Bitto Honey - Prism Brewing Company

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Prism Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 01-11-2010

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!
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Reviews by weeare138:
Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KMcG
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IamMattMoses
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Rojopunk
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 !

Photo of Dakotah
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of my latest haul from Hauser.. I drank half of this from the bottle before pouring the remainder into a glass..

A- Beautiful deep amber red color, very little sea-foam brown/tan head that dissipated quickly, perhaps because the bottle had been open 15 minutes by then. looks just like you'd think from the nose and taste.

S- Mead-like alcohol and honey, a some good hops nose to start, but over powered by the sweetness.. Malt and bread make an appearance as well.

T- like a honey ale! malty-sweet at first, good little hop backbone, but lots of sweet and boozy-ness for coming in at 6.7.

M- very filling/heavy mouthfeel, but remained drinkable.. Good carbonation that started to go away as the bev. warmed a little.. not much hop bite, bit it was there... Sugary.

O- Overall I really enjoyed this, but don't think I could drink more than 2 in a sitting, tasty, but sweet and boozy!

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazed cooper amber in color, minimal head and retention. Scent leads with noticeable sweetness (malt, honey, brown sugar) while grassy and citrus notes follow up the rear. Taste is quite similar in construction, sweetness comes first, hopyness second. Very fresh hop profile, but not bitter enough to stand up to the sweetness. Moderate carbonation. Really solid flavor profile, just needs a little bit more hop bitterness.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

A tasty first impression from this new Philly brewery. Poured a murky honey brown with a small off-white head. Floral aroma with sweet malts and citrusy hops coming through. Sweet citrus taste with definite honeycomb flavor coming in quickly. Not just honey, but actually honeycomb, I thought. A chewy quality in there. Hops come in afterward, with a fragrant floral profile more than an IPA-bitterness sensation, which in this case worked pretty well. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry citrus and a touch of honey sweetness. Quite malty, but the hops still override that. A small hop bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence and interesting with the small hint of honey mixed in.

Photo of Gavage
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper in color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Some mild lace painted the glass during the session.

Smell: light malt sweetness and a bit of hop presence.

Taste: nice malty base with some slightly earthy tones, slight honey sweetness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very drinkable and mildly refreshing ale that comes across as a hoppier than average amber or a lesser hoppy IPA.

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TDR during their hopfest event.

The beer pours an orange amber color with decent head retention and fairly good lacing. On the nose I quickly understood the name sake for this beer. The nose is very sweet and malty, with a considerable underlying honey aroma. The flavor profile is just flat out weird (though not bad). I get honey, warm cream, butter and even some cardboard bitterness. Calling this beer an IPA is a real stretch, but whatever I guess. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but the beer hasn't nearly enough bitterness in the finish to counter the sweetness in this IPA. Drinkability is OK, as the beer is fairly tasty, but the cream, butter and honey flavors are just a bit much for me.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a white fizzy head. Retention is decent, and the beer appears to be hoppy as the lace clings to the glass. The aroma has a lot of herbal hop elements and there is a slight honey sweetness initially. As the beer warms the honey overtakes the hops somewhat.

When first served, the hops stick out alot with a nice resinous character and strong bitterness. The honey is light and in the background, along with a toffee like, malty aftertaste. As the beer warms, much like the nose, honey sweetness and flavor is less masked and it changes the profile dramatically. Other tasters agree that as the beer warms, what seems like not so much honey, turns into a bitto honey candy with yeast, malt and hops added.

Overall, this was a pretty nice little beer. Good work from Prism Brewing Company. PA is starting to overwhelm other nearby states with the amount of quality local options.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

had on-tap at the Tex-Mex. Nice to see restaurant supporting local breweries.

appears a darker copper amber color, with nice white head. The cap of head covers the beer until the very end.

aroma is pretty sweet, dominated by the honey. Taste follows similarly, with a fairly sweet flavors of malt and honey. The hops are subtle. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with lower carbonation that definitely works.

a decent beer, I just think it's a bit mis-labeled as an IPA, especially "American IPA". Someone who is looking for a strong hop-bite is going to be disappointed. Perhaps Pale Ale or Amber Ale?

Photo of Bouleboubier
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

Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new brew for a new (contract) PA brewery. Had on tap at Devil's Den, Philadelphia.

A-Bright orange copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet caramel malt and honey blast with balancing notes of tangerine and light spicy pine. A light, but well balanced aroma profile.

T-Honey sweetness with a bright and fresh citrus smack and a touch of spicy pine notes. Caramel malt backing adds nice support.

M-Medium bodied very smooth with nice lingering hop flavours.

D-Totally! Nice combination of malt/honey sweetness and citrus hop bitterness. Good stuff from this new business. A very enjoyable and approachable IPA.

Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. to a shaker pint glass. Could not make out the imprinted code on the bottom of the bottle.
A dark red to amber color body. Much darker than I expected, not a negative. A nice 2 finger head, probably from too aggressive of a pour. Head was tan and hung once it waned it left a nice thin head that remained to the end.
Smells of hops and malts and sweet honey. Almost too much of an alcohol aroma. Can tell this won't be a hop bomb, but could be wrong....
First taste is a nice hop bitterness followed by a nice malt and honey sweetness. Probably because of the name but the immediate after-taste reminds me of the Bitt'o Honey candies. Almost a little too much sweetness, however after it warms up it seems to be much more balanced.
Overall this is a nice beer that you can throw back, quite a few of as a matter of fact, on a hot summer day. I would like a little more hops and a little less malt, but that's just me.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Yards pint glass. Just brought this beer into my store as I like to support local breweries.

AP: This one poured with a lot of head. Thick dense foamy head, nearly 4 fingers worth. Finally got it down to about 1.5 fingers of off white to light tan coloured head. The liquid itself is a dark rusty amber to light brown, though doesn't seem hazy.
AR: Like multi-grain baked bread, biscuit, caramel and honey. By honey I mean the darker types, not the lighter types. People who have had different types of honey should know what I mean by that. Also some very faint notes of citrus, like lemon/lime, reminiscent of Sprite or 7UP.
T: The honey is there throughout the taste of the beer, from start to finish. At the start I get a little of the lemon/lime I got in the nose, but that gives way quickly to the baked multi-grain bread and cracker-like notes. Then the honey mixes with some caramel before the hops comes into the fold. The hops and honey wrestle for dominance and they are pretty even as there's both sweet and bitter on my tongue. The hops profile is rustic, Earthy, slight resiny pine with a tiny hint of grapefruit rind. Leaves a nice bitter kiss on the palate after the sweetness washes away. Not bad.
M: Highly carbonated which makes it rather creamy in the mouth. Body seems light for a 6.5% ABV Amber/Red Ale, though. Finish is semi-dry.
OV: An interesting brew. The best part for me was when the hops came into play and balanced the sweetness of the honey and then lingered on the palate. Body was too light to me and maybe if it had more toasty/roasty notes to the malt base it would add some complexity to the overall flavour. Still, it's decent and I'd gladly accept one at a party or tailgate, etc. Worth trying, IMO.

Photo of Lansdalebeerguy
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2nd time I had this beer. First time was at a beer fest 10 or so months back. I was so pleasantly surprised with this 2nd taste that I asked the brewer if it were the same beer. He confided that it wasn't and that this the current iteration is what he originally had in mind for the beer. Pleasing color, good scent, light head; not an over-abundance of hops flavor that you find in many IPA's but I thought nicely balanced.

I'd buy this gain. BTW, also had one of their new brews: Shady Blond. Very nice.

Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a darker golden yellow but settled into a brighter golden body...a small white head was present...not much retention and little lacing

S - Honey dominates the aroma...a few hints of hops lingering

T - The taste is just the opposite of the aroma...a blast of citrus hops smacks you in the face...they are kept in check by the balancing honey and a few caramel malts...these two add the sweetness to the beer...but boy the hops are big, bright, and fruity

M - Medium bodied...a great bitterness from the hops with just the right amount of sweetness...actually refreshing

D - This was a nice IPA with a lot of honey added to balance out the hops...I'm glad I was able to try this beer from Prism and I look for more to come!

Photo of AlexFields
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty dark amber with lots of floaties, an average size head of dark beige, pretty dark head for an IPA.

You can smell the honey, kindof smells like a bit o honey actually. Some mild hop bitterness and a strong metallic yeast character.

Taste is yeasty at first, decent sweetness from honey, fades into more hoppy territory by the finish. Tastes a bit like a Belgian beer. This isn't much of an IPA but it's far from bad.

Mouthfeel is pretty strong, lots of carbonation, again it feels more like a Belgian style than an American IPA.


Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at UJ's in glenside out of a pint glass, (cliff notes)

A- Copper, gold, barely a head, no lace, looks the part.

S- Bittering hops, pale malt, something sweet that does not resemble honey, a storm kingish kind of hop scent.

T- A decent IPA with a twist, I get alot of bitter hops that remind me of a very subdued sierra nevada bigfoot kind of hop bill. Grain, some pine and than a small hit of what im guessing is honey towards the end.

M- Less than medium with a nice ample carb, I gotta say the somewhat astringent bitter aftertaste lasts forever and kills any chance of drinking more of this. It just sticks to you.

D- I enjoyed my pint but wont go for it again. Well maybe if I find it on cask i'll give it another whirl.

Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking forward to trying this brewery for the first time. I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. When I poured it into my glass, it was a dark amber color with a tan head that was about 2 inches. There was no smell of honey that I was expecting but I could smell the hops. When I tasted it, the honey was there at first then disappeared. I thought this was poorly put together and it was a struggle to finish the glass.
Now I do realize that I could have had a bottle from a bad batch, but it was not an enjoyable beer to me, and I like IPA's. Perhaps some of their other brews are better than this one.

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Bitto Honey from Prism Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.