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Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Clinton, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This pours a hazy golden color, so I'm guessing that this is an unfiltered ale. There is an impressive thick white head that's fairly compact in the center and with big bubbles around the outside. It sticks around for several minutes before settling into a nice layer over the liquid. The carbonation looks quite aggressive off of the initial pour but then seems to settle down. Looks like an oily beer, with good sticky lacing on my glass.

S- The aroma is very pleasant, with a distinct, but not overwhelming scent of honey. There is also the sweet malts and grains, along with some mild hopped bitterness in the background. There is also a somewhat fruity tone that provides a slight zest in the aroma.

T- Absolutely fantastic! First thing I notice is a pleasant malty/grainy flavor. The honey flavor is very mellow at first, but comes on more strongly in the middle palate. Right on the finish, the mild hop bitterness shows up, really balancing out the overall taste of this beer. Great stuff!

M- I feel that this has a nice medium body to it, as it has a consistency that feels like there has been some honey blended in. As I suspected in the appearance, the carbonation does settle down, but the presence still leaves somewhat of a zing on my tongue. With all of this said, this brew is very refreshing overall.

D- In my opinion, this beer would be enjoyable all year round...as a session beer or while enjoying a hot summer day on the patio. I think this would go well with barbecued chicken and would even suggest that this could be enjoyed as a dessert beer. This has been one of my favorite beers since I discovered it and am surprised at myself for getting around to reviewing it only now. I highly recommend this one!

ChrisCage, May 06, 2009
Photo of maiiik
4.73/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. My first impression of the bottle wasn't quite good, but I decided to give it a try, specially because I like the the combination with honey. It feels great in the mouth and it leaves you a tasty flavor when you finish each drink.
Totally recommended!

maiiik, May 04, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +28.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Dbizzle, Aug 10, 2014
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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is actually a really good, lighter beer, at least as long as one doesn't drink it too cold (which one should avoid when drinking any British ales in general). Light, subtle, it actually has some nice complexity and very firm flavour and feel.

Very deep gold to pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin foamy top and then a ring with no real lace.

Aroma is strong honey-bread dough with grain, herbal-leafy hops, a lot of bread with a clear honey character. It is very nice and somewhat reminiscent of a helles with the additional of honey and a slight yeasty English ale twist.

The beer is light but the taste is fairly assertive, very firm and well-rounded with some nice complexity. It has a lot of bread and leafy-herbal hops up front with strong honey and grain and bread dough taking over right at the finish. All the elements linger nicely, but the honey-bread dough character lingers longest. It is nicely balanced, with clear light sweetness and tingly-zesty, leafy herbal hop bitterness balancing nicely. Neither oily nor watery, it has a good, firm feel and it is highly drinkable.

Offa, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of keeganfrank
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden ale with a foamy head that has lots of retention. The color reminds me of mead, or maybe I just think that because I know there's honey in it. Aromas of sweet cereal and fruits. Honey is present and isn't overpowering. The flavor reminds me a bit of mead as well. Tart, fruity candy with a touch of honey. Grains are present as well. It's crisp and refreshing on the palate. This is a really lovely ale.

keeganfrank, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of tonton
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 50cl bottle into the Fuller's Organic Honeydew glass, which is a stemmed pint.

Beautiful honey color with a fluffy white head with medium retention.

I love the smell. There's a nice aley goodness with a touch of nice bees' honey, not artificial honey smell.

The taste follows the nose. A very simple ale with little alcohol or hops kick, and plenty of that nice honey flavor, but definitely not too much. Just a touch, and it's a good one.

This is one of my favorites. An excellent refreshing summer ale. Beer connoisseurs may think it's a little on the plain side, but it's exactly that that endears it to me.

Luckily, this ale is being widely promoted in Hong Kong, so there are many more places it can be found, and it's the least expensive Fuller's bottle available here.

tonton, Mar 10, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle into my pint glass with a nice foamy head sitting on top. Smell is of fresh clover honey, very sweet and quite nice. The clover honey makes it's way into the flavor as well as a delicate addition to it's slightly bitter hop character. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.

This is quite a nice honey ale, I will likely get this one again.

funkengruven, Jul 05, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

MarkoBlazic, Jun 29, 2012
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Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours out a clear golden color with a finger of head that quickly drops. The aroma is very sweet, with a very realistic honey note dominating the proceedings, along with some lightly toasted malts. The taste is excellent, it's got the sweet honey tastes at first, but it fades to an absolutely sublime lightly toasted malt helped out by just a touch of honey. Delicious. The mouthfeel is quite quaffable. Overall, it's a great summer ale that I wish came in six packs.

shand, Mar 19, 2012
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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.