Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of dolzan
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, almost orange, with a small head that disappears quickly.

The smell, as well as the taste is honey, honey, honey. With some fruit. And sugar. Thankfully, the yeast comes through as well, so the sweetness is quite balanced, and the beer is highly drinkable for such a sweet brew.

It does lack some complexity though, and it is not a beer I'd want to go for regularly.

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 jdhilt
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Photo of Zorro
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.

Photo of cratez
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario. Clear golden yellow in colour with soft amber hues and a thin ring of bubbly white froth that persists for the duration of the beer. Some dots of lace speckle the pint glass. Smell and taste are biscuit, grainy pale malts, Honeycomb cereal, toasted wheat, light sweetness, and grassy, citric hops. The slightly sour aftertaste is probably unintended. Mouthfeel is a tad syrupy, resinous, refreshing tangy spice through the middle, bone dry, cracker-like finish. A decent and agreeable English pale ale, not much to dislike, but nothing to write home about either.

Photo of treque
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange Hue little fast dissipating head, steady but slight carbonation

S:honey-sweet aroma very light, expect much more

T: The taste is not as intense as you'd think. Leave a refreshing sensation in the throat, medium bodied, with extended ending that tends to honeyed flavor and a touch of malt

A little bit dissapointing, i would not buy this beer again

Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light clear golden color with a bit of foamy white head. Just a bit retains, leaving a little lacing.

S: Sweet, with some hints of fruit and honey.

T: Very mild, but nice. Lightly sweet with a pleasant if nondescript aftertaste.

M: Light body, medium to light carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Lives up to it's promise of a refreshing golden beer.

Nothing too outlandish, but it's simple, not bad, and just a little different.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. .9 oz bottle into a small Sam Smith's nonic glass.

A: Very pale indeed, with a very thin head and a good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom. Easily can see through this beer, as it is quite light in color. Resembles light apple juice. Easily the palest beer I've seen that wasn't a BMC light.

S: Quite light on the nose as well, some English smelling malts with a bit of bread. Some light caramel and definitely some honey. Almost a maple syrup type aroma as well. Really have to get the nose in there to get a good aroma from this. The honeycomb aroma is quite nice though.

T: Good honey on the palate along with some light roast malts. A bit of bitterness on the end but the honey really does pull through well, surprising with honey being fully fermentable. Quite nice indeed.

M: A bit too crisp for how pale this beer is, was expecting a milder carbonation. Almost gives the sensation of taking a teaspoon of honey with each sip. Thin and fizzy at first with a honey like feeling on the tongue at the end.

D: If this beer weren't so hard to find, I would be drinking it far more often. Absolutely great session style beer with a great honey sweetness that strays from the typical mild English session ale. After spending a week in England drinking cask milds and the like, this was a surprising beer for me. Very unique and definitely worth picking up some.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An easy-drinking palate, offering honey to taste, but without being really convincing. Honey is also present in the nose, in a style more grilled. The body is a little too soft and watery to really satisfy. Moreover, the lack of bitterness, often characteristic of Fuller's brewery is also disadvantageous. A model of Honey Ale, which gives an impression of poorly controlled, perhaps due to the absence of a higher ABV to compensate for the missing body, which remains light years ahead of Belgian models.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Pours a slightly opaque golden with a thin ring of head and some lacing, but not much.

Nose is more on the lager end of the spectrum, with honey and floral malts.

The taste is smooth and sweet. I wouldn't say it's exactly "honey", but there's certainly a "spring" character to this brew. Light and refreshing.

Carbonation is low (it is on cask afterall), nice and smooth body. Almost too heavy, actually.

Lacking in complexity, but fairly enjoyable. Certainly worth a go on draught.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L emptied into a Fuller's pint glass.

A: Pours a golden orange with a half-finger head which disappears immediately. No lacing.

S: Sweet malt, honey, citrusy hops.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

T: Toasted malt, honey. Nutty sweet. Light hops at the rear. Crisp finish with a nice, mild honey aftertaste.

D: Really a nicely crafted ale. 'Balanced' comes to mind. Not outstandingly perfect, there are a few nits to be picked I suppose, but this is something a bit out of the ordinary, and I like that.

Photo of kjyost
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellowish (it was a dark room so I can't be 100% sure) with a short lived head atop it. Left light to no lacing. The nose of the beer had a sweetness to it and a bit of straw and apple. The beer itself was thin and had a touch of sweetness, but didn't have any substantive flavours or character that left me thinking it was much other than a macro. Once again the apple flavour was there, making me wonder if something was wrong with this beer. Bubbly in the mouth, and not a beer I would be reaching for again when given a decent second option.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

Photo of Long813
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

G: Stein

A: Dark golden body, one inch off white head with pour retention leaving thin lacing.

S: Sweet honey, grains, weak citrus fruits

T: Mild sweet malts and hoppy bitterness. Honey and some caramel come through. Flavours are not to strong.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Leaves a faint honey finish

D: It's not bad and easy to drink, but it could use some stronger flavours and aromas.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured in a Grimbergen chalice.

Good beer. The honey smell and taste are very present.

A: Very nice dark yellow, a little bit (really bit) cloudy. Reminds me honey.
S: Strong presence of honey and malt.
T: Pleasant. Not excessively sweet. A bit bitter.
M: Balanced. Low level of alcohol is helpful since it's enough "bitter-sweet" (and that's the trick, right?).
D: Honey and hops in the very end. Fair enough, as a Fuller's should be.

Photo of Macca
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark golden in colour with a generous white fluffy head. Clear.

Some sweet honey aromas and some graininess as well.

the taste is malty with quite a bit of sweetness. Very little hop influence.

Light mouthfeel. The sweetness is a little cloying.

It's ok but nothing exciting.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite a lot paler than your average pale ale, seems more like a english blonde ale, nice head but dissipates quickly, no head.

Aroma of english malt, quite sweet smelling, and some hints of fruit from the yeast. Not much hop caracter in the nose.

Taste is rather one dimentional, a solid malt flavor, nothing astringent or adjunct-like, not much hop presence either, just a well balanced bitterness.

A beer you could have with ribs and fries while watching the game at the local sports bar, much better than most ales served at these places.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a finger of loose white head which quickly reduced to a thin layer over a clear gold coloured body - could well be a macro lager based on looks.

Smell - 3.0
Honey sweetness dominates the nose, there is a little grain and husk in the very simple aroma.

Taste - 3.5
Very light and lager-like, grainy pale malt flavour is sweetened with a mellow honey character, then balanced by a zesty hop bitterness, finishing dry.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
More carbonated than the rest of the Fuller's range, feels lager-light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
More a summer lager alternative than a real ale. Uninteresting, but well made.

OVERALL - 3.35
The weakest (in flavour, not ABV) beer in the Fuller's range that I have tried to date. Clearly made for the Stella crowd. Decent, but not for beer enthusiasts or lovers of real ale.

Photo of sammytag
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

For all the "buzz" about this beer, I'm very unimpressed. With the Fuller's '08 vintage ale still on my tongue, I decided to give this one a try. Not great.

The nose is weak, with nothing distinguishable going on. A little touch of honey, yet, it's not enough to entice me.

The taste is clean, but not flavourful. The hops are lost in a tangle of weak malts and sweet graininess.

Not a very rewarding beer, unlike the rest of the fuller's commercial export line (Vintage, London Pride, London Porter, ESB).

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

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Beer with organic ingredients--that's always a plus.

A: golden brown amber with a 1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly

S: sweet grain, melon fruit, very pleasant

T: sweet but not overpowering, mildly bitter, I kept thinking I was picking up a bit of melon--this was before I got the pun inherent in the name "honeydew." Very nice mellow and sweet on the finish.

M: pleasant, mostly smooth, mildly carbonated

D: I'm not a huge fan of honey-brewed ales. About 1/2 of them I've tried I liked, and the other half I don't care about, but this one is nice.

Photo of BlackHaddock
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!

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 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!

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 jwc215
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.

Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.