Jolly Scot Scottish Style AleMarch 1, 2003 Harrisburg, PA
Appalachian Brewing Co.
Available: PA, MD
Jolly Scot Scottish Ale has been brewed at the Appalachian Brewery since its opening in 1997, the first brewery to produce beer in Pennsylvania’s capital city. The name “Jolly Scot” is a tribute to the R. H. Graupners Brewery, where a beer of the same name was produced until the brewery closed in 1951. The Appalachian Brewery is a full service restaurant with attached full-scale microbrewery, located in an historic building.
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The head is noisy with energy enough to set it afire. There’s a swarm of bubbles bursting. Clean, neat aromatics and a smooth, friendly taste are quite warming. There’s a pleasant, unexpected hop energy afloat here, but it managed to hold its own with the mellowness of the malt. The beer lingers invitingly as it slides down the throat.
- Fred Eckhardt
Oh, the poor Scots. No one, except perhaps the Belgians, seems to understand Scottish beer. American brewers rarely manage to capture the quiet, malty elegance of Scottish brewing. This beer has the color right—a pretty garnet brown. The nose presents a blast of fresh apples, which is not promising. The palate is dry and thin, with a quinine-like bitterness. The finish is quick and tangy. Scottish brewing secrets remain safe for now, I’m afraid.
- Garrett Oliver
Like many American interpretations, this “Scottish 80/-“ is bigger in most respects than the original style. The full tawny color is perfect. The appetizing, dark malt aroma is absolutely appropriate, but bigger and richer than you would find in Scotland today. Slightly buttery maltiness and a touch of restorative sweetness in the middle. The warming hit of alcohol in the finish is also appropriate, though it seems slightly aggressive.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.