Sunday, April 6, 2008

Beer News, Red Legs Scotch Ale

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Sun, Apr 6, 2008 at 11:09 PM


It’s been a beery month, indeed … we’ve been preparing for a cover story on the worldwide hops and barley shortage and how it’s affecting the local craft brewers (stay tuned). City Paper enjoyed a really nice sample of Coast Brewing Company’s new Red Legs Scotch Ale — a whole growler’s worth! Brewers/proprietors David Merritt and Jaime Tenny are starting to bottle more frequently, in addition to the kegging of their big-flavored Hop Art I.P.A. and specialty ales.

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The Red Legs Scotch Ale is an astonishingly malty, slightly smoky take on the traditional Scottish style. The term “Scotch ale” is normally used specifically to identify a very strong, dark, malt-accented speciality from Scotland. Other Scottish styles include Light, Heavy, Export, and Strong. Coast’s version is perhaps slightly lighter in color (deep copper/brown), with a touch heather in the mix of ingredients.
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Well-conditioned, and clean-tasting, the Scotch Ale is

The ale is available on tap at EVO Pizzeria, Mellow Mushroom, Brixx Pizza, and Daily Dose. The next release for April will be a Honey Wheat Pale Ale, brewed with local honey. Cheers to all of that!

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