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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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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 17
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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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 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 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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 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 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 corby112
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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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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Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of grittybrews
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Floral aroma with some honey and pine.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity caramel and honey up front with light floral notes and hints of citrus and earthy spice.

Nicely balanced; a little on the sweeter side but just enough bitterness on the finish to balance.

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Photo of BDTyre
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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Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Rapture Heather Ale at he Swamp Tavern. $12. The February edition of the 12 beers of the apocalypse. Poured in to a stein.

Pours a clear maple brown/orange color. Frothy white head is very resilient.

Smell is a strong sweet floral and citrus scent.

Taste is a sweet caramel bread flavor up front with a sweet citrus and juniper flavor on the finish. Bitter/sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smoothy with a silky feel.

Overall a very drinkable and full flavored beer. Too expensive to be sessionable but a nice ancient ale. Glad I tried it. Best of the 12 beer series so far.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of doughanson78
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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