By: Beau Burke
Style: Strong Scotch Ale
OG: 1.063
FG: 1.016
Recipe Type: Mini-Mash
A little on the small end for Strong Scotch Ale, but definitely bigger than a Scottish Export, Hopeless is the answer to 2008's hop shortage. Very low on bitterness and hop aroma, yet sacrificing nothing in terms of flavor. It's a great ale for winter nights; robust, strong, and packed with caramel and roast malt character.

These are dark times for hop heads. Hopeless may be nearly hop-less, but it's a nice reminder that there are many dimensions to terrific beer.