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Craftsman Honesty Ale - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Honesty Ale
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made with cherry juice.

(Beer added by: RidiculedDisplay on 02-22-2009)
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the first anniversary party at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, funk, and some medicinal aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is not too sour and quite drinkable.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a tulip.

Lightly cloudy carmine body with ruby highlights and an ivory finger of even foam. Sticky lacing and good retention with a perpetual popped collar.

Toffee, caramel, and Luxardo in the nose along with other esters that meld with the fruit. Bubblegum, jolly ranchers, and rock candy lend a hand as well.

Cherry pie, cherry pits, caramel apples, and hints of rosemary and toasted malt on the palate. Very much like a fresh naturally sweetened bramble with hints of brown sugar in the finish. Uniquely balanced cherry sour free of medicinal qualities or off notes.

Medium-light bodied very fruity and refreshing with a sweetness that draws you (and several Drosophila) back again and again.

The best Craftsman offering I've tried so far, and a fantastic (albeit sweet) example of the style.

augustgarage, Aug 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Light yellow and orange with a thin white head. Lines of lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation running up through the body of the beer.

Muted aroma, though I like what's here. There is a slight mustiness, some sour tartness, and a cherry/citrus sweetness.

A very mild sourness with cherry and lemon sweetness along with just a touch of musty barnyard funk.

Medium bodied though a touch heavy.

A tasty offering from Craftsman. Though I haven't sampled much, this is by far my favorite so far from Craftsman.

ehammond1, Aug 19, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

439th review on BA

App- A couple shades down from Orange with a nice 1/2 finger of head and some good cling.

Smell- Its a sour beer for sure. This was immediately tart with a little bit o funk to it. I had my nose buried in the glass.

Taste- Taste follows the nose big time on this one. It was sour with some fresh lemon peel to it. A little bit of a pucker on it as well.

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carbonation level. Left a nice sour citrus after taste.

Drink- This was very tasty. I could see this becoming a favorite of a lot of people in the future. Was sour, balanced but not overpoweringly puckering.

FosterJM, May 02, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A half pint at Urge Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Red-brown and cloudy, filmy head, lots of lace. Tons of sour cherries in both aroma and taste. Oaky, vinous characteristics to go with the fruit. There are some alcohol notes in the middle and a mildly bitter back end. Carbonation is high, but not too high, and body is light. This is more sour than lambic. There is too much sour fruit, oak, and alcohol to consider it as such.

LittleDon, Apr 21, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - rusty and hazy light tainted red with a minimal but appropriate amount of head.

S - less sour than expected. Musky and malty af well as a fruit bowl that's been left out maybe a couple days
too long.

T - fruity, earthy, funky, sour, with a suprisingly malty aftertaste. A lil bitter.

M - a med amount of carbonation. The flavors quickly blend leaving it hard to focus on anything but the staky fruity sourness.

O - happy to have tried. Don't know if I would buy the bottle.

alenonbeeradv, Apr 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is an orangish copper hue with a half finger head of white foam.

Aroma is all cherry with a nice sour funk.

Taste is tart cherry and some lemon acid but definitly a crisp fresh taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it is very clean tasting. Definitly a nice and refreshing beer. Sour enough to make you crave more.

snpub540, Mar 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Stone. I wasn't crazy about this the first time I had it, but I've heard good things about this new batch. Thanks to Patrick for the recommendation and sample.

A: Slightly hazed golden orange with a one inch white head. Lacing is scattered.

S: Moderately lactic, with notes of cherry, lemon, peach, and white grape. A nice lactic fruit cornucopia with some vanilla. It has a moderate funk presence; it's musty and mildly leathery with hay and earth notes. Oak is evident. Nice aroma.

T: Moderately lactic up front with a light citric acidity and a moderate acetic presence. Oak accompanies lightly sweet cherries, and the sweetness dries out quickly. Lightly tannic with a lower moderate sourness that increases towards the moderate acetic cherry oak finish. There's a subtle peach undertone as well.

M: Medium light in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and mildly tannic.

Overall: Much better than the first batch I had. Enjoyable stuff.

HopHead84, Feb 25, 2011
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Craftsman Honesty Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
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