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Bitto Honey - Prism Brewing Company

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews by NJpadreFan:
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%

Prism- Bitto Honey IPA

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Light clear caramel amber brown with a small, 1 finger thick, frothy head. Decent lacing and good retention.
S- Sweet citrus and bitter pine hops. Light touch of sweet honey and malt.
T- a light sweet buttery caramel malt base is quickly overpowered by a big sweet citrus and bitter oily pine hop wallop. Slightly spicy with hints of tobacco and alc. Honey is present throughout, never overpowering though.
M- A quick sweet creamy malt with a big sweet and bitter hoppiness. Hot alc. and bitter hops really coat your palette.

Overall- I thought it was a pretty aggressive hoppy IPA. I was expecting sweet honey to overpower but it was more subtle.
Sure hope to find this more often on tap and can't wait to try more from Prism.

02-13-2010 22:49:31 | More by NJpadreFan
More User Reviews:
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%

Beautiful copper pour with a sturdy & dense ecru head, that leaves a hefty lace behind. Swirl of sediment sits in the center of the head...I like it! There are a lot of bits & pieces floating around in this brew.

Clean aromas of citrus hop & the honey/malt sweetnes is suprising apparent on the nose. I usually don't expect much more than a nose full of HOP in these AIPAs.

Very nice hop bitterness, not a lot of distinction on hop variety. Nice hop finish that lingers despite the hit of malt. The malt is by no means in balance, but it is much more prevelant than I expected. Very nice.

Clean, crisp, smooth brew. I really like this effort and while I think it is a bit lacking in terms of style definition, I really like this beer regardless of its classification. I will look to this offering by Prism throughout the spring.

04-01-2012 00:07:09 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-31-2012 19:51:34 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.5%

06-08-2013 23:33:05 | More by JMS1512
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-22-2013 16:21:19 | More by Varkias41
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

05-21-2014 02:16:18 | More by let8it8grow
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. It appeared a red amber with a white head. I didn't get a lot of honey flavor from the malt, but rather an odd clove-like plastic taste. The hops, however, provide a nice, rich finish with a mix of pine, tangerine, and citrus rind.

08-14-2011 19:18:54 | More by tempest
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-29-2013 01:54:32 | More by Bdel34
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KMcG

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Color of ice tea with 1 finger of off-white head that develops to a lace shimmer on the brew surface. The lace is sticky too, clinging to the glass.

Aroma of honey cake without the spice and slight hints of mandarine orange and caramel. A bit much on the sweet end for an IPA.

Slight woody, honey sweet and very malty backbone. The hop notes are weak floral accents that impart some bitterness on the finish. There are some lemon and grapefruit citrus notes on the finish as well. The aftertaste hangs in there for while.

This medium body IPA is nicely carbonated and easy to drink.

It's a bit too sweet, but worth a try and nice variation on an IPA.

01-08-2012 01:12:48 | More by KMcG
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-17-2014 04:21:37 | More by mikefuski17
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IamMattMoses

Tennessee

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%

Not a huge fan of I.P.A.'s but this one is really good. Sweet and refreshing yet very manly flavor great to sip or gulp. Tastes best if you let it sit for 5 mins. after you are served. While you wait contemplate about life, your goals, and your next fishing trip. Be captivated by the simple joy of the sweet nectar of bee's taken from the hive then brought to the brewery where magical transformations happen.

07-13-2012 19:14:18 | More by IamMattMoses
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Jimbo321

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-25-2014 15:46:38 | More by Jimbo321
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-21-2013 16:53:52 | More by waddellc2
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LadyOfMuchBeer

Texas

4/5  rDev +14%

01-23-2012 20:24:17 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-06-2014 00:29:47 | More by beerthulhu
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Gmartin75

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

10-12-2013 23:28:00 | More by Gmartin75
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-30-2013 03:37:42 | More by hoppymcgee
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-06-2012 01:30:12 | More by IdrinkGas
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bryanwaltz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-10-2013 00:57:15 | More by bryanwaltz
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

10-10-2013 16:47:12 | More by mendvicdog
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and thick collar. Rings of streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, pine tar, biscuity malts, orange rind, and light herbs.
Taste is of the aromas with a decent blend of sweet malt being the backbone, followed by a modest amount of hops(though Amarillo is admittedly not a fav of mine), and honeycomb sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet up front, leading to a balance of herbal hops on the back of the tongue.
Not bad for a local beer.

12-29-2010 00:33:24 | More by weeare138
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Rojopunk

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance- brown almost a honey brown color

smell- slight hint of honey very slight

taste - a bit bitter with ever so slight hint of honey at the finish

mouthfeel - medium body with with slight carbonation

When I thought of the concept of this beer i was very eager to get it home to try it . Honey beer?.... sound like a great idea ( like vikings of old and there mead). Sadly when i got it home it was no were near as good as i hoped. More hoppy then sweet and almost no honey taste except for the finish . Still a good ipa but nothing special but than again this company is new about two years old. So maybe there get better !

01-02-2012 22:36:38 | More by Rojopunk
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MasterQ

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-19-2012 06:25:19 | More by MasterQ
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-04-2013 12:33:33 | More by TheFightfan1
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GinDC

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

06-17-2014 01:23:16 | More by GinDC
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Bitto Honey from Prism Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.