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Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 22:22:08 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

10-01-2012 01:57:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:15:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 17:36:15 | More by metter98
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 19:22:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 02:18:58 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 05:40:33 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-02-2011 17:26:56 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:32:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 21:26:43 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-07-2013 02:38:51 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:39:34 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 22:22:34 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 01:48:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 00:57:52 | More by jwc215
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 02:41:45 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 16:41:03 | More by BlackHaddock
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-08-2014 20:06:06 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an extremely carbonated dark golden colour, fizzing head out of the bottle as soon as it's opened. Head is rocky and full; a very large crown of yellow-white bubbles that crackle and pop their way down to a disappointing nothingness, lacing no lacing. Head is too large bubbled, although the colour is nice.

Noticeable fruit on the nose, with a light citric note of orange peel, with some fragrant, if slightly cloying honey notes. Altogether, it smells rather like its namesake, with some organic sweetness reminiscent of melon rind. It's quite nice, very fresh and summery.

Taste is very bland, with a welling of really unpleasant wet grain funk on the back. Initial lightly sweet citric flavour, crashed with a really raw, almost meaty finish. Honey sweetness has disappeared, just leaving this organic compost-like flavour. Extremely light body leaves nothing to the imagination.

This started off like an unassuming, if tame, English honey pale, but ended falling on the poor side of drinkable. I find honey beers very often lack something, and this is no exception. Spice them, like mead, give them some character, or do something guys... This is at best bland; at worst undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:38:59 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 07:00:31 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting Date: 03/05/06
Revisiting this beer, this time in its bottled version. BB 21/11/06, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: pours a pale golden hue, coming with a hissing and fast retreating beer head on top of very lively carbonation (almost like soda); the carbonation does soften slowly.
S: abundant honeyish scent upfront, almost like a cup of cold honey-tea, on top of a faintly floral+citric note of hops and a soft bed of semi-sweet pale malts.
T: honey-water, fresh sugar-cane juice, and biscuity pale malts all approach at once upfront, leading fast to a mild aftertaste of grassy hops and mild citric fruitiness, along with more semi-thick honey-ish & floral hints of honey (a bit like "bee-wax"~), while a very light, nearly lager-malt like bitter-sweet & grainy taste lingers in the short aftertaste, followed by a faintly dryish-bitter kick of hops in the end.
M&D: very smooth and only softly-carbonated on the mouthfeel, this beer is very light-bodied for its alc. strength. Easy drinking but slightly boring, if compared with other British honey beers on offer; even the same beer's tap-version is slightly more complex than this bottle~~

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 18:34:00 | More by wl0307
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light grainy hop nose. Flavor is just as advertised - honey in ale, hops are subtle. $4.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:15:46 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright amber color. The color is distinctly orange and a shade I could call tangerine. A fluffy white head appears and then goes away.

Smells mostly of grain and grass, I keep wondering if the slapped the wrong label on a lager. There is a little leather and tobacco in this. Trying to ID the type of honey used, I think it was buckwheat.

Starts out grainy and grassy with a slight sweet taste. Bitterness is subtle here and it really does taste more like a lager than an ale. It does have some herbal character in the hop but it still tastes like a lager.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is certainly drinkable, too bad it doesn't taste like ale. They should reclassify this as a lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:59:13 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.23/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 05:58:43 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-09-2011 04:04:01 | More by ejimhof
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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.