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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Scottish Ale Scottish Light

BJCP 14A

BJCP 2015 14A Scottish Light example
14A - Scottish Light

 

Overall Impression

A malt-focused, generally caramelly beer with perhaps a few esters and occasionally a butterscotch aftertaste. Hops only to balance and support the malt. The malt character can range from dry and grainy to rich, toasty, and caramelly, but is never roasty and especially never has a peat smoke character. Traditionally the darkest of the Scottish ales, sometimes nearly black but lacking any burnt, overtly roasted character.

Comments

Malt-focused ales that gain the vast majority of their character from specialty malts, never the process. Burning malt or wort sugars via 'kettle caramelization' is not traditional nor is any blatantly 'butterscotch' character. Most frequently a draught product. Smoke character is inappropriate as any found traditionally would have come from the peat in the source water. Scottish ales with smoke character should be entered as a Classic Style Smoked Beer.

Commercial Examples

McEwan's 60

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VITAL

  • OG:  1030 - 1035
  • FG:  1010 - 1013
  • ABV: 2.5 - 3.2
  • IBU: 10 - 20
  • SRM: 17 - 22
BJCP 2015 14A - Scottish Light Commercial Example
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