Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale | Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Neustadt Scottish Pale AleNeustadt Scottish Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Neustadt Springs Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Brewed in the traditional Scottish style, being deep golden in colour, full flavoured, with a hint of roast barley, making it smooth with plenty of body. In Scotland this style of beer would be used as a chaser to a malt whisky. The malts in Scottish ale compliment the malts in a scotch whisky.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite clear burnt orange to amber colour. Plenty of carbonation and a one inch head of off white foam that retains nicely.

Toasty roasty malts up front, lots of grain and cereals. Basically a big slice of wholegrain bread. Some spiciness from the hops Im guessing.

Taste follows aroma, big rich malts, toasty grains, whole grain bread, sweet burnt sugar undertones at first but with a nice earthy hop profile at the end to balance and help it finish drier.

Overall a really nice malt forward ale. Not familiar with the Scottish Pale Ale style though if this is an accurate representation then its very much up my alley. Well balanced, flavourful, drinkable, simple.

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Photo of TDotScott
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a wine glass.

L- Copper with good clarity. A white head sticks around for a while.

S- Very buttery toast, like an end piece of toast. Too much for style, even when considering an allowance for kettle caramelization.

T- not much going on here. Toast again, with hints of caramel.

F- full at first, with little carbonation, and a long dry finish. Just as it should be.

O- not unenjoyable, but not great for style.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Excellent. Opens and pours well. Head stays for a while. Dark gold color

S- Peppery good. Nice malt.

T- Great at first then instead of growing on you like a good beer it changes less flavorful. Caramel and roasted malt.

M- Pretty good and rather creamy.

O- Ok. Will not buy again but bet this one would be wonderful in an old wine barrel for a year or so.

Food Pairing

This ok little ale goes well with... BBQ chicken


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Photo of patre_tim
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper filtered with some fine bubbled carbonation, 3 fingers of creamy light beige head, some frothy lacing.

S: Lager, animal offal (haggis perhaps) scotch, light butterscotch, earthy, dark toasted notes.

T: Dark, toasted and earthy, heather a little lager quality of haggis but falls to the background, little scotch, butterscotch in a positive way. Very delicious, very drinkable.

M: Medium body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Really enjoying this Scottish ale. Not loving the scent, but the taste exceeds my expectations.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think this would be a great transition beer for anyone making the shift from macro to well-brewed. With a much greater Ontario variety available now this isn't a style I choose often, but saw this can in the LCBO and it has taken me back to some earlier days...

Pours a bright and clear copper colour with an initial white head that dissipates quickly, with little residual lacing. The primarily bready aroma includes caramelized malts and some mild smokey and earthy tones in the background. Malt-forward in taste, with hints of the barrel wood or peat that I'd expect in this style. The caramelized malt sweetness become more bitter in the finish, but still well short of dry and couldn't offend any palate.

A well-brewed and easy drinking beer.

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

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down quite fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, toffee, bready malts, biscuit, nuttiness and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice caramel/toffee sweetness, bready and biscuity malts and slight nuttiness and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of scott451
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber. The merest hint of a haze. A one finger white head soon diminishes to a ring.

A fruity, peppery and slightly spicy smell. Tastes of fruity malts. A slight caramel flavour. A very mild hop twist at the end.

A light body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Pretty good overall. Dry and drinkable.

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Photo of howiethenurse
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cold, from a can. The colour is lovely amber. The feel in your mouth is fresh and full. There was lots of flavour! It was a pre-dinner beer that I would definitely have again! Some good motivation to peddle my butt out to Neustadt sometime when we're up at the cottage!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can from the LCBO... no expiry date anywhere (normally Neustadt puts them on the bottom IIRC but this one is blank), but this stuff just came into the store a few days ago so I'll assume it's fresh.

Pours a clear, deep amber-bronze colour, topped with one finger of frothy white head that is gone within a minute or two. It leaves in its place a filmy cap and creamy collar around the glass, with minimal lacing. Looks ho-hum but I do like the aroma - lots of stuff going on here. Some hoppy floral citrus notes are an unexpected but welcome surprise, alongside some more 'traditional' Scottish ale notes - a bit of toffee, with nutty, peaty roasted malts. Some fruity plum or apple undertones as well.

Nice mild flavour. Bready at first, but the toasted nature of the malts comes through more mid-sip. Nutty but only vaguely peaty, with some sweet toffee and honey notes as well. More floral than fruity. Hops are in the backseat until the finish, where they provide some astringent earthy bitterness that dries the palate and lingers a bit in the aftertaste. In between light and medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that gives it a smooth, only slightly crisp feel.

Tons of flavour for a low-ABV beer, which makes this a wonderful session option. Not strictly to-style - more hops than most Scottish ales, which makes this sort of an APA/Scottish ale hybrid. I'm not one to split hairs though - it's an enjoyable brew and something I'll probably pick up again some time.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, yellowish copper with a dense, fizzy head of modest size. It gradually dissipates to a foamy ring, leaving some lacing.

S: Caramel malts with an assertive, fruity hop aroma - fresh and candied fruits, with a hint of lemon zest and more general citric bitterness. Undertones of biscuit malts, nuts, and very faint smoke.

T: A robust mixture of slightly sweet caramel and biscuit malts, quite toasty with a hint of peat smoke, segues into more bitter roasted malt with subdued floral, citric hops - the lemon zest from the nose is present.

M: Light-medium, slightly sticky body with smooth and gentle carbonation. The finish is clean, dry, and lingers lightly to provide excellent balance.

D: Though it isn't very complex, it's good, to-style Scottish pale ale and quite sessionable.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very good beer but falls below the expectation of an Ontario Craft brewer. It's not as desirable as a cold molson canadian to me, but it does have a taste that is unforgettable. It's quite balanced. Nice hop and malt profile that doesn't shine through too much for it's own good. Always a supporter of Ontario Craft Brewers because these days they're kicking out some of the best beer on the planet but this one doesn't keep up with what is out there. Average. Cheers!

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Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, best before March 19, 2011 (consumed on March 18, 2011). Just made it! Into a balloon tulip.

Pours an orange-amber, with a couple fingers of fluffy white head. Moderate retention. Nose has some faint grassiness, weak malt, some caramel and a general breadiness about it. Taste has some more notable hop notes, and a distinct earthy quality to the malt. Some bread as well. Slight bitterness and finishes moderately dry, with a bitterness that doesn't linger too long. Good mouthfeel and a nice body. Good drinkability, sessionable. Enjoyable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber/gold colour with a largesize frothy off white head. I can see an average amount of carbonation. There is also some good lacing and the head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, citrus zest are the most noticeable. Also some corn syrup and malts and a biscuit like scent.

Taste & Mouth - Mouth feel is pretty good, seems like the perfect amount of carbonation. I can taste the hops and citrus zest. However there is another strange taste that I can't quite put my finger on.. Almost like an ingredient that doesn't belong - it tastes almost like plastic.. Anyways, moving on.. There is also a caramel and malt flavour and last but not least - pine.

Drink - I It's an okay effort from this brewer.. I don't think I'd buy it again, but I'm happy I gave it a shot.

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Photo of kwjd
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange colour with white head. Head dissipates quick enough without lacing. Smells lightly of floral hops with nuts, grain, frutiness and bread in the malt. Quite a sweet beer with mild bitterness in the flavour. I actually find this really resembles 10w30 from the same brewery, just a bit lighter. A nice Scottish ale.

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Photo of BBP
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A brownish orange with quickly receeding head.

S- Caramel and malt. I think I detected raisin as well. I find it strange that a few people can't smell it. Was more of a potent smell than most beers I've had.

T- Butterscoth and malts mixed with an apple/banana taste. Hints of these flavors keep popping up after you've had a sip. An abundance of flavors.

M- Somewhat fizzy but smooth.

D- I would call this an any time beer. I'd rather drink it on it's own though.

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Photo of papat444
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bobsy for this one. Had this last Friday night while camping in NH and paired with my supper, spaghetti.

Poured from a 473ml. can, best before 02-09-2010.

Appearance: A hazy orange body with a really thin ring that recedes rapidly.

Smell: Clean aroma, a little grassy with a bit fruit maybe but not much else.

Taste: A bit of bitterness with a dry touch, some fruit and a tea-like aspect. A bit of a weird aftertaste as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, malty smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability: It drinks well though the aftertaste is a little off-putting.

Overall: I like the fact that it has a bit of a bitter egde but i find it lacks a depth in flavor. Average at best.

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Photo of cratez
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can from the Cooper Street LCBO in Toronto. Pours a reddish amber orange with a thick ring of eggshell white head and threads of lacing on the shaker. Smell and taste are roasted, pale, and peat malts, floral and herbal hops, nutty bread, sweet caramel, and a very light bitterness to finish. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat syrupy (surprising for the ABV), spicy hop bite through the middle, bitter and watery toward the end. A strange beer that closely resembles 10w30, both in flavour and aroma. I'm starting to see a pattern here, as the Big Dog Porter also tastes like the brewery's flagship. Anyhow, this is a decent quaffer that punches slightly above its weight (4.5%). Worth trying.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 ml. can poured into a into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 22, 2010). "Best Before ?3 ?? 2010" is stamped on the lower rim of the can (some digits unreadable due to smudging). Received this in a collection of beers from my bother as a Christmas gift, thanks Roger!

Eyes: Pours a lightly hazed, light copper color. A half finger head dissipates quickly and barely laces at all.

Nose: A soft combination of sweetish grapes, fruits, toffee and a shade of nuttiness. A very attractive profile overall.

Tongue: A bit more earthy and savory than the nose. Toasty malts with dry fruits (orange), and a shade of bitterness on the tail, but not enough to matter.

Mouth: Good body and carbonation despite the meager head.

Libation: This is a good beer that goes down easy, but it doesn't shine in any area other than the aroma.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to Derek for the bottle! Sweet malt aroma, some fruit, plum. Slight leafy hop. Sweet fruity malt flavours, a bit toasty. Ever so gentle hop profille. Watery, and thin. But considering the ABV, it is decent. Pretty good. Thanks again Derek!!!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ligher amber hue, left a one inch thick head that dissolved into a thin, albeit persistent layer. Streaks of lacing. Looks just fine to me!

The nose is wonderful and complex, with a touch of light malts, caramel, toffee, grape and cinnamon. Not much in the way of hops, but still terrific.

The taste is quite nice - toffee and sweetness up front, with a little bit of herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Smooth and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is a touch too syrupy for me, but the carbonation is about right.

A fine scottish ale, certainly one I'll pick up again. Fine offering!

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honeyed amber with a respectable head that dies down leaving just enough head retention that I can't complain about it, but I can't exactly rave about it either.

The aroma is sweet caramel and grain with a whiff of diacetyl, which registers as butterscotch. A tad fruity.

The taste is crisp, with a sweet malt that's grainy and hay like with a hint of diacetyl going on. This is balanced against a lot of what I guess are fuggle hops, which seem very high for the style, that leaves a slightly herbal bitterness in the aftertaste, which is also smoky and chalky.

The mouthfeel is light. Finishes dry.

It's drinkable and approachable and not at all bad. But seeing as how Caledonian 80/- is more readily available at the LCBO, and seeing as how it's just that little bit better, I'd be much more inclined to pick that up over this if I want a Scottish ale. Which, admittedly, isn't all that often.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer as part of a trade with Bobsy during summer 2009. Tasted on July 22nd, 2009.

A: The beer pours as a copper color with light hazyness.
S: Hops, although very faint.
T: The first sip, I get some metallic taste... damn. Second sip, the taste is better. Bitter, I don't get the other stuff others taste, probably me that has a hard time figuring it out or just not in the mood! A refreshing beer to drink during hot summer day.
M: Medium bodied with a thin texture.
D: Quite drinkable. A day to day beer IMO.

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Photo of ludachris
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks a bunch Marky.
Pours a nice shade of tea brown with honey amber highlights. A little over a finger of cream coloured, creamy head with decent retention. Minimal lacing and sings of some active carbonation.
The nose is very inviting. Grape, raison, fruity esters, honey, toffee and some bready malts. Left me salivating and more than eager to try.
All the same flavours that were in the nose balanced by a nice splash of dry, earthy hops. Taste seemed slightly subdued in comparison to the smell, but still very tasty.
Smooth, well balanced, refreshing and highly drinkable, especially at 4.5% ABV.

Overall, an exceptional brew from Neustadt and the best I've had from them so far. Besides a bigger head with better retention, I couldn't ask for much more from this brew. Next time I see this at the LCBO, I'll make sure to pick one up. Touche Marky.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the LCBO at Sauble Beach, I actually pass by the brewery on the way up so lets see if I am going to frequent them during the summer.

Appearance: Pours with a solid finger and a half of head that retains and laces quite admirably. The beer itself is a nice bronze mix of copper and gold. There are solid signs of carbonation and exceptional quality. It just seems to not quite be good enough for a perfect rating though.

Smell: A very nice scent that didn't require much in the way of warming. Has a smell of malt and grapes with notes of light toffee and an almost flowery scent.

Taste: Starts with a nice malt taste and then turns to a more raisin and fruity flavor that with a touch of toffee. The beer itself ends with a firm note of bitter mixture of earthy and floral hops. Fairly good, but I'm not a fan of the bitter end.

Mouthfeel: Unsurprisingly this beer leaves quite a bitter aftertaste that lingers for a little bit to long. The carbonation is perfect, but the transition form the sweeter beginning of the beer to the bitter end could use some work. Still, it's certainly better then average.

Drinkability: This beer is a little bit acidic on the stomach, but apart from that, it is quite good. The carbonation is solid and it's fairly refreshing. It is a bit medium bodied though, so I can't see being able to put back too many of these.

Final Thoughts: All in all, this is a pretty damn good beer. Of course it could use a bit of tweaking, but I'd be happy to have this beer again. I can see this going very well with food and I will certainly be trying this brewery out again.

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Photo of atomicbolt
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can poured into a stein.

Nice gold-copper colour, good clarity, medium-sized white creamy head. Nice rich smell, caramel maltiness mixed with bread and some honey, a nice and clean smell.

Taste is sweet and malty, some rich chocolate and toffee malts mixed with some smooth fruitiness - someone said raisins, and that's a pretty good description. A bit of an unpleasant, overly-sweet note in the aftertaste, but otherwise very pleasant. The mouthfeel's alright, not too carbonated, a bit oily, goes down smooth. Fairly drinkable too.

Overall a nice beer.

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