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Caledonian Golden XPA & 80 Shillings

posted 5 Feb 2013, 07:35 by David Coulter
Out two cask ales for February are Caledonian Golden XPA * caledonian 80 Shillings.

Golden XPA has enticing floral aromas from Cascade hops. Hallertau Hersbrucker hops add more floral and soft fruit, Northdown hops develop aromas and light bitterness, all balanced by a malty moreish flavour and satisfying bitterness.  Wheat is added to ensure a silky smooth finish.

English style summer ales are light to golden in colour, with a medium bitterness that is balanced by residual malt biscuit-like sweetness. This style is really come to the fore in recent years within the booming category of Golden Ale.

Caledonian 80 is a beer with hidden depths. Brewed with three different varieties of hop and a multitude of malts, it is a drink to savour. Timeless and uncompromising 80/- is the essence of Scotland in a glass'

‘A predominantly malty, tawny beer with caramel and roast notes throughout. Smooth and rounded with a sweet taste that dries in the finish.’ The Good Beer Guide, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)

‘The russet-brown colour of autumn leaves. Robustly malty-fruity aroma, with suggestions of raspberry, smooth and creamy... very easily drinkable’ Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter

Inaugural CAMRA Champion Beer of Scotland 1996 and 1997, Caledonian 80/- picked up medals in the International Beer Competition 2003 and 2005.


Beer in Scotland was traditionally categorised in shillings, according to the amount of tax charged per hogshead – a giant barrel which contained 432 pints.

40/- ale was a very light beer often supplied to farmhands.50/- and 60/- beers were also reasonably light and mild.70/-, 80/- and 90/- were progressively stronger, export quality beers.

The shilling system continued to be used to indicate the beers' quality and was legally recognised in 1914.