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Organic Honeydew - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of doktorhops
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another honey beer... I don't really get them, it sounds like something that should be simple to make taste good - sweetness of honey versus the bitterness of hops, however I am yet to find one that doesn't taste like a lager with honey added as an afterthought. Brewers should be mixing a decent hoppy pale ale with honey, hopefully Fuller's can work some of their magic into this brew.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Tis a pale ale, a lightish tinge of sunglow in yonder body glassed, white thee breath of angels lace upon thee head [here endith thine Shakespearian verse].

S: Malt and honey, honey and malt. Pretty uneventful actually... and hops? What hops? Yawn.

T: Probably the best honey beer I've tried, and that's not saying much. At least it's not a lager with honey added, it's an ale with honey added (they got one thing right). This has a grain malt with honey and there is little else to add.

M: Mid to light bodied with a slightly higher than usual carbonation for an English ale.

D: One-dimensional is a hyphenated word that gets bandied about with honey beers quite a lot, and with good reason, they don't have a great deal of character and this is due to demographics; the average drinker likes a lager that is thirst-slaking and boring, why? Because it is easy to drink. Craft beer lovers aren't the norm unfortunately and macro lagers are macro for a reason - loads of people like their beers to be inoffensive (to them at least) and as an alcohol delivery system in the cheapest way possible. That is where honey beers slot in and I am yet to find a honey beer with even the tiniest amount of hop flavour so for me they are a dud, sorry world. IHM (I Hate Macros).

Food match: Honey-roasted peanuts. Ingredients: Salt, artificial honey-roasting agents, pressed peanut sweepings, Mmmm... (Simpson's reference).

doktorhops, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of rogerdandy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

rogerdandy, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Scrylol
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white bubbly head that disappears quickly. Golden and slightly cloudy body.

Sweet malty, slight citrus, and some fruity and honey notes in the aroma.

Big caramel malty notes on the tongue. Slight grainy adjunct-like taste as well. Subtle citrus and fruity taste. Very low hop bitterness. Leaves a dry slightly bitter aftertaste.

Body feels good, but maybe just a little bit on the watery side. Nice carbonation to suit the beer.

Not much honey, but it was a decent EPA.

Scrylol, Feb 19, 2014
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.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of NorbertB1974
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

NorbertB1974, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Chemister, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Lazaro, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of jeiiVP
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

jeiiVP, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

BJSmit, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

jzlyo, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Schmoog, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of the_encinitan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

the_encinitan, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +42.5%

jonathaniler, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of curewhatalesu
3/5  rDev -14.5%

curewhatalesu, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

BAsbill, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of runkelbernd
4/5  rDev +14%

runkelbernd, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of SWY
3/5  rDev -14.5%

SWY, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of JaimeLondon
4/5  rDev +14%

JaimeLondon, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of leitmotif
3/5  rDev -14.5%

leitmotif, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Knapp85, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
2.11/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: a fantastic solid brown embossed brown 500mL bottle with a stylish label. A nice package.

Appearance: pours a clean light amber in colour with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Limited lacing.

Aroma: an awkward combination of light grains and honey. Just smells like beer with honey poured into it.

Taste: I will admit that I have never met a honey beer that I like, and this seems like more of the same. An okay bitter hop and malt flavour behind, but the honey just doesn't seem to integrate into the other flavours at all.

Aftertaste: fortunately the honey flavour dissipates quickly, leaving only a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: the mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a decent level of carbonation.

Overall: euch! I really don't understand honey beers. Most of them just taste like this one - a pretty ordinary beer that tastes like it has had warmed honey poured into it. Pretty awful stuff. At least this ordinary stuff would only be AU$130+ per equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles. Seriously, Fullers??

SmashPants, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Benesi88
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Benesi88, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Will12
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Will12, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of SimonTja
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

SimonTja, Nov 13, 2013
Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
80 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.