Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale | Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Neustadt Scottish Pale AleNeustadt Scottish Pale Ale

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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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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a tulip glass.

Appearance - poured a deep gold colour with short head. Complex foamy lace around edge.

Smell - whiffs of both caramel and barley. Clean, malty aromas of dried fruit.

Taste - sweet malty flavour with raisin-y character. Excellent balance and mild finish.

Mouthfeel - rolls along very nicely. Not overly carbonated. Smooth.

Drinkability - a very good selection. Great to quaff in any season.

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More User Reviews:
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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New and fresh. Easy drink, utility brew. Will be popular. Some Scotish taste and not too malty like most Ontario beers. Light hops, could use more. Nice mid-sip bit of fruit there, like apricot and pear. Could use more to break out in the ratings. Woody paper. watery offset. A tad better in the bottle, more hops and scotch flavour and aroma.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from the can. Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Thin filmy head, no lacings whatsoever.

Surprisingly herbal nose. Bitter apple aroma behind the hops, a bit of a traditional cider actually. Wood varnish character.

Surprisingly, the hops seem to carry this. They are herbaceous, with a little bit of piney bitterness. Slightly woody. Malt tends towards caramel with some lighter fruit flavours there as well.

Fine mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

Tasty, but the rather forward hops make this seem quite off style to me, deductions on drinkability.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet caramel malt with not many other discernable characteristics. Taste is dominated by some lightly sweet caramel malt. Medium body with some OK carbonation. No hint of peat smoke or fruity ester. Not bad with no identifiable brewing flaws and easily quaffable.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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 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 Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like the LCBOs in Eastern Ontario are now getting Neustadt Springs in cans. 4.50% abv, 473mL can. Poured into Leffe goblet.

Appearance is rich coppery brown, leaves a small ivory collar and a big cloud.

Big malt aromas, some brown sugar, banana, some apricots too. Light on hop bouquet. Light diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is rich, with good carbonation. Nice bitterness on the palate too. Toasted malty richness, with a nice long herbal finish. Very drinkable and tasty. Apricots come back in the finish very strong.


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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 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 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 RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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 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 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 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 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 TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear copper/bronze. Very little head, though it does manage to produce some lace.

S: Caramel malt, earthy peatiness. Smells like it has some depth for its size.

T: Caramel & bready malt, with only a hint of earthy hops (which may still be too much for this style). A mild peatiness, though not really smokey. Clean yeast profile, not many fruity esters (I think it could use a little more, to round out the flavours). There's a slight, crispy tang throughout. Quite refreshing.

M: Light to moderate body (impressive amount of maltiness for its size), moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, excellent session beer. I used to get this on tap at the UWO Grad Club... I could drink gallons of it!

Unfortunately I haven't seen it on the LCBO/Beer Store shelves much. I think it's Neustadts best product.

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Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy red/yellow color with a lively head of white foam. Good head retention and lacing inside the glass.

S: Caramel, grains, malt, some biscuit notes. Simple, yet appropriate for the style.

T: Carmel malts dominate over a sweet bread note thats balanced by a marked grain smoothness. Not overly compex. Nice.

M: Slightly dense, but otherwise kind of flat and smooth. Easy drinking.

D: Not bad. This is a nice example of the style that i'd be interested in trying on cask if the opportunity arose.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the sample.

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