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Great Divide Bee Sting Ale



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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Brewed with orange blossom honey, this golden ale delivers a hint of honey flavor, a subdued citrus note and a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2005
Cloudy bright golden pour. Honeycomb yeast aroma. Flavor adds strawberry, lingonberry, and something more to flesh out a touch astringent yet sweet. Palate a bit watery, finishing clean with chamomile and clover honey nose. Sad to see that this is retired--I bought the last sixer at Zipps and I would have bought it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Bright gold with minimal head. Smells of honey and syrup. Very bitter, but rather good. Lots of honey scents and flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours Golden/Yellow with a light white fizzy head, carbonation is high. Aromas are of honey, white sugar. Tastes like I just ate a piece of PEZ candy. Thin and fizzly in the mouth. Too sweet for me, more like a can of pop than a bottle of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2005
bottle-dont know vintage (pretty old i would guess). pours a light golden hue with heavy carbonation. big sticky white head with lots of lacing. aroma of light citrus, honey sweetness and a touch of malt husk. flavors of pale malt husks and some light honey-very sweet. no hop pressence to speak of. not bad, but definately an ok move for GD to get rid of this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Aroma of honey. Yellow and highly carbonated. Flavor is mostly honey. I have never tasted so much honey in a beer. Some bitter hops. Light on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Hazy light orange body, medium-thick puffy off-white head. Sweet, biscuity aroma with a touch of honey and citrusy, grassy hops. The flavor starts off on a decent note, with grainy breads, a touch of honey, and grassy hops. However, thatís when the copper pennies take over and ruin the palate. I like this beerís biscuity simplicity, but the honey detracts a bit from that element.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Golden color with a white fizzy head and a crystal clear body. Nose of over-sweetened honey and sugar, some light fluttering yeast notes... EEEEEECK first taste on the lips is light drinking a honey SODA, it’s like FRIGGIN SODA POP that tastes like HONEY! ugh.... no no no no way fellas. no way I believe this. Coats the mouth in an oily and sticky residue consisting of buttered popcorn, candy corn, antifreeze and butterscotch ice cream topping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Seeing that this had gone to "retired" status but knowing that it was available in Texas still, I made a stop at Central Market in Dallas to pick up a bottle. It pours a hazy deep yellow with very little head. Swirling it in the class is somewhat satisfying as it has a oily quality that makes it a bit slow to drip down the sides of the glass and back into the swirling pool in the middle. Very generous honey aroma with a hit of something floral, and perhaps something clover (or is that just an illusion associated with the honey?) A bit dusty, too, however. Significant carbonation in the body pierces that palate but that fades rather quickly, leaving a body which isnít as thick as you might think, and I daresay there is even a watery quality to the mouthfeel as you search for the honey notes that were promised by the aroma but slow to emerge. It doesnít come out entirely sweet up-front, but it lingers and cloyingly reappears in the mid-palate. Overall I thought they did a nice job making the honey an aggressive element, and the aroma was promising, but overall it didnít really appeal, as the palate and the flavor were both below average--watery, sweet, and tending to unappealing, non-honey flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bought a bottle of this at the Mesa Verde camp store - of course, I later remembered that I can get it in Ohio too, oh well. Sweet aroma. Body is mostly thin and fizzy but with a honey sweetness that creeps in along the center of the tongue. Slight hop bite at the finish. Not worth driving to Mesa Verde to purchase.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Clear copper with a medium white head. Caramel/honey nose. Taste is of caramel, honey along with floral hops and citrus notes. Moderately sweet with only a touch of bitterness. Medium body, smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation. Some lacing on the glass, little head retention. Overall, drinkable but not memorable.

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