Cambridge Heather Ale
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (783) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1693) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2012
22 oz.bottle, purchased @ CBC. Batch 01, bottled AUG / 12. Deep golden amber color no head at all. Low carbonation. Nose is really herbal and floral. Flavor of herbs, citrus, rosehips, and some light grain. As it gets warm I taste flowers exclusively. It has a tea like quality. Short clean finish. Decent but not something I would get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3937) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2012
22oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted notes from the malts, plus floral hops. There is also a grape-like and herbal character from the flowers. Flavor a nice blend of these. Average texture. An interesting and unique beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (586) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Generic looking golden yellow with medium off-white head. Aroma herbal but a bit skunky. Medium-light body. Flavor is off-dry, fairly floral, light malt, lemony-spice, slightly sour finish. Drinkable for sure, interesting perhaps not memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1545) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2012
22 oz bottle, Batch 01, bottled 08/12. Pours a mildly hazy honey color with a 1 finger white head. Aroma has a very herbal quality to it. Not sure what heather smells like, but I guess this is what I am smelling. Some spicy notes too. White pepper perhaps. Flavor is spicy w/coriander, pepper and more heather. A touch of lavender too. Medium bodied with a bit of bitterness on the tongue. Delicious, interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Cask, The Francis Newton, Sheffield, UK. Ale festival 2012. Light gold, pronounced heather aroma, some faint hops. Slight skunkiness. Floral honey flavour, thick with a long flowery finish. Good As a specimen, not sure I could do more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2012
a nice bomber shared into a couple of sampling glasses. Light clear amber color. Aroma is sweet honey and dried flowers. Summer fields and sunshine smell. The heather smell is very strong but I do get some toast malt in there. Taste is fully sweet and just releases more of that perfume. Flavor stayed with me for hours after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4394) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to coat surface. Spring flower and grass aromas. Soft, yet crisp with sweet honey and toasted caramel front to back. Lasting grass finish. Dry, lasting earthy bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a nice enough head. Nose is really herbal and nice. Great honey notes, lavender and then roasemary pine notes. Some wet bread as well. On taste, nice and mellow bitterness. Aggressive florals that are quite nice. More honey and herbal tea as well. Really great beer.

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