Skye Pilot Scotch Ale | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by shirfan on 12-07-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by gilman:
Photo of gilman
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a growler today, poured nice color of reddish brown, lots of white foam head. Smelled very good, taste was on the sweet side with some hops and a little scotch and malt flavor, maybe some fruitiness. Very drinkable as I finished the growler in one sitting with a friend.
Would surely buy again.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my favorite offering from FB,poured a deep clear brownish amber with a thick,tight creamy white head with great lasting power leaving sheets of lace behind as it settled into a milky/creamy mass atop.A noticable herbal hop presence in the nose with a big dark fruit elemant with a hint of molasses.Gummy fruity flavor really jump out at ya quite juicy and appetizing what I like about this Scottish ale is the big herbal drying hop presence that comes thru into the finish that makes it not only flavorful but very quaffable.I like it alot I wish it was more readily availalable.

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Photo of generallee
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Plant. Off white beige with big soapy head. Scotch and malt aroma. Like a Barleywine taste,with peat and hops and a sour finish. Quaffable, middle mouthfeel. Not quite sure what to make of it, but would drink a pint with meat. If you like it, you probably like it a lot.

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Photo of sdj5
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of gabedivision
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this delicious scotch ale from the Flying Bison Brewery in North Buffalo. Poured into a 16oz Flying Bison pint glass.

A- Has a nice dark copper color with reddish hues and a foamy white head.

S- Almost no scent at all, very faint toffee-ish smell, could be from being from the growler...

T- The taste is fantastic. Bold malt and sugary sweet taste that finishes very welll.

M- Feels good in my mouth, and better in my belly.

D- Extremely a drinkable scotch ale at 6.7%abv it goes down very well. yummy stuff.

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Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The only Flying Bison on tap at the time when I visited Ulrich's Tavern in Buffalo.
Poured clear, deep brown with a thick creamy whitish head. Good staying power and good looking sheet lace. Slight hop aroma with some dark fruits. Nice thick molasses flavor, with some more prune/plum fruitiness. Nicely balanced with a earthy/herbal hop finish. Full flavor with a not-to-heavy body. Very drinkable. An enjoyable pint in a cool old spot.

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Photo of theBIERlad
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of johnyeast
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a beige head. Good lacing on the glass throughout the life of the beer. Strong hops smell with a good smell of grains. A hint of a Scotch whiskey type smell. A very satisfying taste. High carbonation at first then mellowed as it got warmer. A very drinkable and balanced beer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small, dense, off-white head that left strings of lace as it faded to a thin film. Glowing, transparent deep copper colored beer shows a good amount of life after it's released from the growler. Malty sweetness dominates the aroma, but there is a good dose of hops thrown in. Caramel malty flavor is solid, and more clean then sweet. Fresh piney hops make their presence known, and add a dash of bitterness in the end. I'd say this if halfway between a Scottish Ale and a Sticke Alt, and I could suck it down all day.

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Photo of orfeu
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these at Staples in Allentown. Glassy copper with a miniscule ecru foam cap. Nice, suitable nose, with sweetish caramel malts predominating. Very candy-like, but without any fruitiness one might get from an IPA or a Belgian ale. This one is straight-up caramel and a bit of peat. Sturdy sweetness prevails in the taste, with caramel and toasted biscuit flavors being the most memorable aspects. A bit of earthiness, but not too much; very faint hop presence: leafy and slight. Mouthfeel is somewhat cloying with a stickiness that is a bit distracting. Slick and oily, medium-to-light body. Easy to put away a few of these in a sitting. A solid session ale for those in the mood for nuthin' but malt. Carry on.

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Photo of mwmcam37
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a very slightly cloudy dark amber, coppery in spots, along with a finger of off-white head that dropped soon to a frothy film. Fine lacing gripped the glass.

The aroma brought a sweet note of toasted grain, malty and earthy. A subtle but present hops presence added another dimension here.

Upon sipping, the roasted malt sweetness got a jump, towing caramel and an impression of light nuts, before the lightly piney and bitter hops essence came through to dry things out a bit. A very mellow whiskey impression slid through the middle, along with a baked dough yeast undercurrent. The finish gives leeway to the bitter hops, carrying through and lingering nicely. It seemed to me a very enjoyable, traditional rendition of the style.

Medium bodied, it had a very creamy feel on the palate, caressing as much as passing over, and the balance between bitter and sweet were lingeringly apparent in the finish.

I very much enjoyed drinking this nicely balanced, earthy and spicy beer. It had a lot more presence than many scotch ales I've had in the past, and I found that a pleasant surprise. It's got a very easy, drinkable way about it, with the balance enhancing each element. I've tended to shy away from this style in the past, but this one has me re-thinking that strategy, and that's a solid endorsement.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed to me a brown ale than a scotch. It had a dark brown amber colour with a small head. The carbonation level was perfect. The taste was somewhat nutty with a strong flavoring of hops. A good session brew. It went down easy and I would drink it again.

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Photo of shirfan
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice rich, slightly cloudy amber, with a small amount of fine lacing, this has a mild, malty, fresh-bread aroma.

This matched the BJCP styles for "Scottish Ale" much more closely than "Scotch Ale" so that's what I'm listing it as. Flying Bison's website calls it a "Pale Scotch Ale". Enough with the nomenclature.

Medium-dark malt predominates, no hint of caramel nor diacetyl. Very mild, leafy hops make a cameo before a crisp but sligtly sweet finish, mingled with the fresh, clean yeast note typical of the brewery. Mouthfeel is not overly challenging; easy to drink and light, but flavorful.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my hotel happy hour, this surprise gem pours with a clear russet hue capped with a khaki head that left decent spotty lace down the glass.

Aroma hit the mark with a a punch of peat and smky scents.

First swigs: Rich peat and malt candy. Sweet and a dry aftertaste.

Feel is tacky with a sugary aspect.

Last swigs: Well built Scotch Ale. Tasty.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a growler shared with me by my lovely and delicious friend Laura this beer was a classic amber color. The one-finger, khaki head displayed weak retention and only acceptable lacing. The aroma was of toffee, caramel, toasted malt and a hop bitterness that lingered underneath. The flavors were a well balanced example of the style. It started with a nice semi-sweet malt note that then got reeled in by the bitter hops with elements of peat smoke and a slight nuttiness. The finish was a little sour and tight. The body was medium, the carbonation perfect and the mouthfeel was slightly watery. Thanks kitten!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Mr. Goodbar (Buffalo, NY).

A: Pours a translucent red, that looks like a watered down cranberry juice. There is one finger of puffy white head that simmers nicely. A moderate amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells sweet and musky. There are some nice fruity notes in this brew, but there is also an unmistakable scent of wet dog. I'm also picking up a tinge of vinegar.

T: The brew starts off a bit tangy, but transitions into a more mellowed out sweetness. I can pull out flavors of caramel and what seems to me like blueberry. However, there is also an off-putting stale funk.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off nice and wet but finishes really dry. There is a pleasant creaminess, but it only last for about a second.

O: This beer has some nice attributes, but I'm just not a fan. Something about it just doesn't sit right with me.

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Photo of RyanPB
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid scotch Ale. Had high hopes it didn't quite meet. Color was nothing spectacular, no real nose to speak of. Very solid mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I'm very curious about the ABV. Just had Ol' Red Cease and Desist which I would put above this, so apparently this is theme drinking on my part.

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Photo of masonstorm
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skye Pilot Scotch Ale from Flying Bison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 20 ratings