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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (12900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle at Track 84 courtesy of BeerandBlues2, thanks! Hazy golden color. Floral lavender color. Taste is herbal and oily.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle at Track 84. Pours lightly hazy brown with a small, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is heather, sweet honey and biscuit malt. Flavor is sweet malt, heather and a sweet finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2312) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours a medium golden color with a finger of white foam. Lots of bready malt, toasted grain and floral honey notes mingle with rustic herbal grassy bitterness. Finish is dry and refreshing with a nice subtle bitterness.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6796) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2014
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Bottled 8/13/14. Pours a hazy darker amber color, with a thin, loudly fizzing khaki head. It’s like pouring a soft drink. Fades to a thin amount, leaves a couple splotches of lace. Medium body. Medium body. Kind of soft, stronger carbonation. Good mild toasty malt, bright floral flavor. Pear. Some fall-type spice. Hint of cinnamon baked apple. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Hint of tartness. Interesting stuff. Nice flavor, but texture is a little forced. Gets better after it sits for a half hour and the carbonation has a chance to die down. Decent to wash my sandwich down with, but the best choice as a flavor complement.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerathon (1243) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
This is a strange beer, almost like drinking a flower, which is to be expected from the name. Spices taste/smell like perfume and wildflowers, a bit of tea. Fizzy slight head. Don’t hate it, but don’t like it either.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8746) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper amber white head. Nose/taste of florals, lavender, lemon, light malt, light spice, toasted breads and a touch of honey. Lighter medium body.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bmsulliv (172) - - 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 (1716) - , 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 (10062) - 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 (2198) - 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.


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