Alba Scots Pine Ale | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Alba Scots Pine AleAlba Scots Pine Ale
BA SCORE
3.78/5
690 Ratings
Alba Scots Pine AleAlba Scots Pine Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introduced by the Vikings, spruce and pine ales were very popular in the Scottish Highlands until the end of the 19th century. Many early explorers, including Captain Cook, used spruce ale during long sea voyages since it prevented scurvy and ill health. Shetland spruce ale was said to "stimulate animal instincts" and give you twins. Alba is a triple style ale brewed to a traditional Highland recipe from Scots pine and spruce shoots pickled during early spring. Pure malted barley, is boiled with the young sprigs of pine for several hours then the fresh shoots of the spruce are added for a short infusion before fermentation.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,162
Reviews:
475
Ratings:
690
pDev:
14.02%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours brilliant amber under a 2” off-white foam collar. S: This is smoky and piney on the nose T: The palate is an interesting blend of pine and caramel and a hint of horehound. The smoke on the palate is very light. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A beer for people who want to try something without hops. This is very well done.

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Photo of Harimad_Sol
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlabs
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet pine, slightly sweet and floral. Flavor is also pine, fruity and very soft bitterness.Low carbonation in a soft to medium body with a sweet pine finish.

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Photo of tux_alin
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeDL
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ian_B
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy caramel coulour -- short white head and decent retention.

Sticky sweet caramel-candied apple and banana esters, with a very faint earthy/herbal pine sap aroma.

Taste is, again, very sweet; verging on cloying. Candied apple, with slightly more pronounced pine sap and slightly less banana. Very little to no bittering. Not much complexity. I really like the flavours that are there, and really want to like this, but overall the sweetness and balance are not doing it for me.

Sticky sweet mouthfeel without much carb or bitterness. Why so sweet?

Overall, slightly cloying with little going on to balance. Flavour is nice, but disappointing. Wish it was more dry or I had a spicy meal to balance this out.

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear amber producing a rapidly diminishing, effervescent, off-white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is toffee, light toasted malt, candy apple fruity, faint banana, lime zest & booze, no pine. Taste is malty, fruity & boozy comprised of toast, toffee, caramel, banana, apple, berries with a herbal, grass, bitter finish. Aftertaste could be called medicinal. Again nothing that I would call pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with similar carbonation, silky, oily, juicy becoming slightly dry at the end. Unique & very drinkable. Puts me in mind of certain American craft brewery Bock beers minus much of the bitterness.

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Alba Scots Pine Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 690 ratings
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