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Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale was the name given to a strong pale ale from Edinburgh in the 19th century. This was typical of the strong pale ales brewed in Britain at that time - mainly pale barley malt and moderate hopping, and were not that stylistically different to English Strong Ales or Barley Wines. The name however became regionalised so that a strong pale ale from Scotland became known as a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. Beers using the designation Scotch Ale are popular in the USA where most examples are brewed locally. Examples of beers brewed in the USA under the name Wee Heavy tend to be 7% abv and higher, while Scottish brewed examples, such as Belhavens Wee Heavy, are typically between 5.5% and 6.5% abv.

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1AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Barrel Aged 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 496  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1387  4.05 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1696  3.97 Find
4Town Hall Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 88  3.92 Find
5Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en ft de bourbon) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 26  3.91 Find
6Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 192  3.89 Find
7Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 299  3.88 Find
8Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 127  3.87 Find
9Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (en ft de chne) 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 85  3.85 Find
10Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Reyne Descosse 
Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds
Chambly, Quebec
 35  3.85 Find
11Revolution Gravedigger Billy 
Revolution Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois
 60  3.84 Find
12Brnhr Hop Clan in the Highmalts - Wee Heavy 
Brnhr Brew
 43  3.8 Find
13Selins Grove Bourbon St. Fillans Wee Heavy 
Selins Grove Brewing Co.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
 14  3.8 Find
14Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 525  3.8 Find
15 lAbri de la Tempte Corne de Brume 
lAbri de la Tempte
Ltang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
 258  3.8 Find
16BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale 
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
 149  3.79 Find
17Real Ale The Highlander 
Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas
 36  3.79 Find
18Le Castor Wee Heavy Grande Rserve (fts de bourbon) 
Microbrasserie Le Castor - Le Castor Brewing Co.
Rigaud, Quebec
 103  3.77 Find
19Victory Earth & Flame 
Victory Brewing Company
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
 58  3.77 Find
20Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest Brew Co
Tweedbank, Scotland
 59  3.76 Find
21Oskar Blues Old Chub (Bourbon Barrel) 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 110  3.75 Find
22Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en ft de chne) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 69  3.75 Find
23Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 2338  3.74 Find
24Highland Tasgall Ale 
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville, North Carolina
 292  3.73 Find
25Saint Arnold Bishops Barrel #5 
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Houston, Texas
 29  3.72 Find


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