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: 21   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   ABV: -
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.

michclark's rating

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (12695) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2016
Draft - Sweet and some orange notes. Clear gold with decent white head. Light malts and some orange notes. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (14361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
On tap at VCBW Festival 2016, pours a hazy copper golden with a small white head. Aroma is pretty light, with only subtle notes of heather. Flavour is along the same lines: really light, with mild spiciness from the heather and a little biscuity malt. Not much going on here. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle from brewery. Pours an amber colour with a small head. Aromas of flowers and malts. Really nice actually. Taste is somewhat malty with some floral and spice notes. Very light mouth feel but slightly over carbonated for me. Pretty cool idea for a brew and I did enjoy it. I would re buy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
simonblaine (571) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2015
Pours amber, minimal head. Aroma of citrus fruit and forest. Taste is slightly sweet and fruity, light carbonation, metallic finish Not overly exciting. 2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vladivostok (445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
Golden beer with hints of honey and oddly a slightly sour taste. I have to admit to barely noticing the herbal input, but as another reviewer noted this can be perilously delicate. Despite this, stood up pretty well as a workaday supping beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (318) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark golden colour with a thin off white cap. Aroma is grassy honey. Taste is sweet malt and honey. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1458) - 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 (964) - 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 (1231) - 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 (1933) - 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)

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