The Civil Life Scottish Ale
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Traditional Scottish ales are malt-focused with distinct caramel-sweetness, sometimes nutty, biscuity, with subtle earthy, roasty, even peat-smoky layers. Ours is too thanks to authentic Scottish ingredients, but also hoppier than expected. We made the odd choice of American Cascade hops to add a unique citrus and black currant twist. You’re gonna love this laid-back but deceptively delicious brew.

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ABV: 5.7%
Colour: mostly clear copper with lasting beige foam and lace
BJCP Style: 9C. Scottish Export 80/-
Notable Ingredients: Scottish Golden Promise Malt, small specialty malt additions, Cascade hops, UK ale yeast .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2015 Draught from evening star. Red brown pour. Deep chocolate caramel malts. Mid bodied. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadRobin (2504) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 28, 2015
On tap at Scion in Silver Spring, MD. Not quite opaque, dark brown with a small khaki head and fairly sparse lacing. Subtle aroma of toasted malt, brown sugar, berries, black cherry and citrus. Taste of toast, citrus, nuts, dark fruit, berries, dark cherry and brown sugar. Medium body and low/medium carbonization. Mouthfeel is slightly lacking , but nothing serious. I don't get why one would hop a Scottish ale. The hops are hardly overdone, but the malt and everything else here is already subtle and the hops hide it further. Disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (17713) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2015
Draft. Deep amber brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of burnt toast, licorice. Taste is nutty brown bread. Tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5989) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2015
Lots of creamy head and lacing. Looks great from the beginning. Touch of oak with some sweetness in finish. Creamy consistency. Dark brown pour. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1246) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
Draft sample at churchkey. Dark ruby/copper. Aroma has burnt sugar and cherry notes. Dark fruit, caramel, with some light citrus peaking through. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4119) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brown with frothy beige head. Aromas of toasty notes, biscuit, caramel, toffee, slight dark fruit. Tastes of floral, light roast, toasty notes, biscuit, subtle dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Enjoyable and well done for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1613) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2013
At the source. Draws a clear dark garnet with a light tan head, that like all Civil products is not big, but small bead and retentive, with lace. Caramel malt aroma. Has a maple, caramel, toasted bread and buttery flavor. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Too roasty. Had this at their tap room in saint Louis Fall 2012. Everything I tasted was good to great. This was not one of their better beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and spice. Taste is malt, caramel, chocolate, citrus, and spice. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at 1839 Taphouse in Columbia. Pours a reddish brown color with white head. Caramel, earthy, scotch flavors. Hmmm, I’ll pass on this one.

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