5th Street Honey Bee Rye - West Sixth Brewing Company
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
With the use of super-locally cultured honey, the brewers of West Sixth Brewing Company has devised a recipe that captures the taste of honey with all of it's delicate complexities. The resulting rye beer provides a mild germanic heart with a sweeter soul.
The honey additions are nearly overt. The beer takes on an amber hue to the eye that triggers resemblances to honey immediately. Medium carbonation allows for a hesitant head to build atop but eventually succumbs to the honey influences underneath. Light on lace, the beer's foam character is reinstated with a gentle swirl of the glass.
Honey aromas are even more prominent in the nose. The delicate floral notes bring about a highly perfumy flowery mix with hearty sweetness that builds from below. Rye bread and grain offers a very English-like undertone to support both the sweetness and the bouquet.
Malt and sucrose seduce the tongue with the initial sip. Honey and light maple have a satisfying taste early as the floral notes turn fruity at mid palate. Orange marmalade and apricot flavor attach to sulfury apple and kiwi. With little hop bitterness to offset the sweetness, the balance relies on the spicy rye malt to provide hearty bread underpinnings and broad earthen bitterness instead.
Medium bodied from start to finish, the beer takes on sweeter proportions all along the ride. The carbonation keeps the beer creamy while the malt provides bready texture. A late trend toward semi-dryness avoids cloying and happens as the spicy grain feel marries up with light alcohol warmth for a soft fruity mead=like closure to the session.
The brewers do a great job of preserving the subltle nuances of the honey without reducing them to alcohol nor driving off their perfume during the boil. For those that prefer sweeter and fruiter beers, 5th Street Honeybee Rye is a gem!
09-12-2012 23:40:06 | More by BEERchitect
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours an orange copper color, fairly hazy, with a dense half inch cream head that lingers, eventually dissipating into a thin layer of foam, leaving no lacing.
Tangerine, grapefruit, and rye comprise the initial aroma, with notes of bready caramel malt and a hint of sweetness, though I wouldn't pinpoint it as honey without prior knowledge.
Flavor follows suit, with substantial rye presence throughout. Much more citrus hop flavor than I anticipated. With over and undertones of sour orange and lemon. Citrus notes become more muted the more I drink. There's a slight floral presence toward the end of the sip, with a somewhat unexpectedly bready, slightly dry malt/wheat finish. More floral notes and honey sweetness emerge as it warms.
Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation that is almost effervescent. There's a slight alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice, drinkable summer beer, but somewhat of a strange combination of hops and rye. The citrus hops somehow sandwich the rye. The honey is a bit of an afterthought, with other aggressive flavors shining I'm the forefront. I had hoped for a little more of that local flavor to be pronounced. I definitely recommend allowing it to warm to open up that honey character.
09-06-2012 22:29:28 | More by barczar
5th Street Honey Bee Rye from West Sixth Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.