Scottish Light

Recipes:
153
BJCP 2021:
14A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇬🇧 Great Britain
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Low
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Scottish Light, known traditionally as a "60 shilling ale", is a style steeped in history hailing from Scotland. This designation was historically based on the cost of a cask of beer in Shillings, according to strength, with Light being at the lower end of the spectrum and often the most sessionable with an ABV ranging typically from 2.5% to 3.5%. These beers were crafted to provide a malty and satisfying experience without excessive alcohol content, aligning with Scotland's cooler climate and indigenous ingredients.

Scottish Light is typified by its clear, inviting range from pale copper to dark brown coloration and usually capped with a creamy off-white head that may not persist due to lower carbonation levels. The visual allure is often matched by its aroma; it exudes mild malty sweetness accompanied by subtle notes hinting at caramel, toffee, or even a light nuttiness. Hop flavors are low-to-none; their presence is mainly there for balancing mild bitterness against the malt sweetness. It's not uncommon for these aromas to be accompanied by earthy or floral hop undertones. One can expect minimal esters in this style and practically no diacetyl unless intended for slight complexity enhancement.

There should be little to no roasted barley character which differentiates it from more robust Scottish ales like Scottish Export or Wee Heavy versions where such traits are more pronounced. Its relation to other Scottish Ale styles lies largely in its malt-focused composition but set apart by less intense flavors and a lower alcohol volume – designed for longer drinking sessions while still providing rich malty satisfaction.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
2.5 – 3.3 %

In Database
2.6 < 3.1 < 3.5 %

Bitterness

Specification
10 – 20 IBU

In Database
9 < 16 < 22 IBU

Color

Specification
33 – 49 EBC
17 – 25 SRM

In Database
29 < 34 < 47 EBC
15 < 17 < 24 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
7.5 – 8.8 °P
1.030 – 1.035 OG

In Database
6.9 < 8.3 < 10.0 °P
1.027 < 1.033 < 1.040 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 3.3 °P
1.010 – 1.013 FG

In Database
1.7 < 2.5 < 3.8 °P
1.006 < 1.010 < 1.015 FG

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