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Heather Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dope on 08-21-2012)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New bottle from CBC labelled simply "Heather Ale", dated August 2012 with 5.0% ABV.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a medium sized fizzy white head. Fades fairly quickly, leaving only moderate lacing behind.

S: Instantly get tons of floral character (of course). Lavender and...rosemary? Bready with a touch of honey. Finally a hint of herbal tea. A very pleasing, crisp and refreshing aroma.

T: Very spicy up front. This is a terrible review because I can't figure out half of these flavors. Lots of spices and herbal flavors. Even a bit earthy. It's again, very crisp and refreshing. In the middle the malt is mostly bready and I again get a hint of honey in there. Ends with a little lavender flourish and some more spices.

M: Medium bodied, not as light as you'd expect for a 5% ABV brew. Smooth.

O: A refreshing, aromatic and tasty brew. Perfect for summer. Drinkability is quite high as it's not too heavy or overpowering. I really enjoyed this unique style.

Dope, Aug 21, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Almond gold and muddy. Tiny head and a ring of retention

S: Very interesting kind of dank aroma. Wet flowers, spice, and beef stew herbs. Carrots, other root veggies, and cookie malts. Perhaps sherry. Very different and pleasantly so.

T: Spicy, floral, and juicy. Herbs and root teas. A bit of cranberry-like tartness and a touch hickory-meaty. Soft but evident bitterness accompanied by creamy dryness.

M: Liquidy with a gradually building powdered spice texture....like nutmeg or cinnamon perhaps.

O: This is pretty interesting. Spiced and herbal all over. It's like seasonal fall cookies meets beefy stew all topped with a flowery bouquet and a dash of white cooking wine.

tastybeer, Nov 10, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a loose head that fades to a slim ring around the edge. Sweet heather and lavender floral aromas with fresh herbs, grass, and a festive, almost cookie-like toast and spice. Flavor duplicates the nose almost exactly. Prominent earthy, spicy floral notes and sweet toasty grain with an added slight lemony tartness. Kind of soapy by nature, but in a good way. Medium bodied, slick, and lightly carbonated. Glad to see this is about as good as I remember it from several years ago.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

cestlavie, Feb 07, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright bronze with a thin white head that almost disappears immediately.

S - Toasted grains, pepper. lemon zest

T - Ginger, pepper, nutmeg, lemon grass

M - Bubbly light, lingers on the palate, so maybe it is thicker than I think.

O - Very interesting, my first foray into the gruit style. I enjoyed this, I would recommend it. I don't see myself buying it again though.

ColdOneKev, Oct 20, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dive Bar, Worcester. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pint glass pour out of the tap with a dark bronze-golden body with just a slight haziness. Small foamy white cap falls fairly quickly to a small ring. Lacing is sparse.

S- Interesting mix of sweet toasted malts, caramel, dark red fruits and a pronounced floral and herbal spicy note. Brown malts, toasted nuts, lavender, flowers, nutmeg and lemon zest tea all come to mind.

T- Reminds me of a pumpkin ale in a way actually, with the toasted malts and spices. Sweet caramel malts, toasted nuts, cracked cereal grains, big honey and flower petals all combine into one flavorful sip. Wheat, light lemon and grassy herbal hints as well.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a creamy, foamy texture. Fluffy moderate carbonation and a light bitterness from the spicy hops (and maybe flowers/spices too). Somewhat watery.

I like how the toasted malts, spices and apparently flowers come together. It reminds me of some pumpkin ales but also has an added complexity not seen in those.

cbutova, Sep 24, 2013
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Mikeynas, Oct 21, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head rises up to almost 1 finger before fading back quickly, with very little lacing, over fairly clear golden brown tan color.

Nose erupts with tons of heather, almost pure floral heather in the aroma, light floral spices, quite aromatic, a very light toasted malt, touch of sweet malt.

Taste has some light malts, a little sweetness, light toasty malt and a light wheat like flavor. Then pure heather, light floral spices and plenty of heather and aromatic spices. little floral with some bitterness, more bitterness from the herbs and I don't think any hops. A touch of a grainy sweet malt. Finish is drier but not too dry, little gritty and abrasive, little grainy malt, plenty more heather and herbal flavors, light bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, little abrasive dry finish, good carb.

Overall pretty good, plenty of heather and herbal flavors and aromas, light malt base, fairly floral, light but decent bitterness, a dry and weirdly abrasive finish.

jlindros, Nov 03, 2012
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Heather Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.