chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
served in pint glass (from June 2011 notes).
A - near clear golden with whitish head.
S - Lavender and sweet honey tinged light malt in good proportion.
T - flavor departs from aroma, with far less lavender (except, I guess, in the noticeable herbal flavor and also in overall bitterness). Signature herbal flavors blends well with (Noble?) hops. Quite pleasant and refreshing with both sweet (early) and tart (later) components.
M - light-medium body with moderate carbonation.
O - A pleasant surprise in a lighter (than normal for me) beer with a pleasant and distinctive aroma and flavor. A winner indeed. slowrunner77 (12586) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"interesting floral and slightly fruity and spicy aroma. pale color, light-medium bodied. interesting flavor. a refreshing flavorful summer beer. wouldn’t want more than 1 bottle of lavender, but it was nice." zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear orange with a white head. Sweet honey and floral aroma with some medicinal qualities and a good amount of lavender underneath it. Flavor starts off sweet and floral with some dry wheat counteracted by the honey and lavender. Smooth. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine South on 04/30/2011. Clear golden body with a small fizzy white head. Sweet lavender and perfumy aroma. Sweet lavender, perfumy and grainy flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2013
5/31/2011: Samuel Adams Category 23 LongShot Honey B’s Lavender Ale... Aroma: Fruity and spicy along with a dried flower and grassy hop leaf character; a touch of honey is also present; really soft lavender underneath. Appearance: Mostly clear bring pale orange-copper color with a dense and creamy off-white head. Flavor: Lightly toasted wheat and sweet bread; citrus (lemon), subtle vanilla, and a dry middle with a soft, floral finish; there is some spiciness that is a bit like coriander, but not really - I think it is actually the spice character from the added honey that is coming through; the lavendar is definitely not pronounced (unfortunate, as I was really looking forward to it coming through); gentle hoppiness and bitterness that fits very nicely into the overall profile: I think the lavender starts to pop more and more as the beer has a chance to breathe and warm and I’m really liking it since it’s definitely something different! Palate: Medium-light body; soft and smooth in the mouth; very refreshing. Overall: I am actually really pleased with this beer and would be happy to drink more of it if it were made available...
12 fl. oz. bottle (5.5% ALC./VOL.; Enjoy Before SEP 2011) from Rempke Bigg’s in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #222 for this beer.
A - Clear golden body with 1 finger of eggshell head that melts to form a tight ceiling.
S - Honey and lavender right off the top. A good base of cereal and pale malt.
T - Spicy floral lavender punch with lots of honey flavor. The lavender turns more herbal and woody towards the back. Pale malt holds good ground. Finishes dry and peppery.
M - Medium body, very soft feel upfront turning prickly toward the finish.
This manages to highlight the lavender and honey without underwhelming or overdoing it. Very balanced beer. The aftertaste is like honey herbal tea. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2011 madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
9th June 2011Slubgob (339) - West Hartford, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Very slight haze on this gold beer, short lived white head. Nice nose of orange citrus and mild lavender. Head has mild sherbet lavender! Semi crisp palate. Semi sweet mild orange citrus, well balanced with perfumed lavender. Semi dry finish. Refreshing and interesting.
12 ounce bottle into hefe glass. Light lavender scent not soapy. In the mouth light ale flavor hint of lavender.Finishes with mild hops.lavender not overdone or soapy add a light note (you have to look for it a bit but it’s not hard to pick out either) to an otherwise competent sipping ale. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 5/6/11. Last beer of the lot to try. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark gold with a thick white head on top. I expected a different shade to this given the ingredients. Some faint lace left behind. Nose is fruity with notes of pomegranate, honeysuckle, and just faint whiffs of lavender. It definitely doesn’t knock you over the head. I thought this would be more lavender-soap like, and I am happy to say that it is not.
The mouth is very bubbly and effervescent, though not harsh. I’ve already been surprised by this beer, is more surprise in store? The flavors on this beer remind me of an APWA, more than an spiced beer. Again, I like that it is so. Lots of wheat background with just the subtle markings of lavender on the palate. Fruity flavors wash it out on the finish. I was really impressed with this beer. It was the one I was least looking forward to in the pack, but it is the most surprising, and might actually be my favorite. More Honey B’s, please! Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottle with Carla. Pours a clear light gold with white foam. Smells sweet and lightly floral. Tastes sweet with hints of honey, coriander, jasmine and lavender.