Salt Spring Heatherdale Ale - Gulf Islands Brewing

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Salt Spring Heatherdale Ale
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11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 23.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gulf Islands Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Salt Spring Style Heather beer, Heatherdale Ale was created for the world famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Heather ale is a Scottish (actually Pictish) style that dates back thousands of years (2000BC). Our Heatherdale ale is dark gold, lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings, then infused with the aroma of Heather flowers from the Butchart Gardens. Mild with a floral aroma.

(Beer added by: Derek on 07-28-2009)
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Reviews by CrazyMike:
Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden appearance with a small amount of head that auicy settles down leaving some retention. Smell consists of honey, some sweetness and a hint of malt and hops.

Taste is floral with honey and a hint of sweetness. Picked up some malt, hops and a hint of herbs and pine as well. Very light overall, but very refreshing. Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering floral, honey taste.

Overall, this beer doesn't have any crazy features, but very refreshing and the natural favors blend well together. Worth a try if your in Victoria.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BashOnABike
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz taster @ The Island Beer Festival, Club 919

I'll try my best at style-objectivity, since I have never had an Ancient Herbed Ale before and thought it tasted a little of old boot..

A: Earthy, gold-red, a little like mead, with pretty lacing and high retention (almost oily)

S: A lot like quinoa! Earthy, somewhat..pillish, like Codein. Lots of floral scents

T: Little like carob, again the old shoe, with a floral, long-lingering aftertaste.

M: Light, with moderate retention and low carb. The aftertaste was so strong, it was hard to notice the mouthfeel TBH.

O: Well, it's not my bag, but it was certainly flavourful. That being said, it wasn't all that complex, so probably not the best of the style.

Photo of CWVegas
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: amber with orange hues; low carbonation visible.
S: nothing. I'm swirling and swirling this and can't get any aroma at all. OK, maybe a faint stale beer smell.
T: again nothing. I don't mean clean and crisp; I mean like a beer that is slightly stale and has lost all it's flavour. It doesn't taste bad or even offensive. Just bland. Which I guess means that it is offensive for (a) any artisan beer, and (b) one that charges craft beer prices.
M: fine. Medium-bodied, low to medium carbonation.
O: very forgettable.

Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saltspring Is. Ales-"Heather" Ale @ 5.0% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a clean and clear gold with very small head almost no lacing along the stein
S-a very mild floral with some honey aromas as well
T-mild tasting honey adds to the sweetness , with very little hop allowing a crisp finish
MF-light and low in carbonation almost a mead like character
Ov-after a walk in the world famous "Butchart Gardens" this beer is a must , to be able to pull one outta the fridge and enjoy the view of your own garden from the sundeck ... priceless

Cheers LampertLand

Photo of jmack116
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very well-crafted brew with an interesting floral-like aroma and a slight honey-like sweetness to the flavour. A clear golden colour with a thin white head, very approachable and interesting, but the slight residual sweetness would keep me from sessioning this.

A must when visiting the gardens!

Their info:
"A Salt Spring Style Heather beer, Heatherdale Ale was created for the world famous Butchart
Gardens in Victoria. Heather ale is a Scottish (actually Pictish) style that dates back thousands of years (2000BC). Our Heatherdale ale is dark gold, lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings, then
infused with the aroma of Heather flowers from the Butchart Gardens. Mild with a floral aroma."

Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Stizz19
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of chumba526
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. I Had Heatherdale Ale at the GCBF in Victoria. It pours with a substantial but small amount of head.The carbonation is quite low making it light enough to drink a few. It has a light golden color to it. I was skeptical about this ale at first; heather flowers in a light ale did not seem to appealing. The smell was amazing thought; it had aromas of piney hops, a delicate malt aroma, and a flora smell that had a slight rose aroma to it. The taste was multi-layered and was delicate. The taste began with a smooth malt body which leads to a floral piney hop flavor which leads into the heather flowers. The flowers give it a natural almost sweet and sour taste to it that made the beer very unique and tasty. It's a shame it is only available at B Gardens, if you ever get a chance to try it go for it.

Salt Spring Heatherdale Ale from Gulf Islands Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.