Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale: Neustadt Springs – A Bonny Review

According to their website, Andrew and Val Stimpson set up shop at the abandoned Crystal Springs Brewery in 1997. Operating for the better part of two decades, these award-winning brewmasters have brought their British roots to bear in giving the world Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale from Neustadt Springs Brewery. Two British ex-patriates’ take on an American version of a unique Scottish flavour …

Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale – First Sip

Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale pours nicely into my glass: it’s an almost cloudy orange-brown with a thin layer of head. This beer is malty. It has a sweet-and-sour flavour that fades to a grainy finish. Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale has a smooth but crisp mouthfeel that gives this brew an easy-drinkin’ quality while accentuating its unique sweet-and-sour taste.

Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale – Last Sip

I’ve never had a Scottish pale ale before so this is all new to me. But, if Scottish pale ales are generally malt-forward and grainy then this is an excellent version of one. Its sweet-and-sour taste make it a great beer to enjoy ice cold or at room temperature. My very limited research into Scottish ale has taught me that it’s essentially a North American take on what’s generally referred to as Scotch ale (Innis & Gunn being a popular brewer of such). Wikipedia also reports that Scottish or Scotch ales are great chasers for Scotch whisky. I decided to put wikipedia’s statement to the test.

Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale – As a chaser for Scotch

I admit my inferior Scotch whisky selection but expect no flack for drinking this unique brew as a chaser for Johnnie Walker Red Label. Here we go (I raise my shot glass to the victims of the Battle of Culloden). Hoots mon! Aside from the obvious, drinking a wee bit o’ whisky is a great way to set off the flavour of this brew. Its sweet-and-sour taste complements well the earthy flavour of the Scotch. Just don’t perform this alcoholic combination too often, Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale’s relatively low alcohol percentage (4.5% ABV versus Innis & Gunn Original‘s 6.6%) notwithstanding. Although, I may try it again with a single malt during Outlander’s Season Two finale, ye ken?

Michael Bedford
Michael Bedford
Under intense scrutiny by the Temporal Authorities, I was coerced into actualizing my capsule in this causality loop. Through no fault of my own, I am marooned on this dangerous yet lovely level-four civilization. Stranded here, I have spent most of my time learning what I can of the social norms and oddities of the Terran species, including how to properly use the term "Hipster" and how to perform a "perfect pour." Under the assumed name of "Michael Bedford," I have completed BA's with specialized honours in both theatre studies and philosophy, and am currently saving up for enough galactic credits to buy a new--or suitably used--temporal contextualizer ... for a friend.