Huckleberry Honey Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

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45 Ratings
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Huckleberry Honey AleHuckleberry Honey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States
bitterrootbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cavedave on 07-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.08%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This CAN took the long way around in coming to me. I had scored some desirous CANs of my own recently & when I offered them up for ANY CANs that were new to me, this was offered in return. Apparently, it was an extra in a recent trade on the other party's part & he was willing to part with it. I'll take it!

From the CAN: "The Last Best Brew"; "Est. 1998"; "I'm Your Huckleberry!"; "Limited Release"; "Seasonal Ale"; "Ale brewed with honey, Montana malted barley and natural huckleberry flavor added."; "Fresh Product, Keep Refrigerated".

I have to say, the Huckleberry Honey of the paper label looks really great when transferred onto an aluminum cylinder! Blonde, topless, winking with a huckleberry vine entwined around her bust, she seems to invite us into her playground in shades of purple & green. I just know that the spent CAN will be given a good home at Jeff Lebo's House of CANs!

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN & my mouth began to water in anticipation of sampling this Honey's wares. I was gentle with her on the Glug and she rewarded me with two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Everything was really sticky when she finished, though! Sticky lacing, I mean. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4), befitting a blonde Honey such as herself. Nose was very berry-like, although I would have said blueberries. We do not grow huckleberries here in the northeast so I do not have a solid base of reference. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very sweet, loaded with berries. Again, I do not know what huckleberries taste like, but this was like fruit preserves! She was one sweet Huckleberry Honey! Finish remained sweet, fruity and more suitable for the summer cooler. I am going to blend the second half of the CAN's CANtents with my remaining Rogue Double Chocolate Stout to see what results.

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Photo of kmahe
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elglueckert
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrJones
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hereforbeerMT
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty drinkable beer but it's really one dimensional. I wish there was a little more bitterness or tartness to cut through the sweet huckleberry flavor.

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Photo of JayWhitson
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not very complex

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden orange color with a two finger head of thick white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, only very slowly fading to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Wow! Sweet huckleberry is quite potent in this one with the smell wafting across the room when the can is opened. Along with this very potent aroma are some lighter notes of a honey smell as well as a little bit of an orange and grain aroma.

Taste – Upfront the taste is sweeter, but not nearly as sweet as I was anticipating from the nose. It begins with a huckleberry flavor accompanied by some flavors of a grainy bread and some honey tastes. A rather strong showing of yeast is present and with the huckleberry it creates the bulk flavor of the brew. Other sweet tastes of some apricot and orange are present in the front as well, with these flavors fading in strength as the taste advances further. While the fruit fades a bit, some grassy flavors join the profile and contrasts nicely some of the sweeter tastes of the huckleberry which increase at the end, and leaves one overall with a sweet but lightly “greenish” taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium and slightly chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style it is rather nice as the chewier body with the yeast and huckleberry makes it more like a light dessert style brew in nature.

Overall – A decent berry beer. The smell is rich and decadent, but its taste not overly sweet and is quite drinkable. Well worth a try.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beer_nibbler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Stak
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Blumstein
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Diggy
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of stallion_air21
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Color is a foggy medium golden color. Nothing special but presents a normal medium color.

Smell is a STRONG huckleberry smell and even tho they promote the honey flavor it is hard to pull from.

Taste is very different. A strong Huckleberry flavor hits in the beginning and really doesn't leave you mouth which is quit disappointing. This flavor stays in your mouth and breath and completely overpowers the rest of the flavors. At the end of the taste the bitterness comes and brings the fruitiness of the Huckleberry.

Overall this is a very fruity beer and just to overpowering in the Huckleberry flavor.

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Photo of MtOrion
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Sark
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- well carbonated golden color, well carbonated, finger of eggshell white head

Smell- blast of hucks, the berry gives a sour and soda-like tinge to the brew, hops and malts are in the very far back seat

Taste- tangy berries on the front with malts slightly on the middle and the tart hanging on to the finish

Mouthfeel- medium body with lager-smooth qualities that are just a little abrasive from the berries.

Overall- The aroma is really something to behold, but the berry just doesn't seem right for this type of beer. Perhaps if served quite cold and on a nice hot day, otherwise the appeal isn't spectacular.

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Photo of Walts_Frozen_Head
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a moderate haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy white foam. Quite good.

Smell: sweet malty base, quite neutral in character, which provides a great canvas onto which the huckleberry is painted. That said, it does not seem 100% natural, but it is pretty enticing nonetheless.

Taste: nice blond ale base with an earthy huckleberry character. In beer, it's kind of hard to tell huckleberry from blueberry, but there's enough tartness in this beer to communicate the huckleberry essence. That said, I'm still not completely convinced by the huckleberry character itself; I grew up picking at eating fresh huckleberries in the Selkirk mountains and this doesn't seem quite like the huckleberries I remember. I guess comparing the flavor to a memory of youth is unfair; so, it's a good beer, but not totally convincing on the berries.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great carbonation that yields a satisfying and persistent creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: tasty and drinkable, if not completely what I wanted from a huckleberry beer. So, absolutely worth a try if you're into fruit beers, but not something I'll go out of my way to have again in future.

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Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Murrhey
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Purchased for $3.95 from a local health-food store, Withey's.

A- Three-finger white head, quickly eroding head. Lemon-colored body with low clarity.

S- Golden malts, honey, huckleberry and subdued hops. Kinda funky.

T- Honeyed berries. Quite a delightful flavor. I was worried after the smell and look. Very tasty.

M- Thin-bodied and crisp.

O- Yum! Fun beer and tasty.

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Photo of devlishdamsel
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple in my house, because the price cannot be beat. Open the bottle, and poof a fragrant aroma of berries hits you! So very botanical and fresh. It pours smooth with a decent head and very fine carbonated bubbles. It vanishes quickly because its so good you completely inhale it, and it is very smooth and easy on your palate. You finish the bottle only wanting more.
Last year it was a rare beer and disappeared quickly. Due to high demand this year its in abundance. I must admit that rarity of such a fine beverage sometimes makes it taste better, but even though it is now readily available it is still delicious!

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Huckleberry Honey Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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