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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Heather is a low growing shrub common in the peat hills of Scotland. It has been used in place of hops to balance malt sweetness in beer since the beginning of written record. One archeological dig found traces of a fermented beverage that contained heather that dates to 2000 BC. Our heather ale was made with the finest Scottish grown malted barley and four generous additions of heather tips (generally only the top 5 centimeters of the plant is used in brewing). Heather honey was also a common ingredient for heather beer. Our beer was brewed using basswood honey produced in Northern Minnesota. This is a mildly sweet copper-colored ale with a distinct flower/herbal flavor and aroma from the traditional Scottish heather.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KelvinKathel (5) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2013 does not count
Aroma- floral, mild toasted caramel, herbaceous. Appearance- amber, slightly translucent. Less bubbles for cask. Taste- medium malt, subtle floral/herb, mild sweetness. Spice is hard to catch at first, but the more you drink the more you catch. Palate- smooth, med body, finish lingers. This was my first Heather Ale, and still my favorite after many others. I prefer this on cask as the complexities aren’t overshadowed by carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Growler via trade tytoanderso - Pours a fairly clear brown color with a small off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters, and floral and herbal hops. Flavor is slightly tart esters, herbal hops, and lightly sweetened malt. Medium body. Slight lingering after aftertaste. This beer definitely has a unique flavor. Worth a try. Thanks Tyler.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Malty yet smooth taste. A murky looking beer with a thin everlasting head that lasts for the duration of your experience.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bp (777) - Queens, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Draft: dark brown, herbal and earthy with a malt aftertaste, this was an interesting beer, not something I’d order up but worth sampling just to see what something brewed with heather tastes like.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2008
Enjoyed at the brewpub with Al McArthy. Dark, no head. Some sourness from the peatiness, like a good brown. Medium mouthfeel, tasty with some sweetness and hibiscus. Carbonation above average. Not too drinkable. Wierd but worth trying to expand what a beer has been.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2007
dark color with rockyhead. Light cocolate malt mix with something herbal on the aroma. Sweet taste with plenty of light chocolate flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a clear but unexciting brown color, looking something like a watered down Coke. Almost no head, definately no lacing. The aroma is prominent and very floral. More of that floral character comes through in the taste. There’s something in there that is almost a mint - not exactly peppermint, but close. Light body and light carbonation, mildly sweet in the aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Copper colored with a thin head of foam. Aromas of wildflowers and various shampoos. Tastes like a strong lavender tea sweetened with honey and lightened with cream, finishing with faint hint of malt. It begins to taste very synthetic after only a few swallows. A promising design with apparently flawed execution.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
On tap at brewery

Halfway through the sampler tray, I finally got to something that I might have gotten a full pint of with more time (due to slim pickings the tap list was pretty meager the night I visited - this being one of only two specialties). It was an interesting take on the style, which is one that can be fun at times. While this is not going to stand up to any porter, stout or Belgian ale, it is a nice change of pace from the norm.

Aroma / Appearance - The body was the color of fresh maple syrup with almost no head. The nose was a blending of moss (perhaps the heather), smoke, honey, blueberries and a forest after a light rain. All in all, it was pleasing but not very complex.

Flavor / Palate - Malt paired with cherry pie describes the first thing that came to mind after taking a sip. Soon I also detected honey, apples, vanilla and cream. The finish was a little hot for something that is only 5.2% ABV but overall it was very smooth. Traditional ales are one of those interesting edge styles that do not get much attention, but this one is worth a look.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (792) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2006
This was a solid beer, but it reminded me more of a belgian ale in aroma and taste. Not fully but enough to make me think it. Not my style but like I said, solid.


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