Bert Grant's Scottish Ale
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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Scottish Ale
3.32 | pDev: 14.16%
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

So I was the biggest Bert Grant's fan back in college. I mean seriously, it was pretty much just them and Sierra Nevada in our fridge. This wasn't one of my faves from them.

Pours a light brown with a dark red edge to it on the edge of the glass. 1/4" off white head. Aroma was malty earthiness but not the heft you would expect in this day and age. This was like a session scotch ale.

Taste imparted a tad more hop notes at the time for any scottish ale. Bert Grant's was always highly hopped no matter the style for this era. There was a little bit of bitter raisin dark fruit note to it. Ultimately the thin body on this just isn't what myself or most people were going for. I always turned to McEwans back then, but even now I'm not a fan of that beer either. One thing I liked was the lack of peatiness, but that was also why many others didn't like it. Overall, this was a rare miss for Bert Grant's.

Jan 18, 2020
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Winter from Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Attractive label. Features the a Scottish golden lion on a deep red background with ghosted plaid patterns around the circular label.

Pour is less attractive for the style. It renders itself a clear medium-amber in the glass with an off-white head. Malty nose with a citrusy hop aroma. Touch of orange and caramel in there too. Thinnish mouthfeel for the style. Hops are featured in this ale more than the malt. Definitely an American take on the style. Feint rasin upfront. Subdued malt flavor plays 2nd fiddle to the resiny hopiness. Pretzel dryness in the middle which turns seltzer-like toward the back.

This comes up short compared to many import Scottish Ales. But maybe I'm being too picky here? Still feel it's an American take on the style, but I would choose this over some weaker selections, if it was available.

Dec 09, 2005
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep amber color with slightly off-white puffy head. Left slight lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is mainly of caramel along with a slight sweetness. Taste is also caramel-like with a hint of fruitiness present. Finish is mainly sweet malt, but nothing spectular. An average beer.

Dec 05, 2005
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charlatan from Scotland

3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This has a light copper colour with very little head, and the malty smell one would expect with carrot to the fore and a slightly metallic twang.

It has very strange carbonation. The bubbles seem smaller than pinpricks so they are barely perceptible individually, but have quite a combined effect.

It starts fairly watery before the expected rich malty taste kicks in, accompanied by sufficient hoppiness to give it a bitter rather than sweet edge, which is followed by a rather too dry finish.

Oct 17, 2005
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Frozensoul327 from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Scottish Ale that I can truthfully say I could drink more than one of in a single sitting. Poured out to an orange brown color that was just slightly hazy. Head was nice, but dissipated rather quickly. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of grain, grass and hops are present, but not very powerful. Taste was smooth and very well balanced; flavors of malt, sweet wood, and caramel were well presented, with a buttery overtone unlike any other Scottish Ale I have had. Very nice. Mouthfeel was slighlty creamy and smooth. Very good drinkability. I could really get into this brew. A good example of the lighter side of this beer style. Recommended.

Oct 06, 2005
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Zorro from California

2.62/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear red colored beer with a tan head that dies quickly, looks too light for the style.

Smell is sweet and malty with roasted grains and a touch of smoke. Faint citrus hop scent.

Taste is sweet and malty with a good strong balancing hops level. Roasted malts are a major flavor component, but the smokiness is missing. Watered down version of the style.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability is more or less a why bother? Thin flavorless example of the style. Skip this and buy the Belhaven.

Oct 04, 2005
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Bonhoeffer from Alabama

2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed.

Thin. Not enough flavor. Hardly any roasted, smoky, or toffee notes. Some sort of faint spicing somewhere i couldn't identify.

Perhaps i need more experience with this style. I guess i thought this should've compared more to a wee heavy, which it is nothing like. The exact boundaries between the various Scottish ales are somewhat elusive.

Aug 31, 2005
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Gusler from Arizona

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer decamps the 12-ounce stubby brown bottle deep amber to copper color with a modest light tan frothy head that erodes leaving a satisfactory coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean, a hint of caramel, nut-like, start is sweet with a decent grain presence, top is light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is briskly acidic, the hops apropos to the style, dry lingering aftertaste, and a nice drinking beer that I sample often, Bert was a true master of brewing, and he is sorely missed.

Aug 28, 2005
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karengarys from Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, leaving a small white head which dissipates quickly. The ring that remains sticks to the glass a bit as you drink.

Smell is fainter than I would expect, a bit malty and a bit hoppy. Not a whole lot going on.

Taste is okay. I pick up a maltiness, plus some spiceyness I can't explain - cinnamon or nutmeg? Maybe pepperey also. not a lot of hop is apparent, but what is there is slighty dry, and slightly piney. The flavors almost remind me of a red ale.

Mouthfeel is just okay also. Not real rich, carbonation almost like soda pop which dissipates into a butteryness.

Finish - leading in from the mouthfeel - this has a buttery finish, but leaves a slight bitter aftertaste.

I'm spoiled. I've always loved Robert the Bruce from Three Floyds. Though that isn't the world's benchmark for this style, it is my benchmark for beer and the Grant's Scottish ale falls into that category. Unfortunately, the Grant's falls short from what i would expect. it isn't bad, I'm not saying that if you come across this to avoid it, but I cannot recommend it.

Aug 14, 2005
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's called a 'real ale in the tradition of Scotland', well...not quite. The caramel, toffee, or toasty flavors are not as pronounced as needed. The body is weaker than expected. I don't think that Scotland uses American hops. The sweet, but dominant alcoholic flavors are not present. A slight tin-ey flavor is present from the hops, which are out of balance. It's a little grainy and thin. All in all, not a bad beer, but not to style either.

Aug 03, 2005
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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Features a fluffy white head over clear light reddish liquid. Malty and lightly nutty nose with some hop oomph to it. Malty sweetness gives way to a healthy hop bitterness that balances out the malt sweetness quite nicely. Finishes on a somewhat biscuity note and a long hop fade, not exactly a Scottish style ale but nice all the same.

May 15, 2005
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A copper colored beer. Has a small off white head. There is a light maltiness in the aroma but it is overpowered by a strong hop character. Again the hop character overpowers another aspect of the beer in the flavor. The taste is all hops, like an IPA. Not a scottish style beer, which is generaly malty with a hint of smokiness.

Mar 23, 2005
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Citadel82 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, Spirits Unlimited -Red bank NJ.

I never imagined I would be typing that the Sam Adam's Scotch Ale was better than Bert Grant's (MHRIP)... then again this may just be Grants attempt at a mild Scots Ale, sort of a 60 shilling as opposed to a 80 or 90 which I really like. Understated peat smoked character for this one, sadly enough. More peat is better for me. everything else is just an English Bitter.

Pours a delightful orange copper with an abumdant head that leaves sheets of lace as the beer is consumed.

Smell is sweet malt an slight hints of Peat Smokiness.

Taste is wonderfully balanced, though no major smokiness was detected by this reviewer.I could drink a few of these and not regret the taste. The Caramel Malt really shows well here.

Mouthfeel was medium to heavy with a smooth silkiness about it.

Drinkable ? Yes. I will try again.

Mar 19, 2005
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Truh from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Discovered the Stone of Scone with this one on 3/16/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

Barely a curtain of window wash head with a few multi-celled organisms of the carb variety suspended in the middle. Kind of a deep orange hue that is extremely clear and running with some nice actionables; surprised by the light hue considering the style. Lots of hop on nose is another eyebrow raiser, with a light charing aspect and earthiness, maybe moss. Very slight smokiness on the mouth with a low-level peatiness; malt is a gentle undercurrent, almost too light. This one is difficult to like – just a watered down version for the style.

Mar 17, 2005
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Billolick from New York

3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled with dating printed on the label. Not exactly sure what it indicates. Pours a typical copper shade, slight white head and minimal lacing. Nose is of malt and slight smoke also picked up. To style, this is a malty brew, slight note of peat also picked up. Medium bodied. Servicable sessioner, bt nothing too special going on here, pleanty of better Scottish ales out, no harm in passing this one by...

Mar 12, 2005
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putnam from Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/19/04

Caramel honey color. No more than a collar of white on top.
Caramel malt aromas briughtened by a thin dose of fresh, noble herb.
Immediately and essentially bitter. The reference to "scottish style" should include "as submitted to prevailing west coast orthodoxy in favor of extreme hop extractions."
Imagine a dry rosé aged for three years in three sets of new barriques (300% new oak!)
I search vainly for fruit. A dried shred of toffee comes and goes. Flavors of black and green teas, unsweetened and concentrated permit me to imagine a smear of apricot esters. But it's always back to the astringent, grim flavor of bitter iron.
It's evocative beer and it's flawed with bitterness.

Mar 07, 2005
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meathookjones from Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange with a small cap of white bubbles that are gone quickly leaving zero lacing. Aroma is mainly of sweet caramel malt with light fruit notes. Pretty weak overall aroma. Taste is of sweet caramel malt with the same light fruitiness. Nothing much else going on with the flavor either. Mouthfeel is average with no notable qualities. Ok drinkability as it isn’t bad just really plain. Not something I would pick up again but it was not bad by any means. There was no complexities at all in the flavor or aroma.

Feb 23, 2005
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GeoffRizzo from Texas

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light, hazy orange in hue, absolutely no head, some rising carbonation. Malt-heavy nose, some orange peel and hops are also noted. Up front, just a bit watery, and quite thin. Smack a light bodied Scottish ale tag on this one; caramel barley malts and a slow developing creaminess; certainly better as it warms. Some grassy hops will also come into play. Not a true Scottish ale by my standards, ok at best.

Feb 06, 2005
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly ambered golden color with no real head over top of the beer. The nose had a slightly earthy malt and hop base, with the flavor being much the same, but with a touch of fruity tones. Its not bad, but not super. The feeling was pretty weak on this one, well shy of moderate. Nowhere near thick enough. Its an okay beer, but I don't think I would have it again.

Jan 26, 2005
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clvand0 from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a moderate head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a hint of maltiness, but is dominated by hops. Too much hops in the aroma. The flavor is much the same way. Lots of hop flavor and not enough malts to balance it. It's an alright drink, but it's not balanced enough for a Scottish Ale.

Jan 25, 2005
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LarryKemp from Texas

3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale poured a deep reddish copper color with a bright white head that lasted quite some time. There was a slight chill haze which was the only thing not exactly right for style.

The aroma is balanced more toward the hops but a little earthiness and malt sneaks in.

This beer starts sweet but finishes with a hop bite on the side of the tongue. There is enough sweetness that it cannot be called dry in the finish but well after the liquid flows down your throat, the dryness overpowers the malt for a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium light and although I could not call it creamy, there is a sense that creaminess is right around the corner. No carbonation. Leaves a stinging hop sensation.

This is a good beer, but I would not recommend it for someone trying to distinguish this style from others. Because of its reliance on Cascade hops, the beer is too balanced to hop bitterness for style.

Dec 15, 2004
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waughbrew from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange, medium-sized white head with average (not much) retention and lacing. Toasted caramel aroma with a really beautiful hint of spicy Goldings. Taste is a bit of caramel, a little water, a dull toastiness. Bland but agreeable finish. A nice beer that doesn't tread new ground, but is good for what it is.

Nov 25, 2004
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the dark amber brew. Would expect a bit darker from a Scottish-style ale. Head hangs around, with good lacing. Aroma is malty, missing the smoke/peat that a Scottish-style should have. Taste continues in the sedate manner, with light maltiness being the dominant factor. Mouthfeel and drinkability reasonably good, not a bad brew, just one that doesn't live up to what I would hope from Yakima.

Nov 21, 2004
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niknar from Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orangish-amber color with a very small almond colored head. Fairly aggressive pour, clean glass, but poor head formation. Nearly no lacing. Aroma is understated but faintly resembles malt and some citrus notes. Not a whole lot going on there. Taste is fairly good. Caramel malt and some balancing hop flavors. Not overly strong to either category, but leans a little to the malt side. Finishes a little dry, but with some lingering maltiness still present on the tongue. Slightly over-carbonated to me, lending a mouthfeel that seems just a little too thin. Overall, this would be a fairly drinkable beer, but I personally believe there are far better choices on the average shelf.

Nov 19, 2004
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Tballz420 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a deep orange color, with a bubby cream colored head on the top. Nice caramel malt scent. The taste has a nice malty profile caramel with a hint of chocolate,becoming more grainy as it warms; with some bitter hops rounding out the back. Fairly acidic mouthfeel. Ive been avoiding grants since being disappointed by their IPA, but this one is good enough to warrent a look at the rest of their lineup. Not the best but not bad.

Nov 18, 2004
Bert Grant's Scottish Ale from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 82 ratings