- My Rating: B-
Alba Scot’s Pine Ale – Heather Ales (Williams Bros Brewing) *1 of 4pack Historic Ales of Scotland*, 7.5% ABV – 330ml, (Alloa, Scotland)
on the back label:
“Scots Pine [Pinus Alba]. Introduced by the Vikings, spruce and pine ales were very popular in Northern Scotland until the end of the 19th Century. Alba is a ‘triple’ style ale, brewed to a traditional Highland recipe using the sprigs of spruce and pine collected every Spring. This complex rich tawny ale is best drunk at room temperature from a wine goblet.”
Ingredients:water, barley malt, pine, spruce, yeast.
- Style: (pine & spruce) Spiced Ale
- Taste Profile: sweet caramel malts -> bright pine/mild citrus -> alcohol/pine/med malty-bitter finish.
- Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $14/4pack, Nov 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Tasting notes: pours translucent medium-dark copper orange with a very small dissipating head, thin ringed retention, some slow streams. Light sweet malted caramel on the nose, with hints of pine.
Attack: 7/10-rich caramel malted sweetness
Mid-palate: malts, bright pine, creamy-half-fizzy mouthfeel, mild lemon
Finish: alcohol detection, persistent pine airyness, light-med malty bitter finish.
An interesting, balanced and very drinkable brew. Unique pine taste with a solid caramel malty backbone.