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Highland Heather Ale | Highland Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RBorsato on 06-29-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
8
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 8
Photo of kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ambered brown color witha very sparse head. Nose is very herbal. Definately heather. Flavor is right there. Herbal heather with a brown sugary sweetness in the finish. Not bad at all. Feel is a very light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Nothing bad to say about this one. Its pretty drinkable. I'd have it again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a deep, chestnut brown body with a small beige head that quickly falls into a collar. Island chain patch lacing is prevalent.
Aroma is subdued, with toffee maltiness and a pronounced floral note that is difficult to describe. The floral aroma is like dried lavender, and is definitely not derived from hops.
Mouthfeel is unremarkable, but decent, with a light medium body and medium carbonation.
Taste features some bready malt that blends well with the heather bitterness. Very unusual taste, that evokes the idea of a bitter Coca Cola with a mild alcohol component, accented by dried lavender. Clean finish actually makes this one a bit tasty.
Good drinkability for this well constructed example of an ancient Scottish style. Definitely, worth a try for its unique floral accents.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle, no freshness dating on the label

Pours a dark brown, not black. Loses the tan foam and carbonation quite quickly, lackluster lacing.

Very interesting floral aroma. Not perfumy, but like you were sitting near a hill of wild flowers as the breeze brings the aroma over.

Earthy malt with a lingering perfumey floral aspect. Tangy, not bad.

Light bodied and easy drinking. Finishes clean, with a bit of residual maltiness

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Photo of AlexJ
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm glad I ordered a small glass rather than a pint. Medium dark brown in color with a nice, chunky head that leaves no lace as it settles into a thin veil. Aroma is all malt, caramel, molasses, dried fruit, and florals, no hop . Tastes the same, slightly sour, perfumey , bready, earthy(dirt), woody. Not even a suggestion of hops to be found. Thin in body and over-carbonated. I can't even finish a 10 oz. glass, not my bag at all.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown to mahogany with a decent tan head. Aroma and flavor is earthy, malty, and flowery with an almost tar-like(?) character. Medium bodied and smooth with a roasty finish.

Only slightly better in mouthfeel than the original draft version I tried. Very different than Fraoch Heather Ale but neither set the beer world on fire...

'04' bottled version
Tasted: 12/06/04

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Photo of homersimpson
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown with a light tan head.
Nose is faintly herbal.
Very light body.
Lightly flavored, delicate hebal notes over a sweet malt. Very short finish.
The dark color belies a very light and quaffable brew. The boys up the mountain have produced a very popular, albeit bland brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow I seemed to like this beer alot more than the other person who reviewed this one,pours a deep brown with some reddish tints thru out with a creat creamy head that settled nicely leaving sheets of lace.Aromas of roasted malt and an odd floral note (the heather?),taste had a lactic quality to it with some chocolate with a late sour note.Nice creamy mouthfeel,a beer with some complexity and oddities I really liked this one if it's bottled I will buy some more for sure.

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Highland Heather Ale from Highland Brewing
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.
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