Heather Ale
Cambridge Brewing Company

Heather AleHeather Ale
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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
3.6 | pDev: 14.44%
Jun 26, 2020
Aug 21, 2012
Notes: World Famous Herbal Beer with Handpicked Fresh Heather Flowers
Brewed with imported Scottish floor-malted barley, fresh hand-harvested heather flowers are added to the kettle during the boil along with sweet gale and lavender, with a further addition of fresh heather and yarrow to the conditioning tanks.
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours orange amber with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like flowers, heather, sweet gale, mild lavender, cinnamon-esque spice, hints of sweet leathery funk, toasty bready malt, and floral earthy herbs. Tastes like mild lemon citrus fruitiness, cinnamon-esque spice, fresh flowers, heather, sweet gale, mild lavender, toasty bready malt, sweet leathery funk, with floral earthy herbs. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a real nice herb and spice beer with heather flowers, sweet gale and lavender.
Jun 26, 2020
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, from 2019 into the test glass.
A - Lite amber color, excellent clarity. Gentle carbonation puts on a trance inducing steady dance. A thin ring wraps an archipelago of tiny islands.
S - Heather, leads the way other botanicals chime in, lavender, sage, rose hip, lemon verbena. This is like a florist shop, so many layers all very nice.
T - I certainly get the lavender and heather, add in some red raspberry, red wheat, just a kiss of tart fruit. A gentle touch of mixed culture maybe? Lots of back and forth on this front, Excellent tension adds depth.
M - Medium in body, sweet start, then a slide toward the the tart side ever so slightly. Finish is similar to young Riesling.
O - A very good gruit, the total package is so enjoyable, Lots of flavors riding and impressive aromatic. Clean , crisp and loaded with twists and turns in the best way. Pair with a soft runny cheese and enjoy
Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by LJWalker from Indiana

Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

Sep 15, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Sep 10, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by flek from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

May 19, 2016
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Reviewed by nickfl from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Other than being a bit murky and ugly, it is a nice beer, and by FAR the best gruit I have ever had. This is a style that all too often tastes muddy and harshly herbal, but this is bright, refreshing and fruit. A very pleasant surprise!
May 08, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

May 07, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by Bdrega10 from Massachusetts

Mar 02, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by reizorc from Pennsylvania

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with s short white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of heather are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of heather.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an enjoyable gruit beer as the heather aromas and flavors are featured rather well, but aren't overpowering in any way.

Serving type: bottle
Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 06, 2015
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Reviewed by irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
look; muddy golden bronze, 1/4" head disappears quickly, thin soapy lacing that goes away quickly
smell; thanksgiving fresh herb seasoning packet, soup carrots? a mild hint of chicken or beef broth
taste;aforementioned herbs, grass, a little earth, hint of soup, like caned soup but not in a bad way at all, and just a hint really
feel; perky medium light with medium light carbonation, a tiny bit acidic at the finish
overall; a really cool scottishish gruit, interesting and enjoyable
Nov 15, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Oct 30, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jrob21 from North Carolina

Oct 28, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2015
Rated: 2.75 by Aisha from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2015
Heather Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 94 ratings