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Rapture Heather Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of the 12 beers of the apocalypse (February).

(Beer added by: RJLarse on 02-26-2012)
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Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Rapture Heather Ale at he Swamp Tavern. $12. The February edition of the 12 beers of the apocalypse. Poured in to a stein.

Pours a clear maple brown/orange color. Frothy white head is very resilient.

Smell is a strong sweet floral and citrus scent.

Taste is a sweet caramel bread flavor up front with a sweet citrus and juniper flavor on the finish. Bitter/sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smoothy with a silky feel.

Overall a very drinkable and full flavored beer. Too expensive to be sessionable but a nice ancient ale. Glad I tried it. Best of the 12 beer series so far.

RJLarse, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear, medium orange amber. Nice fine white half-finger head with good retention and lacing. Inviting aroma of sweet caramel malt, light citrus, light fruit and pineapple. Flavor is citrus hops, sweet malt, light fruit and a spicy herbal flavor, presumably from the heather. Finishes sweet, citrusy and hoppy. Medium bodied with some creaminess. The flavors on this are pleasant and well integrated, but unusual enough to invite constant sipping. I really enjoyed this, as I did the first in the series. This is the best lead up to an apocalypse I've ever experienced, looking forward to the monthly steps to the end.

LiquidAmber, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

PaBeerLover, Apr 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

RoryOMoore, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

philaduffia, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

bonz696, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing CO.
Rapture Heather Ale

Pours a light orange color, small slightly off white head forms and recedes leaving a little lace. Aroma is very floral, with some bready malt sweetness. The heather gives off a very sweet flowery smell. In the taste, expertly balanced with a nice bitterness to be found throughout. The heather (and perhaps a small proportion of hops) lends an earthy bitterness. Mild citrus and earthy flavors. There is a biscuity/bready malt flavor, mild notes of honey, moderate alcohol and perfectly balanced by the earthy bitters. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and the finish is clean. Overall, this was a nice treat, and one the the best heather ales I've had to date.

Stinkypuss, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

cletetron, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

WaterCzar, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Ronw, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

acslatersbtb, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

BeefSkillet, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with some soapy white foam, near excellent clarity. Smells of pale malts with a hint of crystal. There's a nice floral character I can only describe as slightly candy like. Almost a limy woodruff. It keeps me coming, so that's cool. Flavor is slightly sweet and bready with a slight, again, tip of the tongue sorta thing here. It's got plenty of flavors, but I can't quite put my finger on the culprits. Medium on thick for the style with moderate carb and a semi slick finish. I had a taster of this previously, and wasn't impressed, I'm glad I came back to revisit. Nice beer. This apocalypse series is 50/50 for me at this point having had the first four.

harrymel, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear light red in color. It poured with a creamy finger high off white head that gradually died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface along with a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbs and sweet caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a slight amount of sweetness along with flavors of rosemary and other herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink compared to other beers in the style, which are mainly dominated by flavors of the herbs.

metter98, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear glowing golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that slowly reduces to an even thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Sweet caramel malt (though only slightly so) with herbal and grassy aromas - heather and lavender.

T: Very similar to the smell with a light sweet caramel malt body that has lots of herbal notes over it - heather, lavender, and just a touch of rosemary.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and slightly dry.

O: First time I have found a Gruit beer on tap so I had to get it and I am pretty glad that I opted to try this one. Very enjoyable and one that you could sip on all afternoon long. For a not very easy to drink style of beer, this was surprisingly approachable.

dbrauneis, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Floral aroma with some honey and pine.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity caramel and honey up front with light floral notes and hints of citrus and earthy spice.

Nicely balanced; a little on the sweeter side but just enough bitterness on the finish to balance.

grittybrews, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.12.12.
Second in the series.

A - Pours a hazy, darker orange with a fluffy, cream-colored head. Good retention.

S - Very sweet, carmel, and some bread.

T - Similar, sweet carmely malt, bread, more like toast.

D - Good carbonation with a nice medium body.

O - Very sweet, bready and toast like.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

hannaho, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bluckbeyes, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

strongaf, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

doughanson78, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white cap that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet floral aroma that's slightly herbal with spicy hops and pale malt notes.  The heather is prominet giving off a perfume like fragrance.  The hops are also kind of strong with a spicy, grassy character.  Subtle pale malt backbone.

Medium bodied with a strong floral, heather presence that lingers over the hops and pale malt into a slightly dry finish.  I hate to use the word smooth but the heather gives off a silky flower petal presence that's nicely balanced by the dry hops.  Spicy but not bitter with pale malts adding some needed sweetness.  If the hops were any stronger they would overpower the flavor but as they are they provide really nice balance.  This beer isn't extreme but it's really well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. Abv expertly masked.  Never would have guessed it was 7.65%.

corby112, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a nice clear copper color like a nice IPA. Finger of foamy white head settle to a thin spotty pillow with a bit of a ring making some lace on the glass.. overall not bad.

Smell: (3.5)
- Interesting floral aromas.. they even had drifted a few feet slowly to my nose before I even picked up the beer... like walking by someones garden on a warmer spring day in the NW. Somewhat sweet, some light grainy caramel malt, touch of brown sugar... overall pleasant.

Taste: (3.5)
- Wonderful lightly sweet floral qualities... it seems to taste very well balanced, and has the grain presence of a rather mild amber ale. Lightly bready, bit grainy and caramel-like.. some grassy and earthy hops, and a touch of spice and pepper. Kinda nice!

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit chewy and medium bodied.. carbonated like most basic ale yeasts.. drying from some bittering hops... and parching. Quite the bitter feel..

Overall: (4.0)
- I like how this is very different from what almost anyone else has done. I think they used just the right amount of ingredients to not make any of each overpower one another. It is still quite a bitter brew and perhaps could be classified as an IPA because of that.. but there is a nice subtle malt bill that backs it up. Not one I would recommend as a regular, but is a nice treat as a one-off.

Docer, Mar 07, 2012
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Rapture Heather Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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