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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Brewed with orange blossom honey, this golden ale delivers a hint of honey flavor, a subdued citrus note and a crisp, clean finish.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Pale yellow with large white head. Smells lightly of honey and hops. Somewhat bland taste, but at least the honey sweetness isn't overwhelming.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with a hint of honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Thought I’d give this one last review considering this will no longer be brewed. Not much honey character, raw doughy (vit. B) yeast aroma gets stronger as it warms, not much flavor...I can see why they discontinued this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Mostly diminishing head. Darker, honey-golden color. Mild carbonation. Honey aroma. Good drinkability due to honey content.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Good head, nice tawny yellow color. Honey aroma apparent. Honey lightens the body while providing a good background of flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2002
This beer poured a medium gold color and formed a nice white head and formed some lace. The aroma was of hops, citrus and honey with some floral elements. The flavor was of honey, some hops and a breadlike aspect to it. The finish was a tough astrigent and had some of the bread elements present.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Huge white fluffy head. Highly carbonated. Honey in color with a slight honey/fruity aroma. The honey flavor does not "sting" me. Wheaty finish. Not too bad, not too good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Smells of honey (just a bit) but the taste is much more citrusy, acidic and crisp. Maybe the bees were feeling stingy the week my batch was fermented, because they sure could have added more honey (try Michelob Honey Amber if you like a truly sweet brew). A bit like a kolsch in taste, though not light enough in color.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2004 Re-Rate 10/22/02: The beer pours a clear gold color with a voluminous and semi-creamy off white head that disappears quickly leaving a thin but covering sheet of lace. Nose is malt and sweet honey with citrus like crispness, start is sweet with a decent malt profile, the top light. Finish is potently acidic with a modicum of hops and a very dry aftertaste, drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Medium gold color, large head. A medium bodied golden ale, brewed with orange blossom honey. Malts are mild and slightly sweet. Light hops. Honey flavor very subtle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slighty bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2002
This has aged well for about 4 years. Absolutely delicious cakey aroma. Good mouthfeel with distinct honey on the upper palate and oddly bitter finish. Sweet golden ale with a slightly floral aspect -- maybe it’s just the notion of bees. I really liked this.


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