, very smooth, with some light vinous notes, some spice- notably cinnamon and black pepper, and a long malty but relatively dry finish. Extremely smooth, but with a firm malt foundation that gives some snap without ever getting too sweet, chewy, or sticky. A very fine beer.

Jul 17, 2011
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a New Belgium globe. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and honey. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, honey, and smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was very nicely balanced and had a good aroma to back up this fact. Having tried the Blended Aged version not too long ago, I can honestly say that this one was completely changed by the barrel/blending treatment. I really liked the smokey aspect I got on this one as it seemed to tie everything together. Definitely worth trying if you have not already.

May 20, 2011
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jsanford from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into a COAST Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy mahogany with a fluffy tan head that recedes slowly, leaving just a bit of spotty lacing.
S - Sweet caramel and toffee malt dominates, with a tiny bit of chocolate, and perhaps a whiff of smoke. The level of sweetness seems nicely balanced, and not a sugar/malt bomb.
T - Obviously malt heavy, with more toffee and caramel making up most of the flavor with some chocolate and roasted nuts. Hop presence is mostly of an orange peel variety, perhaps closer to a candied orange peel, and there's again a smoky quality in the finish. Very nice, and I enjoyed this more and more as the growler warmed up.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - One of the better Scotch Ales I've had, this ranks right up there with Founder's Dirty Bastard. No surprise, another winner from COAST.

May 01, 2011
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md655321 from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with a two finger white head. A pretty traditional looking and smelling scotch ale, but was really let down in the taste. A sugary caramel taste without much complexity. Some seemingly off flavors, metallic maybe. Huge fan of the brewery, but this didn't do it for me.

EDIT: Have had some more, and the metallic taste seemed to be an isolated issue. Unfortunately, it still doesn;t wow me like so much COAST beer does.

Nov 21, 2009
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rudylaw from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to funkydelic for a growler of this!

Pours out a reddish-brown body with a large, off-white head everytime. Very pretty!

Extremely sweet smelling concoction. Lots of toast and roast with caramel, brown sugar malty goodness.

The taste is very sweet and smooth. I pick up a little smoke early on with an odd metallic taste up front. Something is probably off with that but it finishes sweet. Sugar cookies, bread and also has tea-like qualities.

This went down pretty easy and was a good scotch ale. The odd, metallic flavor I picked up initially is my only complaint. Otherwise, an easy-drinking pleasure from SC.

Aug 31, 2009
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glid02 from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by kkipple - thanks!

Pours a nice burgundy color with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of smoke and peat and lighter hints of non-descript fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by a light smokiness midway through the sip. As it warms small amounts of fruit flavors enter into things, but they are very light. The ending leaves a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass rather quickly and could have another.

Overall this was a very solid scotch ale, and was one of the best of the style I've had recently. Certainly worth a shot.

Aug 05, 2009
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taylorhamrick from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, it's actually kind of clear, but almost too dark to see through it. The head that forms is enormous, I mean an inch or more, and it kind of falls down to a dense clump, leaves a bit of lacing, but not too much to speak of. Looks nice, better than the average scotch ale. The smell starts out with some low esters, and an interesting yeasty character, which I'm not sure whether I like or not. Once the head dies down a bit, you can really smell the maltiness. It's not quite bready, but kind of chocolatey, maybe something like cookies, a tiny bit of coffee, a bit of some malty sugars, very sweet smelling, and there is even a note of earthy, leafy smells, almost like tobacco. The taste starts off like a normal brown ale kind of, a bit toasty, kind of sweet, light on the hops, and a bit sticky and chocolatey. Then the chocolate gets a bit stronger, quite a bit stronger, the coffee comes in a tiny bit, very, very sticky dark malts, and a bit of smokiness pokes it head through. It starts to get very earthy and complex, with the notes of tobacco coming back up, a bit of cola caramel sweetness, the heavy cakey roasted maltiness comes up. It's really interesting. And very good. The body is so very full. Almost too full, it gets so sticky its almost hard to swallow, but still very enjoyable throughout. I love the mouthfeel here. The drinkability is good too. I mean, at 6.6%, it could get a bit trying, but I think I could see myself getting through at least 3/4 of the growler, which is a good sign. I'm going to try for the whole thing - but this isn't an everyday type beer. I'd recommend it if you can find it before the Red Legs runs out this year.

Jul 18, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, deep, reddish-brown body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, malt-forward aroma of oven-toasted breads slathered in caramel thanks to the generous, appreciated portions of Melanoidin and Munich malts present. Light, understated traces of clean smoke and staple grains.

Taste: Deeply toasty, bready malts alongside a full, heavily caramelized sugar sweetness. Minor hints of smoke and grains. Splash of lukewarm English Breakfast tea. Lightly earthy hop character with a subtle touch of imparted bitterness leaving the beer scale tipped towards the malts. Finishes up sweet and rather malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A well-crafted, tasty, nicely executed Scotch ale from COAST that seems richer and bolder than a beer of only 6.6% ABV. Go on, give it a try.

Jul 12, 2009
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HeyItsChili from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked up a growler of this at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark, clear garnet with a thin ecru head that slowly dissolves.

S - Roasted malt with a slightly floral hop backing.

T - Dark roasted malt with a little sharp hop body and a mild, sweet finish. The roasted malt is nice and smoky, not burnt. The smokiness adds to, but does not dominate, the flavor profile.

M - Medium/thin bodied, decent carbonation.

Jul 11, 2009
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GatorBeerNerd from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a very dark ruby red color with a tan head. The head did eventually disappear down to a haze of bubbles, but it had decent retention and lacing all the way down.

S: Caramel malt aromas dominate the nose. There is just a hint of smoke there as well.

T: Big malty taste gives it an initial sweetness that is extremely tasty. There is a hint of smoke that gives it some complexity that is missing in many examples of the style. The sweetness is balanced perfectly for my tastes and the style. There is just enough bitterness to cut the sweetness down but still leave just the amount of sweetness in the finish. A really well done beer.

M: Medium body. The carbonation level helps make it creamy and smooth.

D: As with most all of the COAST beers I have had, it goes down insanely easy. They really do make amazingly easy to drink beers.

Jul 06, 2009
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MarkSCCOT from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to sample this beer at the Charleston BA Meeting held at Coast Brewing.

A. Deep Ruby red with a great head and decent lacing.

S. The caramel malt is predominant here. A deep sniff reveals the floral hops backbone.

T. Strong toasty-sweet malt with hints of chocolate upfront, slight smoke and mild burnt, bitterness along with a good amount of bittering hops and I believe a floral hint of heather. The malt is definitely dominant as is indicative of the style.

M. Smooth finish with a decent mouthfeel.

D. For the style this is dead on. While not a favorite style, I could definitely enjoy a few of these!!

May 04, 2008
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softcough from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coast continues to do absolutely nothing wrong with this next seasonal release.

Beautiful, rich dark hue invites speculation about the joys that await inside.

Nice notes of caramel, maple syrup and raisiny fruit. Super smooth with a medium weight mouthfeel.

Very easy drinking.

Mar 29, 2008
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kkipple from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Clear rust ruby red, fat head, good retention. Smells malty and sweet and very Old Chub-like (this is a good thing.) American bitter hops and a toasted grain husk presence frolic with the cool, mildly boozy malt sweetness. Slightly estery.

Yup, this tastes a deal like Oskar Blues Old Chub - which is a beer I adore. It lacks some of the heavier roast of the Chub and maybe a little of the complexity. That's not a slam on this beer at all, just a point of reference. Strong toasty-sweet malt with hints of chocolate upfront, slight smoke and mild burnt, bitterness along with a good amount of bittering hops are all here. Clean and easy. A *tad* too sweet for me to drink a lot of unaccompanied.

My two non-beer geek friends also loved this and the growler lasted nary an hour. The ABV seemed a little higher than the advertised 6.6%, though. Hmm...

Red Legs is a good, drinkable Scotch Ale and another winner from Coast. Seek it out if you can!

EDIT: I forgot to add, this beer got amazingly good a few months into it - the smoke character really amped up and the sweetness actually mellowed out while everything else came together. Can't wait to try the 2009 batch.

Mar 24, 2008
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the utmost pleasure of getting to try this right from the source when I stopped into COAST this week. I had a great time when I was there, getting to sample all of the brews, but was especially excited to try the new one that they had on tap. I am a big fan of scotch ales, so I jumped right on it. Poured a very nice dark ruby amber with a good amount of carbonation coming through. Large off white head on the pour faded down to a nice fluffy one finger high pillow across the top, which hung on until the bitter end. Loads of side glass lace on this, really sticking to the glass giving it that nice full look. Very impressed so far to say the least.

The aroma was remarkably sweet. Tons of caramel evident from the very start. Good malt profile for sure, with hints of some light flowery type fragrance way in the back. The flavor was fantastic, very sweet scotch ale with little hint of any alcohol at all, which I was told this clocks in at 6.6% so not bad. Loads of caramel sugar just rippling through my taste buds, and after it warmed a bit giving way to some of the fresh meadow like earthy tone. I come to find out it is brewed with heather, and it is readily apparent as almost a chewy like earthiness. Very good. Nice long finish, with a somewhat dry component to it, but very sweet even a minute or so after the flowery nature of the heather, really still hanging tough. Such a smooth and consistent feel on this one, I would love to make this my session ale at home, it was just that good to me anyway. Creamy feeling almost towards the end, there was no lack of body on this at all.

Overall, I thought this was remarkably well done. It is on the sweeter side of the spectrum as far as the style goes, but it is pulled off very very well. I doubt anyone would be disappointed with this offering, and I walked away wanting more already. Definitely go out and try this when you see it around, well worth it!

Mar 15, 2008
Red Legs Scotch Ale from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 30 ratings