• Hop River Brewing Company (map)
  • 1515 North Harrison Street
  • Fort Wayne, IN, 46808
  • United States

Join us as we add Hurly Burly Scottish Ale to the line up of delicious beers.  

Hurly Burly – Scottish Ale: 7.5% ABV

Short Form Description: A malt-forward ruby-red beauty with significant caramel flavor. Brewed with imported Golden Promise malt by a patient brewer, this is a rich, boozy friend.

Long Form Description:

Appearance: Dark ruby-red. Quite brilliant when held to the light; dark and mysterious when in a glass. Off-white creamy head.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, toffee, bread, malt, alcohol.

Flavor: Very malt forward, with rich complex caramel throughout. Very subtle grainy character and light, slightly astringent malt bitterness. Very boozy; pleasantly warming.

Texture: Rich body, but not syrupy or sticky like some high alcohol beers.

About the Beer:  We have a very simple malt bill here. 99% of the malt bill is Golden Promise, imported from the United Kingdom. We use a very small amount of unmalted roasted barley, just for the color.

All the rich caramel and dark malt flavors are derived through patience. We simmer the malt as we collect in the kettle and extend our boiling time. This caramelizes the sugars present, giving the beer body and flavor. It takes longer, but gives us a more complex and drinkable beer.

About the Name:  Hurly Burly, noun, busy, boisterous activity. Some hurly burly may occur while tasting this beer, or after a couple pints. We found this term in the first few lines of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. It seemed appropriate to describe this beer.

ACT I SCENE I. A desert place.

Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches

First Witch

When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch

When the hurlyburly's done, When the battle's lost and won.