Trafalgar Honey IPA - Trafalgar Ales & Meads
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
2.89/5 rDev +1.4%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug. 2014. Normally it takes a while for me to cave and try new Trafalgar products when they show up on the shelves, but given this one's hopped nature I figured "the fresher the better". Their website lists this at 70 IBUs. Served slightly chilled.
A relatively vigorous pour reveals an attractive ruby-amber liquid, clear in complexion and topped with a half-finger of loose, soapy, off-white head. It vanishes quickly, leaving behind a foamy collar and some wisps on the surface. The aroma is a bit odd for the style - the honey comes through well, along with some toasted nutty malts and brown sugar. Disappointing hop presence, with faint indications of some sort of earthiness.
A little surprising - for 70 IBUs, the bitterness is not particularly prominent. Toasted malts, honey and some nutty notes provide most of the initial flavour, with floral earthiness from the hops dominating toward the finish. Lingering, earthy aftertaste; almost like coffee grounds. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a mild carbonation and a smooth, fairly pleasant feel on the palate. This isn't necessarily a bad beer, but it's not a very good IPA.
Final Grade: 2.89, a C grade. Honey IPA is far from the worst thing this brewery has ever released, but if they're trying to convince hopheads to take up the Trafalgar flag, this isn't going to help much. As with most of the beers I've tried from this outfit, I'd say you can probably skip this without missing much - but if you're genuinely curious and have some money burning a hole in your pocket, I can think of worse things to spend it on.
04-17-2014 19:35:16 | More by thehyperduck
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3.08/5 rDev +8.1%
500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for under $5 CDN. Served fairly cold into a clear pint glass.
Appearance - Crystal clear copper color with a few effervescent bubbles rising to the top. A half finger of white head is poured but dissipates almost instantly.
Smell - Some mild honey sweetness and then load of bready malts. Aroma is actually pretty pleasant, but smells nothing like an IPA (or at least one I've ever had).
Taste - Pretty simple, some honey up front transitioning to bready malts and a bit of a dry soda and metallic combination (but mostly soda). Other than that there's not a lot here. Some floral aspect here too but it's not prominent in any manner.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and soft with little carbonation and few active bubbles to give the illusion of something other than a straightforward beer. Dry finish.
Overall - Still not sure how this is an IPA, maybe has hints of and English Ale, but to me this is more of a honey and red ale blend. It's not bad, but at this price point, I'd much rather try something else than repeat this brew.
06-11-2014 01:29:18 | More by DenisKolkin
3.19/5 rDev +11.9%
This beer is all about the honey and the malts despite being flagged as an IPA.
Pours coppery clear under a moderate head that settle to a heavy film and then leaves lots of lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Looks pretty good.
Nose is honey and malt. The sweetness of these two ingredients work together to dominate the brew. The hops add a note of grassiness and soften the sweetness some by providing a bitter edge.
Taste is dark honey and malt with a bit of burned toffee happening. The hops contribute lingering bitterness on the finish. Drinks soft.
Passably good. Drinkable and without that Trafalgar funk. But way more malt than you'd expect from an IPA.
06-08-2014 23:30:45 | More by TerryW
Trafalgar Honey IPA from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.