I call this brew Bannockburn Amber Ale in honor of the battle in which King Robert the Bruce secured Scotland’s independence. It’s not a completely traditional Scotch ale but it’s close enough. - Michael W. Martin Canton, Texas
Kuyler Doyle’s “Wee Hottie” took second place behind the ZEALOTS
entry. Kuyler’s choice was dictated by the style’s primary ingredient.
“I thought the malty sweet character of a Scotch ale would pair well
with spicy heat from chiles,” states Kuyler. “Since Scotch ales are
allowed to have a smoky flavor, I went with that as the link. I added
some rauch malt to the blend and used smoky chipotle peppers for the
heat and flavor.” Like the ZEALOTS, Kuyler did a spinoff of a 5- gallon
(19-L) batch. The recipe below has the peppers scaled up for full a
5-gallon (19-L) batch.
When my wife and I visited Ireland, we really enjoyed our share of
Smithwick’s Ale. Smithwick’s is a light-bodied, copper-colored Irish Red ale with
a pleasant hint of roastiness and a dry finish. Here’s a successful
homebrew version of Smithwick’s.
Randy & Amy Germann
San Antonio, Texas