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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
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

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Ratings: 361 | Reviews: 175
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the British Beer Company Cedarville

Appearance: clear, gold, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: honey and toasted malt

Taste: The honey really pops on this one. There is also toasted malt and grass.

Mouthfeel: oderate carbonation, light bodied..sweet with a slightly bitter backbone.

Drinkability: The honey really jumps out in this one. It almost tastes like a sweet pilsner. Not an overly complex brew, but very sessionable...Great for a warm day.

Photo of jkurtz002
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A typical golden brown look for a honey lager doesn't try to put anything past you. With a nice, light refreshing honey-sweet aftertaste, this delicious import isn't necessarily anything to write home about but is a perfect accompaniment for a slice of pizza while playing poker. A full flavoured beer with a good body, I would certainly try this again.

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 twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with a best before code of 21 JAN 11. Pours a mostly clear, light yellow color with a fizzy cap of white head. Retention is pretty poor and just does leave a smattering of lace.

Nose is sweet and light with some of the chalky fruit showing through that is so typical of Fuller's beers. Doesn't necessarily smell like a jar of honey, but has a lighter-than-malt type of sweet aroma.

The sweetness from the nose dries out on the tastebuds and most of the flavor comes from a nice, grainy malt presence and the signature yeast. A notable, grassy hop presence makes this beer quite refreshing. Mild honey notes float in on the aftertaste. Feels good on the palate...nicely carbonated and does not come across as thin, despite being on the lighter side. I am glad I picked up this brew as an impulse buy...hell, I would not be opposed to drinking another one sometime soon.

Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. Yes, i know thats too cold! The beer had no head and what little there was dissipated fast. The beer really did not have a heavy honey taste, but was more rich tasting than most beers. I liked it and will buy it again.

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 champ103
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/orange color. At first a two finger bubbly white head forms, and recedes after a minute. Light patchy lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt up front that is nice. Husky grain with some sugary sweetness. A perfume like hoppy aroma as well.
T: Toasted malt, grain and some sweetness. Not bad, just on the bland side.
M/D: A light body with a bit to much carbonation for my tastes and what the style should be. Not hard to drink. Very quaffable.

This is one of my favorite breweries, but this is just kind of standard. I would love to try this from a fresh cask in the UK, but out of the bottle this is just kind of generic. It is enjoyable however.

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 mithrascruor
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darker golden color with visible carbonation. Big white head with good retention.

Smell: Malty aroma filled with honey; not too sweet. There's a hint of melon in there too.

Taste: Malty flavor of honey and melon (honeydew) throughout. The flavor is fairly constant throughout, and into the aftertaste. Fairly tasty, but not exactly what I'd like to taste in a beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp with light carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor gets old pretty quick. Otherwise, the ABV is pretty low.

Interesting to try, but ultimately not that great. Kinda neat flavor, but, even though it isn't obviously sweet, it creeps up and the flavor gets a bit much after a while.

Photo of Offa
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of dolzan
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.01/5  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 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
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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
2.39/5  rDev -31.9%
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
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
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
2.12/5  rDev -39.6%
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
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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