Saltspring Heather Ale
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Brewed by Gulf Islands Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Salt Spring Island, Canada


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74   ABV: -
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Infused with local heather flowers, this has a mild floral and honey aroma, cider-like character and very light hop notes to produce a dry wine-like finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michclark (88) - - JUN 21, 2011
pretty good beer. Lacks in aroma but has a nice flavour to it with a good aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Here’s another Canadian beer I grabbed on the way back to the boat from a liquor shop that was kind enough to accept both Loonies and dollars. Having fond memories of the Orkney Heather ale long, long ago back in college, I chose to try and revive the experience again with Saltspring’s version. It’s a typical, average mellow orange and brown color, with large pearls of carbonation on top, and a light mottled arc decorating the inside of the glass. From the beginning of the pour I detect the sweet smell of glazed or browned carrots and apple juice, with the light sweetness of honeysuckle flowers and a touch of the ever-so-slightly acidic scent of freshly cut pear. The taste is somewhat flatter than the aroma, with a medium carbonation and a light campagne or cider touch - mouth puckering, sweet and a bit of vinegar. I’m more inclined to smell the beer than drink it, though it’s still a nice sipping beer, though perilously delicate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
krumbum (532) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Nice hazy amber color. Smells like wood and sticks. it’s thin and wet taste very fragrant like juniper and dry sticks. Stains the palate with the herbal taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vadie (841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
Couleur de cuivre avec une très petit col blanc. L’arôme floral, malt, caramel et eau mineralisé. Le goût est d’abord du malt sucré (caramel et miel), ensuite un peu floral avec le goût des minerales. Très facile à boire. Très efferevescent. J’aime l’arôme et le goût des minerales. Selon moi il produise un goût unique. Mais, il est un peu aqueux à la suite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lagerboy (1370) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2013
Bomber, Saltspring Heather Ale 5% ABV. Clear orange copper, lasting compact creamy off white head. Faint floral malty aroma. Bready honey malt taste, lightly floral and earthy, no bitterness. Soft carbonation, lighter body, low hopped. A little sour doughy into the finish. Almost tastes like the lines need cleaning, except this was bottled. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RumRunner101 (824) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Light amber pour with a quick dissipating white head. Aroma is honey, heather, a light caramel crispness. Light bodied, lively carbonation. Flavour is honey, bread, caramel, light floral notes. Very little bitterness. The finish is a dry like biscuity sweetness. Not sure if I like the overall sweetness to this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4315) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
Draft@Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island. Golden beer with a strongish head. The aroma is lightly hopped and dry, quite watery. The flavour is dry and yeasty with some malty roasted’ness. Overall a basic flavoured lager like beer, yeasty dry, watery, but not enough hops ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (556) - - MAY 30, 2012
Opens with a real barnyard odour - like a mixture of mud, hay and doomed animals. Honey-coloured with lots of foamy head. Taste is mildly sweet and breadish with subtle floral. Light-bodied and smooth, very little carbonation. Crisp finish. The East Kent Goldings help. Very different; I would have rated this much higher if I could only get past the initial aroma. Gulf Islands has recently changed the packaging on all their beers and they may have tweaked the recipe on this formerly seasonal offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
I had the Saltspring Heather ale.. same brewer, read online somewhere that the name has changed... The first sip disappointed me but I warmed up to this so much that I’ve never had such a divergence in opinion from the first to last sip as with this beer. The key is what I suspect to be the honey malts, which give it a lovely light flavour, much more than any heather I managed to pick up. Yeah it’s very very light, but tastes like crystals too. Not exactly one of the best beers I’ve had but I think it’s a good choice to share with friends who are new to craft beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2010
GCBF 2010. Deep honey gold. Sweet biscuity malt, light floral accents but nothing distinctively brings to mind heather. A decent golden ale.

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