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 (12056) - 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 (2522) - 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 (6071) - 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 (1792) - 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.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown beer with small head. Hazy.
Fruity aroma with tones of mint.
Fruity flavour with tones of red jelly candy, spices and black pepper.
Reid (2302) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got this in a 11.2 oz slim brown bottle with an ancient Pictish style label had a freshness date of Dec 2004.
The appearance is good a darkish honey brown but nothing too special small head that leaves a tiny halo of lace round the edge.
Smell is surprisinglly malty with a backing of a fresh rain scent.
Thetase is deceptivlly sweet..thats what you taste first then you get a real strong "scotch whisky"/ aftertaste peaty a wee bit even..very nice
Feels good in the mouth not too much carbonation...and is very drinkable in my opinion
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong fragrant aroma. Interesting orange, Orval-like colour but with a disappearing head. If I may say so, its flavour is almost as complex as Orval. It is sweet, it's a bit sour and it's a little bitter and a bit spicy. There is a short, dry finish but it has a thin texture. Very challenging, thanks Clark VV.