FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a bit darker than your typical honey beer with a rich, reddish amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lightly herbal hops, a touch of caramel malt toasted character and perhaps a touch of light, berry fruitiness in the finish. This has no real honey nose to it, and is surprisingly herbal hop focused considering that most honey beers are completely devoid of any hop character at all.
Lightly sweet up front, but a bitter hop note easily keeps this in check along with an herbal hop flavor. The bitterness lingers on in the finish with quite a bite to it. The aggressive hop notes certainly dominate, but there is a substantial use of crystal malts here with flavors of toasty grain and caramelized malt sugars playing a significant, if only supporting role. The crystal malt keeps the hops just in check and some honey flavors would help this be more balanced, but these are strangely lacking. When I am not so focused on the lingering hop bitterness in the finish I do get flashes of sweet honey flavors in the finish, but they are certainly not a substantial part of the flavor profile.
An interesting take on the typically hop-less Honey beer. This is perhaps a bit too aggressively hoppy as it can get a bit astringent and even a bit harsh at times. The hops even get in the way of being able to notice the honey flavors and aromatics, which are almost non-existent. The beer isn’t nearly as bad as all this, but somehow I find myself a bit disappointed that this wasn’t another standard, crappy, simplistic honey beer; this is actually a decent Pale Ale and in a blind tasting would do at least half well as one (though incredibly poorly as a Honey Beer). The bottom line is that if I was in the mood for a Honey beer I wouldn’t get this & if I was in the mood for a Pale Ale, I still wouldn’t get this.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Keil’s. Medium brownish/amber in color. Slightly bready aroma. Some hoppiness and a little bit of sweetness. Spicy hop flavors. Reminds me of some type of British ale. Decent bitterness with some dryness.
bhensonb (11099) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from South Bay Drug. Amber color with a head that went away quickly. Aroma of sweet, honey, malt. Near full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is malt, light honey, and hop. This is a surprising ale. Honey, but not sicky sweet. Finish is neither dry nor sweet, and it’s fairly balanced. Actually pleasant to drink. A substantial ale. How unexpected.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Aroma is light malt and a touch of floral & herbal hops. Light lacing. Flavor is light caramel malt with a small amount of honey. Bitterness lingers a tad on the palate. Medium body. As far as honey beers go, there isn’t much in this one. Since I’m not a big fan of honey, it’s a good thing. Not a bad beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is mainly sweet and sugary with a bit of floral and a bit of caramel maltiness present. The honey is difficult to detect. Transparent copper-orange body that has a really nice slightly off-white head that lingers. Grainy, malty start with roasted notes present. Becomes quite dry and quite bitter. The honey really makes this a dry and somewhat bitter beer. There is a bit of a harsh medicinal bitterness towards the end. Nevertheless, this is a huge step up from any Mexican beer that I have had.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pour with a good head, good retention, and a standard lace job. The color is a deep golden amber. The aroma is very effective in making it’s point. This thing wreaks of honey and I mean REAL honey and a tad bit of spice. Medium nectar weight with good carbonation. Loads of honey twisted into a chunky malt backbone. A little spice comes out and then a superb bittering component kicks in balancing it all out on the finish. I really didn’t want to drink this whole 12oz bottle but it really is the best honey beer I’ve ever had. Needless to say I drank it. Great job on this one. I drank this at 55F.
chilangoglobal (105) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great taste and aroma mix together to create an enjoyable sensation in the mouth.
IrishBoy (3837) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors; Nose of light flowery-piney hops and nuttiness; copper with a medium off-white head; flavor has medium hop bitterness, lemon, and some light caramel malt! Beats the hell out of Corona et al.
184601 (206) - Mexicali, MEXICO - APR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, great beer.This ones good for dinner, the aroma its very floral hoppy,of course honey, some citrics too.Pours a a good-proportioned head, that fades slowly but quite doesnt dissapears, the body its cloudy golden yellow,the flavor has a very different kind of honey, not that sweet,very well balanced with the malts, the palate isnt sticky not even oily, overall if you can get it,Oh Boy!! go and ge it!!
PaganBeer83 (19) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
great after taste honey sweetness...refreshing, light and yellowish,
great for once in while....