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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
 536  4.12 Find
2AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 1481  4.04 Find
3Founders Backwoods Bastard 
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 2104  4 Find
4Selins Grove Bourbon St. Fillans Wee Heavy 
Selins Grove Brewing Co.
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
 15  3.96 Find
5Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (Bourbon) 
Le Bilboquet - Microbrasserie
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 49  3.96 Find
6La Pirata / Laugar Heavy Trooper 
Cerveses La Pirata
Súria, Spain
 39  3.95 Find
7Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Reyne Descosse 
Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds - Brasseur Artisan
Chambly, Quebec
 34  3.93 Find
8Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Amherst, Wisconsin
 206  3.93 Find
9Town Hall Wee Heavy 
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minneapolis, Minnesota
 88  3.92 Find
10Thirsty Dog Wulver 
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Akron, Ohio
 230  3.88 Find
11Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 314  3.88 Find
12Revolution Gravedigger Billy 
Revolution Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois
 75  3.87 Find
13Dieu du Ciel! Équinoxe du Printemps (Fût de Chêne) 
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Montréal, Quebec
 104  3.86 Find
14Kees Barrel Project 17.07 
Brouwerij Kees
Middelburg , Netherlands
 31  3.86 Find
15AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Port Barrel Aged 
AleSmith Brewing Company
San Diego, California
 50  3.84 Find
16Rip Current Black Lagoon - Bourbon Barrel 
Rip Current Brewing
San Marcos, California
 14  3.81 Find
17Real Ale The Highlander 
Real Ale Brewing Company
Blanco, Texas
 42  3.81 Find
18Tempest Old Parochial 
Tempest Brewing Co
Tweedbank, Scottish Borders, Scotland
 158  3.8 Find
19Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods: Barrel-Aged Maple Scotch Style Ale 
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California
 33  3.8 Find
20Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale 
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa, Florida
 568  3.79 Find
21Brønhër Hop Clan in the Highmalts - Wee Heavy 
Brønhër Brew
Spain
 70  3.79 Find
22À l'Abri de la Tempête Corne de Brume 
À l'Abri de la Tempête
L’Étang-du-Nord, Quebec
 258  3.79 Find
23Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower (Fût de Chêne) 
Le Bilboquet - Microbrasserie
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
 83  3.79 Find
24Beachwood Barrel Aged Full Malted Jacket 
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Long Beach, California
 30  3.79 Find
25St-Ambroise Scotch Ale (Bourbon) 
Brasserie McAuslan (Brasseurs RJ)
Montréal, Quebec
 26  3.77 Find



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