Huckleberry Honey Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

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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 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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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge and sincere thanks to JohnGalt1 for this wonderfully tasty brew. Note: I live in blueberry country and I don't use the term huckleberries.

It pours a cloudy straw color, topped briefly by an active white head, then a nice skim island and ring which hang for most of the ride.

The smell is blueberries, not syrupy or artificial or overbearing, but like the smell of a bucket full of fresh. There is a tart note which could be yeast, or the tart of the berries, a nice neutral sweet to it, and just a hint of floral and spicy hops, almost like a ghost aroma.

The sip starts with some tart yeast and nice berry, gains momentum as bitter (not quite herbal, not quite citrus pith) joins the party, and the berry sweet of it and tart stay in the sip to a finish that gets drier, and better, as the ale warms. The honey finally shows itself a bit near room temp., and adds just the right undernote to a flavor profile that is simple and delicious, clean and satisfying. Near room temp. is where this one shines.

Mouthfeel is where fruit beers often let down. Many are cloying, artificial, or leave a thick unpleasant resin on the palate. This one is low/med. carb., very light in the mouth due to the honey, natural tasting, and has a clean semi-dry finish that highlights the flavors.

Drinkability is quite good, rated as a beer one could drink all night without palate fatigue.

Impression: Yet another fine beer which requires air travel to revisit.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A Pours a nice honey colored yellow with a very thick and long lasting head.

S A very strong sweet smell of huckleberries. It dominates the nose to the point there is really nothing else there.

T Like the nose the taste is dominated by sweet huckleberries, very one dimensional in this regard, with what might be a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

M A little over carbonated but pretty smooth and an easy drink.

Overall I really liked this one as the taste brought back moments of running around the woods as a kid eating wild huckleberries. But overall I thought it was an enjoyable drink and a pretty good way to recover from a hard bike race. If this was in my area I would drink one on occasion.

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Photo of klikger
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served in a Duvel tulip

A - Light amber & cloudy, decent head and lacing

S - Fresh huckleberries & fragrant honey = great nose!

T - Fresh berries & a dollop of honey --> newly harvested grains and a bouquet of flowers --> fruity, tart finish (not sweet or really sour)

M - Light to medium-bodied; good carbonation; refreshing

D - For the style, it's really drinkable

All in all, I'm impressed. Most fruit beers aren't too drinkable for me, so this is up there with the best in that category. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's still good. Nice beer - glad I could taste it.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Hazy light yellow-golden color. A finger of white head that dissipated quickly but left some streaks of lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma, huckleberries dominate and honey asserts its presence. Light pale malt character.

Taste: Tart and fruity from front to back. Huckleberry is the star, supported by a backbone of honey and pale malt. Clean finish with light hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability/overall: Excellent choice for having a few. Crisp and refreshing, and you can actually taste the beer under the flavoring agents, unlike a lot of fruit beers.

Final Notes: Great summer beer, and one of the best fruit beers I've tried. Light and refreshing and fruity, but it still tastes like beer instead of an alcopop or something.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from a recent sojourn to Montana. Pretty damn sexy label too...the um, lake, reminds me very much of a roadstop lunch vista along the western shore of Flathead Lake....

This beer pours a hazy pale golden orange hue, with two fingers of dense creamy white head, which dissipates slowly, leaving some random blotches of lace around the glass. It smells like that simulated grape Pop Rocks candy from my over-sugared youth - sweet, floral, berry fruit. I can't help but say that this is actually compelling - cursed nostalgic pull... The taste is sweet white grain, earthy, acidic, juicy huckleberries, field honey, and a somewhat cutting crisp, leafy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium weight, smooth, and well, juicy. It finishes fairly sweet, but not overly so, the dry biscuit and earthy hops putting up a slowly losing fight against the latent, intrinsic fruit and honey.

A very refreshing, and overall balanced, fruity beer. The huckleberries take center stage, with a lesser role filled by the titular honey, and the flavour is all the better for it. Glad I cracked this during the waning days of summer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium to dark orange amber, the color of honey. One finger fine white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of huckleberry and raspberry with light malt, somewhat floral. Blueberry fruit juice up front with sweet malt and a bit of citrus following, with a rather dry finish that still leaves a faint honey and fruit aftertaste. Body is light to medium, but still has a creamy quality on the back of the tongue, interesting. Sounded a bit gimmicky and potentially scary, but this was quite well done and fun to drink. The huckleberry flavor is really fresh and true to the berries and leaves a nice long memory on the taste buds. Obviously well made and if they can pull this off, I will definitely try some of the other beers from this brewery.

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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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

reviewed from notes.

a - nice label art ;) pour is light yellow with a white head.

s - very sweet. I have no idea what huckleberries smell/taste like, but i'll assume thats what I'm smelling. kind of like apple/grape.

t - sweet fruit flavor, but backed with some spice.

m - light body. good carbonation.

overall - i was pleasantly surprised with this beer. quite tasty. would make for a good summer beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MtOrion
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SCZ
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of BurghFanSC
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sent probably a case of these out in extras... surprised to only see 2 other reviews.. Picked this one up at Brewforia tonight on the way home from work.. sharing it with Brenda while we are taking care of a sick, puking/shitting all over the place Siamese... yum.. smells like huckleberry and partially digested Iams.. I keed I keeeed.

1" head in my Old Guardian goblet.. the brew is slightly hazed orange. Nose shows pretty big huckleberry elements and almost nothing else.

Flavor is a damn good fruit beer pretty much from beginning to end... the berries come out punching alot mid palate and just linger forever.. the only "honey" I get could maybe be described as the finish on honey sweetened green tea..

Body is lite medium with a smooth medium carbonation... very good... I've liked every bottle that I've scored of this one since the first up at the Moscow COOP. A very well made fruit beer without being too sweet and never obnoxious.

3/4/4/3.5/3.5

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