RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Herbal beer with handpicked heather flowers From out of the darkness of pre-recorded history, Heather Ale is an altogether unique brew. Originally crafted by the inhabitants of coastal Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Northern British Isles, fresh heather flowers and other herbs were used to balance and flavor the rustic yet sweet toasted character of the malted barley. Its brewing tradition existed long before the advent of hopped beers, and has continued, sporadically, in small rural communities for millennia. Brewed with imported Scottish floor-malted barley, fresh hand-harvested heather flowers were added to the kettle during the boil along with sweet gale and lavender, with a further addition of fresh heather and yarrow to the conditioning tanks. Each year the CBC brewstaff handpicks the fresh herbs for this beer from a field along the Atlantic Coast, and adds them into the brewkettle the very next day. The aroma and flavor are a surprising jog of ancient memory, with commingling subtle notes of heather and honey and an obscure wildflower spiciness complemented by the interplay of mild but assertive, toasty-sweet malt. Medium bodied, light amber-gold in color, with a dry finish that hints at tartness. Special thanks to our friends for their support with this year’s harvest, and to everyone at Sylvan Nurseries in beautiful Westport, MA for allowing us to harvest from their blossoming heather fields. Slainte! ~Will Meyers, Brewmaster Note: Pregnant or breastfeeding women may wish to avoid consuming this beer due to the mild medicinal nature of the herbs used in crafting this beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2012
22oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toasted notes from the malts, plus floral hops. There is also a grape-like and herbal character from the flowers. Flavor a nice blend of these. Average texture. An interesting and unique beer.

Oakes (18828) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2017
Murky, dull, no head. Some heather, floral, sweet and bland, just light florals, malts aren't hitting at all...just lifeless.

furthur (1229) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle, big, fizzy white head rapidly died, beer is tawny amber. Aroma is bread dough, malt, spice, honey, spruce. Taste is lemon, berries, malt, slightly floral honey. Palate is light, carbonation a bit lively. This is nicely different. Pair it with flannel jammie’s, quiet winter nights and snoring dogs.

fonefan (51072) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2016

Bottle 1pt 6 fl.oz. @ home.

[ As Cambridge Heather Ale ].
Clear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white grey head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, heatherm sweet malt, herbs. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration, pale malt, sweet malt, heather, herbs, mint - minerals. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160502]

Rasmus40 (21988) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle from Voldby. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and heather. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 270116

anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy heather aroma. Fruity malty spicy heather flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy heather finish.

chrisv10 (18497) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle, 5%. Clear amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, spices, caramel and herbs. Flavour is malt, caramel, herbs, spices, mediums sweet, little toasted, hop, floral and a little bitter.

ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Draught at CBC, 919/15.
Deep amber with some light cherry hues and a beige head that is rocky, fairly large and well-retained.
Very odd (but not in a bad way) nose shows cotton candy, cherry, vanilla, some odd medicinal/peppery phenols (characteristic of heather) and light touches of honey, marmalade and caramel. Smells pretty good! But you certainly have to like gruits as there’s ALOT of floral notes. No alcohol, no flaws.
Flavor is very heathery, with a heavy earthiness that gets both tart, peppery and then sweet-and-sour. The lower than average attenuation (for CBC, meaning it’s just mid-dry) leaves light sugars to balance and a delicious cherry-vanilla note forms by combination of heather and malt. Soft texture with some oiliness and ample carbonation. The heather does leave a bit of a scratchy, almost stale popcorn-like flavor lingering (lightly) but that’s about the only detractor here.

Ungstrup (38384) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2015
Draft. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, Heather,caramel, and straw, leading to a dry finish.

ryecatcher (1466) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bomber. Pours a deep amber-gold, decent frothy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Nose is earthiness redolent of wildflowers on a warm summer day, with some cedar and caramel. Mouth is very light bodied, tastes like I described in the aroma, with a light nutty sweetness, some nutmeg and white pepper, toasty bread. A bit thin... a bigger maltier backbone would serve this well as a winter warmer for sure (even if it is a warm muggy July night in Chicago... prairie wisdom has always warned to not get lulled into complacency of the summertime). I saw this while at the Beer Temple and realized I couldn’t pass this up, solely on account of it sharing the name of my soul-mate... who, while she is back in Cleveland and hasn’t had a chance to try this, would most likely agree that her namesake beer would benefit from a bit more body. That said, I don’t hate this beer... and Heather, I love you, baby... even if it is currently from far away. 😊 Slàinte!

jrob21 (3804) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bomber from the pig at market common. These guys take a gimmick and do it strong. This is no exception. Lots of floral and herbal flavors. Bit of a fruitiness as well. Light bodied and easy to drink.

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