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Beer Styles

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Scottish-Style Ale

Scottish-style ales vary depending on strength and flavor, but in general retain a malt-forward character with some degree of caramel-like malt flavors and a soft and chewy mouthfeel. Some examples feature a light smoked peat flavor. Hops do not play a huge role in this style. The numbers commonly associated with brands of this style (60/70/80 and others) reflect the Scottish tradition of listing the cost, in shillings, of a hogshead (large cask) of beer. Overly smoked versions would be considered specialty examples. Smoke or peat should be restrained.

Food Pairings

  • Variety of Meats and Game
  • Pungent Cheeses
  • Creamy Desserts with Fruit

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Thistle
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Golden to Dark Chestnut or Brown

Clarity

Clear

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable to Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived. Hop bitterness is low.

Malt

Caramel, Toffee

Esters

Not common to style.

Phenols

Peaty, Earthy, Smoky

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl and sulfur are acceptable at very low levels.

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Short

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings

Malt

British Pale Ale, Crystal, Honey, Pale Chocolate, Munich and even Roasted Barley

Water

High carbonate water

Yeast

Ale

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