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Heather Ale | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Dope on 08-21-2012

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Reviews by Maxwell:
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4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dirty golden brown color, almost like honey or a light cream soda. The head is massive and creamy white with big rocky soap bubbles that leave foamy, clinging bits of lacing on the glass. The beer’s body is fairly clear with a nice light haze murking the body enough that this beer is not entirely translucent. On the nose, this beer smells sweetly herbal with a good grainy kick. The herbs pack a lovely cornucopia of spices onto the nose, moving from minty to spicy, to everywhere in-between. The beer almost smells like a super spicy hefeweizen, as it has some awesome banana and clove esters lying as the backbone of this beer. The smell is quite enticing. On the tongue, the beer tastes like a liquefied and refreshing spicy bread with light touches of banana. The heather shines in the beer, obviously… leaving an almost minty tingle on the mouth. The beer begins with light grainy bread with a faint touch of banana esters, before it opens into an herbal wonderland that starts more spicy, moves towards grainy, then bursts with big cooling herbal mint flavors before rounding itself into perfect balance of all of the different flavors listed. The aftertaste is of light tingly herbal mint (heather?) with a touch of grainy bread. On the mouth, the beer feels light to medium in body with a certain congealing feeling to it as it stretches out over the tongue. The beer is supremely refreshing and clean feeling, though the strong herbal flavors in the middle of the taste do place a slight graininess on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with some nice little puddles on the sides of the my tongue begging for more of the beer. Overall, this beer is supremely tasty, and another excellent example of the burgeoning American Gruit scene. Bready, complex, refreshing, rejuvenating… my list of descriptions for this beer could go on and on. This is a delicious success from the stellar CBC, and definitely a beer you should try.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Almond gold and muddy. Tiny head and a ring of retention

S: Very interesting kind of dank aroma. Wet flowers, spice, and beef stew herbs. Carrots, other root veggies, and cookie malts. Perhaps sherry. Very different and pleasantly so.

T: Spicy, floral, and juicy. Herbs and root teas. A bit of cranberry-like tartness and a touch hickory-meaty. Soft but evident bitterness accompanied by creamy dryness.

M: Liquidy with a gradually building powdered spice texture....like nutmeg or cinnamon perhaps.

O: This is pretty interesting. Spiced and herbal all over. It's like seasonal fall cookies meets beefy stew all topped with a flowery bouquet and a dash of white cooking wine.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of garrisonp
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of LJWalker
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wedge
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a loose head that fades to a slim ring around the edge. Sweet heather and lavender floral aromas with fresh herbs, grass, and a festive, almost cookie-like toast and spice. Flavor duplicates the nose almost exactly. Prominent earthy, spicy floral notes and sweet toasty grain with an added slight lemony tartness. Kind of soapy by nature, but in a good way. Medium bodied, slick, and lightly carbonated. Glad to see this is about as good as I remember it from several years ago.

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Photo of sammy806
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of flek
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cestlavie
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright bronze with a thin white head that almost disappears immediately.

S - Toasted grains, pepper. lemon zest

T - Ginger, pepper, nutmeg, lemon grass

M - Bubbly light, lingers on the palate, so maybe it is thicker than I think.

O - Very interesting, my first foray into the gruit style. I enjoyed this, I would recommend it. I don't see myself buying it again though.

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Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dive Bar, Worcester. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pint glass pour out of the tap with a dark bronze-golden body with just a slight haziness. Small foamy white cap falls fairly quickly to a small ring. Lacing is sparse.

S- Interesting mix of sweet toasted malts, caramel, dark red fruits and a pronounced floral and herbal spicy note. Brown malts, toasted nuts, lavender, flowers, nutmeg and lemon zest tea all come to mind.

T- Reminds me of a pumpkin ale in a way actually, with the toasted malts and spices. Sweet caramel malts, toasted nuts, cracked cereal grains, big honey and flower petals all combine into one flavorful sip. Wheat, light lemon and grassy herbal hints as well.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a creamy, foamy texture. Fluffy moderate carbonation and a light bitterness from the spicy hops (and maybe flowers/spices too). Somewhat watery.

I like how the toasted malts, spices and apparently flowers come together. It reminds me of some pumpkin ales but also has an added complexity not seen in those.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bdrega10
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Heather Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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