Scottish Ale

BJCP 2021:


The Scottish Ale category encompasses a series of beers that are known for their malt-forward profile, showcasing rich caramel flavors with some degree of sweetness. These ales often have hints of toasted biscuits or lightly roasted malt and may carry subtle buttery or toasty notes. The characteristic elements come from traditional ingredients such as Scottish malt and yeast, which provide the distinct profile expected from these styles.

Within this category, there are different styles graded by strength and flavor intensity ranging from lighter, sessionable offerings to more robust and richer varieties. The range includes the lighter Scottish Light, moving on to the more moderate Scottish Heavy, and culminating in the strongest of the group, the Scottish Export. Each offers a variation in alcohol content while maintaining the core malty characteristics. These beers typically exhibit low hop bitterness, allowing malt to be the primary focus. They are clearly distinct from other categories through their specific balance towards maltiness rather than hoppiness or stronger yeast character found in other ale categories.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
3.0 < 4.8 < 6.5 %


In Database
11 < 21 < 34 IBU


In Database
19 < 30 < 43 EBC
10 < 15 < 22 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
8.0 < 12.3 < 16.3 °P
1.032 < 1.050 < 1.067 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.9 < 3.4 < 5.1 °P
1.008 < 1.013 < 1.020 FG

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