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Huckleberry Honey Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

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Huckleberry Honey AleHuckleberry Honey Ale
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
49 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by cavedave on 07-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,612
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
49
pDev:
9.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of hereforbeerMT
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
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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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Stak
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of stallion_air21
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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 Diggy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of JayWhitson
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not very complex

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Photo of Murrhey
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Sark
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DrJones
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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 SamuelMiller
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a solid beer. A unique experience, but I feel that the flavors are almost too overpowering and it is a tad too sweet. Still tasted good after a day of hiking

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 elglueckert
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazed copper in the glass, with several fingers of rich bright-white head. This simmers down to a ¾ finger of rich froth, which leaves back a foamy cascade that quickly slides down and leaves back a good bit of light spotty lacing. Huckleberry juices jumps right out in the aroma, with notes of honey and malt drawing some extra sweetness out of it. Hops add a touch of grassiness to the edges that gives this some airiness in the nose. I’m digging this for the most part but it’s coming off as a little sweet in spots.

The huckleberry is tarter up front here in the taste, with honey and grainy malt character some sweet balance, before juicer feeling berry character comes out across the back. A lightly citric and grassy feel adds a touch of bitterness to this but the main focus is kept on those berries, with this finishing dry and a touch tart. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with a lively crispness to the carbonation that is maybe a little too sharp feeling at times. This does smooth out some though, the longer it sits in the mouth.

This was a pleasant surprise and much better crafted than a lot of other lighter bodied and fruit flavored beers out there. I liked the emphasis on the huckleberry flavors but there a bit more going on here as well that gave this a crisp and refreshing presence on the palate. This was my first beer from Bitter Fruit and it makes me intrigued to maybe seek out some other offerings from them.

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Photo of Damico
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is awesome - sweet berry juice dominates over a bit of a crisp wheat like note. The color is amber orange with a decent white head. The flavor is light, crisp, dry, and has tons of berry flavor. It ends a bit bitter with a decent body, overall good.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, also sampled on-tap at the brewery

from notes; split

appearance: served in a shaker pint, roughly clear, yellow body, 1/2" white head

smell: sweet - huckleberry sweetness comes through strong with some earthy honey notes

taste: i incorrectly assumed this would be a gimmick beer as huckleberry is the official gimmick ingredient of Montana, but this beer actually turned out pretty nice - sweet "soapy" presence from the huckleberry, lots of honey as well, grain

mouthfeel: lighter and sweet

overall: surprisingly good

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Huckleberry Honey Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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