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Huckleberry Honey Ale - Bitter Root Brewing

Huckleberry Honey AleHuckleberry Honey Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%


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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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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cavedave

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge and sincere thanks to JohnGalt1 for this wonderfully tasty brew. Note: I live in blueberry country and I don't use the term huckleberries.

It pours a cloudy straw color, topped briefly by an active white head, then a nice skim island and ring which hang for most of the ride.

The smell is blueberries, not syrupy or artificial or overbearing, but like the smell of a bucket full of fresh. There is a tart note which could be yeast, or the tart of the berries, a nice neutral sweet to it, and just a hint of floral and spicy hops, almost like a ghost aroma.

The sip starts with some tart yeast and nice berry, gains momentum as bitter (not quite herbal, not quite citrus pith) joins the party, and the berry sweet of it and tart stay in the sip to a finish that gets drier, and better, as the ale warms. The honey finally shows itself a bit near room temp., and adds just the right undernote to a flavor profile that is simple and delicious, clean and satisfying. Near room temp. is where this one shines.

Mouthfeel is where fruit beers often let down. Many are cloying, artificial, or leave a thick unpleasant resin on the palate. This one is low/med. carb., very light in the mouth due to the honey, natural tasting, and has a clean semi-dry finish that highlights the flavors.

Drinkability is quite good, rated as a beer one could drink all night without palate fatigue.

Impression: Yet another fine beer which requires air travel to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:08:05 | More by cavedave
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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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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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klikger

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served in a Duvel tulip

A - Light amber & cloudy, decent head and lacing

S - Fresh huckleberries & fragrant honey = great nose!

T - Fresh berries & a dollop of honey --> newly harvested grains and a bouquet of flowers --> fruity, tart finish (not sweet or really sour)

M - Light to medium-bodied; good carbonation; refreshing

D - For the style, it's really drinkable

All in all, I'm impressed. Most fruit beers aren't too drinkable for me, so this is up there with the best in that category. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's still good. Nice beer - glad I could taste it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:49:22 | More by klikger
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

22oz bomber from a recent sojourn to Montana. Pretty damn sexy label too...the um, lake, reminds me very much of a roadstop lunch vista along the western shore of Flathead Lake....

This beer pours a hazy pale golden orange hue, with two fingers of dense creamy white head, which dissipates slowly, leaving some random blotches of lace around the glass. It smells like that simulated grape Pop Rocks candy from my over-sugared youth - sweet, floral, berry fruit. I can't help but say that this is actually compelling - cursed nostalgic pull... The taste is sweet white grain, earthy, acidic, juicy huckleberries, field honey, and a somewhat cutting crisp, leafy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium weight, smooth, and well, juicy. It finishes fairly sweet, but not overly so, the dry biscuit and earthy hops putting up a slowly losing fight against the latent, intrinsic fruit and honey.

A very refreshing, and overall balanced, fruity beer. The huckleberries take center stage, with a lesser role filled by the titular honey, and the flavour is all the better for it. Glad I cracked this during the waning days of summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:05:50 | More by biboergosum
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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sent probably a case of these out in extras... surprised to only see 2 other reviews.. Picked this one up at Brewforia tonight on the way home from work.. sharing it with Brenda while we are taking care of a sick, puking/shitting all over the place Siamese... yum.. smells like huckleberry and partially digested Iams.. I keed I keeeed.

1" head in my Old Guardian goblet.. the brew is slightly hazed orange. Nose shows pretty big huckleberry elements and almost nothing else.

Flavor is a damn good fruit beer pretty much from beginning to end... the berries come out punching alot mid palate and just linger forever.. the only "honey" I get could maybe be described as the finish on honey sweetened green tea..

Body is lite medium with a smooth medium carbonation... very good... I've liked every bottle that I've scored of this one since the first up at the Moscow COOP. A very well made fruit beer without being too sweet and never obnoxious.

3/4/4/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 07:03:54 | More by JohnGalt1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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