William Wallace
Earth Eagle Brewings

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Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #24,863
3.87 | pDev: 11.89%
Earth Eagle Brewings
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Notes: Scottish gruit with juniper berries and heather. A stab at the vaunted Heather Ale of Pictish lore.
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Boto from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewery: Stopped here after the Granite State Growler tour. This one pours a hazy amber color. There was almost no head or lacing with this one. It has an interesting nose. Earthy, definitely get some juniper and faint heather. The taste is good. Malty with no real hops noticeable. No real sweetness either. Some juniper. Unique and very good!

Aug 13, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Opaque murky chestnut brown body with a tan collar. Earth, peat smoke, juniper berry, slight pine, tea and honey in the nose. Taste is pretty much the same, a touch sweeter than nose. Feel is medium bodied but more viscous than expected, warm. This really worked well for me

Jan 09, 2014
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mountdew1 from New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 32oz growler into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium amber with a fair amount of haze to it. Next to no head when poured, and nothing shortly there after. A few small occasional streams of bubbles rose from the sides/bottom. The aroma was a bit strange. Had a definite herbal smell, but reminded me of tuna fish. Flavor was surprisingly sweet and balanced. Some unherbal flavors up front, but then shifted to a berry flavor, but not overly sweet. Coated the mouth nicely, not that much carbonation however. Overall not bad, aroma was a kick in the face, but the flavor more than made up for it.

Feb 24, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Earth Eagle

"Brewed with heather, juniper and spruce tips."

This brewery seems to have a leaning towards making gruits. And there's nothing wrong with that; it's still a relatively uncommon style. I did like their Chinese Rock quite a bit more than this one, but it still was quite good, and perhaps more representative of the style in general.

Cloudy amber pour, with a thin off-white head; minimal retention and lacing. Herbal aroma, notes of pine and meadow grass. Taste reflected the scent, with a bready malt base, pine needles, juniper berries making an appearance but not overwhelming anything, herbal and earthy, and something almost woody in there as well. Medium body, lower carbonation, and a nice beer overall.

Feb 23, 2013
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like murky swamp water, a gross yellowed brown, almost like cider. A light white head forms and fizzes away, leaving a slight head/scrim behind. The body is, as I have already said, murky and indiscernible. Honestly, if this weren’t a gruit I would say it was an ugly beer, but it being what it is, it just looks fascinating. On the nose this beer is light and earthy, with some great candy bread scents and a nice earthy must that I assume is heather tips and juniper berries. Almost sweet caramel is also present, and as I push my nose more into it and let the beer warm up I get more of a smell that is earthy and enticing. In taste, the beer begins with light sweet bread and then opens into spicy bread and herb notes. The taste feels fresh and herbal, with a slight minty tingle in the aftertaste, but still very strong earthy bread notes. The more I drink the more I notice that the minty fresh flavor actually is their throughout the sip, lying below the more forward flavors of the beer and adding a crisp refreshing bite to the beer that does give slight sweet berry notes. As the beer warms up I note caramelly sweet notes and very slight roasted flavors lingering in the flavor. On the mouth this beer is thin and highly drinkable, crisply kissing the tongue to refresh it, and leaving the mouth only slightly wet with saliva, but overall clean and refreshing. I’m not sure if it is the thought that I am drinking an herbal beer, or if it’s the actual beer, but I feel a lot of the tingling healthy affect that herbal tea imparts on my mouth, which is superbly refreshing and highly fantastic in a beer. Earth Eagle is a new brewery that is specializing in brewing (though not exclusively) gruits which are superb, and I am really excited to see what they do with them. William Wallace is a fantastic start to their gruit brewing, and I am really excited to see where they go from here. I may be stepping ahead of myself, but I feel this brewery may be one of the major starts of the American Gruit style, and I am excited to see where it goes! Overall this beer is terrifically drinkable, refreshing, and an all around great beer. A wonder gruit for sure!

Nov 19, 2012
William Wallace from Earth Eagle Brewings
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 21 ratings