Blonde Hunny Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
2.28/5 rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Growler selection taken home from Wild Wolf's facility. According to the menu, Blonde Hunny is "An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of local honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing, but be careful- this one's ABV will sneak up on you. This beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers."
Poured from a growler to a Belgian snifter. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Aggressive pour yields a thin white creamy head with below average retention. Body color is a very hazy pale amber gold with subtle carbonation. Decent appearance and I liked the thick haziness, but its quite short on head quality. 3
(Smell) Wheat, prickly spice, grainy strong alcohol on a mild tart cracker yeast base. Honey is subtle, if present at all in this drink. Not a lot of depth in the aroma whatsoever, and the ester alcohol is very intense. The aroma is not particularly pleasing. 2
(Taste) Thin wheat malt base gives way to tart cracker and subtle spicy finish that, with the alcohol dominating, grinds the palate clean. A lot of ever-present sharp alcohol on the finish. I have no idea where the honey comes in, unless it directly contributes to the alcohol, which is intense and very estery, without contributing to the flavor at all. Depth of flavor isn't fantastic either, there's little surprises to the flavor aside from lots of booze, if that's your thing. Flavor is not very exciting nor is it enjoyable. 2.5
(Mouthfeel) Quite flat, a little too slick. Alcohol presence is high. Body is low. Doesn't work with the limited flavors in the taste. The solution: A slightly more elevated body, and a much more concealed alcohol presence is favorable, plus a little more carbonation activity wouldn't hurt, either. 2
(Overall) I find that this beer's worst enemy is a lack of body to match the alcohol. Quite the boozy drinker, unfortunately it doesn't have a very high drinkability either. The recipe is a bit too simple and the "Belgian" quality is scarce too, aside from some subtleties, it tastes a lot like a spiced pale wheat ale, with a ton of strong alcohol to match. Honey doesn't pair too well with the flavor either, spiking the alcohol without adding much flavor diversity. Consider this a one-off or some kind of experimental pilot brew, through which it could improve vastly; I'd give this a pass in light of their Alpha Ale, which I enjoyed much, much more. 2
Wild Wolf Brewing Company's
Blonde Hunny Ale
Serving type: growler
08-02-2012 01:22:54 | More by Jadjunk
2.51/5 rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
12oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy dark yellow with a one finger white head that settles into a tiny layer over the beer. No lacing at all.
Aroma is very spicy and Belgiany but really lacks the punch I am looking for. Alcohol is also quite noticable along with a touch of lemon.
Too much alcohol in the flavor. Ethanol hits me immediately along with a lemony solvent note. Some yeasty spice in the background. Mouthfeel is like water with no body to it whatsoever along with a sticky finish.
Overall, this one needs to go back to the drawing board. Alcohol is way too noticable and the mouthfeel too watery.
Serving type: can
01-30-2014 23:12:49 | More by rangerred
2.73/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Serve on-tap in a tapered-waist clear serving glass at Fry Spring Station (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Soft honey-amber with a short cap of off-white head with poor retention and no lacing.
S: Aroma is sweet malt with some Belgian yeast spice and herbal hopping.
T: The honey presence is clear but there is not a whole lot else to suggest this beer. The hopping is herbal and earthy but light, and the malt component is pretty thin and wanting.
M: The mouthfeel is lighter than the ABV but the carbonation is way too light and it give the beer a thin, watery feel.
O: A really disappointing beer all the way around.
Serving type: on-tap
08-31-2012 03:22:19 | More by argock
3.74/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy yellow orange in color with a 2 1/2 finger white head that recedes rather quickly leaving only token lacing, a light film on the surface, and a ring around the glass.
Sweet and herbal with some lemony Belgian spice. Rich, spicy and fresh.
Peppery tart on the tongue. The sweetness of the malts punches through on the swallow, followed closely and briefly by some light biter hops. Follow through is a lasting lemony tartness. Very nice! I really like this.
Feel is peppery and medium full with a pleasant light syrupy coating in the mouth. Warming. Substantial body.
Much better than I had feared. Taste, aroma, and feel were quite pleasing. A bit of cloy at the very first, but it settled down almost immediately. Rather easy to drink considering it's ABV and body. I really enjoyed it. I have the WW Dry Stout as well. I drank this first because it got the worst reviews, so hopefully I'll have a similar experience with the Stout. This is my 3rd Wild Wolf, and so far, they haven't let me down.
Serving type: can
02-04-2014 03:38:03 | More by obywan59
4.93/5 rDev +46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is one of my favorite Virginia craft beers. The flavor is full and robust, leaving no doubts. A delicious honey taste permeates throughout. When I first tried this beer it really took me off my feet. A beer like this is why you drink craft beers. Excellent work Wild Wolf Brewing Company!
Serving type: can
03-31-2014 17:59:23 | More by Sonnymon
Blonde Hunny Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
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