Tag Archives: Scottish Ale

717. Sierra Nevada / Ashville Brewers Alliance Tater Ridge

Tater RidgeContinuing to make my way through the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. Over the past few months the 12-pack has been go to when I don’t have a growler or a fresh IPA/pale ale to go to, however that does not happen very often. I may finally finish them off later this week.

Tater Ridge is collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance and the bottle description states “Scottish Ale brewed with Sweet Potatoes”, which sounds interesting. It pours a very deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with no discernible hop character (not that I was expecting any from a Scottish Ale).

Taste is interesting with a sweet dark fruit (or maybe vegetable). This beer continues to develop as it warms. Another decent beer from this 12-pack but still not that exciting.

Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.

170. Three Floyds Robert the Bruce

I am not quite certain what a Scottish ale should be so I cannot really judge this one on style. Color is a deep red almost brown with a very solid 2 finger head. Sweet caramel malts in the aroma and not a lot else. Taste follows suit with lots of toasted malt present and almost no hop taste. This is a full bodied beer, hearty but still drinkable. 7% ABV but no alcohol taste to speak of just a nice warmth inside after you drink it. There are not too many Scottish ales out there and it is not really one of my favorite styles so I didn’t expect too much. Overall I am this is a good beer from Three Floyds just not one that I personally would get too excited about.
Pros: Appearance, lots of malts (if you like that)
Cons: Lots of malts (if you do not like malt bombs)
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Three Floyds
Brewers Description: A bold Scottish ale with a complex malty body derived from roasted and crystal malts balanced with just the right combination of hops. This ale pours a deep ruby color, has a sweet malty nose with layered caramel and roasted notes and a full body. Robust yet smooth, Robert The Bruce is a malt lover’s delight.

144. Penobscot Bay Brewery Old Factory Whistle Scottish Ale

This is my third offering from Penobscot Bay and so far I have been impressed with this small brewery. This one was a bit of a disappointment though. Color is great with no head, not a lot of aroma but a bit of grain. When tasting the beer the first thing you notice is how thin it feels, almost watered down. It is easy to drink and does not taste bad but I really had hoped for more. Overall something I did not mind drinking but if I had my choice of offerings from Penobscot Bay Brewery this one would be on the bottom of the list.
Pros: Color
Cons: Thin almost watery feel
Alcohol Content: 6.2 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Penobscot Bay Brewery
Brewers Description: Old Factory Whistle, our signature ale, is patterned after red ales that have a rich Scottish heritage. This ale utilizes crystal, pale, chocolate and Munich malts with a dose of roasted barley resulting in a complex mixture of the toasty flavors of caramel malt and sweetness, and a classic rich red color. English Kent Golding hops add to the depth and help produce that pleasing balance

136. Gritty McDuff’s Scottish Ale

This is a new style for me as most local brewers do not offer a Scottish Ale. Overall not a bad beer but Gritty’s has some better offerings. Pours a great dark copper with solid head that has great retention on the glass. Lots of aroma with some malts, caramel, toffee and taste is just OK. Lots going on with malts and sweetness but it does not seem very well balanced. This is a solid beer but not what I expected and I think Gritty’s could have done better.
Pros: Color
Cons: Not balanced
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Gritty McDuff’s
Brewers Description: It takes a brave beer to stand up to a Maine winter. Gritty McDuff ‘s Scottish Ale is returns every January to help you weather the season. Scottish Style Ale is our interpretation of the robust brews native to Scotland. Generous quantities of Pale malt along with Munich and Caramalts give this ale a deep and complex profile. Scottish Style Ale is just a shade darker than our Bitter, with a rich, slightly sweet first impression on the palate that rounds out to a satisfying maltiness and a medium-dry hop finish. At 6.3% ABV it’s hearty but not overwhelming. Sure to please the Braveheart in all of us.