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Review - Gritty McDuff's Original Pub Style Pale Ale

"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 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 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." --Gritty McDuff's Brewing Co.

This beer was confusing to our mouths. The aroma was very enticing, but the taste just didn't hold up. This is one of the last winter beers we'll be reviewing this year. Gritty's Scottish Ale pours a dark amber color with a small, fizzy light-brown head. Virtually no lacing with minimal head left after dissipation. Sparkling body. Aromas are of moderate strength cookie malts, light yeast, something like grape or raison (couldn't quite put my finger on it) and alcohol. Initial flavor was sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel, this beer is a little heavier and well-suited for the winter months. Oily texture and lively carbonation combine for an interesting finish.

Reviewed on May 2nd, 2006.

Type:Scottish Ale
Source:12 oz. Bottle

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