Tartan Ale | Port City Brewing

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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

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Added by Chaney on 03-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 03/24/12 notes. Have passed on 6ers of this so glad to get to try it. Had on tap at RFD, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, bready malts, grains, biscuit malts, light butter. Not a ton going on but some sweet fruits. Not bad at all, but pretty average.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, fruity malts, bready malts, caramel malts, biscuit malts, grains, toffee. Much better then the nose, more caramel and sweet fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink but a bit undercarbonated.

o - Overall a decent beer from Port City. Not my favorite of their seasonals, as I found the nose a bit bland, but the taste made up for it. Nice fruity taste, probably wouldn't pick up a 6er of this one but worth checking out once or twice. I'd rank this slightly below Tidings in terms of liking their seasonal beers, with their Oktoberfest being the best by far.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Off caramel/white head is produced with lots of snappy sounding foamy and bubbles. Fairly good three finger size there but settles rather quickly. Body color has lots of cola sized sticking bubbles to the glass and a dark red amber body.

Nose seems rather interesting. Kind of a woody malt, faint sweet backbone, a little bit of toast quality also.

A real good juicy mouthfeel on this and dense malt, but strangely flavor wise it doesn't seem to come forward. Nice rolling malts, a sense of sweet sticky breadiness, still can't get over the density on this low abv.

Overall though highly drinkable and worth trying. Certainly can enjoy it.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In an effort to drink all the beers from a few local breweries, I ordered this on draft tonight. Served in a snifter.

Beer is ruby and clear with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak, a little sweet, mild caramel notes.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, subtle flavors and that is to say, not many flavors at all. Not a great beer but it was drinkable, I won't have it again.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a reddish brown body with an aroma that was rather low-key and somewhat disappointing with minimal sweet and bread malts and hardly any dark fruits at all. Beer is smooth and easy to drink, light bodied for style, like the hop crispness on backend and this beer isn't bad but it isn't great, either. Has a little bit of sweet malt and dark fruit taste but for most part they are subdued flavors that don't really grab my attention.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/20/12
*From notes

A: Rich copper tone. A generous pour yields a 1.75 finger off-white head decent lacing.

S: Old world is a good way to put it. It really does smell like an old school European malt-first ale. Is that something really all that desirable, though? Meh - but for what it is, it ain't bad. Lots of earth floor, and you can literally feel the malts scratching your nostrils.

T: Rustic. Buttery bread and medium toasted grains make for a very malt forward profile. Inoffensive, and even better the longer it sits.

M: Not half bad, yet it goes without saying that Port City isn't rewriting the mouthfeel book with this one.

O: A pretty decent little ale. Port City is really coming around with their seasonal line up. An above average session beer for the malt men (and ladies) out there. It'd be a treat to share this with friends on a lazy Spring afternoon.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Tartan Ale from Port City Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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