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Bitto Honey - Prism Brewing Company

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Prism Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bitto Honey is our flagship Honey Amber ale. The beer was named after a friend of the brewer, Don Bitto, who had recently finished med school and was moving to Denver to start his career and the long road to paying off student loans. His brother Tim had a party and invited Prism’s founder and asked him to brew some beer when he was still a home brewer. The beer was such a hit at this party, we decided to start Prism Brewing Company.

Brewed with a special blend of honey from a Chester county apiary, this well balanced ale has a great malt/honey backbone to blend with the citrus hops. Coming in at 67 IBU’s, we balance the use of hops across the spectrum of bittering, flavoring, and aroma profiles. This provides you with the bitterness without killing your tongue and allows you to experience the true beauty of hops, their flavor and aroma; just with honey drizzled over them!

(Beer added by: Deuane on 01-11-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Doodamis-Maximus, Sep 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(best by of 12/20/14 - poured into a balloon)

L: dark amber in color... pours clear until the last 1/2 oz or so - pasty sediment sneaks out (no indication on label of bottle-conditioning... the head had a messy look, mid-sized bubbles, as if it is young and dank with lees... the liquid ends up really cloudy, practically opaque

S: bold, rich, dark honey aroma, with a bit of an herbal edge... some fruity hops (or simply esters) adding delicate highlights... smells more like a braggot than a common ale... hint of tincture-like booze during the final sips

T: bitto nasty, yeasty bite right away - could be unfiltered-out hop matter as well... the inviting honey aromas do not carry over into the taste as much as one would expect - a somewhat black tea like flavor dominates, supported by a thinned-out, honey-smattered, non-distinct malt foundation... leafy, herbal-bitter notes take hold in the aftertaste - like eating a handful of grass... some honey peeks in here and there, but the bitter elements run the show

F: medium-fullish, a little sticky, a little gummy... not much fizz at all, which likely lends to its mellow, but mostly flat and stiff/dull flow... subtle, fine graininess across the tongue

O: I suppose this is a somewhat unique brew in these parts... I could see it satiating thirst for beer on the trail with a handful of toasty granola... worth a try, but not sure I'd crave it... perhaps it's something that could grow on ya

Bouleboubier, Sep 20, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

ChipChaight, Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

This brew pours a brown color with an off white two finger head which lasts, it took me two pours to get all of the beer into the glass, and good lacing.

The smell is floral and some citrus hops, there is melon, lemon, orange and pine. Everything just runs together, it is difficult to pick out the individual flavors.

The taste begins with a malty backbone then moves to the hops; this is where we have a problem. All of the hops run together like a bitter palette shedding mess. There is no subtlety. There is a bitter, not a good king of bitter, aftertaste that lingers in the mouth after swallowing. In spite of the name I cannot taste any honey.

Overall, if you like a bitter ale with a strong malt backbone then this is for you. Otherwise, there are better representations of this style out there and don't expect to taste any honey.

microbrewlover, Sep 11, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery orange pour produces a monstrous 3 inch beige head that had a shrooming cap. Incredible head retention is lengthy in stay with a moderate rise of carbonation along the glass edge. There seems to be sprinkled cinnamon both on top and mixed in to the head. Covering is fully lasting while there is a generous amount of chunky lace adhering to the vessel walls.

S: Aroma of fresh wet citrus and honey. Surprising amount of fresh aromatic hoppiness with some sugar coated grapefruit and saffron.

T: Loads of freshly squeezed citrus and lemon lime. Saffron, sweet upfront, wet and juicy citrusy hoppiness that is dripping wet turning to a bittering of pine and citronella. Some dry lemon with some peppery herbaceous hints. Pine-scotch alcohol from the 6.7% abv with some complimentary alcohol notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and woodsy additions.

M: Honey malt depth to the mouthful, decent rate of carbonation with a good deal of bittering on the tongue.

O: Overall had an aroma that was fresh and wet with a good bite of honey and hop bitterness mixed together. Nice aromatic appeal, flavor was decent, good honey balance without being overdone and delivered on the bitterness factor. would go single here at first.

beerthulhu, Jun 06, 2014
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Bitto Honey from Prism Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.