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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
86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | 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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neckbeered

Montana

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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


3.24/5  rDev -16.3%

08-24-2014 18:42:59 | More by Stak
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stallion_air21

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -16%

Color is a foggy medium golden color. Nothing special but presents a normal medium color.

Smell is a STRONG huckleberry smell and even tho they promote the honey flavor it is hard to pull from.

Taste is very different. A strong Huckleberry flavor hits in the beginning and really doesn't leave you mouth which is quit disappointing. This flavor stays in your mouth and breath and completely overpowers the rest of the flavors. At the end of the taste the bitterness comes and brings the fruitiness of the Huckleberry.

Overall this is a very fruity beer and just to overpowering in the Huckleberry flavor.

08-14-2014 04:40:08 | More by stallion_air21
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Diggy

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-20-2014 18:26:54 | More by Diggy
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Sark

Montana

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-04-2013 01:57:31 | More by Sark
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-01-2012 06:35:19 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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kmk1503

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Montana

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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

Spain

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-23-2014 00:08:43 | More by Blumstein
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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

07-13-2011 19:37:17 | More by dirtylou
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-15-2010 19:54:38 | More by levifunk
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

09-04-2010 02:05:50 | More by biboergosum
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Huckleberry Honey Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.