Renowned for their rich malty backbone, Scottish ales often display peaty, earthy, and lightly smoky qualities that are rounded out by a pleasant caramelized finish.
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History: Scottish ales originated as an offshoot of dark English ales, and are generally slightly smoky, due to the historic need to kiln grains over open flame in Scotland’s damp climate. Hops, which are not indigenous to Scotland, have always played a very minor role in the profile of Scottish ales.
Food: The robust maltiness of Scottish ales really brings out the flavor of game birds such as pheasant or quail, and works exceptionally well with lamb and roast pork.
Recommended Glassware: Mug or Stein or Tulip Glass
Original Gravity (OG): 1.030 – 1.085
Final Gravity (FG): 1.006 – 1.125
Alcohol Content (ABV): 2.8 – 8.0%
Bitterness (IBU): 9 – 35
Color (SRM): 8 – 30º L
Ideal Serving Temperature: 50 – 55º F