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Beer Review: Grand Lake’s Plaid Bastard

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Plaid Bastard, Grand Lake Brewing Co., Grand Lake

Style: Scotch Ale

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ABV: 8 percent

Serving Type: 12-ounce bottle

Malty? Hoppy? Malty. Period.

Reviewed: November 2013

At 8,369 feet, Grand Lake Brewing might just top out as the world’s highest packaging brewery, which somehow gives their beer a quintessential Colorado feel. One of our favorite Grand Lake offerings happens to be their Scotch ale, Plaid Bastard. Aside from being well-named (we dig a beer name with some attitude), this brew delivers on the Scoth ale tradition of malt-forward beers. In fact, Plaid Bastard is a malt-lovers dream: peat-smoked malt from Scotland gives this brew a subtle smokiness, which blends nicely with the alcohol warmth owed to the Bastard’s 8 percent ABV. The brewery suggests the Bastard is also hiding some black cherry and raisin flavors, which we found to be pleasantly subtle. Bottom line: If you stock your fridge with malty beers to get you through winter, make room for this one.

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Would we buy it again? Yes. There aren’t nearly as many Scocth ales kicking around as, say, IPAs. This is one of the good ones.

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