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Wadworth / Cambridge Brewing Heather Ale

Formerly brewed at Wadworth
Style: Traditional Ale
Devizes, England


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Will Meyers has travelled to Wadworth Brewery, in Wiltshire, to collaborate in brewing this unusual beer specially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This deep-golden-coloured ale, inspired by the ancient gruit beers of the British Isles and northern Europe, contains Scottish heather fl owers and other traditional brewing herbs, offering subtle notes of fruity spiciness and wildfl ower honey, complemented by the interplay of the hops and the toasty-sweet British malt. Hops used: Fuggles

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Cask @ JDW, Victoria Station. The pour’s medium amber with a small head. The nose is light berry, some twig, herb garden and grassy countryside. The taste is plenty of herbal heather, menthol, some peppermint and notes of rich caramel. Light fruity finish. Crisp, light body. Quite refreshing. Overall, this works surprisingly well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beese (2555) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 24 Oct 2012. Poured a lightly hazy copper colour, with a spotty white head. Aroma of mild sulphur, herbs and perfume. Herbal, slightly medicinal flavour, with some brown sugar and dried fruit. Finish was ginger, malt and cereal.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5275) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Oct/Nov 2012. JDW, West Quay - Brighton. Amber coloured. Initial awareness of medicinal flavours which fade. A sense of perfume. Then malt comes through - rather thin, dry and characterless. Lavender flavour emerges in taste and aroma. Interesting rather than attractive. Poor beer with odd flavourings added.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1588) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Cask, October 2012. bright gold body. medium white head with brilliant lacing and retention. soap suds, american hops, grass, lemon. astringent. dry finish. very refreshing. dry finish. excellent. a little thin bodied though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
downender (6523) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Golden with a slight white head. Aroma of green herbs and honey. Flavour wise, there was more of the same, although the sweetness of the honey was too much for me. One of my least favourite beers in the JDW autumn festival.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Crosse Keys, Bank 5 Nov 12. JDW festivaløl. Gyldenbrun. Lavt luftig skum som fester seg litt til glasset. Bra krydderaroma. Ingefær. Smaken er tynn og har ingefærpreg. Litt tørr krydret ettersmak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Has a huge wild and herbal aroma. Golden with a thin head and lacks flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8484) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2012
Third-pint measure, festival ale, cask at Crosse Keys, City. Crystal clear, golden brown. No head. Floral fruity notes, half-dry. Dark honey and herbs added by tart berries and a touch of ginger. Crisp in the mouth. Different and quite possible to like (London, 05.11.2012).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Cask @ Willow Walk, JDW, Victoria SW1. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak spicy heather aroma. Fruity malty spicy heather flavor. Has a fruity malty heather finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Stick Or Twist Leeds 14/11/12. A blonde beer with a whitish head and lace. Sweet toffee and herbal lavender and heather notes. Delicate herbs but the sweetness is a shame. The Wadworth yeast hits you after a while as well. It’s a good mix of flacours which grew on me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 20, 2012
Cask @ JDW Muckle Cross, Elgin 201112
Amber, hazy, dense thin white head, reasonable lacing
Aroma of soap, spices, herbal, bit eggy and pooey, background of sweet malt, poor aroma
Taste - light pale fruity malts, vegetal herbal notes, some lemon, aromatic odd floral notes, it’s not working for me
Palate - light body, bit oily and creamy. Finish as main flavour, bit of lemon, very dry, light bitterish tail, too dry
Overall - Nope...awful smell.... Williams Froach is WAY WAY better than this......

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