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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 Barrel Aged 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 419  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1242  4.05 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1361  3.97 Find
4Town Hall Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 84  3.89 Find
5Founders Sappy Slappy Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 38  3.86 Find
6Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Reyne Descosse 
Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds
Chambly, Quebec
 34  3.85 Find
7Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 76  3.85 Find
8Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel-aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 258  3.85 Find
9Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 100  3.84 Find
10Selins Grove Bourbon St. Fillans Wee Heavy 
Selins Grove Brewing Co.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
 14  3.8 Find
11Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (en fŻt de chÍne) 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 63  3.79 Find
12Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 502  3.79 Find
13ņ líAbri de la TempÍte Corne de Brume 
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Lí…tang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
 249  3.78 Find
14BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale 
BrewDog
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
 117  3.75 Find
15Oskar Blues Old Chub (Bourbon Barrel) 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 103  3.73 Find
16Highland Tasgall Ale 
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville, North Carolina
 292  3.73 Find
17Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1954  3.73 Find
18Cigar City The Sound of Big Nuts 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 32  3.72 Find
19Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en fŻt de chÍne) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 59  3.7 Find
20Dieu du Ciel Cornemuse 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 54  3.7 Find
21Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest
Kelso , Scotland
 50  3.7 Find
22Town Hall Barrel Aged Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 37  3.69 Find
23Kuhnhenn A Few Shillings Too Many 
Kuhnhenn Brewing
Warren, Michigan
 126  3.68 Find
24Oskar Blues Old Chub 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 1734  3.68 Find
25Stoudts Barrel Aged Scotch Style Ale 
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Adamstown, Pennsylvania
 46  3.68 Find



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