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Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn LadeBack

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ABV: 4.5%
Origin: Throsk, Stirling, Scotland

Lade Inn LadeBack

In 2003, the owners of the  delightful Lade Inn in the Trossachs near Callander decided to add to the pub’s attractions by opening a microbrewery in an outbuilding, developing a range of own brand beers in collaboration with Douglas Ross of Bridge of Allan Brewery. In the event the brewery proved problematic and shut down a year later, the building later being converted into specialist off license the Scottish Real Ale Shop, but the beers endured, brewed under contract by Douglas at what’s now Traditional Scottish Ales. They’re available in cask in the pub, but also in filtered, bottled form as an additional point of interest in the shop.

LadeBack is business owner Frank Park’s particular favourite, a well balanced and accessible amber Scottish ale which I enjoyed on cask at the pub. A biscuity, slightly whiskyish and orange tinged aroma rises from a smooth and persistent yellowy-white head. The palate is malty and smooth with sweet fruit and controlled rooty hop notes. The finish is subtly fruity and creamy with a touch of powdery dryness in a careful balance of malt and hops. You can almost forgive it the groan-inducing name.

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