Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ambruns1979 on 03-01-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly murky, brown color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt and a little smoke. Doesn't have enough peat/smoke/mossy flavor to really feel like a Scotch Ale. Malty and sweet.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Here is a mellow, malty sweetish substantial mouthful. If that's sounds complicated, it's actually not. Maybe a tad rich for a summer's eve, but one that you should take when you can get it.

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Photo of probert
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tshute
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mudROCK
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mklmcgrew
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear mahogany color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong spicy hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of wood, and slight resin. Does not seem to fit the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp. with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong spicy hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of wood, and slight resin. Overall, an overly hoppy Scotch ... seems better suited as an Old or Strong Ale. Tasty, but not a Scotch.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and there is a bottled date (02/24/2017). Very pretty reddish brown colored beer. Forms a fat 2 finger head of dense offwhite cream.

S: [3.50] Straight up IPA (rereads bottle...) Citrus rind, floral hops, hints of caramelized sugar.

T: [3.25] Booze, melted sugar candy, light citrus and leather.

M: [3.75] Decent body and carbonation.

O: [3.50] I think this missed the mark. They went for 9.5% and there is a lot of potential for flavor in there - but it doesn't have it. Without the label there is no way I'd call this a Scotch Ale. It has no peat or smokiness. The nose presents as an IPA. I just don't like this beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a 12oz pour today during Father's Day lunch with my ladies. $7.00 At The Grill Next Door.

A small tulip was filled with a deep, clear chestnut colored brew, with some ruby shining at the edges. Had a short, fine tan head with solid lacing. Aroma wad a tad mild, but I did discern some caramel and toffee. Feel was rather smooth but it was a touch thin

Taste also displayed caramel and toffee, with a touch of light peaty action. Also had hints of brown sugar and brown bread. Finish had a little earthy character to it. Not bad, but for 9.5% AVB I would think it would have more backbone and kick. Prosit!

3.81/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1924

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Photo of bplabernie
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CJNAPS
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown in color with small light khaki head. Aroma is mixed nuts, caramel, toffee, and a strong herbal note with a roasted grain edge. Same characters on the palate with a touch of baker's chocolate. Decent amount of spicy, herbal hops in combination with the sweet grains make for a bitter-sweet drinking experience. Great hearty beer for a night cap.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear mahogany with a off white head that laces well. Smells of cotton candy sweetness, caramel malt, and a hint of peated malt which has faded over time. Taste follows with a cloying sweetness. Feel is thinner bodied than a typical Scottish ale, medium carbonation, and decent amount of alcohol presence. Overall, this beer is ok but hardly resembles a Strong Scottish ale. Slainte!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a ruddy burnt brown transparent color with a sustaining finger’s worth of white to eggshell white foamy head gently dissipates. Speckled sticky lace. The aroma smelled like baked caramel nut cookies. Some grassy hops hit some cereal to toasty and earthy tones and then a touch of alcohol. The flavor seemed pretty much the same as the aroma with a stronger boozier sort of leathery dryness rubbing against my tongue. Blended grassy to leathery booziness hits in the aftertaste and rolls right on into the finish, semi-sticky. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium bodied with a good carbonation hitting all around. ABV felt appropriate for what the brewer projected. It’s smooth, I will give it that. Overall, me, I’m not quite sure about this scotch ale, seems like there’s a lot of potential here, but I see a couple things that could be changed up to make this one a stellar one of it’s style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red-orange. Good clarity. Head formation and retention is superb. Thick, chunky lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, tasted crust. Redfruits. Broken pine needles. Smoke.

T: Big toffee sweetness. Toasted crust. Kiss of smoke. Somewhat jammy with a lot of redfruits. Earthy hops stick around right into the finish.

M: Huge body. Full, thick, chewy. Coating. Ample carbonation prickles sharply.

O: Just like most Lagunitas brews- it isn't perfectly to style, but it's still good. Somewhat bombastic in its approach. Too big for its own good (even for the style) and with a hefty dose of American hops. It exists in its own universe.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 3-12-17 for $2.79. No bottling date visible but picked this up shortly after it became available.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is citrusy and lightly smoked malts.

Taste is smoked malts, citrus, brown sugar, and baked bread - the citrus is the outlier. Finished is semi sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad beer nor great beer. Hats off to Lagunitas for having the gumption to release a slightly off beat brew to the mass market.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a murky, dark chestnut/tan with a thick head that hangs around for a bit. large chunky sediment floaters. nose; sweet bread, toffee, almond, & light herbal citrus zests. taste; big caramel malt, toffee, floral orange, cashew, mellowed citrus hops, lemon pith, & light resinous pine. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. decent & interesting beer, but it's not a wee heavy; this is very much a citrus-hopped red/amber ale by taste. cheers!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
06/02/2017
On tap at Uno, california no ipa day.

LOOK: dark brown, reddish hue,small off white head.
AROMA; hoppy, woody, floral.
TASTE: metallic, hops, wood, veggie.

FEEL: medium to full body. Below avg carbonation.

Good, but pales in comparison to the other offerings here tonight.

**

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Photo of cuy50
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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