Description

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.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    6 - 15
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    9 - 25
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    2.8% - 5.3%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable to Mild
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived. Hop bitterness is low.
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Caramel, Toffee
  • Yeast Esters
    Not common to style.
  • Yeast Phenols
    Peaty, Earthy, Smoky
Palate
  • Body
    Soft
  • Carbonation
    Low to Medium
  • Finish Length
    Short
  • Attenuation
    64 - 80
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Kent Goldings
  • Malt
    British Pale Ale, Crystal, Honey, Pale Chocolate, Munich and even Roasted Barley
  • Water
    High carbonate water
  • Yeast
    Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Pungent Cheeses
  • Entrée
    Variety of Meats and Game
  • Dessert
    Creamy Desserts with Fruit
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Clear
  • Color
    Golden to Dark Chestnut or Brown
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