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Attila The Honey - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

Attila The HoneyAttila The Honey

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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.16%

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The buzz is genuine about this beer! Attila the Honey is a rich amber ale with distinctive malty characteristics followed closely by the light lingering taste of rich clover honey. It truly is the 'ultimate' summer beer.

(Beer added by: Cwrw on 03-02-2007)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a short afternoon of hitting up a few Oliver-area wineries, I descended on the town of Oliver, for some much-needed noshing. The kitschy-looking Firehall Bistro turned out to be the hotspot for local ales - Crannog, Tree, and Revelstoke were well represented on tap. In the hot afternoon, the honey ale sounded the most appropriate...

This beer appears a clear medium copper colour, with one finger of soapy light beige head, which leaves some random lace around the glass in its wake. Its smells of light biscuit malt, mild field honey, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is mostly consistent with the aroma - biscuit malt, with a twinge of breadiness, light, slightly floral honey, and subdued earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and a wee bit prickly, and it finishes with a nice bready sweetness, enhanced by an final echo of honey.

In the Canadian Honey Lager/Ale wars, this one rises above the median and pedestrian, to satisfactorily quench a fiery Firehall Burger, with just the right combination of sweet grain and honey softness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 04:32:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are a lot of honey beers in BC, but this is the first one we've had that is both a tasty beer and cleverly spotlights the honey. It pours a surprisingly rich copper/amber colour, and there's very little honey aroma on the nose. There are plenty of round, caramely malt notes. Almost like a bock. First taste reminds me of a festbock, or Oktoberfest. The malt notes are lovely and the honey adds just a suggestion of sweetness. A little nuttiness and earthiness in there, too. Just enough bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 18:45:20 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear amber red with a half a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Caramel, honey, hint of vanilla.

Taste- Malts and grains with a touch of caramel and honey sweetness. Finishes with a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad watery but refreshing.

Overall- An enjoyable honey ale by Mt. Begbie. This beer has nice warm flavours and welcoming aromas. Worth a try if you stumble across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:13:57 | More by leaddog
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber red appearance with thick white head that slowly settles down leaving good lacing. Smell consists of honey, brown sugar, caramel and a hint of fruit.

Taste is similar to the smell, mainly honey, brown sugar, malt and caramel. Picked up some hops and bread, has an earthy bitterness to it as well. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering honey taste.

Overall, impressive honey beer. It's balanced, tasty and drinkable. Nothing that blows you away but good to chug a few on a patio. Decently priced to.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 08:18:06 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was little bit sweet for my taste but, overall, it wasn't too shabby. I'd buy it again, as a change of pace. I like the label and the name, a lot, not that that should be the main reason to purchase anything.
Appearance was nice and red, which somewhat surprised me since the label (its only downfall) merely says "beer" rather than any other descriptor, such as: lager, ale, or red ale.
Not much aroma for me.
Taste was sweet, as mentioned, with some hop balance, and a honey-like taste at the finish.
Mouthfeel was fine, as was the carbonation and head levels.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 14:31:04 | More by MAB
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 23/6/11

A nice reddish amber that I can read through, looks a little flat but it has a thumbs width of light tan head that hangs around for a minuet leaving no lace

S candied cherry among other fruits I can't place with a big toffee and honey smell

T what I smell but a little earthy herbal thing going for it, a little sweet but still enjoyable

M more bubbles in the mouth then what was visible and the flavors linger longer then expected

O no problems with this one but there's nothing to set apart from similar beers

not bad for a 5$ bomber, worth grabbing one but I wouldn't travel for it

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 00:35:19 | More by wordemupg
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice and bright, dark amber. Good finger of head, stuck around for a while.

S - Caramel malt, honey aroma, oddly enough.

T - Caramel malt, slight honey note, but not as pronounced as in the aroma.

M - Smooth, pretty decent

D - Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:34:57 | More by IllNate
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour with and amber hue, finger of beige head, decent retention, however no real lacing

S - Mild off the top, with sweet scents of honey and brown sugar covering the bready malts. I did notice that the sweet honey scent sticks to the glass and becomes more prominent as you plow through the glass.

T - Again, a little on the mild side, but bready malts fill your mouth, with a nutty caramel malt with a hint of honey lingers on the finish

M - Perfectly carbonated, goes down smooth, and leaves a nice wet feeling on your tongue, leaving you craving more.

D - Delicious beer. Nothing mind blowing, but nicely balanced with sweetness coming through in both the scent and flavour. Would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy drinking beverage that won't overload the taste buds, but will leave you with a satisfied feeling.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:50:26 | More by andrenaline
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear bubbly bronze, solid off white head that dissipated slowly to a nice ring of lacing
S - sweet caramel malts, a honey roasted nut scent, and some light perfumy hop hints
T - the nutty and caramel malts are prominent, the honey hints compliment those flavours nicely, and perfumy and slightly spicy hop flavours on the finish
M - generally smooth and somewhat light from the medium carbonation, a light dry bitter on the finish, well balanced feel
D - as with other Begbie offerings I've had, nothing mild blowing BUT a very solid offering, goes down smooth and easy with a good flavour balance

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 04:15:10 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definetly one of the best honey beers in BC. Solid amber with lots of flavour and malt backed with a subtle honey note on the finish and the nose. I could drink quite a few of these beers and the honey only smooths the finish out. As with all Begbie beers you taste the care and attention to making a quality beer. Worth picking up and trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 03:13:17 | More by canucklehead
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber, slightly orange in colour. Fairly clear with a foamy off-white head. No lacing.

Probably has the most honey I've smelled in any honey beer. Aside from that is a little bit of piney hops.

The taste is very much like the smell, honey sweetness followed by a light pine hop. Lingering sweetness. Pleasant.

Some body to the beer, but I find the carbonation a bit overdone. A little prickly on the tongue.

Pretty easy drinking. Not something I'd have all the time, but it would be easy to give to just about any beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 03:40:22 | More by elricorico
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay amber from Mt. Begbie. Nice amber colour with a white, dense two-finger head.

Brown sugar, honey scent with a flat metallic tang to it.

The taste is not as sweet as I expected. Honey hints, malt and slight traces of brown sugar. There is a sort of...soft...bitterness to this.

Decent drinking brew. Warm, slightly sour aftertaste. Not bad...worth buying again, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 04:54:00 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Revelstoke this latest offering from Mt Begbie. This is, I believe, a seasonal for them. As with their other beers, this comes in the brown 650ml bottle, with a yellow and white label caricaturing "Attila," leader of the Huns. And cleverly punning all this for their "honey" ale. The ingredients list "local BC honey."

The beer poured with a generous but fast-disappearing cream-coloured head. The colour of the beer is a nice limpid red, bordering on light cherry or pink. A nice looking beer. The aroma is a little shy, but what comes through is the lovely candy-sweetness of the honey, and this isn't just a little honey--it dominates the aroma profile hands down. Sweet red-Irish malting backs it up with even more sugar. Very little hop detectable. I for one like it: it promises fresh honey, and fresh honey is what you get. Simple and well done. All honey in the taste too, especially near the back of the mouth, and it leaves with a pleasing bitter-sweet nectar type of crispness. Up front the malts seem a little cardboardish, but near the middle the taste makes up for it. The hops make their appearance here too...adding a biscuity, leafy goodness. A thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting. For me personally a very quaffable beer on this cold winter night. While honey-ales were never my favourite, this one does the style some justice. Bottoms up Mt Begbie.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 11:37:18 | More by Cwrw
Attila The Honey from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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