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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2004

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dipso123
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More sweet than malty, unfortunately.

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Photo of Wajohnst
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 FRANKIE65
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Coronaeus
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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 ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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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Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale from Neustadt Springs Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 54 ratings