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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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3.24/5  rDev -16.3%

Stak, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Blumstein, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Diggy
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Diggy, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of stallion_air21
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.

stallion_air21, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MtOrion, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Sir_Goatman, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Rojada1988, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Sark
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.

Sark, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of kmk1503
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kmk1503, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

neckbeered, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
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.

Murrhey, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of devlishdamsel
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

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!

devlishdamsel, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SCZ, Oct 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

prisoner1572, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

bluckbeyes, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Swervine44, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BurghFanSC, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

elkinbrown, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

bagpiper2005, Jul 22, 2011
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Huckleberry Honey Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.