California Honey Ale
Pizza Port Solana Beach

California Honey AleCalifornia Honey Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,290
Ranked #38,614
3.61 | pDev: 12.19%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
California Honey AleCalifornia Honey Ale
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 50
Reviews by Hophazzard:
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of AaronApack
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in one of the more unlikely of places - my hotel as a complimentary Happy Hour beer. Depite the poor container and equally poor munchies this made the social gathering worthwhile. The light honey-colored body had a decent enough head for which the lad pulling it apologized! Good lacing followed the honey down the glass.

The nose is a bit better than I expected being reasonably full and having a decidedly spicy character to it. The flavor is just great for a lighter beer holding nice malt notes along with the spicy/peppery sense from the adequate hopping. The honey may play a role here, but I just couldn't get that aroma or flavor to be noticed. Clean and crsip finish and with the presumed low ABV this would be very drinkable. I can see that it would be great with Pizza Port's pizzas.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've had this beer and this experience was vastly different than the last. This time I shared a pitcher of this lovely brew with some friends at PP Solana Beach without remembering that I've had this beer before.

Appearance: This beer is a light orange to yellow with a thin whispy head. Good looking but nothing outrageous or impressive. Solid.

Smell: Orange blossom, honey, and crisp maltiness.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing malty flavor finished with a sweet and distinct floral honey flavor (orange blossom honey?). It's sweet and and captures the best flavors found in honey. The ending is short with a faint floral hop flavor and very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Uneventful. Not bad, not particularly good. It didn't get in the way of eating and enjoying pizza.

Dirnkability: This is a well rounded beer with a good malty base and nice touch of honey. No complaints on this beer. It is a perfect beer to go with pizza. Sweet and refreshing but not overpowering or overbearing. Well done.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late May 2006- Via the tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into two sets of samplers.

Appearance- Golden blond in color. Lightly clouded. Fuller head with very nice streaks of lace.

Smell- Hops, malt and a nice honey sweetness....had to really sniff to get it all though.

Taste- Mild honey flavor, but there. Nice toasted malt and equal amounts of woody hops.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and a fuller mouthfeel. Mid to heavier carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes well with the pizza we had. Would be just fine on it's own as well.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours a little darker than a macro lager, with minimal head. Not so exciting.

Smell: Simple, but not bad, the aroma is pretty much all honey and light malt.

Taste: Pale aleish with honey and piney hops. It has a satisfying grainy/nutty aftertaste that I enjoy in honey beers.

Mouthfeel: Again, simple but good, this beer is crisp with a nice bitter end.

Drinkability: Definitely sessionable, as it is somewhat interesting and very quaffable.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APA? This is far from a pale ale... I finished off this beer from my DD tonight.

Very light golden color. Not a lot of lacing

A bit of honey on the nose, not detecting much else.

A bit of honey on the palate. Little bit of malts, hint of hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, granted I drank beers with 2x this ABV tonight.

Very drinkable. Not bad at all. Obviously designed to appear the non-beer geeks.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Tangerine colored, hazy. Scores of miniscule streams of bubbles meander to the surface. Snow white head floats gently on top and sticks to the sides of the glass

S: Dry honey aroma. Almost garlic? Earthy and floral. No, smells like garlic.

T: Lots of honey on top of a pale biscuity back drop. Minor hints of bittering hops towards the end. Aftertaste is grainy.

M: Bit thin but okay for the style. Carbonation is mildly spritzy

D: You better like honey for this one. The smell is a trip too. Smells like honey but more of honey by products.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- straw to dark gold in color with a thin white head.

S- sweet sweet sweet. Honey is very dominant, but that is some very delightful sweet malt scent in their as well. Not too mention s sweet grain kind of scent.

T- Sweet honey and sugary malt, with hops you can taste but the honey balances the bitterness from the hops to an practically non-existent level.

M- Smooth, very some drying sensations from the hops. Has a wonderful body.

D- I enjoy what this beer brings to the table. So sweet that novices can enjoy it, but with a hopy profile that experienced drinkers will enjoy. I can not complain, heck of a creation.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at PP OB. Snifter.

A: Yellow gold with a frothy white head.

S: Saltine cracker and biscuity malt. Dry and lightly earthy. Faint apple notes.

T: Lightly sweet grain and biscuit. Soft apple and pear in the background. Very low bitterness. The finish is dry and crisp with a touch of honey flavor.

M: Upper light body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, smooth, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: A simple but enjoyable Blond. 

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

On tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach on 3/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery gold with a thin brite-white head. Retains thinly around the edges, leaving back some solid looking swathes of lace. The aroma is very sweet smelling, with notes of bread and honey, fruity citric notes, and some light grassy hops in the back.

The taste is light bready pale malts and a ton of honeyed sweetness that dominates the profile. A light amount of bitterness gives it just a touch of pop in the back. Finishes with mostly toasted grains and some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a bit of a prickle to the carbonation but this mostly stays pretty darn easy in the mouth.

Not bad. A nice easy beer to keep on tap for those seeking some lighter refreshment to go with their pizza. This certainly didn't skimp on the honey character and the feel on this packed a bit more than I was expecting.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of charlzm
2.02/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Consumed Feb. 6, 2010.

Appearance is EXTREMELY pale yellow (though a shade healthier than a BMC macro lager) with no head visible after just a few moments.

Aroma is faintly sweet; a trace of honey flirts with the nostrils

Disappointing flavor for what is allegedly an American pale ale: it tastes like the all-too-common "Craft version of an inoffensive beer for people who normally drink Bud Light". Light, husky malts and an adjunct note (corn?) fail to impress, though slightly oxidized wet cardboard does, albeit in the wrong way.

Somewhat dry on the tongue, which just accentuates the cardboard.

Ack. Sorry, guys, but this just isn't good at all.

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Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Pizza Port in Solana Beach yesterday for about four dollars, my friends were a lot more fond of this beer than I was

A-Golden yellow color with some orange highlights, more of a head that you would expect, almost two inches and pretty creamy, some retention, alright lacing

S-Honey, wheat, floral hoppiness, bready malt, sweetness, biscuit, grains, oranges, a little lemon, and grassy accents

T-Started off with a little bit of hops and was slightly dry, then the malt kicked in and was chewier than expected, finish was sweet and full of honey, sweetness came more evident as time went by, needed more hops to balance it out, honey got overwhelming by the end because it became syrupy as it warmed, would have liked to see more of a traditional pale ale, maybe with a hint of honey and not a boat load

M-Sweet, somewhat dry, and also slightly chewy mouthfeel, needed more carbonation in my opinion, body was medium, taste did not last long

D-If this was not so sweet, you could drink a whole lot of it because it has a low ABV and can be smooth at times, alcohol is non-existent in its flavor, although it is a little heavy on the stomach

Not a big fan of sweeter beers and this one did not change my mind, one of the least hoppy APAs I have tasted to date, probably will not drink again, cannot recommend it either way

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golde yellow color with a small white head. Nose is a small bit of hops, grainey a bit and a sweet honey smell. Taste was honey, wheat maybe, hops and light malts, Sweet tasting and pretty balanced. Mouthfeel was nice, light crisp too. Easily drinkable and my wife loved it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: This one pours a clear golden color with a white head that is approximately a finger high.

S: Smells like sweet and floral honey. There's a mild bread/cracker malt note but also what seems to be corn. A bit of yeast and very minimal hops. More like a cream ale on the nose.

T: The big sweet and floral notes of honey continue and are the main attraction of this beer. Bread and grain flavors provide a bit more substance and there is just a touch of grassy hop flavor to go with it.

M: Quite light in body with a moderate to level of carbonation.

D: A very, very light beer, but not a bad one. I guess if you're just looking for something easy to drink, this is a good choice.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a mug.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and scattered bubbles rise in the column.

S: Husky grain that is slightly toasted and slightly soapy, with a whiff of honey that fairly lacks character.

T: Begins sweet, with early dishwatery off-flavors that give way to substantial pilsner malt accentuated by the presence of slightly acidic honey that spreads to fill the palate pleasantly. In the middle husky grain and honey persist while flavors otherwise become more dry and increasingly acidic. The finish begins with a slightly bitter snap that lasts only briefly, and finishes with softening malt.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: While not fatiguing on the palate, this beer is not as effortlessly approachable as one might assume. Malt presence is substantial and while not at all hoppy, the intensity is blunted only by the balanced presence of honey in the flavor. A very satisfying, even memorable, honey ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and some slight honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but nothing that really stands out for the style.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Pours a honey color with barely any head. Slight wisps of white on the surface.

S: Really not much of a smell at all. Faint hints of honey and maybe a touch of malt.

T: Not getting a ton here either. Sort of tastes like watered down honey with a bit of grain thrown in as well. A bit of a bready malt flavor comes in towards the finish. Not my favorite that Pizza Port has done.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -16.9%

California Honey Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 50 ratings