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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled. A cask version at 6% is produced in March and April.
"Scots Pine Ale"
Introduced by the Vikings, spruce and pine ales were very popular in the Scottish Highlands until the end of the 19th century. Many early explorers, including Captain Cook, used spruce ale during long sea voyages since it prevented scurvy and ill health. Shetland spruce ale was said to "stimulate animal instincts" and give you twins. Alba is a triple style ale brewed to a traditional Highland recipe from Scots pine and spruce shoots pickled during early spring.Pure malted barley, is boiled with the young sprigs of pine for several hours then the fresh shoots of the spruce are added for a short infusion before fermentation.
A tawny brown strong ale with spruce aroma, rich malt texture, complex wood flavour and lingering finish.
Best drunk at room temperature from a wine goblet as an after dinner digestive.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Poured into a tulip glass. A - Pours a clear copper with a touch of haze. Off-white soft creamy head creates a dense collar. S - Ripe cantaloupe, honey dew, sweet wood, floral alcohol, tart currents. T - Complex fruity yeast, sweet malt with some alcohol twang. The spruce is soft and not overpowering. Orange blossom honey and vanilla. Strawberries come out at the end M - Medium creamy body, Very fruity not what I expected. Everything worked together and the complexity assures you’ll taste new things everytime you drink this. Serving type: bottle 09-04-2011


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
uckelman (504) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
Pours dark amber, clear. Small amount of head. Spruce is pronounced and sweet in the aroma. Flavor is resinous without being overwhelmingly piney. Would probably be a good amber ale even without the spruce. Velvety palette.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarauckelman (327) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
Clear amber, no head. Very sprucy aroma -- sweet and almost candylike. The same elements carry through to the flavor. Really different, and really tasty. Palate a bit sticky, but suitable for the cane-sugar like sweetness from the spruce. Only complaint: It’s called a pine ale, but I don’t get much pine at all, only spruce.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (994) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours a clear golden caramel with a half finger near white head that thins to a film. Aroma is a touch sweet with notes of wood and floral, a touch of caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is balanced with sweet caramel, floral, a hint of pine sap, woody candy sugar, and a bit of alcohol warmth at the end. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a touch of syrup and a dry finish. Overall a nice brew . Notes of wood, floral, sap, and sweet caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (959) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
0.33 bottle. Clear, gold color and a medium, white head which leaves some thick lacing. Aroma of berries, flowers, and fruits - unusual but decent. Taste is also sweet and fruity, a tad piney for sure but mostly floral again. Medium body, creamy texture, and flat carbonation. Finish is medium long and enjoyable but not as impressive as the taste. Overall not a bad beer, certainly something out of the ordinary; it tastes of authenticity and does not offend the drinker with added juices or other concoctions.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (545) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
First try out of the same 4-pack they've been putting out for forever, apparently. Nose is surprisingly sweet and malt forward - like floral, herbal-y honey. Taste is much fruitier - cherries and cranberries, some pungent, earthy pine. It's quite sweet, almost syrupy, with a borderline medicinal element (technically this WAS "medicine" once upon a time). Finish is herbal, with a faint, lingering menthol effect. It's not what I was expecting but it's still pretty neat, and different, which is all I was hoping for. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ngunity (95) - - SEP 6, 2015
From bottle. Drank after a heavy day of big beers so maybe didn’t do it justice. Not memorable but not offensive. Suspect it’s worth another try, but also not a stunning drop.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marcius (394) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2015
Amber color, clear liquid and average head. Aroma of fruits, wood and alcohol. In the mouth it is sweet, a bit bitter and very fruity. It is too sweet for me... but still a very good ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1608) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle shared by Brian. Pours a transparent amber with a ring of cream colored head. Aroma and taste of malts and pine.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alkolord (289) - - AUG 24, 2015
Hell Braun trüb, feiner hellbrauner Schaum, süß in der Nase, alkoholisch, shisha tabak, voller Körper, süßlich, leichte bittere, alkoholisch. Nicht ganz meins

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
SarkyNorthener (3489) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from cellar door, Sutton Coldfield. Copper beer with large head. Aroma is malts and spruce. Taste is dry astringent herb. I have had spruce beers before, but this is not a good one. Almost drainpour. Actually half way through, drainpour!


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