Cambridge Brewing Company Heather Ale

As usual, I’m backlogged on reviews. But, I’ve actually broken down and brought my computer to Kate’s. Since I’m technically going back and forth between two places, I was leaving the computer at my sister’s. But, I end up in Fair Haven more than Manalapan, so I moved the computer. I’m hoping that this leads to more regular updates, especially since Kate busts me that I never update.

ABV: 5%

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From out of the darkness of pre-recorded history, Heather Ale is an altogether unique brew. Originally crafted by the inhabitants of coastal Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Northern British Isles, fresh heather flowers and other herbs were used to balance and flavor the rustic yet sweet toasted character of the malted barley. Its brewing tradition existed long before the advent of hopped beers, and has continued, sporadically, in small rural communities for millennia. Brewed with imported Scottish floor-malted barley, fresh hand-harvested heather flowers were added to the kettle during the boil along with sweet gale and lavender, with a further addition of fresh heather and yarrow to the conditioning tanks. Each year the CBC brewstaff handpicks the fresh herbs for this beer from a field along the Atlantic Coast, and adds them into the brewkettle the very next day. The aroma and flavor are a surprising jog of ancient memory, with commingling subtle notes of heather and honey and an obscure wildflower spiciness complemented by the interplay of mild but assertive, toasty-sweet malt. Medium bodied, light amber-gold in color, with a dry finish that hints at tartness. Special thanks to our friends for their support with this year’s heather harvest. Slainte!”

Random: This is another one from the MA stash. Yes, I’m still whittling that down…one of the benefits of being in 2 different places.

This one poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on my glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the body that hung around forever. The body was a clear, dark amber color with lots of seltzery carbonation visible throughout. The nose was dominated by this sweet floral smell that I could only imagine were heather flowers. The taste was like liquified potpourri sachet. It reminded me of very floral soap. It also reminded me of lavender. Although I found it to be interesting, I couldn’t get anything else from the beer except it’s odd floral characteristic. Maybe at the end I got some malt? The body was pretty thick with lots of carbonation. The finish was long and floral. I’m glad I tried this one, but I won’t be searching this one out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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