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Hyve Honey Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-20-2009

This medium-bodied golden ale is brewed with local wildflower honey.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by pinkham:
Photo of pinkham
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. I'll call it a light honey color. Not much of a head and that leaves town quickly. Same with the lacing or lack of.

S. Grainy with a touch of honey, really not much at all.

T. Has a sweet malty thing going on at the start. Has a grainy taste towards and at the end. I never really got nothing more than a bit of honey in passing.

M. Gives you a malty mouthful that seems medium bodied and somewhat sweet.

D. They call this an ale and Beer Adv. has it listed as a light lager.
The later is way closer to the truth. At 4% this is like someone took a big time lager and added some honey. Made it better but not great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a light orange color with little head.

Smell - The aroma is very faint, almost undetectable, but is made up light grain and a small whiff of cheap honey.

Taste - The honey comes out more at the taste but it is stale, or maybe it's the grain that's stale. Something is stale and nothing tastes particularly appealing.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with some fizzy carbonation.

Sinkability - I'm a hard sell on a honey blonde lager to begin with and this didn't help the cause. The ingredients came across as cheap and the flavors didn't work well together.

Photo of schrutality
3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got better as it warmed up

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear caramel colored hue with a sea of slow bubbles supporting a lumpy meringue of off-white heat that last a good bit.

S- The clean nose has hints of dried corn and some faint green papery hops with a cream note coming through the finish as it warms.

T- The dry slightly sulfur taste has some raw barley and corn notes in the finish with some dry mead taste growing as it opens and blending with a carbonic acid taste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat to it.

O- This beer is light and clean but doesn’t really have any character to it and didn’t have much honey or malt flavors in there at all.

Photo of dexterk1
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Two Brothers pint. Head is nice and pretty thick. Look is pretty good as well with a amber shade.
Odor is almost non-existent. Some sweet maybe but very little.
Taste is very light. A hint of honey sweetness. Mostly some malt and a little grain.
Mouth feel is very light as well. It is not too bad, just light and smooth.
Overall a very light beer. Not really that sweet. Not much to it really.

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to be a little disappointed in this beer as Ive been very happy with nearly everything Uinta has done and I love honey. Problem was there was never any honey but for the color. The aroma was more grain and cereal malts, like a Pilsner. The taste followed suit with a dry grain and cereal malt with a bit of hops, but no honey or even sweetness. I looked to see if maybe the bottle was old but found it was actually quite fresh. This just came across as a less than noticeable Pilsner style lager.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3-17-09.sampled 11-18-09.

A: Poured a honey-orange with a quickly diminishing fizzy stagnant white capping that came and went without much thought, care, or lacing. Clarity was fairly good with a light visible carbonation presence. Ho-hum here move on.

S: Dried honey-comb best describes the opening aroma with sugary cereal grains. The delivery is soft and slightly dry with faint hints of dry hay lingering a bit on the trail.

T: The flavor is overly sweet from the start and continues to stay with you till the very end. Thin in flavor and substance it reminded me of watered down honey with again sweet sugary cereal grains. Flashes of apples and oranges with red grapes add some fruity sweetness as well. Pretty basic and straight forward finishing up with a fresh honey sweetness.

M: watery with a light slickness with a barely distinguishable carbonation. Rather unexciting and perhaps the low point of an otherwise average experience thus far.

D: average per style, I could of gone much lower here overall wise. I would not consider a second glass, nor would I consider buying again. Half way through this beer became uninteresting, was overly sweet and couldn't and wouldn't recommend even as a single purchase.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with a hint of flower pollen. Scent of scorched sugar and hardwood. Fairly strong honey scent.

Starts out semisweet with a burnt sugar taste. Wheat biscuit and honey malt flavor. Mild bitterness. Still reminds me of honey on a biscuit.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. It is inoffensive in every way and is an excellent light beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a relatively clear medium to dark honey apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some copper + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a small thick patch of moderate sized bubbles surrounded by a medium to large mottled patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and grainy malts with moderate amounts of honey sweetness and light amounts of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and grainy malts with very light flavors of honey which contribute a light amount of sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of earthy hops with just a hint of citrus/orange hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but I was slightly disappointed that the honey flavors were so light when it was wonderfully present in the aroma.

Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I do not remember where I picked this up (much like having the clap), but Uinta has hit PA in a big way! The Mormons have a solid foothold and good understanding of where to ship their beer for maximum sales. I drink this in honor of my honey honey, the Old Lady, who is not just a hot number, but also an apiarist, a meadarist, a homebrewer and an all-around Doll. Love ya and miss ya lots.

From the bottle: "Brewed with ORGANIC barley, hops & honey"; "USDA Organic"; "Ale Brewed with Honey"; "For Best Flavor Enjoy in a Glass"; "Brewed with RENEWABLE POWER"; "Earth, Wind and Beer"; "Stung by Uinta Brewing Co.".

I was curious - if an inverted Glug causes beer from a CAN to mimic a cascade, what would happen if I inverted a bottle? Pretty much the same thing, except that it seems to shoot out of the neck of the bottle as though it is propelled by gunpowder! I really had to take drastic action as the head began to rise to the top of the glass much more quickly than anticipated and the cascade was not converting to liquid fast enough. DON'T PANIC! DON'T ANYBODY PANIC! IT'S ALL UNDER CONTROL! or so I told myself, hoping for the best. It actually turned into one of the best pours of my career. I had a dense, tawny finger of head that seemed determined not only to hang in, but also to create some lovely lacing in its wake. Color was the sort of amber in which you see Paleozoic insects preserved along with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the honey-like smell of well-made lagers, but I knew/remembered that this was an ale. Clover honey, perhaps? There was a slightly perfume-y/flowery aspect to the nose. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and limp for the style, not quite flat, but not a lot of carbonation, either. The taste was light, honey-like, but very unobtrusive. Finish had that same spring garden flowery perfuminess to it that I noted on the nose. Now, I am really curious as to what my Honey Honey might think of it as I am sure that she could do better. This needs to be tweaked to bring out the flavors more prevalently. I felt like I was now ready to drink a beer upon finishing this one.

Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : Teku
Best By: 06/01/13

Pours an orange hued golden with a foamy white head and light lacing.

Fairly subtle all around. But crisp, clean crackery, grain malt notes with faint sweetness from the honey and malts and a lightly floral character as well.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A well done blonde ale, good for warm weather. Easy drinking, with an enjoyable flavor profile.

Photo of maddogruss
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle fo this from the Cloverleaf Tavern as I continue my travels as a PhD (Professor fo Hops & Drafts)

A: Pours an orange amber body with no significant head to note. No real head retention and minimal lacing until the finish.

S: A slight malt smell, but nothing of great significance.

T: A slight, toffee taste with some honey notes in the aftertaste. Nothing was too evident. As the beer warmd up a little bit, the toffee became a bit more evident in the aftertaste, but nothing too significant.

M: A fairly light bodied and smooth mouthfeel taht made for a crisp adn refreshing lager. Better to be had during the spring adn summer months.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination for the style. Decent beer overall, but nothing overly impressive or robust; pretty average, straight down the middle.

Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Honey and citric nose, flavor is light honey and malt with light hops at finish. $2.39 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA. Best by 6/1/2013.

Photo of phantomwyse
1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Like the name implies, pours a vivid honey color with a pathetic head that fizzes away into the atmosphere never to be seen again. Lots of active carbonation.

S: Steamy cooked rice, Corn Flakes, there is a soft undercurrent of honey sweetness, but it's fleeting.

T: Crisp and light. Bud Light without the Bud. Yuengling without the Yueng or the ling. Miller without the time. Really, nothing going on here. Where's the honey? More importantly, where's the beer?

M: Fresh tap water still swirling with the turbulence of having been pressured through plumbing. At least it was clean plumbing.

D: If you want beer, drink beer. If you want water, drink water. Either way, don't drink this.

By the way, I bought this under recommendation of the manager at my local beer store. it's obvious now that he was just trying to push his stock of this stuff, it's laughable. I could run a marathon and then drink this to quench my thirst and replenish carbs.

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
1.94/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

A- Clear, light amber. Pale golden head.

S- None to speak of. Lager yeast stands out over all other ingredients.

T- VAGUELY sweet on the back of the palate. Typical light lager.

MF- Very mild carbonation bordering on flat, slightly viscous.

D- Again, nothing to write home about. Kudos to Uinta for not over-doing it on the honey, but if not for the bee on the label, you might not even know it's in there. Nothing offensive about it, but for the money, there are many better beers out there. The "organic" gimmick isn't worth much if the product doesn't stack up.

Photo of portia99
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a thin and watery looking pale amber color. A thin cap of foam lingers briefly and drops to a soda-ish fizzy collar of bubbles.

S - A touch sweet, honey touches. Very grainy, yeasty bread dough like aromas. Hops are secondary here...no real presence in the aroma.

T - Soft, honey sweetness, grainy and bready as in the aroma...really gives me the impression of liquid bread. Hop flavor is barely there...what is there is a touch on the fruity side with a very mild bitterness.

M - Smooth but tingly all over the tongue with a light intensity carbonation in combination with the thinnish body. Very soft feeling.

D - Can't say that this one is anything special or worth writing home about, but it is infinitely drinkable. This goes down easier than water and could be had all day long. A summer lawn mower beer if there ever was one.

Photo of mactrail
4.11/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a foam in the all glass. Light amber color. Lovely sudsy mouthful. Aroma is seriously honey, and quite appealing.

The honey flavor, since you're thinking about it, is quite evident. Moderately sweet. The honey does a good job of making this four percent beer taste like it has more body and substance. Perfumey and fresh. Light and refreshing. A winner in the Utah supermarket beer category.

This particular bottle is six months beyond its "best by" date, but it seems to be perfectly clean in flavor. Maybe honey does have anti-bacterial qualities. Certainly one of the best honey-flavored brews I've had. Maybe the lighter, lower-alcohol approach works best. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

Photo of litheum94
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden body. Lace white head that fizzles out to a patchy covering with moderate lacing.

Vanilla, cream soda and honey aromas. Earthy and leafy hops on the nose.

Vanilla bean and honey, with some cream soda sweetness, much like the nose. Biscuity malt backbone. Earthy hops on the finish, giving a slight bitterness to the body.

Not much complexity, but very refreshing, especially on a hot day like today. The low ABV makes this a perfect choice to bring to the beach or a BBQ.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this a few trades ago from Wasatch. 12oz bottle.

A: Light gold in color with a few copper tones, off white head that built up almost as fast as it disappeared, about a quarter or an inch reduced down to a few bubbles here and there. Excellent clarity. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Pale malts, and a bit of honey, not much else really. Pretty light in the nose, as I imagine it will be in the mouth as well.

T: Honey, and a little bit of grain, some banana like flavors in there as well. Pretty light in the flavor department. Lives up to the name as there is a definite honey note. Pretty fair.

M: A little thicker than I had expected, and lightly carbonated, finishes fairly dry. Okay, but nothing stellar.

D: Easy drinking beer, and definitely sessionable, while not the most flavorful beer it is definitely an easy one to drink. Pretty fair.

Thanks John!

Photo of Phelps
2.84/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Categorized as a light lager, but the bottle says it's an ale brewed with honey. I'm inclined to believe the former.

After the pour, a bubbly white head quickly recedes to froth, but the froth sticks around and leaves some nice lace. A decent amount of bubbles rise up through a perfectly clear liquid the color of...honey, with tinges of dark and light amber at the edges. Actually not a bad looking beer.

Smells of corn, with a grainy sourdough breadiness. Insubstantial.

Biscuity. Extremely light. There's a honey sweetness that hints its presence at first but flitters away at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel, with the liquid leaving a chalky film on the tongue. Bleh.

I bought this one because it was on sale and I was curious. It's drinkable, sure, but in all likelihood I'll never have another. No big loss.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle within two months of bottling date.

A- Hive pours a light golden color with a thin appearence. A white, light fizzy head trickled down to a film.

S- Smells similar to a macro. Some hop smell with a touch of malt and honey.

T- Very light taste of malt and honey mixed with water. The hops are not doing much for the taste. Taste like a macro.

M- Very thin with a feel of cold water. Kind of a task to actually consume it. A bit of CO2. Not a great feel.

D- I actually got through this but it was not pretty. It's a light lager, what are you going to do?

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight hop, spices. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop, with some spice's. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, this would make a good summer brew.

Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear. may I say, honey color with a modest head that fritters away quickly without leaving much lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a slightly grainy, slightly sweet character; not much to it

Taste: Opens with a little bit of biscuity malt and builds with some sweetness that is joined by a grainy flavor; after the swallow, the honey makes a fleeting appearance, and the flavor fades

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, particularly if you are looking for a thirst quencher and nothing else

Thanks, Wasatch, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 6/21/13.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and an earthy honey aroma. Taste is much the same with a citrus flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a decent honey aroma but I am not getting any distinct honey flavors from this one.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Uinta's Four+ Series, this is a "Honey Stung Ale".

A: Pours a orangish yellow color with a small foam head with some spotty lacing left down the side of the glass.

S: Mostly some light honey, bready malts and a slight undertone of citrus hops.

T: Starts off slightly bitter, mostly from the citrus hop flavors. The honey becomes more prevelant in the middle and on the back end supplying a nice smooth back bone.

M: A little bitter and a little sweet taste left on the palate. A light bodied beer.

O: Never had honey in a pale ale before but it worked for the most part. Not overly complex but worthy of a try.

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Hyve Honey Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.