Broughton Merlin's Scottish Pale Ale

Broughton Merlin's Scottish Pale Ale

Rated 3.256 by BeerPals

Brewed by Broughton Ales Limited

Broughton Village, Biggar, Scotland, United Kingdom

Style:  Bitter

4.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Named after the legendary Merlin, whose burial site is close by Broughton Brewery, this golden coloured, hoppy ale has a light refreshing flavour and a mystical aftertaste.

ID: 608 Last updated 2 weeks ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank12709
Overall Percentile72.6
Style Rank73 of 837
Style Percentile91.3
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.315
Weighted Score3.256
Standard Deviation0.496

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    I've had far better bitters than this. Not as reddish-gold as a good bitter would be, and the aromas were all off. No citrusy hops whatsoever. The flavour was acidic with a weak finish and quite thin.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    It pours a light amber, thin but dimpled white head and some lacing. A sweet and spicy aroma of caramel malts, hops, tangerine, berries, honey, and even grapes. The mouthfeel is smooth yet thin and watery .Flavors of caramel malts, hops, grass, lemons/citrus, tart, and mild spices. Tasty but too thin.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Hazy orange colour, small off-white head. Flavour is hoppy, fruity and caramellish. Flavour is quite fruity and sweet (nectarish). A bit watery, but still drinkable.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a hazy translucent yellow-amber. Sweet and sour aroma; bready, but gets fruitier. The mild bitterness of hops is in the foreground, with underlying malt. Nicely balanced. Substantial, good body, warming. Feels good on the tongue and in the belly.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    This one poured a really pale clear golden yellow color, but with a fluffy and pillowy head that made it respectable. The aroma was fruity and grassy. The flavor was rather complex for the color and style: fruity (apricots and peaches), citrus, honey, with some grassiness. The finish was hoppy, very dry, and had some metallic aspects to it, unfortunately (otherwise, flavor would have bumped up one). Mouthfeel was pretty carbonated, but somewhat of a light to moderate body. Not bad, but not worth import prices, definitely not in a bottle.

  • ORVALPLEASE 351 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Strong apple nose mixed with citrus odors upon opening that faded slightly, but stuck around for the entire bottle. Pale golden in color with a full head. A little bit light in mouthfeel, but not enough to be a distraction. Sour apple notes carry through to the taste and IMO are what make this beer better than average. A tiny bit of hops in the finish do well to accent the fruity sourness. Broughton makes another good one.

  • HEEMER77 1009 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured a bright gold with lots of carbonation bubbles. A large white head. The aroma is lemons with some light bread and caramel. The taste is a smoky citrus and some tobacco. There is also some spicy cinnamon in the finish. Fairly dry. Light and refreshing, different for a bitter. I would like a little more body.

  • BOV 1743 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    hazy orange colour, few foam and a nice lacing, apricot and pine aroma, smooth and thin-bodied with a solide bitterness, dry bitter finish - fresh and pleasant

  • MKOBES 550 reviews
    rated 3.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Bottle. Golden in color and slightly hazy. The beer has a nice lasting white head. Fruity aroma. Spicey. Light and crisp flavor. Ok beer..

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A very malty and slightly bready aroma. The appearance is a dark golden color with a foamy white head. The flavor is buttered popcorn with a hint of citrus. It is slightly bitter but mostly a malt fest. This one really coats your mouth. Strange fellow this Merlin.

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