Sac-Squatch Scotch Ale
Sacramento Brewing Co.

Sac-Squatch Scotch AleSac-Squatch Scotch Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Scottish Ale
3.16 | pDev: 22.15%
Sacramento Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sac-Squatch Scotch AleSac-Squatch Scotch Ale
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another old one from the defunct but operating under a slightly different roof brewery. I member when it was like Rubicon and these guys and nothing else in Sac.

Anyways, brown pour with the familiar red towards the edge layout. 1/2" beige head. Aroma of maltiness. Brown and red ale malts together, as one. Earth, dirt, farm, forest kind of vibe.

Taste keep the malt train running, but there is legit bitterness and alcohol burn combo. Won't be saying this one hides the alcohol. Little bit of a peat, toffee, ash, smoke and tobacco aspect of it. Carbonation seems fine. Almost wanting more of a two row barley addition here, there would be hopefully less of the aforementioned bitterness and heat that way. For me, the scottish ales I dig have to be smooth. Always seems to help when they're in a barrel, I think there are few beer styles that benefit from barrel aging than this one. Whatever tones this down.

Mar 26, 2020
Photo of Norfawkers
Norfawkers from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An average sipping beer that may require a glass of water to accompany it.

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown and cloudy with limited head

Smell: Sweet malty; toasty

Taste: Sweet toasted malt (surprise, surprise)

Mouthfeel: Smooth thick, lingering finish

Drinkability: Nothing special; sweetness to be toned down or balanced with the other flavors

Aug 28, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
ThreeWiseMen from California

3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this at the Raley's in Chico. For only $3.29, I may be picking up another.

Poured into a New Belgium globe (because it's either that, or a Chimay goblet).

Appearance: Body is dark, dark brown (pretty much black) and shows shades of red only when held close to light. A small, creamy, tan head forms on top and hangs around for the entire session.

Smell: Whoa, that's new. Blueberries, raspberries, Fun-fetti birthday cake, floral hops, and lactose. Smells like Yoplait Blueberry Yogurt as well. "Extremely roasted and big bodied ale", says the bottle. "Extremely sweet and a little off-putting", says Nick. Still, very interesting.

Taste: Okay, I definitely taste some "roasted and big bodied". Black coffee and charred oak stand out for me. Following those I get raspberries and blueberries (again), scotch, dark chocolate, pine, and spicy hops. The bitterness is surprisingly strong, especially toward the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy, actively carbonated, and "big bodied". The hops produce some oily and spicy characteristics that appear more toward the end of the sip. Alright.

Drinkability: Weird beer, but it keeps you guessing. I might buy this again, especially considering the price.

Jun 29, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

The head is fast fading on top this dark ebony/brown colored beer. I like this aroma here...some chocolate fudge and toffee ice cream toppings. In the mouth, more flavors are released, which stimulate the palate in a good way. There is some smoked maltiness playing around in the background while the dominant players of chocolate fudge, buttersctoch, and toffee sweeten things up. The finish leaves an unsweetened chocoalte note, mixed with peat.

This beer won't give you head, but it will stimulate your senses. A good scottish ale.

Feb 10, 2009
Photo of scottoale
scottoale from California

3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with twist-off cap, pours a dark chestnut-brown with a 1/2" light tan head. The head settles to a ring and wee bits of lace. Carbonation seems a bit on the weak side.

Initial smell is sweet and malty. As it warms, a bit of alcohol comes into play, along with some nuttiness. Smells like a scotch ale, very malt laden.

Toffee malt flavor with ample sweetness is main attraction in the taste. A little nutty, a mild note of alcohol and then a chalky bitter of a finish...and that's it. A little vegetal, grassy hop to the aftertaste and the slightest warming of it's 7% ABV.

Light-medium body that has astringency and feels somehow watery as well. Strange mouthfeel. It's drinkable, I was able to finish the sixer in a sitting with a couple friends, but won't buy another sixer at $8 again.

Jan 24, 2009
Photo of yesferro
yesferro from Mississippi

2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this with my beer of the month subscription on beeronthewall.

I had Sac Brew's Heffe and Red horse before I was hessitant about this one. It is the best out of all 3 of them but that isn't saying much. There is nothing wrong with this beer but nothing stands out whatsoever. Too watery for me really, I tasted some caramel, some hint of smoke but that was about it.

Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head fades pretty quickly, but sticks around as a thin ring and leaves some slight lacing. Smells very malty, with a bit of smoke. Pretty typical Scotch ale smell, but also smells well put together. Taste is more balanced and smooth. Not exuberantly malty for the style, there is a slight metallic taste at the base which is not unpleasant. Some nuttiness and a hint of smoke round it out. Slightly tannic, but fairly balanced and not overly sweet. This is not bad, and I think some of the reviews are overly harsh or just not familiar with the style. Could be a little less tannic on the tongue, but I sorta like this one.

Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
Dukeofearl from California

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6 pack of 12 ounce bottles for $8.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in June 2008. Named SacSquatch in the bottle.

Pours a deep mahogany, slightly reddish highlights with a nice creamy head that sticks around.

Aromas are slightly sweet, slightly smoky roasted malts, dark bread with only a hint of hops.

Flavor is a rich malt stew, slightly smoky (a bit of ash) but quite sweet. No hint of alcohol.

Overall a decent brew, I tend to be less excited by Sacramento Brewing beers; the several I've had are all OK, but just don't excite me- here's another example. After finishing the 6 pack, I have to admit I really didn't want to finish the 6 pack. I just really didn't enjoy it.

Jun 25, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
tmitch75 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on a quick business trip to Reno and brought it home.

Deep dark brown, not quite black, with thick creamy cascading head. Slowly drops to a thin layer.

Smells dense with roasty malt, slight sweetness, and a nice peaty character. A bit of vanilla and oak in there too.

Roasty peaty flavor dominates with a slightly sweet flavor and a touch of hops.

Definitely too watery for the style.

A decent enough beer but far from the best example of the style.

Tasted on 4/27/08.

Jun 12, 2008
Photo of AndySR15
AndySR15 from California

1.43/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

WOW!!!, I dont even want to waste my time with this one. This is honestly one of the most awful craft brews I have ever had. Way too much malt, seems to be missing some alcohol for the amount of malt that comes through. Not much hop character either. I did not pay for this one and surely will not go out and buy another.

Mar 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
barleywinebrewer from New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nearly black, amazingly vigorous head. bottle foamed over when opened.
S - light malt and a hint of smoke.
T - mildly malty and a hint of smoke.
M - medium bodied. a bit fizzy.
D - one was fine.

An average scotch ale. A bit oversold based on the label descriptions. Glad to have tried it but one was plenty.

Dec 20, 2006
Photo of rayjay
rayjay from Hawaii

4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. A pleasant surprise. This beer is very smooth, and the rich flavors come across as subtle and round, and melt together in perfect harmony. Hops are just barely there. Carmel and smoked malts, some peat, and the 7% abv does not show itself. Almost no residual sweetness, which is why I tend to avoid the style. Highly recommended!

Dec 17, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
kmcnair from California

2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased from a local Trader Joe's.

Aroma - Strong aroma of green olives and smoky phenolics. Lacks depth of kettle caramelization, no toasty, roasty or dried fruit esters.

Appearance - Pours an opaque brown, effervescent carbonation creates a thick offwhite to tan head.

Flavor - Opens with a strong peat smoke flavor, very subtle hop bitterness, hint of caramel and chocolate. No hop flavor. Clean fermentation character. Overly smoky for a strong Scottish ale.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied, med-high carbonation. A bit too thin and sharp. Over attenuated.

Overall Impression - There's just too much smoke going on in this... its not terribly pleasant. More body, less smoked malt (how about none?) and caramel richness in the flavor and aroma would make this a much more enjoyable beer.

Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Zorro
Zorro from California

2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In the glass this is a clear reddish brown beer with a decent tannish brown head.

Smell is sweet and slightly smoky and malty. There is an odd fuggles hop aroma here that makes this smell like either soap or band aids. The scent is best described as soapy medicinal.

Taste is dry rather than malty and is quite smoky in the mouth. And that is about it, smoky and medicinal tasting this is far from tasting like a Scottish ale.

Mouthfeel is not much.

Well this didn't make me want to throw up but I am REALLY SURE I won't be drinking this ever again. The flavor is much closer to a smoked adjunct lager than anything else.

Nov 12, 2006
Photo of flexabull
flexabull from California

2.08/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 OZ bomber from Raley's. $2.99 each.

Pours a dark amber/brown cloudy color with a slight white head that has big bubbles.

The aroma seems off. Smells dusty and a bit biscuit like.

Taste is flat. Very little carbonation, no mouthfeel, seems watered down. There is just so little going on here. It doesn't really taste bad, but it just doesn't really taste like anything. I can only pick up a slight biscuit quality on the finish.

This will be the last time I purchase this one. I have one left that will probably take up space in my fridge... until I give it away or pour it out.

Nov 02, 2006
Photo of goschool
goschool from California

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one dollar single from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: The pour is dark, boarding on black, burgundy with a small and quickly fading beige head.

Smell: The nose is smoky, with a bit of sweet malts and an earthy character.

Taste: The flavor profile is a bit of a let down. Everything in the aroma is in the taste, but it never really comes together. The smoky malts taste taste more like ash than smoked peat and they ruin any ground that sweet malts, butterscotch, and earthy hops try to make up.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is too thin and lifeless.

Drinkability: I love that I can split up six-packs at Trader Joe's and buy singles. That way I can taste new beers and not be stuck with five more bottles of the average ones, like this stuff.

Oct 28, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
IntriqKen from California

4.07/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black amber with red tinges on the edges. Aggressive pour produced very little head that disappeared too quickly to nothing.
Aroma is sweet roasted, smokey malts with a bit of earthy aromas
Taste is sweet malt and lots of smoke and peat flavors. Finishes a sweet dry with smokey flavors lingering on the tongue a long time.
Aftertaste of sweet smoke.
My only complaint is the seeming lack of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little weak, but carbonation would definately help that.
A very, very slight tingling on the tongue from what little carbonation there is, but excellent flavor and aftertaste.

Jun 13, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Vintage 2005

Pours dark mahogany with chestnut edging.
Nearly opaque, which accentuates the tan particulate flakes that settle on the sides and bottom of the goblet.
Moderately rocky head of beige that has a quick stay, followed by fine edging.
Aromatics are a myriad of chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of smoke.
Toffee coated roasted figs with a hint of misplaced sour cherries.
Medium bodied and slickish, creamy but with a slight twang.
Pallet is pretty straightforward for a Scotch, a smattering of dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and smoke.
A lactic tinge is detracting amongst the suspects aforementioned, and there is no "largeness" to this brew.
Bitterness is well balanced, and all in all not offensive, just a bit sub-par for a "SacSquash" sized ale.
Finishes slightly warming with a residual tartness.

Jun 12, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
pjwilson from California

1.54/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

leave it to sac brew to massacure what could have been a decent brew. can this town make one decent beer? (yes, rubicon IPA, but that's it)

appearance: as dark as a light porter, black but looks red if held to the light. Seems a bit dark for a SA.

smell: butter. more butter. What was this beer fermented at 85 degrees? maybe the hot summers are why no one can make decent beer in this town? anyways of course a huge dialectly out of place yeast smell overpowers all else. about as appealing as sniffing on a butter dish

taste: fuck. i'd leave it there but i'll go on. the problem is not the peat malt which i can taste in the distance. that peat malt is the only thing saving this beer from straight 1's. the beer is sour, surely not intended here. sure another bottle might not be this sour but can't one expect basic quality control? it's not like this brewery hasn't let me down time and time again. beyond that same old dialectly bullshit yeast.

mouthfeel: who cares... if you can't finish it?

drinkablity: this beer is going down the drain. bomber wasted i couldn't finish half a glass. this beer is a joke, i'd be embarrised (sic) to let friends try this as homebrew.

edit: i'm seeing this in six packs now. if anyone actually likes this beer could you send me a beer mail.

Mar 02, 2006
Photo of marc77
marc77 from California

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep burgundy hue. Beige, soapy head leaves sparse, tattered lace. Soft toffee and butterscotch upfront in aroma, with a roasted barley undertone and a kiss of earthy hops. Tame aromawise. A snap of dark grain acidity at first in flavor is ensued by notes of undersweetened, singed brownie and dilute molasses. A tinge of savory biscuit and diacetyl butterscotch mid palate is partially offset by a curious, raspberry like fruitiness. Vapid in body, with a desperate need for dextrins. Burnt barley presence augments as the beer warms, but all other flavor components remain static. Finishes mostly watery, save a lingering, ghostly butterscotch and dark chocolate notion. A mediocre, albeit inoffensive scotch ale. Needs more girth in body and in overall malt character. Not worth seeking out, but certainly not worth turning down if you're offered a free pint or two...

Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell of this beer is heavy on the malt side, and light on the hops. As far as Scotch Ales go its very flavorful, with a pronounced coffee taste mixed with dark roast. Color is a very dark amber with a moderate head and no lacing. Because of the lack of hops it goes down easy and lingers more in the throat, but is very easy to drink.

Dec 27, 2005
Photo of RenoZymurgist
RenoZymurgist from California

2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a deep reddish black brew with a tan head that has a pretty good retention for the alcohol level but it dosent stick around too long either. The aroma is pretty mild with just a touch of sweet mlat and some mild smoke. The taste has a mild sweetness blended in with some roasted barley and barely any smoke at all. After just reviewing Traquiar House Ale this is a very poor example of a scotch ale as the sweetness is too light and the smoke is way to light. The body of this ale is weak and it needs to be fuller to really be a nice example of a scotch ale. I would prefer a scotch ale with more body than this one as I would probably never purchase one of these again.

Jan 07, 2005
Photo of rkhaze
rkhaze from California

3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with red hues. Small foamy off white head. Didn't leave a lot of lace but coated the glass rather well. Smells sweet and earthy. Roasted malt and a peat smokiness.
Sweet roasted, grainy malt flavor. The peat and smokiness slid in to give it an earthy undertone. Nicely bitter in the finish with an aftertaste that almost reminded me of a not so sweet Butter Rum LifeSaver. Interesting.
Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation that seemed a bit too much. Alcohol was hidden well and it had good drinkability.

Mar 12, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101 from California

4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and tasted as SacSquash Scotch Ale. Dark brown color. Small white head. Aroma is malty, sweet, peaty and smoky. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are rich. Peaty and smoky, Very nice round roasty malt flavors. Very smooth taste. Nicely balanced. The smokiness and peatyness sort of hang around in the background and pervade the malt flavors. Its kind of a nice effect. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Mar 09, 2004
Sac-Squatch Scotch Ale from Sacramento Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 28 ratings