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Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Original Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Scotland
Alcohol: 6.6%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Original Scotch Ale

Category: Scottish Style Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Scotland
Alcohol: 6.6%
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced jerky, buttered dark raisin toast, bbq woods, and clay pot with a silky, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish with accents of spiced dried fruits and herbal honey finish. A rock solid Scottish ale with a nice blend of fruitiness and delicate smokiness.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Hoppy, Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: spiced jerky, buttered dark raisin toast, bbq woods, and clay pot
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of spiced dried fruits and herbal honey
Bitterness Bitterness: Low
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Smoked Turkey Quiche, Pastrami Sandwich, Havarti
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid Scottish ale with a nice blend of fruitiness and delicate smokiness.

The Producer

Innis & Gunn USA

The Producer
3000 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 318
Levittown, NY 11756
USA
1 516-605-2648

Scottish Style Ale

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Serve in a Thistle
Classic examples of Scottish ales are dark brown in color and average between 4-10% in alcohol. They are less hoppy than their English counterparts and often have a slightly viscous and sweet caramel malt character due to incomplete fermentation. Included in this category are Scotch ales, or “wee heavys”, which typically sit at the high end of the scale in terms of alcohol. These beers can be found all over the world, including the US market where many craft brewers produce more toned-down versions of the otherwise strong and malty Scottish originals. Some Scottish-style ales feature a slight, peat-like smokiness, but this is not a defining characteristic of the style.

Noteworthy examples of this style include: Founders Dirty Bastard, Oskar Blues Old Chub Scottish Style Ale and Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale.

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Scottish Style Ale