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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
 529  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1452  4.05 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 1959  3.99 Find
4Selins Grove Bourbon St. Fillans Wee Heavy 
Selins Grove Brewing Co.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
 15  3.95 Find
5Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en fût de bourbon) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 48  3.95 Find
6Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Reyne Descosse 
Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds
Chambly, Quebec
 34  3.93 Find
7Town Hall Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 88  3.92 Find
8Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 184  3.91 Find
9Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 315  3.88 Find
10Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 226  3.87 Find
11Dieu du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps (en fût de chêne) 
Dieu du Ciel
Montreal, Quebec
 101  3.87 Find
12Revolution Gravedigger Billy 
Revolution Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois
 74  3.87 Find
13AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Port Barrel Aged 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 45  3.84 Find
14Rip Current Black Lagoon - Bourbon Barrel 
Rip Current Brewing
San Marcos, California
 13  3.81 Find
15Brønhër Hop Clan in the Highmalts - Wee Heavy 
Brønhër Brew
 68  3.8 Find
16Real Ale The Highlander 
Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas
 41  3.8 Find
17Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 564  3.8 Find
18À l’Abri de la Tempête Corne de Brume 
À l’Abri de la Tempête
L’Étang du Nord, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
 264  3.79 Find
19Beachwood Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket 
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Long Beach, California
 30  3.79 Find
20Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest Brewing Co
Tweedbank, Scottish Borders, Scotland
 121  3.78 Find
21Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (vieillie en fût de chêne) 
Le Bilboquet
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 81  3.78 Find
22Le Castor Wee Heavy Grande Réserve (Bourbon) 
Microbrasserie Le Castor - Le Castor Brewing Co.
Rigaud, Quebec
 114  3.77 Find
23St-Ambroise Barrel Collection Barrique Scotch Ale 
McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Montreal, Quebec
 23  3.76 Find
24Oskar Blues Old Chub (Bourbon Barrel) 
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont, Colorado
 111  3.75 Find
25Marché du Village - Série Impériale - Scotch Ale Impériale 
Brasseurs Illimités
St Eustache, Quebec
 18  3.75 Find


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