Formerly brewed at Wem (prev Hanby)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Wem, Shrewsbury, England


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A golden coloured beer brewed with Australian honey. Not over sweet but very round and lush with an exquisite finish.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt. Fuggles and cascade hops. Honey.

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BlackHaddock (7961) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before March 2009, drank August 2008. Not sure I’ve slotted this into the correct style choice, but it is close enough I suppose. I poured into my Westmalle Trappist chalice (twice)just because it is my favourite glass at the moment. Looked good, golden amber colour, clear and bright a thin off-white head sadly fell away to a wispy covering before I had a chance to stick my tongue in. The aroma was of roasted, toasted malts with a caramel, toffee sweetness thrown in, very pleasant. As the beer warmed the honey came through as well. I must be getting a sweeter tooth because I really liked this. The honey obviously adds to the sweetness and smoothness. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a sickly sweet brew, just a well balanced different brew. I wonder why the brewer (John Hanby) has used Australian Honey, there is plenty of local Honey in Shropshire. I must remember to ask him when we next meet (not that we meet often, but I do know him vaguely). This was consummed with a salad of Beetroot, Frisee, Lambs Lettice and a Gouda Cheese impregnated with Cumin. The beer and food went together like ’Fish and Chips’.

DruncanVeasey (8430) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Dead version. Toffee, honey, biscuity malt and watery hop aroma. Honey more outspoken as it warms. Slickness and caramel with all the hops cooked out. Medicinal (Lockets)bitterness. Pretty typical flash-boiled supermarket bitter. Better than your average honey beer. An iniquitous waste of Cascade, if it contains any.

MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle, 4.5% at ÅBF08. Hazy golden colour. Sherryish aroma and flavour. Tastes lagered, slightly oxidized, but OK.

Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2008
Bottled at Ølfestival, Århus, 2008. A pale golden beer with a slight haze and with no head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of honey and flowers, while the flavor is sweet malty with only light notes of honey and dry bitter finish.

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2008
Golden with an aroma of malt and fruit. The flavour has sweetness, notes of malt, fruit, light oranges and honey. Smooth and pleasant.

yespr (48917) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2008
Århus2008. 50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a fully diminished white head. Light fruity hops and mild malt aroma. Flavour is subdued fruity hops with dry caramel malt base. Light spiced and hoppy finish. Solid and classic English golden ale.

leaparsons (10865) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
Bottle. Dark gold with a thin foam. Aromas are sweet malts with floral and medicinal notes. Some dark honey with pear drop sweets. Flavours are toffee malts with citrus. Earthy hops with bitter grapefruit. Sweet yet resinous. Addictive.

hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2007
Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes, Wetherspoons Festival ’07. Gold with a small white head which left a lot of lacing. Strong floral aroma reminiscent of perfumed bath soap with a suggestion of cider. This continues in the taste with some background apple sourness. Not the taste of honey as I know it. Slight bitter finish. Actually I quite liked it for its eccentricity.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker St. ’Sporks.
Deep gold with a thin white rim. Hoppy aroma with diacetyl, sulphur and honey. Flavour is similar but the hops are more grassy. The diacetyl actully works next to the delicate honey. Sweetness is not as overpowering as I was expecting. Nice balance. Not bad.

DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2007
3 Judges. Aroma is honey pale malts, hints of spice an floral hop. Taste is similar not too notable honey but pale malts dominatre and are easy drinkable.

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