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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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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Not sure how I feel about this one. Cloudy amber with a nice white head. Definite floral, heather scent to it. Noticeable hop profile. Light, pale ale malts. This is almost akin to an IPA.

Definite hop taste, good floral profile from both the hops and heather. Biscuit and yeasty malts. Again, quite reminiscent of an IPA. Bitter on the finish.

Thick, slightly chewy. Carbonation is a little bit weak. This is a good beer, but it comes off more as an IPA than a heather ale.

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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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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white cap that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet floral aroma that's slightly herbal with spicy hops and pale malt notes.  The heather is prominet giving off a perfume like fragrance.  The hops are also kind of strong with a spicy, grassy character.  Subtle pale malt backbone.

Medium bodied with a strong floral, heather presence that lingers over the hops and pale malt into a slightly dry finish.  I hate to use the word smooth but the heather gives off a silky flower petal presence that's nicely balanced by the dry hops.  Spicy but not bitter with pale malts adding some needed sweetness.  If the hops were any stronger they would overpower the flavor but as they are they provide really nice balance.  This beer isn't extreme but it's really well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. Abv expertly masked.  Never would have guessed it was 7.65%.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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