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Heritage Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Heritage Ale
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
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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12-26-2012 08:16:45 | More by NickyDee21
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-04-2012 02:32:04 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-28-2012 11:46:52 | More by RyanCMcGovern
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-21-2012 02:51:58 | More by t0rin0
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-18-2012 22:31:24 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-11-2012 18:00:49 | More by drewone
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Review from notes. On-tap at Top Hops, NYC. Pours reddish brown with a small white head that quickly settles to a thin band. Decent sticky lacing. Very malty aroma with sweet caramel and brown sugar notes and an underlying floral hoppiness.

Something is missing in the flavor for me; it’s malty and somewhat sweet, again with the caramel, toffee, brown sugar of the nose, and a subtle flowery hop note, but everything feels very muted and dialed down for some reason. Vague hints of peat, toasted malt, dark fruit. This is a style in which I look for big flavors and Heritage didn’t really deliver. It’s mild and doesn’t seem particularly well-balanced. The mouthfeel is similarly lacking and is only medium and without the requisite heft. Medium carbonation. Not as smooth or creamy as it could be.

I think Bear Republic is a damn fine brewery and I had high expectations but this was not one of my favorite beers of theirs.

07-13-2012 04:31:20 | More by tobelerone
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

A - Dark brown color with a quickly sinking foam.

S - Scent of candied fruit, caramel, and rich malt. No boozy smell which I generally don't like.

T - Pleasant flavor of dark berries, sweet caramel, and hearty dark malt. Very complex, and very enjoyable.

M - For this style I found it highly drinkable. No boozy finish, and actually mellow for the style.

O - The highlight of the Bear Republic dinner I was at, and possibly my favorite offering from them.

06-15-2012 01:57:34 | More by socon67
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with faint mahogany edges and a frothy one finger beige head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with lots of peppery spice and roasted malt.  Hints of bread, clove and pepper followed by toast, chocolate and caramel.  

Medium bodied with a decent balance of  dark malt, zesty spice and dark fruit.   Spice is more prominent than expected with hints lots of peppery clove.  This is followed by hints of eye, toffee and caramel as well as some grape and dark berries.

05-20-2012 21:41:24 | More by corby112
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass and showed a rich dark amber coloring. The drink sported a one finger tan head of creamy, cakey bubbles, showing good retention. Patterned lacing was left around the glass. There was haze but no sediment, and carbonation appeared high. The aroma showcased roasted caramel malts, mild herbal hop balanced, and rice crispy cereal grain. With warmth came some buttery licks and booze, and a creamy softness to the back. Our first impression was that this was smooth, buttery, and bitter. As we sipped, buttery diacetyls, caramel malts and sugars, milk chocolate, and butterscotch hit the palate. The malts warmed up towards the middle, mixing with fusel booze at the peak. Darker malts also appeared here, as chocolate and metallic, bringing us to a sweeter, dryer, and chalkier finish. There was a final wash of floral and herbal hop bitterness, along with some far off sour grain. The aftertaste breathed of bittering cocoa, piney hops, yeast, and a hearty breadiness. The body was fuller, and the carbonation was high but softer. There was gentle cream, slurp, and froth to each sip, with a puckering and resiny bite and slickness left all around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how nicely everything blends in the nose and flavoring. The hop bitterness was unexpected and at first, nice, but it became almost overpowering by the end. Thankfully there was richness of caramel malts and sweetness to end things on a more balanced note.

05-06-2012 16:53:41 | More by TheBrewo
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface covering. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: caramel and some peat aroma is mild but detectable.

Taste: caramel, hint of chocolate, soft smokey peat, earthy tones, and alcohol are the main flavors here. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish.

Overall: a slower sipping beer that was enjoyable but not overwhelming. Alcohol was a bit strong here so the pint lasted a while. One was enough in the session.

03-01-2012 20:56:40 | More by Gavage
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -22%

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.

02-28-2012 04:33:13 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%

From 02/18/12 notes. Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark, somewhat transparent amber brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, light sweet caramel malts, and toasted malts. Fruitier then expected and a little sweet, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, light chocolate, swet dark fruits, sugar, toasted malts, and nuts. A ton of nice lightly sweet toffee and caramel, a really awesome taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I thought the taste was awesome and had a ton of caramel and toffee, which I love. Would love to have it again.

02-21-2012 21:27:40 | More by mdfb79
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a deep caramel brown color with some brighter cherry and orange hues in the light. Tanned head rests on top, fading into some patchy lacing on the glass.

Pretty robust and malty in the nose with layers of chocolate and caramel. Hints of peaty smoke and faint bitterness. Somewhat sweet and warm.

A decent spike of warmth up front with edges of smoke and peat. The profile smooths out with touches of dark chocolate and caramel, before the bready, burly malt backbone comes through. A couple touches of dark fruit lurk underneath as well. Finishes a little sweet and warm.

Slightly fuller medium body, decently carbonated, a bit chewy and sticky. Drinks pretty nicely, good combination of flavors that I typically look for in beers like this.

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Heritage Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.