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Tartan Ale | Port City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Chaney on 03-13-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light brown copper with big tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt and some brown sugar. Body is light, very light caramel sweetness. Slightly acidic hop flavor at the end. Like an apple pie without the apple pie spices.

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3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark chestnut color with some ugly sediment. The head is a finger high, with a shade somewhere between off-white and mocha (so sue me, I'm indecisive...) I like how soft and creamy the head's texture is, and the retention - while not fantastic - is acceptable enough. Some lacing is left behind.

S: My first thought whiffing this beer is "gingerbread". Aside from ginger, I'm also getting heavy caramel, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and perhaps even some chocolate. My only objection is that the nose doesn't have much in the way of bitter hints. Still, I like the well-defined aroma of this brew.

T: It actually follows the nose fairly well. While the primary flavor is caramel (expected), I enjoy the gingery hints I'm getting. It finishes with some brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate. There are also wisps of leafy, tobacco-like bitterness at times. Seems a bit simple and unexciting, but there is some enjoyment to be found.

M: Despite the moderate level of sweetness, it's fairly well attenuated. Ergo, it's not cloying. It still has a full body and a lush (not dry) finish - which means it obviously isn't the most crushable beer. Yeastiness (in spite of the huge amount of dregs poured into the glass) is actually well restrained. Also restrained is the carbonation.

O: Port City's beers (barring their damn good porter) always seem to be somewhat forgettable - there's nothing wrong with any of them, they're just usually devoid of excitement. This is much of the same. It's a decent brew, but a bit dull. I wouldn't seek it out, personally.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Handsome coppery color in the tall nonic, with a very nice head. Warm, malty brew, though no trace of smoke. Plenty of roasted malt flavors, with a very light body. Quite quaffable but not particularly interesting. Very slight bitterish tang. The hops have that fruity taste.

Brewer says this is made with five malts and Fuggles hops, and rates the IBUs at 24. On tap at the brewery on the outskirts of Alexandria.

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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
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