1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Alba Scots Pine Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Alba Scots Pine AleAlba Scots Pine Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

614 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 614
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Introduced by the Vikings, spruce and pine ales were very popular in the Scottish Highlands until the end of the 19th century. Many early explorers, including Captain Cook, used spruce ale during long sea voyages since it prevented scurvy and ill health. Shetland spruce ale was said to "stimulate animal instincts" and give you twins. Alba is a triple style ale brewed to a traditional Highland recipe from Scots pine and spruce shoots pickled during early spring. Pure malted barley, is boiled with the young sprigs of pine for several hours then the fresh shoots of the spruce are added for a short infusion before fermentation.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Alba Scots Pine Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 614 | Reviews: 460 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Vsarmatov
Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-24-2013 18:04:26 | More by Vsarmatov
Photo of mizx
mizx

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-23-2013 12:15:29 | More by mizx
Photo of khargro2
khargro2

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

11-10-2013 03:57:47 | More by khargro2
Photo of EmperorBevis
EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-01-2013 16:38:27 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of Das_Reh
Das_Reh

Florida

1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

11-01-2013 08:34:05 | More by Das_Reh
Photo of TheBaumer
TheBaumer

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-29-2013 18:56:16 | More by TheBaumer
Photo of Wobbly
Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

10-25-2013 22:32:10 | More by Wobbly
Photo of dcmchew
dcmchew

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +19%

10-25-2013 13:12:55 | More by dcmchew
Photo of Punisher
Punisher

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-20-2013 18:42:49 | More by Punisher
Photo of tadmuchowski
tadmuchowski

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-12-2013 22:19:17 | More by tadmuchowski
Photo of Ciocanelu
Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-12-2013 06:52:30 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-10-2013 13:29:27 | More by harpus
Photo of abeeronthebeach
abeeronthebeach

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

10-03-2013 07:59:30 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of mdv13
mdv13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-28-2013 19:09:57 | More by mdv13
Photo of briancross
briancross

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-28-2013 04:48:39 | More by briancross
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance - clear amber pour, a thin sticky head with some wavy lace action around the glass.

Aroma - this comes out of the bottle smelling like a scotch ale or wee heavy, that lightly smoky peaty smell, a sweetness in there too.

Taste - like a weak scotch ale, but the lighter flavor profile allows for a cool smoky peat flavor to come through. Hints of spruce on the aftertaste, not all the time but every now and then. Grain sweetness, peat, and spruce, nicely blended. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - average crispness, weighty body, very smooth.

Overall - very nice mix of flavors. Easy to drink, a great fall session beer for the pit fire.

09-12-2013 03:46:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ThisWangsChung
ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.04/5  rDev -19.6%

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. With less than a finger's worth of white-colored head and poor retention, it doesn't create much of an aesthetic impression.

S: There's a lot of caramel in the aroma, and beneath all that caramel/toffee sweetness are some spruce notes. Let it warm up and it will develop a bit of a dark fruit smell. Nothing too exemplary, but not bad by any stretch.

T: At first, a wave of piny flavor (not hop-derived) engulfs the palate, before allowing the sweet maltiness to take over. General dark fruitiness finishes it off. Apart from the spruce, it's pretty uninteresting.

M: There's a certain finishing dryness that helps neutralize the sweet flavors some and create good drinkability in spite of its relative heft. Carbonation is very low, though, which makes it a little syrupy at times.

O: Eh...boring. To be fair, this isn't a very fresh bottle, but I can't see this one being fantastic fresh. Worth trying a single for the novelty.

09-06-2013 22:18:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of manutdfan
manutdfan

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-27-2013 00:37:46 | More by manutdfan
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-25-2013 20:36:01 | More by lilsmizzul1225
Photo of bshiban
bshiban

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-24-2013 01:46:24 | More by bshiban
Photo of Big_Jeckt
Big_Jeckt

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-17-2013 16:38:10 | More by Big_Jeckt
Photo of adam_e
adam_e

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-15-2013 13:01:35 | More by adam_e
Photo of Hugh37
Hugh37

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-15-2013 01:26:35 | More by Hugh37
Photo of mpf
mpf

Germany

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

08-12-2013 10:38:20 | More by mpf
Photo of ekalb31
ekalb31

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-06-2013 23:57:17 | More by ekalb31
Alba Scots Pine Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.