Alba Scot’s Pine Ale – Heather Ales (Alloa, Scotland)

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  • 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.