PsychoKilter22oz

Psycho Kilter Scotch Ale – Starr Hill Brewery

When I saw this beer in the store, the Talking Heads went zipping through my mind, and not because of the super tight pants…

Then I looked closer and saw that the label actually reads Psycho KILTER Wee Heavy Ale.  A marvelous name and label for what would prove to be a very tasty beer.  I have enjoyed Wee Heavy ales from Sam Adams and Big Eddy (Leinenkugel’s craft label) so I was eager to try this one.

But first, in the interest of raising awareness in my faithful readers, what exactly is a Wee Heavy or Scotch Ale?  If you guessed that this style originated in Scotland, move your token to Free Parking.  Hops are finicky plants, and without boring you to death, just accept that most of Scotland is north of the ideal hop growing zone.  Tyler can expound upon this later in one of his sextuple IPA reviews.  Rather than use costly imported hops, our intrepid Scottish brewers made tasty beer by emphasizing the roasted malt flavors.  For beer drinkers like me who are less enthusiastic about the bitter hop flavor, Wee Heavy ales are quite a treat!

From the Label:

Inspired by the passion of founder Mark A. Thompson’s mission to share the gift of great beer, Starr Hill Brewery began operations in a small Charlottesville storefront in September of 1999.

The brewery shared it’s space with the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall, and the synergy of great music and great beer was born.  In 2005, Starr Hill Brewery moved from it’s small brewing operation to a larger facility several miles outside of Charlottesville, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Starr Hill currently sells beer throughout the mid Atlantic and Southeast and is one of the fastest growing micro-breweries in the United States.

Starr Hill’s Psycho Kilter is a full-bodied Wee Heavy brewed in the style of traditional Scottish Ales.  It’s huge malty nose, with hints of roastiness, gives way to a full, sweet palate with low, but perceptible hop bitterness.  A lingering warmth balances the rich and dominant maltiness.

Psycho Kilter pours a reddish molasses color with a thick, creamy head that you can float a bottle cap on.  The aroma of roasted malts is easy to detect.  It has a moderate, pleasing mouthfeel with low carbonation.  The first flavors that come through are definitely the roasted malts.  Surprisingly, there is a faintly bitter finish, which is unusual for Scotch Ales in my limited experience.  Even so, it is quite delicious and worthy of your hard earned cash.

When I saw this beer in the store, the Talking Heads went zipping through my mind, and not because of the super tight pants… Then I looked closer and saw that the label actually reads Psycho KILTER Wee Heavy Ale.  A marvelous name and label for what would prove to be a very tasty beer.  I have enjoyed Wee Heavy ales from Sam Adams and Big Eddy (Leinenkugel’s craft label) so I was eager to try this one. But first, in the interest of raising awareness in my faithful readers, what exactly is a Wee Heavy or Scotch Ale?  If you guessed that this style originated in Scotland, move your token to Free Parking.  Hops are finicky plants, and without boring you to death, just accept that most of Scotland is north of the ideal hop growing zone.  Tyler can expound upon this later in one of his sextuple IPA reviews.  Rather than use costly imported hops, our intrepid Scottish brewers made tasty beer by emphasizing the roasted malt flavors.  For beer drinkers like me who are less enthusiastic about the bitter hop flavor, Wee Heavy ales are quite a treat!

From the Label: Inspired by the passion of founder Mark A. Thompson’s mission to share the gift of great beer, Starr Hill Brewery began operations in a small Charlottesville storefront in September of 1999. The brewery shared it’s space with the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall, and the synergy of great music and great beer was born.  In 2005, Starr Hill Brewery moved from it’s small brewing operation to a larger facility several miles outside of Charlottesville, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Starr Hill currently sells beer throughout the mid Atlantic and Southeast and is one of the fastest growing micro-breweries in the United States. Starr Hill’s Psycho Kilter is a full-bodied Wee Heavy brewed in the style of traditional Scottish Ales.  It’s huge malty nose, with hints of roastiness, gives way to a full, sweet palate with low, but perceptible hop bitterness.  A lingering warmth balances the rich and dominant maltiness.

Psycho Kilter pours a reddish molasses color with a thick, creamy head that you can float a bottle cap on.  The aroma of roasted malts is easy to detect.  It has a moderate, pleasing mouthfeel with low carbonation.  The first flavors that come through are definitely the roasted malts.  Surprisingly, there is a faintly bitter finish, which is unusual for Scotch Ales in my limited experience.  Even so, it is quite delicious and worthy of your hard earned cash.

Psycho Kilter


Appearance – 80%


Smell – 75%


Taste – 75%


Mouthfeel – 80%



78%

Very Good!

Psycho Kilter is a fine example of a Wee Heavy Ale. Pleasantly malty with just a hint of bitterness means that this should appeal to a wide range of craft beer enthusiasts.

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