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Vancouver Island High Trail Honey Ale
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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Whether the trail takes us through a lush rainforest, a wave-swept beach or a remote mountain pass, when it comes to hiking, we’ve got it good on Vancouver Island. High Trail Honey Ale is a tribute to our majestic wilderness, vast rolling meadows and the mighty peaks of this Island we call home. We created a smooth, medium bodied ale with a slightly sweet honey finish by utilizing a combination of local wildflower honey and roasted barley malts.

New name same great taste! Formerly Spyhopper Honey Brown.


1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
stantheman (652) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
On tap at Red Card at Seymour/Smythe in Vancouver. What a thin, pale excuse for beer! Style is one thing, but hard to believe this is from the same brewery that makes Hermannator. Closest thing to water I’ve had in quite some time. Insipid.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnurda (1129) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottled sample at Yew in Vanvouver. Not as malty as I would have liked. Saaz hops shine through. OK Amber Ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Nothing much going on - pale amber with a light sweetness in the nose. Taste is watery with a bit of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel far too light. Not offensive

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
(Small bottle from the brewery; you can buy them individually there) I love the name. They should have saved it for a hoppy beer, for the pun, but whatever. The honey flavour is definitely there, which is more than you can say for a lot of "honey" beers... the beer’s fairly tasteless overall, and I was expecting an English Brown but this has Continential hops... can’t complain, though, it’s ok. I guess it does START to make the leap from "thin" to "delicate". I suppose they’re brewing what Joe Shmo wants.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4516) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
(Draught) Pint sampled at Garrick’s Head pub in Victoria. Fairly plain and inoffensive amber. Better than Sleeman’s but all in all lacking body. The honey sweetness underwhelms while a grainy watered body is pronounced.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michclark (88) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
brownish gold in colour with a hint of honey flavour that goes down smooth. not a whole lot else to note about the beer.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle, sampled at Firefly Fine Wines and Ales, pours a light amber. Slightly sweet malty aroma and flavour, with a bit of honey. Overall, very weak and uninspired.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeZasada (288) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a light amber with a moderate white head. Sweet aroma, honey, flowers. Tastes of a sweet maltiness; notes of honey, flowers, caramel. Sweet / earthy hop bitterness. Finishes with a malty sweetness. A good, malty beer...

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
Not a bad honey brown, but pretty common fare. Nothing special. Got is as part of a mixer-pack. Much prefer the Red AMber adn the Dark.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewDad (4987) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Great Canadian Beer Festival – 2009 – Victoria BC
This was tasty with a good malt and hops addition. I liked the sweetness and the dry finish. It was a nice amber ale.


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