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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
 512  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1430  4.05 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1783  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 ft 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
8Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 154  3.89 Find
9Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 214  3.88 Find
10Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 315  3.88 Find
11Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (en ft de chne) 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 99  3.87 Find
12Revolution Gravedigger Billy 
Revolution Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois
 74  3.87 Find
13BrewDog / Ballast Point San Diego Scotch Ale 
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
 160  3.8 Find
14Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 548  3.8 Find
15Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest Brew Co
Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland
 95  3.8 Find
16 lAbri de la Tempte Corne de Brume 
lAbri de la Tempte
Ltang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
 259  3.8 Find
17Rip Current Black Lagoon - Bourbon Barrel 
Rip Current Brewing
San Marcos, California
 11  3.8 Find
18Real Ale The Highlander 
Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas
 40  3.79 Find
19Brnhr Hop Clan in the Highmalts - Wee Heavy 
Brnhr Brew
 64  3.78 Find
20Le Castor Wee Heavy Grande Rserve (fts de bourbon) 
Microbrasserie Le Castor - Le Castor Brewing Co.
Rigaud, Quebec
 111  3.77 Find
21St-Ambroise Barrel Collection Barrique Scotch Ale 
McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Montreal, Quebec
 19  3.77 Find
22Oskar Blues Old Chub (Bourbon Barrel) 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 111  3.75 Find
23Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en ft de chne) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 74  3.75 Find
24AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Port Barrel Aged 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 25  3.75 Find
25Voodoo Tenacious Wee (Eagle Rare)  
Voodoo Brewing Co.
Meadville, Pennsylvania
 27  3.74 Find


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