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Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

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Ratings: 361 | Reviews: 175
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honeyish colour with good fresh head. very subtle hop and honey smell. Easy drinking session ale. Not too sweet, and the hops are under the honey's constraint. Satisfying, drying aftertaste, with drops of burning honey on the lips.
Had on tap at Twisted Kilt 2.4 years later and it was honeyish, decent mouthfeel.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/6/14.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of honey and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional notes of pale malts. The honey adds slight bits of sweetness and the hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the honey makes things a bit more interesting and prevents this from being a band pale ale.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A standard English Ale that straddles the line of a Bitter and Pale Ale (because of strength), but with noticable honey over tones throughout.

A medium golden, strong straw color shows bright clarity beneath a creamy white head that reduces to a sheet but holds firm, leaving stickly lace behind.

Honey and lightly kilned grains give the impression of crackers and jam. Floral sweetness of honey mixed with grain round out the scent.

Ale-like flavors of lightly kilned malts give a definate cracker-like breadiness. Honey flavor provids the sweetness, esters, and mellow spice.

Surprisingly, for such added sweetness the mouthfeel doesn't get thicker or richer. The beer takes on the expected creaminess early but cut nicely by hop bitterness and grain bite. But the honey ferments out nicely, allowing for added flavor but not extra body.

A very nice Honey Ale that takes on Pilsner-esque flavors from time to time. Honey gives more of a honey suckle aroma but with true honey flavor and smooth feel. A pleasure to drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep yellow color ale with a surprisingly big white puffy head with good retention. Aroma of honey is quite dominating with some malt also discernable. Taste is way sweeter then expected with honey making a huger impact then expected (I guess I’m getting used to those American honey brown beer where honey is quite subdued). Definitely too sweet for my own personal liking and one of the worst from this brewery.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a big white head which dies down to a thin layer.

S: The nose is full of sweet citrus and floral notes with a bit of toasted malt. Slightly grassy hops with a bit of honey.

T: While this beer is quite sweet, the grassy hops actually help out a fair amount. The malts and graininess provide plenty of sweetness, as does the citrus character.

M: The body is light to medium with a very high level of carbonation.

D: Despite the sweetness, this was actually pretty easy to drink. The light body probably helps that.

Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a medium golden with a tinge of burnt orane,a 1/2 finger white head that had good definition atop.Mild aromas,mainly some hard water and biscuit malt.Flavors are lightly sweet with biscuit malt mainly standing out,a yeasty fruitiness is pleasant,not much hop presence to be had.Standard and no frills here but its quaffable, and food friendly.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear, yellow-orange body with a tall, foaming, off-white head. No more than a few stray dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faintly biscuit scented, that's all, as the sweet-scented honey is the main player here, as expected, though there's some subtle hints of florals and citrus, like sniffing an orange blossom honey.

Taste: Sweet taste of raw honey overlaying lightly supporting mild-tasting biscuity, bready malts. Light floral notions. A kiss of citrus. Low hop character provides just a smidgen of spice and bitterness, letting the honey settle quietly on the tongue. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Tastes like a glass of that Bit-O-Honey candy. Honey Dew is amply honey-tasting without being overly sweet. Simple but satisfying and refreshing, if the price were just a skosh less, I'd consider stocking up on it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, at Metro Billiards in downtown Edmonton.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of fuzzy, bubbly, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves little beyond some sparse specks of islet lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of sweet, grainy, partially caramelized pale malt, neutered field honey, a touch of bready toffee, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet, bready pale malt, a softly grassy, kind of hollow honey essence, and somewhat astringent floral hops.

The carbonation is generally quite soft and innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, not so surprisingly, as the grain and honey stay on the down-low, and the musty floral hops balance things out.

This is a pleasant enough offering, the honey employed deftly, I suppose, and agreeable in a drink the whole bottle sense, and never approaching cloying, always an asset when considering any sort of honey beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of honey, grains and caramel. It had a subtle floral presence.

T - It tasted spicy with sweet caramel flavor. A bit of honey and toffee flavors are present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice English Pale Ale. A nice sessionable brew from Fuller's.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style.

Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin white head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of honey, with grain and bready cracker and some hop zest.

The taste is of honey sweetness with a touch of leafy, herbal hops. Sweet, but with enough hop balance to keep it from being sticky, especially in the finish.

It is crisp. Light-bodied - towards medium. Very refreshing.

Sweet, but balanced enough - though honey is certainly the outstanding character, this is a refreshing brew.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 4/6/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, bread, cracker, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, honey, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, bread, cracker, biscuit, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, bread, cracker, biscuit, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with balanced honey, bready malt, fruity yeast, and herbal hop flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good English blonde ale. Good balance of honey, malt, yeast, and herbal hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL classic Fuller's bottle, Fuller's is my favourite English brewery so I was excited to find a new beer from them, best by 3/1/11,

A: Pours a clear gold with a two finger white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Big clover honey nose, so many honey beers have just a mild honey overtone, this one has it in spades. Great nose, reminds me of Bootlegger's Spring Ale.

T: Mild pils style malt with a hint of honeydew melon mid-palate (really) with an elegant honey finish. Never too sweet.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and smooth. Very easy going on the palate.

D: Another quality effort from Fuller's. I liked that they advertised honey and it was there. A no brainer to pick up, it's Fuller's.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 17th June 2009, drank late May 2009 on a sunny afternoon watching my garden grow around me.

At one with the world, this slightly chilled bottle hit the nail on the head for me. Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass it looked a picture, light golden blonde with a white foam head sat on top. The head did stay for a while before retreating into a wispy covering with a thicker collar around the glass, some lacing too.

Hints of honey and an English country garden (or was that my own gardens aroma?) smell, very subtle but also very noticeable.

The hop content ensures the beer isn't too sweet, the honey element tries to dominate, but just about fails, the other ingrediants coming into their own as you take great gulps of this most refreshing of beers.

Well balanced and smooth feel to this beer, well crafted.

A joy to drink, mellow and well rounded, just like the rear label claims!

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Anchor and Crown in Monterey, CA. I will say, for a honey beer this has a nice distinct clover honey aroma and flavor that doesn't overpower or over-sweeten the beer. There's still a mild pale ale in the background with a little grassy lemon hops and bready malt. Not a bad beer for the summer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm excited to see another label of the Fuller's portfolio in the US. Based on the name, I thought I was getting a beer made with honeydew, not honey. Dammit! From a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The color has eye appeal; it's light glossy orange colored with buttery yellow hues. A modest sized head forms and drops to a thin lace, leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma shows off, though it gets off the wrong foot. Out of th ebottle, it has a honey arma mixed with soggy raw grain. In my pint glass, the honey aroma really starts to come out, like opening a jar/bottle of honey.

From the begining the taste is dominated by the honey. It does offer some complexity, such as the light diacetyl and toasted grain notes, and spontaneous fruitiness that I swear is most resemblant to honeydew. The light-medium body and gentle carbonation are pleasant....I'm surprised that it wasn't a sickly mess. Despite that, the more I drink of it, the less appealling it becomes. The honey becomes too much of a good thing for me. There are certain additions that I love to certain foods, and I like honey, but I don't love it as say, barbecue sauce. One could ask in this case "How much beer would you like with your honey?"

Fuller's Organic Honeydew has its merits, although a half-liter of it is plenty. Now let's see if Golden Pride ever hits the US shore.

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.