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Scottish and Irish Ale

Style Family Snapshot

The numbers next to the Scotch ale names stand for the shilling tax and not for how many to consume. Scottish Light Ale 60/- is the least strong and the lowest in starting gravity. Scottish Strong Ale 90/- is the strongest, but then you guessed that already. Scottish Export Ale 80/- is the sweetest of the Scottish ales. All are more balanced towards maltiness because of the low attenuation levels and the solid malt character. The Irish Ale is a version of English Pale Ale, however, it is slightly sweeter. It is lighter in color and in body than its Scottish cousins.

Style Family Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.030 - 1.081

Final Gravity (FG):

1.008 - 1.027

Strength (ABV):

2.8 - 8.6

Bitterness (IBU):

9 - 36

Color (SRM):

9 - 38


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Serving These Styles

Suggested serving temperature: 44 - 60 F

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Scottish and Irish Ale