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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Herbal beer with handpicked heather flowers From out of the darkness of pre-recorded history, Heather Ale is an altogether unique brew. Originally crafted by the inhabitants of coastal Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Northern British Isles, fresh heather flowers and other herbs were used to balance and flavor the rustic yet sweet toasted character of the malted barley. Its brewing tradition existed long before the advent of hopped beers, and has continued, sporadically, in small rural communities for millennia. Brewed with imported Scottish floor-malted barley, fresh hand-harvested heather flowers were added to the kettle during the boil along with sweet gale and lavender, with a further addition of fresh heather and yarrow to the conditioning tanks. Each year the CBC brewstaff handpicks the fresh herbs for this beer from a field along the Atlantic Coast, and adds them into the brewkettle the very next day. The aroma and flavor are a surprising jog of ancient memory, with commingling subtle notes of heather and honey and an obscure wildflower spiciness complemented by the interplay of mild but assertive, toasty-sweet malt. Medium bodied, light amber-gold in color, with a dry finish that hints at tartness. Special thanks to our friends for their support with this year’s harvest, and to everyone at Sylvan Nurseries in beautiful Westport, MA for allowing us to harvest from their blossoming heather fields. Slainte! ~Will Meyers, Brewmaster Note: Pregnant or breastfeeding women may wish to avoid consuming this beer due to the mild medicinal nature of the herbs used in crafting this beer.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bmsulliv (166) - - DEC 22, 2013
Very fruity cidery looking beer. Not one of my favorites from these guys. Too much sweetness not enough carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BroSpud (1682) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Sampled at Julios New England Craft Beer Fest. Interesting ale but one I was glad to have the opportunity to taste before wasting any money on it. Not for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of heather, bread, light honey and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of heather, bread and spice with a crisp dry lingering heather finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2045) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing S: Peppercorn, Floral, Herbal T: Peppercorn, Herbal, Floral, Corriander M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicy, Mildly Drying Overall, the spice content is strong but subtle enough not to overpower the floral nose and taste too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2335) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle, thx Jeff, pours a bright yellow, aroma is floral and so is taste, it is nice and refreshing and very drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
bomber shared by jprime. hazed yellow with a white head. lovely floral nose. very unique and interesting but still drinkable and highly enjoyable. nice stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmcgavin12 (486) - Madison, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Cloudy amber pour with lots of floral and light notes on the nose. Flavor is lightly sweet with a toasted crisp finish. Refreshing summer beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3247) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
Tap at CBC. Aroma of unique Lavender. Soft earthy wet hay. Sweet doughy raisin bread. Taste is herbs. Wild flowers. But touch too much floral scented soap to entice me to drink this regularly. But neat. And fun to try. Well made.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
A refreshing, aromatic and tasty brew. Perfect for summer. Drinkability is quite high as it’s not too heavy or overpowering. I really enjoyed this unique style.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1599) - WALES - MAR 15, 2013
Oct 2012 - draught at Wetherspoons St Albans. Interesting. Herby - thyme? I wouldn’t rush back to this, but it was certainly interesting.


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