Three Beaches Honey Blonde - Tyranena Brewing Company
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Reviews by nsmartell:
3.7/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I enjoyed this beer out of a pint glass.
Appearance - Small head and clear golden yellow.
Smell - not much going here.
Taste - nice taste. I don't normally like honey ales, but this has more of a bold taste.
Mouthfell - pretty smooth.
Drinkability - a pretty good summer beer. I had this beer for the first time in late spring of '07 on tap and thought it had a better taste. It could be that having it in early November isn't the best time for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2007 03:57:24 | More by nsmartell
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3.06/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-22-2014 00:24:26 | More by OrestesMethuon
3.24/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 21:57:16 | More by TMoney2591
Three Beaches Honey Blonde from Tyranena Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.