DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottled. I’ve got a chance here to rate an unaged bottle. A little less sugary and thick than noted below, which is to be expected. Malts are lighter, like a Vienna. Heather character doesn’t quite assert itself, but then do I even know what heather should taste like, aside from as a bittering agent?<hr>
Bottle, with "Best by 2/01" date notch. Tasted 12/31/2003. Ah, a traditional Scots drink for the only holiday in the US with a Scots aspect. And an interesting brew it is. Mossy odor when I crack the bottle. Pours a hazy brown, about pale ale color, with a thin head. Taste has some sweetness without being cloying. They don’t mention if there are hops at all (don’t they need some to be allowed to call it "beer," so sweetness seems balanced by heather, giving it grassy notes and the dry finish, as advertised, plus a very faint citrusy aspect. Well-made relic of those days of auld lang syne.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a decent head that dissipates and leaves little lace. The aroma is clover like. The flavor is unique: slightly salty, spicy, malty, and a sour fruit finish. The ale is somewhat moderately rich. Overall, this is a good step into the past.
GregClow (3183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, glowing golden colour with small white head. Big, firm aroma of earthy malts, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) and cut grass. Very unique flavour with a big malt backbone and strong floral notes along with a bit of honey. Finish is dry, slightly acidic, with a pleasant hint of ginger. It took me a couple of mouthfuls to get into it, but I'm really digging this beer.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah, so like, what do you compare a "heather" beer to when this is the first you've had? The closest I can compare it to is Siletz's Spruce Ale, only not so "pine" tasting. Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's listed here as a Pale Ale but I don't think that's quite it.
Beautiful bottle, one that certainly won't be traded in for the 5c deposit. And the design is *not* Celtic, it's Gaelic, dammit! 11.2 oz, "Best Before" date of Dec 2004. Pours a semi-cloudy honey color with little head that doesn't last for long.
Smells *really* appealing. Very floral and much like the Spruce Ale.
Tastes, well, like the Spruce without the pine. Someone else mentioned ginger and I think they're right on the mark. It's quite floral, which is likely the heather but I've never tasted heather before.
Mouthfeel is rather crisp with nice carbonation.
Drinkability is good, I could have a few of them but it's not something I'd want very often.
Nice beer and a very plesant change from the hoppy beers I've been drinking lately.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is my first venture into a heather ale. A nice experience for sure. Appearance is cloudy copper color with a creamy off white head and some lacing. Aroman is interesting. Spicy, flowery and nice for sure. Flavor is also spicy, cinnemon flavor with a sweet initial taste rapidly giving way to an acidic (not unplesant) bitterness. A good beer
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper colored ale with a fruity aroma. Bitter beginning with fruity notes and ends with a lingering bitterness. Somewhat dry finish on the palate.
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thin but creamy head of fine bubbles which leads to some great lacing. Low carbonation. Thin malty aroma with a trace of hops. Flavor is sort of bland with some malts again and not much else distinctive. Rather creamy and coating in the mouth. Finish is slightly dry with some hops presence. An ok smooth light ale.
egajdzis (6100) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a copper color with a small white head and nice lacing. Floral hoppy, fruity aroma. Caramel, malt, DMS taste with a full mouthfeel.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
NERAX '02 Wow,quite a distinctive flowery aroma and flavor,malty,spicy almost medicinal,very dry finish.
MaBeer1972 (1824) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light (clear) copper color. Lots of carbonation. Loose, frothy head. Flavor is smooth and malty with a unique spicy tone. Quite refreshing with a fruity aftertaste. I'd love to try brewing without hops. Very interesting stuff.