Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale

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Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale

Postby midlife crisis » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:35 pm

The recent mention, on the news page, of this beer now being in cans inspired me to buy a few, going back to it for the first time in years. It is really good! This may not be news to anyone else, but if you haven't had it for a while I commend the canned version as a nice, balanced but flavourful British-style ale.

I for one really like the trend of Ontario micros being available in single serving 473 ml cans.
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Postby Derek » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:46 pm

With some nice flavour & modest alcohol, this was one of my sessional beers at the UWO grad club. Definitely the go-to beer for a long night.

I really miss having that 'local'. I drank plenty of Creemore (before Molson 'improved' the filtering) and Wellington County as well... with some summer & winter beers to mix it up. Ahhh... good memories...
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Postby Belgian » Sat Jan 19, 2008 7:44 pm

Mos def a great session ale, the Scottish ale. A perfect little gem I quite enjoy.
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Postby Belgian » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:33 pm

Okay... just opened a chilled a can of this. Great open malt profile and complex alefruits. Nice bloom of hoppy bitterness and tart fruit. Everything the bottled rendition offers, just great. I love the 'pure' fresh taste of NS ales & lagers.
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Postby pootz » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:02 pm

Andy has retooled this one a number of times and had it perfected to where he wanted it just before they bought the canner.

10W30 has also been retooled recently to put the hop bite in the front with a lush caramel-nut maltiness trailing to the finish where some bittering appears again to turn lightly metalic in the after taste.

I just sampled a fresh can of this and it's much improved profile will stay brighter and last longer in the cans.

It may have been the effect of this being the first canned beer I've had since Xmas...but it still tasted improved as well as very very quenching :D
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Postby pootz » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:37 pm

Speaking of Neustadt did anyone get a chance to sample Andy's special northern bitter he brewed for the anniversary?
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Postby JerCraigs » Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:53 am

pootz wrote:Speaking of Neustadt did anyone get a chance to sample Andy's special northern bitter he brewed for the anniversary?


Nope. Did it make it to the GTA? I tried and enjoyed the one they did for Cest Whats Anniversary.
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Postby pootz » Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:58 pm

JerCraigs wrote:
pootz wrote:Speaking of Neustadt did anyone get a chance to sample Andy's special northern bitter he brewed for the anniversary?


Nope. Did it make it to the GTA? I tried and enjoyed the one they did for Cest Whats Anniversary.


I assume he made a few kegs for the usual places...I've been whacked out for a month so I had no way to het back to try it.

Apparently he still has some at the brewery so I'll be going there to gets some now I'm back.
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Postby Illuminatus » Sat May 24, 2008 10:45 pm

I was actually a little disappointed by this - I felt it was thin and not malty enough for the hops. Not up to the standard of the Neustadt Lager or the 10W30.
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Postby JesseM » Mon May 26, 2008 11:47 pm

I actually love this one. It can be hit or miss from can to can, but in my experience it depends on the freshness level. When fresh, I really love this stuff.

Personally, I don't like the canned Neustadt Lager, or the 10w30. I loved the lager when it was bottled, but the one can I had of it seemed overly hoppy, too unbalanced, and generally undrinkable by my palate. The 10w30 was better, but still nothing I really was nuts about.

Here's my tip, buy a bottle of scotch. Illuminatus, I'd be willing to go 50/50 with you on a decent bottle of single malt at some point, but any scotch will due. Take a shot of the scotch, and chase it with Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale. It sounds stupid, and like something only I would do to impress people at parties (which is does for some reason), but it leaves this delicious butterscotch aftertaste that lingers for a really nice long time!

Maybe I'm just weird. :lol:
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Postby Belgian » Tue May 27, 2008 7:38 am

JesseM wrote:Personally, I don't like the canned Neustadt Lager, or the 10w30. I loved the lager when it was bottled, but the one can I had of it seemed overly hoppy, too unbalanced, and generally undrinkable by my palate. The 10w30 was better, but still nothing I really was nuts about.


That's funny because next last Scottish I bought seemed 'older' than the recent brilliant one - also not as good as the great Lager I bought at the same time. Maybe we both need a fresher can of these Jess?

This is the slight trade-off we get with 100% authentic natural products that aren't designed for 'bullet-proof' shelf life:

www.neustadtsprings.com/page3.html

Says right here Neustadt beers "HAVE to be refrigerated." Sounds like unpasteurized beer to me! I will have to make a run to Cooper St. to get perfect samples of all three because they will be very fresh (they still were okay 'old' but hey let's not be su
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Postby JesseM » Tue May 27, 2008 7:55 pm

Belgian wrote:
This is the slight trade-off we get with 100% authentic natural products that aren't designed for 'bullet-proof' shelf life:


I think you hit the nail on the head right there Belgian.

Also, the 'M' part of JesseM stands for MacLeod, my last name, which is probably the single most Scottish name in existence, so I guess maybe I'm inherently supposed to enjoy Scottish Ales? :P
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Postby Belgian » Wed May 28, 2008 11:18 am

Hey MacLeod, a Pringle here myself. Maybe we're not Clansmen, but I guess that's because long before we Pringles were Scots we were Norman Vikings... invading places all over Europe including (of course) Normandy and Sicily...

Like beer all people must come from somewhere it seems (to link back to topic.)
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Postby Cagiva650 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:59 pm

I'm enjoying my first Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale. Lovely beer. Some nice flavours coming through in this one. I bought this from Andy at the brewery one week ago. The cans are a great convienience for me, having to carry them home to Newfoundland in my suitcase.

Scots names? Ya can't get a more Scottish name than McDonald! :)
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Postby matt7215 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:25 pm

one of the most under-rated ontario brewers, the 10w30 is alway a good buy and the lager is a quality brew. the scottish ale didnt really do much for me but it wasnt bad in any way. i guess this here Macdonald just doesnt enjoy a good scottish ale :wink:

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