Cambridge Weekapaug Gruit Ale
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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Gruit is primarily a combination of three herbs: sweet gale (Myrica gale), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and wild rosemary (Ledum palustre). Additionally, individual brewers would add other herbs and spices as they liked to produce unique flavors and aromas in their beer. These herbs were known for their mildly stimulating properties, and when added to fermented beer were known to have said inebriating qualities amplified.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Translucent brown with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, caramel, raisins, rosemary, and light apples. Taste of toffee, dark fruits, spices, and a semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3000) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Pours mostly clear amber copper with a small gray head that dissipates quickly. Aroma brings light sweet malts and herbs. Flavors bring nutty amber malts that turn a tad sweet and then the gruit continues with some bitterness and herbs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Sample courtesy of Mitch, thanks! Murky amber color, small white head. Aroma of light spice. Taste is very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (4993) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2012
$6.99 for a 22 oz. Bottle. Batch 1, April 2012. 5.5%. Amber in color. No head, flat Co2. Nose is all rosemary. The flavor is an variety of ginger, rosemary and some type of odd flower. I’m not a fan of ginger root and I pick it up a lot. Doesn’t help the rating. Overall it’s more like drinking a chilled herbal tea and not a.beer. This was my 2nd or third gruit and unfortunately this doesn’t make me want to run out and try more of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5012) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention crackles and recedes leaving no lacing. Sweet summer herb aromas. Slightly tart front to back with earthy caramel and bread upfront turning to mild lasting herb finish. A nice change.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2012
One of the more vile things Ive had in a while. Was there something wrong with this? Tasted like sea weed straight from the long island sound. Salty, fishy, algae, with a splash of italian seasoning. Bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3575) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub. Pours a hazy deep amber with a fizzy thin-moderate off-white head that vanished before I could take my first sip. There are lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. Looks more like a soda than a beer. The aroma is spice and not much else really. The flavor is malt with some sweetness to it along with a strong dose of spice. Heavy carbonation. An interesting beer to try but not something I would likely seek out again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2012
This liquid rotten salmon aged in stale Ginger and seawater brine. Wow this is fackin gross

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2012
22oz bottle batch #1. Amber colored beer that gets murky as the bottle goes down. Aroma is sweet caramel a a fist full of fresh herbs and walk through the field. Taste starts with a tartness like orange juice than gets maltly int he middle and finishes rosemary but that tartness goes along to. palate is in the middle. Overall a one of a kind experience of a brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at the brewpub. Batch 1, bottled April 2012. Pours a cloudy, deep amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, fizzy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened dark caramels and a touch of bread with some herbal spices, earth, and floral fruits. Rosemary, coriander, grass, a hint of smoke, and a light lemon. Flavor is lightly sweetened caramel up front with a slightly tart lemon, herbal spices, and earth. A touch of breadiness to the caramel in the middle with more rosemary, coriander, ginger, and florals. Caramel gets a bit deeper towards the end as this finishes with lots of florals and herbal spices as well as a touch of acidity. Medium length aftertaste following a light body and a moderately fizzy carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. Lots of florals and spices with a deeper caramel backing while being a bit thin and fizzy. Not bad.

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