michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2012
I honestly do not know how professional brewers dare to put their name on beers like this, much less call it a certain style. This beer is thin, smells like straw, tastes worse, and has no redeeming features. hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle… Clear dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The aroma is a toasty, malty blend of roasted barley and rich, buttery toffee. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The perfectly-balanced flavor offers moderately roasted caramel malts and faint acidity. Crisp, clean finish. Not exciting, but very drinkable. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
From notes. Originally reviewed 4/11/2009. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
MacPelican’s pours a caramel amber color, quite cloudy. A medium sized head fades quickly, leaving a few stray spots. These, too, eventually fade. Not very impressive.
A light smoked caramel aroma, with some notes of peaches and apricots. Not a very aggressive smell at all.
The style definitely comes through here - not much hops at all, but a strong malt presence throughout each sip. The malt gives a caramel flavor.
Lightly carbonated and a surprisingly light feel, almost watery. A stronger body would not hurt this beer at all.
Not really all that enjoyable or special. As is my experience with other beers of the style, it is pretty easy to drink, but this beer just does not have enough unique characteristics to warrant a spot in my regular rotation.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours a light amber hinting at gold with a microfoam head. Smells like a scottish style ale, fruity esthers and caramel, floral, and slightly peaty. Light caramel sweetness with very minimal bittering and no distinctive hop flavor nor aroma. You instantly notice the relatively higher level of carbonation it gives a sharp edge and finish which is semi-metallic. It’s a mildly sweet ale with a dry alkali finish. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle straight from the brewery. Pours with a crystal clear orange to light copper body with a medium sized fluffy, white head that fades to a slightly smaller cap. Aromas are malty, slightly grainy, a slight hint of a spicy and grassy hop, seltzer, rich caramel, cereal and bready. Mild hints of a metallic nature that blow off. Flavors are bready, malty and rich with light caramel. Rich biscuit, clean yeast wise. Minimal hops. A real pleasure to drink. Supremely quaffable, nice malt balance and complexity, no off flavors. Mild but enjoyable. Medium to slightly higher than expected carbonation. Medium bodied. Hugely underrated (at least off of this batch).
hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook chat. This poured a rich clear amber with a light tan had and light lacing. Nose of malts and grain, and a tiny bit of fruit. Fairly light in body and mouthfeel. Just short of watery. The flavor was more intense than the aroma promised, and was of lightly roasted malts and some chocolate. Earthy finish without much bitterness. Sort of faded down the stretch., Strykzone (7306) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke. We shared a bottle via facebook chat although we were on a tight time schedule. This poured red brown and had a nice light colored tan head that slowly faded. In the nose I smelled malt and grain with a bit of fruit. The flavor was also rich malt and grain that might have been rye. Some chocolate was an undertone. Hops were very faint and added fruit and a mint like quality. The beer added some earth late. This could have used more hops and perhaps another choice of them. Still, it was not bad. keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Great malty flavor, but pretty weak on the hops...but I gather that’s true to style. I like it. brokensail (16436) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
A: The beer pours an opaque amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.
S: Smells watery, but bad. A little bit of caramel and toffee, quite a bit of grass, too. Just a bit of yeast, maybe some hints of fruit. Definitely a bit of cooked vegetable aroma.
T: Tastes better than it smells, luckily. Sweet caramel with a light creaminess. Toasted bread and some hints of yeast. A very light fruitiness, maybe some hop notes, too.
M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.
O: So far I’ve been disappointed with Pelican beers that aren’t barleywines. phaleslu (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of nuts, earth, grass, fruit (peach, plum), and toasted malts. Flavor brings the same fruits, toasty sweet malts, grassy earth, and mixed nuts as the aroma but a bit more balanced and pronounced. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a fruity, toasty mouthfeel. I tried this along with the MacPelican’s Wee Heavy and determined once and for all that I like the bigger malts of the Scotch ales better than the lighter, more subtle Scottish ales.