Heritage Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Heritage Ale
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very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
True to the Norgrove's Scottish Heritage, this Wee Heavy is brewed with Scottish malts and lightly hopped with East Kent Goldings. Big and Malty sweet, this ale will have you hearing bagpipes.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-27-2002)
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Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a chestnut body with a faint line of bubbles that pass for a head, but it was poured very, very cold. As I warmed and agitated it, it produced a respectable finger of off-white foam, but retention was short and lacing was only a few streaks here and there.

S: Dark malts: caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. It's not very pungent, even when warm, and there isn't any depth beyond this.

T: Follows the nose precisely. Kind of a watery blend of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. I'd love to taste some peat or smoke or other flavors in here, but this was a very middle-of-the-road flavor that neither offended nor impressed.

M: Medium-bodied. Pretty smooth with some residual sweetness. Low-medium carbonation.

D: Meh. Kind of a weak beer. A surprise from a usually fantastic brewery.

Photo of ppoitras
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Presented in an imperial pint glass, a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish brew. Head lasts well, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity. Taste starts sweet, goes a bit off tart in the middle, which carries through the moderately hoppy close. Mouthfeel is creamy but still prickly tart, and drinkability is okay. The slight sour just was out of place for me in a Scotch/Scottish Ale.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bear Republic Heritage, on tap at Blind Tiger, served on a pint glass.

Appearance: Good caramel-colored head, dark hazy chestnut color, low carbonation and no lacing.

Smell: Nuttiness galore, brown sugar, malt, a hint of licorice and spice. Sticky pudding.

Taste: More of the same, with a sweeter side. Sticky and chewy, eat this! Root beer, cardamom, exotic spices. Hints of citrus and hops at the end, some coffee and toffee candy.

Mouthfeel: Low body and carbonation, medium flavor. Watery thin feel all around. Unremarkable.

Overall: A perfectly average Scotch ale. Drinkable but boring. I won't revisit.

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy orange body, minimal head. This one looks average, but tastey.
Smells of slightly roasted malt and brown sugar. Maple comes through in the nose as well, as does some molasses. Smells too sweet.
Taste isn't too sweet, but a bit weak. the brown sugar and malt are predominate, yet not held together very well. Seems flat or something, no zip or anchor to hold it.
Not bad, not spectacular.

Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer as part of a flight of samples at the Healdsburg, California restaurant. From tap and in 3oz sample glasses.

A-dark amber body with a thick beige head

S-smells like a jolly rancher candy

T-candy-like flavor, just a little hop kick at the end

M-medium

D-I kind of expect some smoke to come with this one. I didn't get any. I would like to try this in a pint glass next time and not in a sampler. I may have enjoyed it more. Otherwise the base of malt and hops is fine, but I just feel that a scotch ale should have some distinctive earthiness to it as well as some smoke character.

Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

A - No head and only a bit of lace on a deep brown body. Looks a bit lifeless.

S - Strong molasses and caramel. A bit of dark fruits, but really it's all molasses.

T - Strong malt presence, of course. Very sweet caramel and molasses. Doesn't change much through the drink and finishes sweet. One-note.

M - Thick and syrupy, but that is kinda to be expected from the style. Even so, it's a bit much. It also has a strange flavor in the finish I can't place.

O - The flavors it has are strongly, but they're too simple. It lacks the complexity to be as in your face with the flavors it has.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/30/2010 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a very dark yellowish red brown color body, opaque. Small whitish head, somewhat lasting. Hoppy malty sweet aroma, syrupy. Fruity like strawberries, seeded fruit. Sweet syrupy taste, some hoppiness, citrus. Some roastedness. Not my thing. Dark brown sugar like taste.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A copper color with just some lacing, no head.
Malt forward, with some hot alcohol and some light earthy peat in there. I usually like my scottish ales packed so full of peat that i feel like i'm eating landscape chips, but this was rather light.

Taste has a pronounced sweetness, then the big alcohol fusal heat hit, making it seem perhaps 10%, not 8. The sweetness in in the form of molassass or brown sugar. This reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Brown Sugga.

It's not highly drinkable, and the alcohol is a bit hight to enjoy more than one. I'd rather save my sobriety for a couple of their ips or another high abv offering.

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of raulstotle12
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange. Inch or two of tan head. Smells like malt and ... brown sugar? Interesting flavor. Mostly sweet, with caramel/toffee malt backing.

Yeah, it's an overwhelmingly sweet brew. Maybe a bit of peat/moss/earthiness to it, but pretty one-note.

Decently quaffable mouthfeel.

Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, neutral brown color. No head except for a ring of beige bubbles on the edge. No lace whatsoever.

Sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel. No hop.

In a word: Cloy. One of the sweetest beers I've ever had. Plenty of caramel (from dark crystal malt?) and some chocolate (from, presumably, chocolate malt). Super. Body, particularly for the style. Low carbonation. The aftertaste is sugary with some alcohol warmth on the back of the tongue.

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Heritage Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.