Strong ale

Strong ale is a type of ale, usually above 5% abv and often higher, between 7% to 11% abv, which spans a number of beer styles, including old ale, barley wine and Burton ale.[1][2][3][4] Strong ales are brewed throughout Europe and beyond, including in England, Belgium and the United States.[5][6]

Younger's Scotch Ale label
An unopened bottle of Ansells Silver Jubilee Strong Ale from 1977

"Scotch ale" was first used as a designation for strong ales exported from Edinburgh in the 18th century.[7][8] Scotch ale is sometimes conflated with the term "wee heavy", as both are used to describe a strong beer.[9] Beers brewed in the US under the name "wee heavy" tend to be 7% abv and higher, while Scottish-brewed examples, such as Belhaven's Wee Heavy, are between 5.5% and 6.5% abv. McEwan's Scotch Ale is also 8% abv.[10]

See also


  1. Cornell, M. (2010). Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain's Great Beers. History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-7594-3. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  2. Dredge, M. (2014). Craft Beer World: A guide to over 350 of the finest beers known to man. Ryland Peters & Small. p. 547. ISBN 978-1-909313-37-8. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  3. Zainasheff, J.; Palmer, J. (2007). Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew. Brewers Publications. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-9840756-4-5. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. Sherman, Amy (November 24, 2017). "New Holland Brewing celebrates their 20th anniversary with one strong ale". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  5. Jackson, M. (2000). Great Beer Guide. Dorling Kindersley-book. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 978-0-7894-5156-9. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  6. Reports from Committees of the House of Commons: Repr. by Order of the House. Reports from Committees of the House of Commons: Repr. by Order of the House. House of Commons. 1782. p. 771.
  7. The Younger Centuries, by David Keir, 1951, page 22
  8. "Caledonian Edinburgh Scotch Ale from Caledonian (S&N, Heineken), an English Strong Ale style beer". 5 November 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  9. Gilmour, Alaistair (2011). The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199912100. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  10. "McEwan's Scotch Ale". BeerAdvocate. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.