Scottish Ales: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Notes: Pleasant, low level oxidation is acceptable in Scotch Ales. Examples exhibiting more prevalent oxidation are categorized as Aged Beer. While there are conflicting theories as to whether traditional Scotch Ales exhibited peat smoke character, the current marketplace offers many examples with peat smoke character present at low to medium levels. Peat smoke attributes may be absent or present at low to medium levels. Versions exhibiting higher levels of smoke character are categorized as Smoke Beer. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may create subcategories which reflect groups of entries based on presence or absence of peat smoke-derived attributes.

  • ABV: 6.6%-8.5%
  • ABW: 5.2%-6.7%
  • IBU: 25-35
  • Color (SRM): 15-30
  • Color (EBC): 30-60
  • Original Gravity: 1.072-1.085
  • Original Gravity °P: 17.5-20.4
  • Final Gravity: 1.016-1.028
  • Final Gravity °P: 4.1-7.1

Style info provided entirely or in part by the Brewers Association 2021 beer style guidelines.

19 Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy Reviewed

Beer Brewery Rate Avg.
Sheep Eater Scotch Ale Grand Teton Brewing Company 9.00
Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale Tyranena Brewing Company 8.00
Slainte Central Waters Brewing Company 8.70
Under the Kilt Dragonmead Microbrewery 8.10
Warped Speed Scotch Ale Lake Louie Brewing 9.00
Wee-Heavy-er French Broad Brewing Company 3.56
Wet Willy Scotch Ale New England Brewing Company 8.70