Friday, April 25, 2014
Belhaven Scottish Ale–Nitro (7/10)
Belhaven’s web site says “Malty and hoppy, we at Belhaven love the classic Scottish Ale and we’ve been brewing it longer than any of the other beers we produce. Delivering a sweet, smooth, and creamy finish, Scottish Ale has a stunning ruby color in the glass. Magic.”
It pours a clear coppery brown color with a bit-more-than-finger-thick white head that barely dissipates, given its nitrogen backing.
The aroma is that of a balance of malt and hops, leaning toward hops.
The flavor starts malty, creamy, and very mildly hoppy. There’s not much else to it, but it’s a very well-balanced and smooth beer to drink. The mouth feel was a little watery, but this didn’t affect its drinkability to me.
Beer Advocate rates it 86-91 (very good to outstanding). Rate Beer sides with me on this one, giving it a 73 overall. I rate it 7 out of 10. It’s fair to note that the Beer Advocate and Rate Beer ratings may not be based on the same nitro-carbonated draft version I tasted here.
I tasted this particular draft at the 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin in January 2013. I haven’t seen it for sale in any local retailers recently.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour: Malty
Spice Level: None
Hops Level: Very Low
Dominant Flavors: Malt and hops in balance
IBU: unknown, but I’d estimate around 25
My Rating: 7/10