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

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Bert Grant's Scottish AleBert Grant's Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 10-13-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 77
Reviews by pheurton:
Photo of pheurton
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours the color of rust, absolutely clear with a foamy white head, which dissapates rather quickly. clean grain aroma with hints of earthy hoppiness. light to medium bodied, crisply carbonated...leans towards refreshing. touch of grain and crystal malt flavor (not enough) followed by a rather assertive earthy hop bite. hops are almost minty and take on a cooking spice character. finishes clean with touch of fruitiness. this is a decent session brew but a scotch ale? doesn't seem malty enough. their explaination on the bottle states that it is an american interpretation of the style, hopped with cascades, so i guess you have to take this brew with a grain of salt.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scottish ale?Overly hopped,light color,isnt Bert Grant Scottish?Pretty well made ale but this isnt Scottish at least not like any other Scottish ale I have had.Again well made ale but not sure what style this is,maybe an American'Northwest pale ale?

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Photo of RoyalT
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Nice looking orange in color with a bit of brown and a gorgeous head that went down kind of quick but laced the glass.

Smell – The aroma consists mostly of lightly-toasted malts. The scotch notes were extremely light and hard to find.

Taste – There’s a small sense of classic scotch flavors if you try real hard to pick it out, but it also could just be my wishful thinking. Otherwise, the malt turns a little grainy.

Mouthfeel – Way too thin for my preferences. This one is light-bodied and boring.

Drinkability – This one didn’t cut the mustard. It definitely wasn’t “Scottish,” and wasn’t much of anything else either.

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Photo of Todd
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist bottle. Brown and red label with a traditional Scottish lion on the label. No freshness date. "A rich, real ale in the tradition of Scotland, hoppy in the tradition of Yakima.", is stated beneath the lion.

Appearance: Brown, orange, tawny hues in the colour with a semi-bubbly, wispy white lace.

Smell: Malt, grain and fruit aromas dominate the nose.

Taste: Up-front, it's hops all the way. Leafy, spicy, tingly, teeth zinging and herbal in its flavour. Not overly bitter mind you, as the bitterness is secondary, stepping aside to let the flavour do battle. The traditional Scottish Ale malt flavour that one might expect is not present. Instead, it appears as a thin casualty with some steely crystal malt and a bit of grain dryness in the aftertaste.

Notes: This brew is a war between hop flavour and malt. The hops win obviously, thus, making it not a Scottish Ale; in taste and in style. It has a lovely hop profile and would make a great American style ESB, or the like, if their marketing guru's had any sense. 4.7%abv

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Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, amber with a small, beige head that doesn't last very long. A few patches of lace are left behind. Aroma begins with some caramel malt, but is quickly eclipsed by Cascades piney hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate hops bite on the tongue. Taste has some caramel in the beginning, but the pine and grapefruit rind of the hops take over early on. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. This is alright as a bitter amber ale, but is nothing like a Scottish ale. No smokiness or prominent malt profile.

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Photo of Billolick
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

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Photo of niknar
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed amber rust under a bone-hued skimming.
Nose of toffeed biscuit, vaporous molasses, and grassy, citrus fruits.
Begins with a persuasive toffee-hued maltiness. One that also brings phantoms of dark fruits. Maltiness pales towards dark breads, then to simply grain. It never develops any smoky or earthy characteristics. Hopping is Cascade leaning, with grapefruit (or orange) rinds and touches of floral-laden grass.
Light bodied and plenty easy to quaff. Nice enough session brew, but not Scottish in any noticeable fashion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with orange/reddish highlights. The small, lightly creamy off-white head holds OK and then keeps a good collar and light surface foam. The aroma is of a lightly caramel and mildly biscuity maltiness and some subtle grassy, citrusy & piney hops. The body is light with a pinpoint carbonation that tickles the tongue. The flavor is mild, displaying a soft fruitiness and gently caramel maltiness that's well infused with bitterness (but well-balanced) and some piney & grassy hop flavors. The hop flavor becomes much clearer in the long dry finish. Very clean, but somewhat off-balance. I remember this beer being a little bit more malty, although it's always been fairly light. This is obviously intended to replicate the standard Scottish pub draught which is quite mild. But even with that in mind, the malt seems lacking and the hop flavor seems to work against the "Scottish" authenticity - but at least it does give the beer some character! This beer is best enjoyed at, or just below, cellar temperature to allow what maltiness it does have to come through. Easy drinking but light on character.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Elemental
4.7/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. One for being one of the first american kraft brewed beers by the genius Bert Grant. Two for being an excellent beer that combines the Scottish experience with the American hop adventure. The appearance is a lite copper brown color with the smell of cascade hops. This is combined with a lite malty taste with a exceptional hop flavor and bitterness, that finishes a dry. I love this beer and have a hard time not getting it when I find it at the store.
Bottom line....excellent drink that I suggest everyone should at least try once

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a light tan head that left some lacing.
Toasty, toffee malt aroma blended with a mild fruity, citrus hop aroma.

Taste shows a smooth, lightly roasty, caramel malt character that's well balanced by citrus hop flavor. They meld together nicely to create an almost earthy, woody character. Nothing bold here, but still interesting.

Mouthfeel has a touch of creaminess to it.
Mild, easy-going and drinkable, yet still tastey.

Overall, I'd never peg this as a Scottish ale. It plays out more like a pale ale or ESB. I enjoyed this solid beer, but the marks would probably be lower if I were to really judge it as a Scottish style ale.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored , light for a Scottish Ale. Hops are very evident in the nose and in the taste throughout the bottle. The beer seems to mellow as it warms and the malt, toffee flavor rises through the hop aroma. A light low ABV Scottish Ale that is very much the West Coast style.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite styles of beer!This beer poured a medium sized ivory head that had fine-medium sized bubbles.The body was carbonated and slightly hazy.The hue was amber and there was only a fair amount of lacing.The nose was malty and hoppy and the flavor was bitter and malty as well.The mouthfeel was smooth and light-medium bodied.

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Photo of hyuga
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown with a white head. Bittersweet aroma, sweet grain and caramel malt and English hop character. Smells like an ESB to me. Mellow but sharp hop bitterness in the front with grainy malt following right after. Sticky caramel here and there. Sharp hop twang at the back, then a dry finish. Tastes like an ESB too. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin. This is no Scottish ale. I picked this up because it said it was a Scottish ale, since I'm a fan of those and they're few and far between. This is definitely an ESB. Looks like a lot of others agree. I guess it's alright, I'm an ESB fan too.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

is it malty or is it hoppy? pretty much varies from sip to sip with this one. not a bad brew, but not very indicitive of the style. pours a nice amber colour with a thick foamy head that dissolves into a moderate lace. instant hop smell dominates, with a bit of caramel. no real malt smell here, but it is certainly picked up in the flavour, though, as i said, not all the time. often a brady, hop flavour is dominant. a pretty basic brew here. i could have one or two in an evening but would most likely be inclined to try something else new or go back to an old standby.

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Photo of Brent
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With the designation of Scottish ale, I anticipated a big, hefty malt and perhaps a touch of peat with the first sip. Huh - where did all these hops come from? As I check the bottle, I note "seasoned with Cascades hops from the Pacific Northweast's Yakima Valley for pure American character." Okay, if you are going to give a beer "American character," why call it a Scottish ale? Not that this is a bad beer, but the malt and hops seemed to be more interested in duking it out than working together for a unified flavor profile. Overall, the effect is not particularly satisfying.

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Photo of StevieW
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange to amber color, off white thin fizzy head that didn't last. Very off, nearly skunked smell. Initial hop taste set me back, I was expecting lots of toasted carmel, peat, and earthy smells. Tasted alot like a plain old English Pale Ale. Bitter hop taste lasted and dominated the taste. Light to medium body. Bottom of the glass was thin and watery. Drinkable, but I expected more carmel malt taste and a fuller bodied beer. I am glad I tried it, but will probably not reach for it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 6 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This pours a nice clear burnt orange color w/ a white head. The nose and flavor are malty, malty & more malty. In my opinion, it is a nicely done scotch ale. years ago, bert grant's beers were my introduction to micros and they're still pretty good

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Photo of Zorro
2.62/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of marc77
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Crystal clear dark copper hue, covered by a large bubbled iivory white head that settles quickly into a thin layer. Sparse lace is left. The aroma is an odd combination of assertive medium caramel malt sweetness, toasty biscuit malt and a citrusy hop nose. Mild, pear like fruity esters are there as well along with light diacetyl that emerges as the beer breathes. Dryish toasted malt upfront in flavor gives way to a soapy hop flavor, which slowly fades, allowing a somewhat one dimensional caramel malt sweetness to dominate. This is partially offset by a moderate and clean hop bitterness and mild fruitiness, but not much else provides contrast or complexity. Very light on body, w/ a slightly watery mouthfeel. Finishes clean and lightly bready. An unusual, but unbalanced brew. Although it grew on me as I drank it, Bert Grant's Scottish Ale lacked complexity all around. There's no way this should be considered a Scottish Ale. Take Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, filter the bejeesus out of it, then dilute it 50/50 w/ seltzer water and you'll have this brew.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appereance amber-yellow color, very small head, little to no lacing.

Aroma, caramel malts, slightly bitter malts, touch of hops.

Flavor: up front sweet and malty, with a strong malt presence that lingers through the beer. Caramel, slightly roasted, and slightly fruity. Very tastey. Initial flavor disappears quickly though, leaving a very mild flavor. Hops are mild and grapefruity, they don’t hit till the back of the mouth. It’s all very good, and very balanced, but the flavor simply isn’t strong enough.

Mouthfeel carbonanted, and interesting. Very good

Drinkablity 3.5.

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