Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Red Hill, VIC, Australia
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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The colour of burnished copper, strong with a caramely sweetness. A malt driven beer, lightly balanced with our own Goldings and Willamette fresh hop flowers. The grain make up in this beer is a tightly kept secret. It has taken 7 years to perfect and is a very special blend of English Malts, some of which are dark roasted to impart the toffee and sweet flavours of this ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1722) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2006
Red Hill Scotch Ale Chocolate brown with some haze and thin, coffee colour ‘espresso’ head. Sweet bouquet of malts and fruity notes; very appealing. Rich and assertive. Lighter palate weight for the style. Malt flavours thin out somewhat but the chocolate notes do hang around, albeit in a mild fashion. Finishes nicely with a kick of sweetness on the finish. Ultimately needs more ABV to really make this beer work but a decent example of the style at 5.8%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2006
Sweet malt hop aroma. Murky brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet malt hop flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
vanvenlo (1191) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2006
11 Apr 2006 - Sweet choc malt with some roastiness aroma. Cloudy brown-ruby colour, reasonable head and low suds lacing. sweet and biscuit malt flavour. Hoppy finish and sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2006
There something about this beer that reminds me of hospitals. Something chemical or medicinal. This poured with a noisy fizzy head that quickly dissipated to absolutely nothing, which was surprising given it’s only 5.8% abv. It’s a very weird sugary sweet aroma that evident, but I really can’t pinpoint what it is. The flavour is sweet, but not overly, and with a little hoppy bitterness. Quite a light bodied palate, with a low carbonation level. Very weird - maybe it was a dodgy bottle?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
The colour of copper in a beer is always a delight. Poured into a Leffe chalice this beer sits well in the glass with a fine creamy head. The open glass allows a good whiff of toffee maltiness. There is also a slight hint of peatiness that defines the style. The flavour is thick and unctuous, not too thin by any means. The soft maltiness is supported by a small amount of hop bitterness in the background. I like this beer and would certanly like to give it another go, especially from the tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 Pours a nice deep amber with some chunky black bits in there. Head is white and small. The aroma is weak, some roast malt, light english hops. The palate is a little bit more intersting, full bodied with a nice light combination of roast and smoked? malts. The finish is earthy and (roast) bitter. Possibly a little overcarbonated, but overall its a solid beer. Re-rate, a different beer to what I remember, much smoother and maltier this time... just great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2006
Ruby colour without much head. Fruity, sweet aroma. An extraordinarily malty taste with a bit of yeastiness due to the bottle conditioning. A bit weak in abv% and thin in texture for a Scotch Ale. Also really expensive for what you get.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2006
Bottled. Clear nut brown. Flowey nose. Sweet and soapy with medium boody and notes of molasses. I found the malt profile to be bold and simplistic, and there was not much hops to cover it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2006
An intriguing one this. A 90/- type Scottish ale with many of the characteristics of a Scotch ale. I’m not sure how old this was, so can’t guess how long it had been in the bottle, but the mouthfeel was the best thing about it. It poured a clear brown with a short, spluttering head that showed fair retention. The aroma was warm and sticky, dominated by treacle toffee and spicy Goldings. Very promising - thought I was in for a big chewy Scotch ale. The mouthfeel lived up to that promise - very substantial and creamy. However, it under-delivered on the tongue. There was some soft caramel, light peaty malt, and a faint late spicy Goldings finish, but it didn’t match the aroma. It would be fascinating to lay a few of these down and see how/if they develop. With some tweaking, this feels like it could be quite brilliant. (330ml bottle, gift from Bridge - thanks buddy)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Finish, finish, finish! This is a pretty bog standard scotch ale to begin with - if even a little weak - until the end when a fantastic deep, sweet chocolate malt bursts through, redeeming anything coming before. I would imagine this will age very well.

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