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Three Beaches Honey Blonde - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: dirtylou on 07-10-2006

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Photo of ahentz
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Three Beaches is a clear, pale yellow with a little foam that fades pretty quickly. No lacing. The smell is nothing special. It's a little sweetness, but mostly grains. The taste is mostly bready with the faintest trace of honey. I was hoping for more honey taste. Its a nice beer, but I was a little disappointed. I'm not sure that I'd buy it again, but I would drink it if offered. (391 characters)

Photo of gmossii
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm so glad to see brewers giving blondes a go. They are a nice bridge for clueless Americans from the bland world of lagers into ales.

This blonde is smooth and lightly sweet due to the honey. It offers flavor depth that most lagers only dream to achieve. It goes down easy and makes you reminiscent of warm summer nights. (325 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear golden blonde with bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nice malty busicuit smell and taste, mouthfeel is nice with little skunk at end. Lacking anything outstanding. Honey not noticeable. (197 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, honey, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of hop, sweet malt, and honey. Overall, weak appearance, weak body, and dominated by honey. (360 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer is a clear, light golden hue with a small, off-white foamy head. Aromas of biscuit, general sweetness, perhaps some fruit overtones. Bread and honey with a sweetness that would become cloying if I had more than half the bottle. Light in body with moderate carbonation. Not a repeat. (291 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried a single sixteen-ounce pint, paired with some fish & chips.

Immediately, this beer reminded me strongly of Midas Touch. Not because it was anywhere near as good, but because Tyranena definitely goes heavy on the honey with this light-malt, low-hop ale. The comparison, while not favoring Three Beaches, does serve to point out the narrow space high-honey beers (like this and Midas Touch) have to tread to be great: it's easy for the brew to become cloying, too wine-like (in the wrong way), or otherwise dominated by the mead-esque tastes and textures.

Dogfish Head toes this line and avoids these pitfalls in Midas Touch with elegant use of muscat grapes—sending the beer along two divergent wine-like vectors, one white and one gold, and adding substantial complexity to the beverage—along with yeast that provides a crisp sharpness and almost champagne-like buoyancy.

The precise problem with Three Beaches—and if it seems like I'm writing more about Midas Touch than the beer in question, this is the reason—is that it lacks any such layering: outside the honey, there's not much there, and the specific honeyed flavors insist themselves so strongly that the light and refreshing qualities—the putative blondeness—that one would expect are actually undermined.

One serving wasn't bad; I cannot, however, really imagine drinking two or three, much less sessioning on a six-pack while relaxing all day on some lacustrine beach. Judging by the name, that seems to be the telos of this honey blonde, but—while by no means a *bad* beer—I don't think it accomplishes its end. (1,600 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Maybe I've been doing it wrong, but I've found it somewhat difficult to spend some time on three beaches at once... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw-brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, very light biscuit, light flowers, and a vague sense of dried honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with an overall sense of sweetness pervading, one that's kinda fruity, but I can't quite tell what kind of fruit is at work here. There's also a mix of mild spices, including cinnamon and clove. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a wet feel, and a somewhat crisp finish. Overall, an okay little brew, nothing I would readily drink again, but something I wouldn't turn my nose up at, either. (819 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired as part of Tyranena's The Legendary Collection assorted twelve pack. Packaged on 04/02/2013.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields one finger of bone white head that dies out within seconds. Body is a slightly hazy golden yellow. Thin streams of bubbles rushing to the top. No lacing.

S - Smell is of golden wheat, corn, earth, lemongrass, some lemon rind, and a faint honey sweetness.

T - Nice earthy grain taste. Wheat. Grass. Faint citrus. Light honey sweetness. Crisp Carbonation. A nicely balanced beer with lots of flavor.

M - Feel is quick and clean, with some underlying sweetness and a dry finish.

Overall, a nice refreshing beer from Tyranena. I personally would have enjoyed some more citrus bite, but the honey melds well with the grain bill. Another nice beer from Tyranena, but not one I am likely to seek out again. Still glad I had the chance to try it though.

Tyranena Three Beaches Honey Blonde ---3.5/5 (1,017 characters)

Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle-

A - Pours a dark golden color, hazy with lots of bubbling. Little to no head formation, just a film.

S - Lightly sweet nose, hints of honey and some pilsner malts (guessing).

T - Starts off lightly sweet, smooth - then comes in the honey. Combination of the nutty honey flavors and sweetness. Not very dry, good use of honey. Certainly a sweet beer, finishes thick and sticky.

m - Creamy body, light carbonation. Feels heavy, sticky.

O/D - A good and easy drinking beer with a summer bent. The usage of honey is pretty solid. Otherwise, not all that intense. (577 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color, minimal fizzy head on top. The smell is of a light honey with a touch of fruit character. The taste is very clean. Honey sweetness with light fruit notes from the hops and perhaps the yeast. Very flavorful for the style. Smooth feel with lower carbonation. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. I would have this one again, especially on a warm summer day. (368 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had poured from bottle into standard pint.

A=Light golden color with nice 1" head.

S=Citrus is presence.

T=Refreshing, but rather sweet. Citrus notes present.

M=Nice drinkability...light body, light carbonation.

O=One that I would try again, but probably not go out of my way to buy a 6-pack of...good for summer; better than most. (336 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago

Pours blonde with a slight red hue. Nice creamy head on this one. Smell is light malt and grain. Very creamy and smooth feel, low carbonation, taste is malt, grain, with a hint of bitter hop in the middle.

Good easy drinking ale. (253 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Semi-hazed golden straw color with a fizzy collar for a head that vanishes at twenty seconds with no lacing left behind.

S, T. Light tones of honeyed pale malt with a modicum of lemon twist on top. No discernible hopping found.

M. Light body, medium carbonation.

An easy-going lawnmower beer that hits the low-hanging fruit that it aims for...and no more. (Now if only it had a proper foamy head.) There are better and there are worse blonde ales out there. (485 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rob for sharing.

Poured yellow with a white cap of foam.

Smell is an odd grainy-musty hay, cut grass.

Taste is similar with musty grain elements, somewhat metallic, very slightly bitter. Watery.

Body is light with strong, biting carbonation. (255 characters)

Photo of gregshead
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 8/20/11. Reviewed from notes. thanks to BT for this one as well:

A: Pours a straw color w/ a half finger of head

S: Smells like banana lager yeast even though its an ale. Faint honey maybe

T: Has a lot of blonde ale characteristics w/ an additional honey sweetness. Grassy end/aftertaste

M: Very light, fresh feeling. Good carbonation as well.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. This isn't my typical style but I would be happy to have this one again. (461 characters)

Photo of tvv375ia
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-fairly clear straw yellow with little head that disappeared quickly that left no lacing

S-grainy,corn are the predominate smells with some slight citrus

T-not bad but not great either lots of lemony grain type tastes

M-good carbonation, maybe a little watery

O-easy to drink but not much complexity (346 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 8/11/11 tasting notes

Enjoying this on tap at the State Fair...

A) A fairly bright yellow with a slight haze. There was an inch of white head that dissipated quickly, no lacing noted.

S) Light malt, some grain, hints of lemon and honey.

T) A bit of lemon muffin, honey, but not as much as the name implies, grassy finish.

M) Light bodied brew that is not overly carbonated.

O) Easy going and certainly recommendable for a summertime brew. (449 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. (523 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow, finger head, no lacing

S: corn, lemon grass, hint of yeast

T: sweet corn, grain, mild yeast, tight dry/crisp finish

M: light body, ok carbonation, dry/crisp mouth

O: Not my favorite style, but nice summer/gateway
offering. I would highly recommend this to
some BMC drinker, who is dragging his feet
on dipping their palate into craft beers. This is
a safe place to start.

NOT BAD, NOT A MUST HAVE! (421 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a small nonic glass.

A: Slightly cloudy, yellow-gold tones.

S: Not a huge aroma. A little sourness peeks out but not bad.

T: Pretty standard fare. Good, especially the nice level of sweetness (not too much, but there). Clean malt profile.

M: Drying on the palate.

D: Very drinkable, quenching summer brew. (329 characters)

Photo of sevillana25
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice golden color. The smell is what I love about this beer and it was a pleasant surprise. It hints of orange blossoms. The taste is clean with a sweet honey and orange blossom aftertaste. It is a nice light beer with a wonderful aroma and I will definitely have another sometime. (297 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a straw yellow color with a 1 finger white head

S- smells of corn and lemon with some yeast aroma as well

T- Has a corn flavor up fron then followed by a malty bready flavor and then finishes with an off flavor sweetness

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this was not that tasty. The flavors just didnt blend well and it was not that tasty. I might try this in the future to see if its changed but right now this brew gets a thumbs down to me. (467 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up in a pint at John's Main Event in Burlington, WI.
Review from notes.

Hazy gold coloration, slow moving streamers of carbonation. Thin layer of white foam on top, minimal flecks of spotty lace in the glass. Clarity is fairly bright despite the chill haze.

Aroma is bland wet grains, some vague honey and grassiness in the nose. The flavor is quite similar, dull malt and very mild dry bitterness, neither here nor there. Not really getting much honey in the flavor unfortunately. Fairly gaseous, biting carbonation. Not something i'd revisit, more like the bottom of the barrel for Tyranena. (605 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light bodied, very pale gold in color with a white head that quickly dissipated into oblivion. It smells of pale malts with a dash of honey. It sounds better than it is. It reminds me of walking into a freshly cleaned bathroom with fresh urinal cakes. It tastes of crisp and sweet pale malts with artificial honey flavoring. It leaves a nice sweet aftertaste but altogether it doesn't have very good flavor. It is one of the lightest beers I've ever had, which is what it was aiming for, and it is actually pretty refreshing. Overall this beer is definitely average in all aspects and in my opinion, there are much better options for a hot summer's day. (676 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold appearance, rich white head. No lace.

Nose is mild wheat. Maybe some bready yeastiness. Nothing too fanciful.

Taste is malty and syrup, but smooth and appealing anyway. Good light flavor. I get a sense of the honey, and with a tingle of hop zing at the finish.

A fun and worthy warm weather session brew here, approachable and easy to enjoy. (354 characters)

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Three Beaches Honey Blonde from Tyranena Brewing Company
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