Hooligan | Catawba Brewing Co.

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3.87/5
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34 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
catawbabrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust, deep mahogany ale is brewed in the classic Scottish "wee heavy" style featuring a profound maltiness and a restrained hop character Six different brewing grains layer on caramel and toffee sweetness, but the beer seems magically balanced when it reaches your palate. Use caution though. This Hooligan will blow your bagpipes!

Added by BeerDocT on 05-09-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,930
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
34
pDev:
6.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Reviews by zeledonia:
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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a thinner beige head atop.Brown sugar,caramel,and dark fruit in the nose,a hint of roasted nut is detected as well.a little flat in the feel,comes off a little slick.Dark fruit and caramel flavors with a touch of drying earth in the finish.Not bad but it lacks a little complexity and even more so,some body.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a lager glass. Canned near the end of Dec. 2015, if I am reading the coding correctly.
Pours clear dark brown but nearly opaque in the glass. Good head and decent lacing initially, but weak retention.
Aroma: Dark roasted grains and dark dried fruits.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma; nicely rich; a touch of smoke.
Feel: medium+ body with near medium carbonation.

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Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mlockman
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely no head, even on a hard pour, despite some abnormally large CO2 bubbles, which dissipate then leave the brew with little carbonation. Definitely a sweeter brew, but not cloyingly so.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a long time, Catawba Valley Brewery only had three beers available, so I was surprised to see this beer on the shelves on a recent trip up to Asheville.

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a beautiful, dark brown with a 1/4" creamy tan head. Good lacing.

Smell 3.75: Good bouquet. Lots of maltiness, along with a deep caramel. Also, you can detect a grassy hop and a slight biscuit scent.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet and this blends into the Middle, where a delicious, deep, caramel/slightly smoked grain flavor comes rolling out a sweeps over the palate. This is very tasty without being overly sweet. Finish is all about "sweeping up" from the middle: residual malt, caramel and slight British hop grassiness. The Finish is also long, slightly smoky and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is short, dry and pleasing.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Silky smooth and a perfect complement to the style.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding Scotch "Wee Heavy." Big without being obnoxious and there is no hint of the 8% ABV. Excellent balance of flavors at every level. This is actually light enough in the mouth to be a sessioner, just make plans beforehand to call in sick to work the next day. Definitely worth a purchase if you are lucky enough to find it on the shelf at your local beer store. Recommended.

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Photo of Hilljack51
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy opaque deep mahogany in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch covering a little less than half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (plums and figs), caramel malts, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark + caramel malts with a moderate amount of dark fruit (plum + fig), caramel, and toffee sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops which impart a hint of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty easy drinking, albeit quite malty scotch ale with well hidden alcohol. Nice complexity and richness of flavors/aromas in a fairly sweet brew. I'd have another one of these for sure.

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Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushwack
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briggsy43
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cafequaid
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ashville brewery; an excellent scotch ale, but at 8%, too strong to drink with reckless abandon.

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBodamer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bigedal60
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hooligan from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 34 ratings