Belhaven Scottish Ale

Scottish Ale Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

3.5

Belhaven Scottish Ale is a Scottish Export by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Belhaven Scottish Ale is a Scottish Ale brewed in the Scottish Export style by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a bottle.

Packaging art for the Belhaven Scottish Ale by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Packaging art for the Belhaven Scottish Ale by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Appearance

The Scotch Ale pours a crystal-clear ruby red and is topped by nearly an inch-thick cap of frothy white foam that shows good retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a soapy collar and a thin film atop the liquid.

Aroma

The aroma is slight but pleasant and wafts a scent of freshly baked bread with a hint of herbal hops.

Flavor

A taste of soft biscuit and toffee lead the palate and are quickly followed by a mild bite of English hops. The hops impart flavors that are earthy, herbal, and lemony. A malty backbone of baked bread and nut tie the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is rich and grainy with a body that’s a shade over medium with moderate carbonation.

Label art for the Belhaven Scottish Ale by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Label art for the Belhaven Scottish Ale by Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Overall

The appearance, aroma, feel, and palate all meet the expectations for a Scottish Export. And while the brew’s taste isn’t particularly challenging or complex, the straightforward palate of the Belhaven Scottish Ale is easily quaffed. Or it can be enjoyed as a slow sipper.

Longest and Most Successful

Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. has been brewing their Belhaven Scottish Ale for longer than any other and it is their best-selling bottled beer worldwide.

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About the Scottish Ale

Scottish Ales (also known as Scotch Ales) are often enjoyed during the winter. Their flavors are rich and malty with sweet notes of caramel and toffee.

Historically, the Scottish Ale encompasses the four sub-styles Scottish Light, Scottish Heavy, Scottish Export, and Wee Heavy. Their names were indicative of the beer’s gravity and its expected cost for a barrel of beer.