Rapture Heather Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Rapture Heather AleRapture Heather Ale

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the 12 beers of the apocalypse (February).

Added by RJLarse on 02-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of some herbal notes, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. The heather quality definitely comes through but it is complimented by some orange citrus, as well as some toffee and biscuit malt. The bitterness is low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Robust deep amber body with a thin tan head, aromatics come off floral with distinct caramelized sugars flowing forth. Aroma is rose petal water, with herbal heather hints and a caramelized malt backbone holding this beer together a developed ripened fruit character is glaring as well. Approachable but a bit lingering with a floral explosion upfront finishes balanced with a rich caramelized bready malt character finishing somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied new ale sighted in the Burgh on tap during happy hora at Mad Mex. Overall a classic beer and example of what it should be for beer lovers far and wide something new and interesting that doesn't scream redundancy.

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Photo of hreb
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in tapered pint glass, cold. Beer pours yellow-orange with good clarity and a thin white head. Faint floral aroma -- not as much heather in the nose as there could be with this style.

Flavor is strong, not subtle. This is no session heather ale. At 7% this is a big beer, and it's got body to back that up. There's either a non-trivial hop load backing up the heather or there's been so much extraction of the heather that it comes out bitter and vegetably. My go-to heather ale is CBC's The Wind Cried Mari, and this beer couldn't be any different. Whereas CBC's is low ABV and unhopped, Elysian's pushes the boundaries of the genre. The result is refreshingly different, though, not quite as enjoyable on the whole.

I should also mention that my bottle was sedimented as unf. Be careful pouring.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of cletetron
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jellikit
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Appearance: Orange. Mostly clear with a ever so slight haze. Thin, white head. Decent lacing.
Smell: sweet and floral. A bit grainy.
Taste: pretty much like the smell. Perfume. Grain.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. On the sweet side.
Overall: kinda weird. I have nothing to compare it to, as I have never had a heather beer. Not too keen on the perfume. Sweet artwork on the label.

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Photo of Docer
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a nice clear copper color like a nice IPA. Finger of foamy white head settle to a thin spotty pillow with a bit of a ring making some lace on the glass.. overall not bad.

Smell: (3.5)
- Interesting floral aromas.. they even had drifted a few feet slowly to my nose before I even picked up the beer... like walking by someones garden on a warmer spring day in the NW. Somewhat sweet, some light grainy caramel malt, touch of brown sugar... overall pleasant.

Taste: (3.5)
- Wonderful lightly sweet floral qualities... it seems to taste very well balanced, and has the grain presence of a rather mild amber ale. Lightly bready, bit grainy and caramel-like.. some grassy and earthy hops, and a touch of spice and pepper. Kinda nice!

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit chewy and medium bodied.. carbonated like most basic ale yeasts.. drying from some bittering hops... and parching. Quite the bitter feel..

Overall: (4.0)
- I like how this is very different from what almost anyone else has done. I think they used just the right amount of ingredients to not make any of each overpower one another. It is still quite a bitter brew and perhaps could be classified as an IPA because of that.. but there is a nice subtle malt bill that backs it up. Not one I would recommend as a regular, but is a nice treat as a one-off.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd beer of the Apocalypse.

Purchased at the Boise COOP.. for a pricey $7ish... poured into my little CC goblet... 1 finger white head with only okay lacing and a nonexistent cap. the brew is pretty clear dark golden.

The nose is pale malts and an odd floral note that I am not familiar with... an inviting earthy element... I dig it.

Flavor is again pretty odd... seems like a standard pretty fresh pale ale.... a bit of toasty malt midpalate and the finish.. floral essence shows with warmth and lingers for a bit.. almost like a dry honey component...

All the flavors seem pretty flimsy... nothing really "Scottish", and certainly nothing that I get as "herbal" like many gruits.. but I guess, I would describe it as a "Gruit LIGHT" ....

Okay across the board... not even close to $7 good though... damn.. I keep hoping these are going to get better... and for the love of god I need these to keep me in beer when the Zombie apocalypse happens.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear, medium orange amber. Nice fine white half-finger head with good retention and lacing. Inviting aroma of sweet caramel malt, light citrus, light fruit and pineapple. Flavor is citrus hops, sweet malt, light fruit and a spicy herbal flavor, presumably from the heather. Finishes sweet, citrusy and hoppy. Medium bodied with some creaminess. The flavors on this are pleasant and well integrated, but unusual enough to invite constant sipping. I really enjoyed this, as I did the first in the series. This is the best lead up to an apocalypse I've ever experienced, looking forward to the monthly steps to the end.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear light red in color. It poured with a creamy finger high off white head that gradually died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface along with a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of herbs and sweet caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a slight amount of sweetness along with flavors of rosemary and other herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink compared to other beers in the style, which are mainly dominated by flavors of the herbs.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear glowing golden orange to copper in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that slowly reduces to an even thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Sweet caramel malt (though only slightly so) with herbal and grassy aromas - heather and lavender.

T: Very similar to the smell with a light sweet caramel malt body that has lots of herbal notes over it - heather, lavender, and just a touch of rosemary.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and slightly dry.

O: First time I have found a Gruit beer on tap so I had to get it and I am pretty glad that I opted to try this one. Very enjoyable and one that you could sip on all afternoon long. For a not very easy to drink style of beer, this was surprisingly approachable.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jeffeljefe
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of funkyaudio
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.12.12.
Second in the series.

A - Pours a hazy, darker orange with a fluffy, cream-colored head. Good retention.

S - Very sweet, carmel, and some bread.

T - Similar, sweet carmely malt, bread, more like toast.

D - Good carbonation with a nice medium body.

O - Very sweet, bready and toast like.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing CO.
Rapture Heather Ale

Pours a light orange color, small slightly off white head forms and recedes leaving a little lace. Aroma is very floral, with some bready malt sweetness. The heather gives off a very sweet flowery smell. In the taste, expertly balanced with a nice bitterness to be found throughout. The heather (and perhaps a small proportion of hops) lends an earthy bitterness. Mild citrus and earthy flavors. There is a biscuity/bready malt flavor, mild notes of honey, moderate alcohol and perfectly balanced by the earthy bitters. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and the finish is clean. Overall, this was a nice treat, and one the the best heather ales I've had to date.

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Photo of harrymel
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with some soapy white foam, near excellent clarity. Smells of pale malts with a hint of crystal. There's a nice floral character I can only describe as slightly candy like. Almost a limy woodruff. It keeps me coming, so that's cool. Flavor is slightly sweet and bready with a slight, again, tip of the tongue sorta thing here. It's got plenty of flavors, but I can't quite put my finger on the culprits. Medium on thick for the style with moderate carb and a semi slick finish. I had a taster of this previously, and wasn't impressed, I'm glad I came back to revisit. Nice beer. This apocalypse series is 50/50 for me at this point having had the first four.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy light-orange hue with a light effervescence and a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet, rich malt with a very grassy, floral aroma to it. It's definitely got a heather character; I'm not sure if there are any hops in here, but if there are, they complement the heather well. I actually rather like the overall aromatic effect.

Taste: malt has more of a biscuity character to it than the aroma suggests. Heather flavor remains nice, but it is paired with a harsh bitterness that might be the plant itself. Balance is off, but the initial flavor is not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice, creamy carbonation. I like it.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but not one of which I would want to drink a lot. Basing this on the old "drinkability" score, I'm not as impressed.

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Rapture Heather Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 44 ratings