Review: MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale, Pelican Pub & Brewery

MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale
Pelican Pub & Brewery — Pacific City, OR

  • Style: Scottish Ale
  • Bitterness: 17 IBU
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Malts: Golden Promise, Caramel
  • Hops: Willamette
  • Sampled: 2 oz. draft sampler

Description:  Our interpretation of the Scottish Export style is coppery amber in color and features a mild, malty aroma. The malty flavor is balanced with Willamette hops to add a little "snap" to the flavor and finish of this rich ale.  — Pelican Pub & Brewery

Random thoughts:  This was the 2nd of 7 beers I sampled during my visit to Pelican.  All seven were included in Pelican's $6 beer sampler.

The tasting:  Color is amber / copper.  Again, similar to the Kiwanda Cream Ale, I didn’t really smell anything.  It’s medium bodied.  Unlike the Kiwanda, this has flavor--sweet malt, and some kind of fruit--but I can't really place it.  Overall, it has nice combination of flavors.   

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me.  I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars.  However, I decided that if I'm ever on fence about a rating, I will grade down.  After all, there should be fewer higher rated beers....right?!?  

Have you had this beer or any other Scottish ale?  If so, let me know which one, and I'll try to find it.


  1. I tried the McPelicans and agree with your review. I thought it had a good smell but lacked the flavor I was hoping for. A good Scottish ale to try is Pike Place Kilt Lifter.

  2. I bought a bottle of MacPelican's Wee Heavy Ale to share with Julie. It wasn't as flavorful as I expected. I'm finding that the Pelican brews I've tried are a little too light for my taste. Maybe I'm drinking them in the wrong season. Funny, I'm not sold on all the awards the Cream Ale gets either. I'd rather have a Boddington's.

  3. Outside of the cream ale, I really like Pelican's brews. I've been wanting to write about Mother of All Storms, but couldn't get a bottle.


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