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Avocado Honey Ale - Island Brewing Company

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Avocado Honey AleAvocado Honey Ale

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82
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Island Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Avocado Blossom Honey

(Beer added by: JayTheFinn on 10-01-2006)
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Floydster

California

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at JJ Brewsky's yesterday for six dollars, shared this with my girlfriend after she did not like it very much, first beer with avocado I have ever heard of, they actually use the blossoms from them, not retired but brewed once every year

A-Bright golden yellow with some orange tint, big one inch white soapy head that had some decent retention, some lacing at the beginning
S-Kiwis, wheat, honey, lemon juice, grassy accents, tons of other citrus, tartiness, sweet yeast, and flowers, not much avocado in the flavor but some once it warmed up much later
T-Starts off nice and tart with tons of citrus attacking the tongue, some sweet flowery notes in the middle, finish is full of citrus as well, light overall which makes me think the base for this beer was either a blonde or a low alcohol pale ale
M-Slightly fruity, tart, and citrusy, medium bodied, lots of carbonation, taste lasted a long time and you really pick up on the avocado in the aftertaste, it was almost like a blonde with sweet and tarty guacomole in the aftertaste, okay that might not sound very appetizing with that descripotion but it was an awesome mouthfeel
D-Could drink a bunch of these and especially this time of year, nice and light with a nice refreshing bite to it, reminded me a lot of a berliner weiss, great summer beer, no alcohol present in the flavor,

Too bad this brew is just made for a festival because this unique brew is something that could really get this small Carpenteria operation on the map, never heard of the beer or brewery until today and was very surprised with the results from this one, unique is an understatement, would love to drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 18:19:21 | More by Floydster
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Paul, the brewmaster, has brewed up a batch of this stuff for the up-coming Avocado Festival held annually in Carpinteria, CA. All in all it's not bad. There's little to no avocado taste noticeable, but if you've ever had one you could imagine how difficult it would be to bring the mild flavor of avocado through to a beer. Instead what you have here is something like a nice tasting honey lager (yes, it is an ale, but there's a definitely lager quality about it). It's quite drinkable, but I don't think it's going to become a perminent fixture at Island.

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Avocado Honey Ale from Island Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.