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.
Category: Scottish-Style Ales
- Variety of Meats and Game
- Pungent Cheeses
- Creamy Desserts with Fruit
Golden to Dark Chestnut or Brown
Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles
Not Detectable to Mild
Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived. Hop bitterness is low.
Not common to style.
Peaty, Earthy, Smoky
Diacetyl and sulfur are acceptable at very low levels.
Low to Medium
British Pale Ale, Crystal, Honey, Pale Chocolate, Munich and even Roasted Barley
High carbonate water