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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 - Bourbon Barrel 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 511  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1424  4.05 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1775  3.98 Find
4Selins Grove Bourbon St. Fillans Wee Heavy 
Selins Grove Brewing Co.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
 15  3.95 Find
5Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Reyne Descosse 
Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds
Chambly, Quebec
 34  3.93 Find
6Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en fût de bourbon) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 35  3.92 Find
7Town Hall Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 88  3.92 Find
8Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 308  3.88 Find
9Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 211  3.88 Find
10Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 148  3.88 Find
11Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (en fût de chêne) 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 99  3.87 Find
12Revolution Gravedigger Billy 
Revolution Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois
 65  3.84 Find
13BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale 
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
 156  3.8 Find
14Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 547  3.8 Find
15À l’Abri de la Tempête Corne de Brume 
À l’Abri de la Tempête
L’Étang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
 259  3.8 Find
16Rip Current Black Lagoon - Bourbon Barrel 
Rip Current Brewing
San Marcos, California
 11  3.8 Find
17Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest Brew Co
Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland
 93  3.79 Find
18Real Ale The Highlander 
Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas
 39  3.78 Find
19Le Castor Wee Heavy Grande Réserve (fûts de bourbon) 
Microbrasserie Le Castor - Le Castor Brewing Co.
Rigaud, Quebec
 110  3.78 Find
20Brønhër Hop Clan in the Highmalts - Wee Heavy 
Brønhër Brew
 63  3.78 Find
21Oskar Blues Old Chub (Bourbon Barrel) 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 111  3.75 Find
22Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en fût de chêne) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 73  3.75 Find
23Highland Tasgall Ale 
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville, North Carolina
 293  3.74 Find
24Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 2453  3.74 Find
25Marché du Village - Série Impériale - Scotch Ale Impériale 
Brasseurs Illimités
St Eustache, Quebec
 14  3.73 Find


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