Maxwell's Scottish Ale | Rivertowne Brewing

Maxwell's Scottish AleMaxwell's Scottish Ale
BA SCORE
56.4%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 117 ratings
Maxwell's Scottish AleMaxwell's Scottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
myrivertowne.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Maxwells have made the art of brewing a family tradition for centuries. This Scot comes alive, as five different varieties of malt create a deep, surprisingly smooth finish. Intrigued? Go ahead and lift its kilt!

Added by WoodBrew on 08-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,979
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
117
Liked:
66
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
10.67%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of brother_rebus
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not bad. Gets flat quick. drinkable though. nice surprise.

58 characters

Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trentt2
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JamesGrove
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of luke12345
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jahbless
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Catena724
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours a deep brown color with a creamy off white head, good retention. Smells of toasted bread crust, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Nice toasted bready malt base gives way to sweet caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. Medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Very well made Scottish ale

 323 characters

Photo of GregStoner
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wonothesane42
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JulianBaughman
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, no canning date that I could find but I'm pretty sure this was a new arrival at my local beer store so I'm assuming it's a somewhat fresh can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like nuts, grainy/bready malt, toffee and some eathiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some light peaty smokiness and fruitness (apple, pear) noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Truthfully, I only bought this because Maxwell is my last name. But this is a nice Scottish Ale, it's certainly worth a try! If you like malty Scottish Style Ales, might as well try this one. $2.79 a can.

 815 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear though almost opaque deep reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light tan head that quickly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark + caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar + light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. Hints of smokiness (like from peat).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavor of dark + caramel malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar, caramel, and light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of peat smokiness and a light flavor of earthy + spicy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness to the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

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

O: Definitely a malt bomb but in a good way - enjoyable and easy to drink.

 1,129 characters

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sweet malt with a little bit of raisin taste. Slight bitterness on the finish. This beer has a syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

133 characters

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dualscar
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at the Dublin Irish festival.
Medium body with excellent soft mouthful. The head initially looks fine but has weak retention.
Lightly Smokey aroma is dominated by dark roasted grains with a faint trace of hops at most.
The flavor is not as appealing but certainly good.
O: average flavor but very appealing aroma ... In a can.

 337 characters

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Maxwell's Scottish Ale from Rivertowne Brewing
Beer rating: 56.4% out of 100 with 117 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.