Tartan Ale | Port City Brewing

Tartan AleTartan Ale
BA SCORE
3.57/5
94 Ratings
Tartan AleTartan Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Chaney on 03-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,645
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
94
pDev:
13.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of VoxRationis
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy, copper color with bits of yeast clearly present. Lightens to a brass color around the edges. Minimal head with minimal lacing.
S: Floral yeastiness with strong notes of molasses and caramel.
T: Slightly sweet, toast to caramel flavor with elements of fig, raisin, and even peach. Bitterness well balanced, but a bit of a pepperiness aftertaste.
M: Light to medium bodied. Solid carbonation leaving a tingling sensation.
O: Different take on Scottish Ale. Drinks less smoothly and a bit lighter than the real McCoy, so to speak, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wlerik1
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LukeB
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of duvel1979
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Beer is a nice clear brown color. Has a very interesting ruby hue.

Smells and taste are good. Caramel malt note with a nice fruit strawberry like note and light bitter bite

The feel medium but a bit thin. Tingling carbonation gives it a nice feel. Scarily drinkable beer.

Pretty good for rainy days during the fall and spring.

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Photo of TAClare
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After a frothy beginning, this nice brew settles down into a murky caramel body; it has a faint bubble gum nose and a semi-sweet malty flavor. Rather light and easy: a perfect sessional quaff, though not necessarily a true expression of a Scottish ale. Give me a Bellhaven, anytime. Nice try, though laddies.

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Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5/24...pours a brownish copper with white foam. Light earthy peaty nose with malty tones. Caramel and earthy mild hop taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Tasty. Does the Scottish style well without overwhelming.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Clear medium-amber with an inch of white head that recedes pretty quickly. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Caramel & a bit of a fruitiness. Multigrain bread. Maybe honey.

T: More of that multigrain bread, some raisin & kind of a honeysuckle thing. Hop-bittering is mild but present.

M: Light & high-carb for the style. Unique.

O: Kind of a cool scotch ale, not as assertive or filling as it's kin. I'm sure I could put a few of these back no problem.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with some hints of toasted malts and toffee.
T: As in the smell, the taste is rather malty and has bits of sweetness accompanying the flavors of burnt caramel, smoke, toasted malts, and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit smooth, and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the malty flavors, this beer isn't overly heavy on the palate, which makes this not that difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of obywan59
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery orange with moderate haze, a 2 1/2 finger off white head, and minimal bubbles.

Smell of caramelly malt with a bit of floral/herbal hops.

Sweet caramel again predominates with a bit of light bitter hops.

Tingly crisp with a medium full body and moderate syrupy retention.

A decent, simple brew. Not a lot going on, but rather easy to drink. Not really sessionable though, in my opinion. The body slows me down a bit.

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Photo of Maxbier
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rbodacious
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierleichen
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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