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Top Ten Scotch Ales Brewed in North America


This Top Ten List of Scotch Ales is from the results of the U.S. Open Beer Championship, Great American Beer Festival, and ratebeer.com.

      
1. Wee Heavy - Dry Dock Brewing Co. - Colorado
2. Scotch Ale - Guadalupe Brewing - Texas
3. Kilt Lifter - Pike Brewing - Washington
4. Scottish Pale Ale - Neustadt Springs Brewery - Canada
5. Loose Lucy Scotch Ale - Seabright Brewery - Colorado
6. Heritage - Bear Republic Brewing - Colorado
7. Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing - Indiana
8. Wee Heavy - Maui Brewing - Hawaii
9. Longfellow Winter Ale - Shipyard Brewing - Maine
10. Commando Scottish Ale - Pizza Port at Solana Beach - California
 

Wee Heavy brewed by  Dry Dock Brewing in  Colorado

 
Scottish Ale
Subcategory: Scottish Light Ale
Scottish light ales are light bodied. Little bitterness is perceived and hop flavor or aroma should not be perceived. Despite its lightness, Scottish light ale will have a degree of malty, caramel like, soft and chewy character. Yeast characters such as diacetyl (butterscotch) and sulfuriness are acceptable at very low levels. The color will range from golden amber to deep brown. Bottled versions of this traditional draft beer may contain higher amounts of carbon dioxide than is typical for mildly carbonated draft versions. Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Though there is little evidence suggesting that traditionally made Scottish light ales exhibited peat smoke character, the current marketplace offers Scottish light ales with peat or smoke character present at low to low-medium levels. Thus for the purpose of this competition a peaty/smoky character may be evident at low levels.
OG: 1.030-1.035
FG: 1.006-1.012 
IBU: 9-20
Color SRM: 8-17

Subcategory: Scottish Heavy Ale
Scottish heavy ale is moderate in strength and dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with low, but perceptible, hop bitterness. Hop flavor or aroma should not be perceived. Scottish heavy ale will have a medium degree of malty, caramel-like, soft and chewy character in flavor and mouthfeel. It has medium body, and fruity esters are very low, if evident. Yeast characters such as diacetyl (butterscotch) and sulfuriness are acceptable at very low levels. The color will range from golden amber to deep brown. Bottled versions of this traditional draft beer may contain higher amounts of carbon dioxide than is typical for mildly carbonated draft versions. Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Though there is little evidence suggesting that traditionally made Scottish heavy ales exhibited peat smoke character, the current marketplace offers many Scottish heavy ales with peat or smoke character present at low to low-medium levels. Thus for the purpose of this competition a peaty/smoky character may be evident at low levels.
OG: 1.035-1.040
FG: 1.010-1.014 
IBU: 12-20
Color SRM: 10-19

Subcategory: Scottish Export Ale
The overriding character of Scottish export ale is sweet, caramel-like, and malty. Its bitterness is perceived as low to medium. Hop flavor or aroma should not be perceived. It has medium body. Fruity-ester character may be apparent. Yeast characters such as diacetyl (butterscotch) and sulfuriness are acceptable at very low levels. The color will range from golden amber to deep brown. Bottled versions of this traditional draft beer may contain higher amounts of carbon dioxide than is typical for mildly carbonated draft versions. Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Though there is little evidence suggesting that traditionally made Scottish export ales exhibited peat smoke character, the current marketplace offers Scottish export ales with peat or smoke character present at low to low-medium levels.
OG: 1.040-1.050
FG: 1.010-1.018 
IBU: 15-25
Color SRM: 10-19
 





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