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Hyve Honey Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
1.94/5  rDev -35.3%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
1.98/5  rDev -34%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of chickenandrice
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured clear, honey color with a modest head that goes away quickly without leaving much lace.

S: Biscuity, with a slightly grainy, slightly sweet character.

T: Opens with a little bit of biscuity malt and builds with some sweetness that is joined by a grainy flavor. The honey makes a subtle appearance in the finish.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation.

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

Serving type: bottle (478 characters)

Photo of rowew
2.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: OK, my first question is - what is the deal with this brewery, Uintah, and Squatters? How about instead of coming up with more "breweries" you focus on the beer? This is in a 12 oz short bottle, bottled date on the label. No ABV marked, but I'm guessing its low since its from Utah.

Appearance: Pours clear gold color, thin head fades to almost nothing.

Smell: Very light - a bit of honey, some grainy smells.

Taste: Light honey, a bit of cereal grain flavor - but not much else.

Overall impression: Someone forgot the beer .. there is almost no flavor here. Certainly wouldn't recommend it. (609 characters)

Photo of DIM
2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a: This was a bright, clear gold color. It poured with a smallish head.

s: Bicuity malts, some candi sugar, and vaguely medicinal, leafy hops.

t: Bland overall. Biscuits and something sugary up front with a lingering band aid flavor. Honey??

m: Wet and fizzy.

o: False advertising, I found no honey in this very fresh bottle. (329 characters)

Photo of dtivp
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale amber gold with a very small white head that disappeared very rapidly with zero lacing.

Aroma of light grainy malt and maybe a hint of honey.

Taste followed the nose with the grainy malt, bread and a very slight sweetness from the honey.

Mouthfeel was light body and very light carbonation, a very thin almost watery feel.

Overall I was not impressed, it was easier to drink as it warmed to room temperature. The big question was where was the honey? (468 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out a burnt gold color. Two fingers of off white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Bready notes, with a light orange and other fruity scents.

T: Very similar to the smell. The other fruit I'm picking up seems a bit like strawberry. Honey is very faint.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I was really hoping for more honey in this one. The base beer isn't that great to begin with and the lack of the honey flavor was very disappointing. (450 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.61/5  rDev -13%
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? (577 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2/23/11, drank 3/29/11

A - Light orange with a large, loosely bubbled head.

S - Light almond, marzipan, touch of honey.

T - Malt, grass, mild caramel. Not much honey.

M - Big fizz up front. Light body. Touch watery. Mild, sweet finish.

O - Not terribly impressed. The honey lent a little to the nose, but not much else. (332 characters)

Photo of pinkham
2.76/5  rDev -8%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep gold, with a soft cap of white foam. A little fizzy.

S: Very light, some bread notes with a hint of honey, but nothing much.

T: Bready malt, sourdough bread, with a hint of honey, lemon and sugar cane.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, easy to drink.

O: An adequate session beer, but the honey never really makes a huge appearance as I would have liked. Forgettable in the end. (415 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a deep copper/orange with a tiny head which quickly dissipates. Very minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is a hint of orange, wheat, grass, bread and sweet malts.

The taste is sweet with a pretzel like bread taste. There is a little orange in the flavor, sweet and roasted malts and sadly, very little honey.

The mouthfeel is somewhat bready and somewhat thin at the same time. There is a lot of carbonation amounting to too much fizz. There is also a dry feeling left in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this beer is plain and fails to impress. In spite of the promise of honey given by the label, there is very little honey in the taste. The bready and sweet malts are not bad along with the pretzel and orange taste but I won't be drinking this brew again. (785 characters)

Photo of Phelps
2.84/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of ToddT
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Slightly hazy copper color with a medium size off white head. Head fades rapidly but leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Faint aroma of honey and citrus.

T- Mild malt and hints of sweet honey, not complex but straightforward from the beginning to the finish. Finish is slightly sweet and clean.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- I was expecting a bit more from this, at 4.0% ABV it could be a session beer but not really interesting enough for me to want another one. (476 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
2.94/5  rDev -2%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev -2%
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. (2,108 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a bright medium gold with a +2 finger head of foam.

The smell is like most macro lagers I've had. Some hops, some malt, and a perfumy nose.

The taste is very much of honey along with some sweet malt and a light hop bitterenss.

The mouthfeel is very thin and it has fairly light carbonation.

Drinkability? I won't have any problems drinking the glassful but I wouldn't want to follow it up with another. Just so so. (471 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev 0%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev 0%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3/5  rDev 0%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a clear copper with some brassy hues on top is a light foamy head not much more than one finger.

Aroma: Traces of honey, floral hop, bready malty sweetness with a slight dryness. Minor citrusy notes and a twinge of orange peel.

Taste: Light crisp mouthfeel. Orange peel, spice, bready sweetness, a little bit of drynes. Notes of honey in the back.

Notes: Not too bad decently drinkable definately good for a spring day. Cheers. (447 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light rust orange with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappears

S - wheaty aroma with hints of honey as well

T - light malt and a bit of honey along with some orange and lemon flavors as well

M/D - sort of flat and not alot of flavor, but still drinkable, just not my first choice (295 characters)

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Hyve Honey Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.