Craftsman Scotch Isle Ale | Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gueuzedude on 04-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Intense smoke and peat aroma to this one. Toasted bread and sweet malt are present underneath. The smoke is quite potent on the flavor, too. There's a hint of salt along with some bread, toast, and toffee. Semi sweet for the most part, but the finish is lightly dry.

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Photo of charlzm
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/26/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood.

Dark amber/brown colored beer. Fine one finger head.

Sadly, no aroma I could detect; there's plenty of flavor, however. Slightly sweet, vaguely smoky caramel malts up front: very proper Scotch ale flavor for sure! Almost no bitterness: just full bodied malt flavor.

Beer is a just-right texture; easy to swallow with a bit of body.

One of the better Scotch Ales I have had and proof that Craftsman is capable of making some really good beers. If only it had smelled like something... anything...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a full off-white cap of foam, good lacing.

S: Predominately malty, caramel, no real notes of peat.

T: Smooth full caramel and treacle, with a real light earthy hop. Mild raisin and plum fruitiness.

M: Again, smooth, relatively light body, no ethanol to speak of.

D: This could be a real good session beer if it were more available. A nice traditional Scottish-style beer which was brewed to style, a type of beer we really don't get to see around CA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Lucky Baldwin's March 2007
This beer sits with a fairly hazy, murky, amber color in my glass, it is topped by a thin, wisp of a head that just dusts the top of the beer with a tan taint. The aroma is a mix of salt, caramel and a touch of toasted grain. I almost want to say that some peat was used here, but I'll have to taste this beer to be sure.

The taste is a touch sweet and has a reasonably full body for a lighter beer such as this. There definitely seems to be some peat smoked malt used in this recipe; it adds a salty, hearty hint of peat smoke, which really rounds out this beer. The peat is really at a nice level here. It is not overwhelming, fairly subtle, but definitely contributes to the flavor profile of this brew. Peat and sweet caramel malt notes mix in an interesting way in this beer; they really balance each other quite nicely. Salty peat is noticeable at some points, then fruity, caramel notes become noticeable and then back again to the other; back and forth these flavors mingle and play off each other. The fruit notes underneath the peat and malt are quite interesting; not particularly noticeable, but at times you get notes of prunes, berries and raisins.

This is a really interesting beer, even if not a traditional interpretation (because of the peat smoked malt). This places the smoked peat character at the correct level, especially since peat can be overwhelming even in small amounts. Here it is noticeable but not in any way obtrusive or jarring.

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Craftsman Scotch Isle Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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