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Huckleberry Honey Ale - Bitter Root Brewing

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Huckleberry Honey AleHuckleberry Honey Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cavedave on 07-02-2010)
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Reviews by Damico:
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Damico

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is awesome - sweet berry juice dominates over a bit of a crisp wheat like note. The color is amber orange with a decent white head. The flavor is light, crisp, dry, and has tons of berry flavor. It ends a bit bitter with a decent body, overall good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 22:06:09 | More by Damico
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MtOrion

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-28-2013 16:30:03 | More by MtOrion
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-24-2013 06:25:43 | More by Sir_Goatman
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-10-2013 18:49:38 | More by Rojada1988
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Sark

Montana

3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- well carbonated golden color, well carbonated, finger of eggshell white head

Smell- blast of hucks, the berry gives a sour and soda-like tinge to the brew, hops and malts are in the very far back seat

Taste- tangy berries on the front with malts slightly on the middle and the tart hanging on to the finish

Mouthfeel- medium body with lager-smooth qualities that are just a little abrasive from the berries.

Overall- The aroma is really something to behold, but the berry just doesn't seem right for this type of beer. Perhaps if served quite cold and on a nice hot day, otherwise the appeal isn't spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:57:31 | More by Sark
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kmk1503

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-30-2013 22:47:46 | More by kmk1503
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a moderate haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy white foam. Quite good.

Smell: sweet malty base, quite neutral in character, which provides a great canvas onto which the huckleberry is painted. That said, it does not seem 100% natural, but it is pretty enticing nonetheless.

Taste: nice blond ale base with an earthy huckleberry character. In beer, it's kind of hard to tell huckleberry from blueberry, but there's enough tartness in this beer to communicate the huckleberry essence. That said, I'm still not completely convinced by the huckleberry character itself; I grew up picking at eating fresh huckleberries in the Selkirk mountains and this doesn't seem quite like the huckleberries I remember. I guess comparing the flavor to a memory of youth is unfair; so, it's a good beer, but not totally convincing on the berries.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great carbonation that yields a satisfying and persistent creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: tasty and drinkable, if not completely what I wanted from a huckleberry beer. So, absolutely worth a try if you're into fruit beers, but not something I'll go out of my way to have again in future.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 05:20:16 | More by flagmantho
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neckbeered

Montana

3/5  rDev -23.9%

06-10-2013 20:06:55 | More by neckbeered
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Murrhey

Montana

3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Purchased for $3.95 from a local health-food store, Withey's.

A- Three-finger white head, quickly eroding head. Lemon-colored body with low clarity.

S- Golden malts, honey, huckleberry and subdued hops. Kinda funky.

T- Honeyed berries. Quite a delightful flavor. I was worried after the smell and look. Very tasty.

M- Thin-bodied and crisp.

O- Yum! Fun beer and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 03:02:52 | More by Murrhey
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devlishdamsel

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple in my house, because the price cannot be beat. Open the bottle, and poof a fragrant aroma of berries hits you! So very botanical and fresh. It pours smooth with a decent head and very fine carbonated bubbles. It vanishes quickly because its so good you completely inhale it, and it is very smooth and easy on your palate. You finish the bottle only wanting more.
Last year it was a rare beer and disappeared quickly. Due to high demand this year its in abundance. I must admit that rarity of such a fine beverage sometimes makes it taste better, but even though it is now readily available it is still delicious!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:26:47 | More by devlishdamsel
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SCZ

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-27-2012 23:36:03 | More by SCZ
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-07-2012 02:08:47 | More by prisoner1572
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-01-2012 06:35:19 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-29-2012 16:44:26 | More by bluckbeyes
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium to dark orange amber, the color of honey. One finger fine white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of huckleberry and raspberry with light malt, somewhat floral. Blueberry fruit juice up front with sweet malt and a bit of citrus following, with a rather dry finish that still leaves a faint honey and fruit aftertaste. Body is light to medium, but still has a creamy quality on the back of the tongue, interesting. Sounded a bit gimmicky and potentially scary, but this was quite well done and fun to drink. The huckleberry flavor is really fresh and true to the berries and leaves a nice long memory on the taste buds. Obviously well made and if they can pull this off, I will definitely try some of the other beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:48:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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Swervine44

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-26-2012 03:27:51 | More by Swervine44
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BurghFanSC

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-25-2012 14:58:33 | More by BurghFanSC
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-21-2012 19:06:32 | More by elkinbrown
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-16-2011 04:18:41 | More by fizzyted
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2011 22:21:49 | More by Gatordaddy
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazed copper in the glass, with several fingers of rich bright-white head. This simmers down to a ¾ finger of rich froth, which leaves back a foamy cascade that quickly slides down and leaves back a good bit of light spotty lacing. Huckleberry juices jumps right out in the aroma, with notes of honey and malt drawing some extra sweetness out of it. Hops add a touch of grassiness to the edges that gives this some airiness in the nose. I’m digging this for the most part but it’s coming off as a little sweet in spots.

The huckleberry is tarter up front here in the taste, with honey and grainy malt character some sweet balance, before juicer feeling berry character comes out across the back. A lightly citric and grassy feel adds a touch of bitterness to this but the main focus is kept on those berries, with this finishing dry and a touch tart. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with a lively crispness to the carbonation that is maybe a little too sharp feeling at times. This does smooth out some though, the longer it sits in the mouth.

This was a pleasant surprise and much better crafted than a lot of other lighter bodied and fruit flavored beers out there. I liked the emphasis on the huckleberry flavors but there a bit more going on here as well that gave this a crisp and refreshing presence on the palate. This was my first beer from Bitter Fruit and it makes me intrigued to maybe seek out some other offerings from them.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 19:00:24 | More by Kegatron
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Hazy light yellow-golden color. A finger of white head that dissipated quickly but left some streaks of lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma, huckleberries dominate and honey asserts its presence. Light pale malt character.

Taste: Tart and fruity from front to back. Huckleberry is the star, supported by a backbone of honey and pale malt. Clean finish with light hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability/overall: Excellent choice for having a few. Crisp and refreshing, and you can actually taste the beer under the flavoring agents, unlike a lot of fruit beers.

Final Notes: Great summer beer, and one of the best fruit beers I've tried. Light and refreshing and fruity, but it still tastes like beer instead of an alcopop or something.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 20:02:59 | More by bagpiper2005
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dirtylou

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, also sampled on-tap at the brewery

from notes; split

appearance: served in a shaker pint, roughly clear, yellow body, 1/2" white head

smell: sweet - huckleberry sweetness comes through strong with some earthy honey notes

taste: i incorrectly assumed this would be a gimmick beer as huckleberry is the official gimmick ingredient of Montana, but this beer actually turned out pretty nice - sweet "soapy" presence from the huckleberry, lots of honey as well, grain

mouthfeel: lighter and sweet

overall: surprisingly good

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 19:37:17 | More by dirtylou
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A Pours a nice honey colored yellow with a very thick and long lasting head.

S A very strong sweet smell of huckleberries. It dominates the nose to the point there is really nothing else there.

T Like the nose the taste is dominated by sweet huckleberries, very one dimensional in this regard, with what might be a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

M A little over carbonated but pretty smooth and an easy drink.

Overall I really liked this one as the taste brought back moments of running around the woods as a kid eating wild huckleberries. But overall I thought it was an enjoyable drink and a pretty good way to recover from a hard bike race. If this was in my area I would drink one on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 04:51:01 | More by beerandcycling88
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

a - nice label art ;) pour is light yellow with a white head.

s - very sweet. I have no idea what huckleberries smell/taste like, but i'll assume thats what I'm smelling. kind of like apple/grape.

t - sweet fruit flavor, but backed with some spice.

m - light body. good carbonation.

overall - i was pleasantly surprised with this beer. quite tasty. would make for a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 19:54:38 | More by levifunk
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Huckleberry Honey Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
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