Bee Sting Honey Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Bee Sting Honey AleBee Sting Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 04-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by pbrian:
Photo of pbrian
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's hazy golden appearance with quickly dissapearing white head leads you to believe that you got another dud from your beer of the month club. Its aroma gives you hope. Beautiful sweet flowery honey aroma with a smidgen of hops. The beer starts light, sweet, bready and flowery and finishes dry enough to keep it balanced. I like the use of honey in a beer every now and again and think this brewery does it well.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a light head that wispa away pretty quickley,seems to be highly carbonated lots of tiny bubbles.A nice aroma of sweet colver honey and toasted malt,taste is sweet up front but a good dry malt balance keeps it from becoming overly sweet in the finish,a well rounded aftertaste of honey and toasted grain.A real quaffer great for warmer weather not outstanding but pretty darn good none the less.

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Photo of skybluewater
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a totally standard honey gold color. Very thin head, no lace. Smell's very weak, and a little musty. Taste is, once again, not the greatest. A bit sweet, but nothing special here.

This is yet another Great Divide letdown. I simply can't believe that the guys who brew Titan, Hercules, and Yeti brew sub-standard beers like this one. Highly disappointing.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck, on the label it states that this ale is brewed with orange blossom honey. "Month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Golden hued with a slight haze, tight tiny bubbled lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: Malt sweetness and a mild citrus aromas.

Taste: Smooth with a crisp malty palate leaning towards a fresh grain flavour. Hop bitterness is minimal, ghost like honey and cirtus flavours give a peek in the middle with a touch of fruity ester. More grain and a pinch of dryness in the finish.

Notes: An all around drinkable ale focusing on the malt flavour mostly. More robust than the usual dryish light bodied honey ales.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light-amber body. Voluminous frothy white head fades to a 1/4" cap with creamy lace.
Smell: Sweet, caramel malt, faint citrus hops.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy malt with caramel/honey sweetness at the front, light-medium bodied and smooth at the top, dries with a semi-dry citrus and grassy aftertaste.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable, if not memorable.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/light orangish color with a small creamy head that doesn't hang around for very long. Sweet nose of light honey, with a hint of vanilla and orange, tempered with a bit of adjunct (mainly corn). A bit maltier on the palate, with elements of honey and light hops that lend a touch of bitterness to the finish. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. More balanced than other honey ales I've had, but still not my favorite style.

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Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Brent
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A malt-focused brew, with the mild honey sweetness offsetting some crackery grain notes in the middle. Rather light and airy, without being watery, a nice effect. A very understated beer, perhaps a bit too much so. According to the bottle notch, mine was quite a bit past the best before date, so either this beer holds up very well, or the notching machine was off. Reasonably well made and mellow.

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Photo of StevieW
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Cloudy golden color. Fizzy, super charged white head. Didn't last long. Initial smells of sweet faint, yet balanced honey. Nicely done. As the head faded a more metallic harsh smell emerged. Taste is very tart, tangy. Noticable citrus undertone and big orange blossom honey taste. Kinda stale toward the end. Medium bodied, and highly charged carbonation. Smell doesn't relent, taste holds on but odd metallic and sweet honey mix confuse the palate. I may have had it past it's prime, It's hard to tell how the label date is notched.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear gold color with a voluminous and semi-creamy off white head that disappears quickly leaving a thin but covering sheet of lace. Nose is malt and sweet honey with citrus like crispness, start is sweet with a decent malt profile, the top light. Finish is potently acidic with a modicum of hops and a very dry aftertaste, drinkable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color with some cloudiness, precisely the color of honey, in fact. Nice thick snow-white head with lots of carbonation, good lace. Aroma of grains and honey with a little hops. Flavor is quite unique, combines malt, honey and citrus, the combination of tart and sweet flavors is surprisingly drinkable, finish is quite dry. The best honey beer I have ever tried, I'll certainly buy it again.

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Photo of marc77
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden hue topped by a quickly settling head. Sparse lace is left. Sweet and clean honey aroma, w/ a very light floral hop nose. Sweet all around in flavor-- honey notes dominate & light caramel malt sweetness overpower the meager hop bitterness, but I guess that's the intent in this brew.. Bee Sting is light, sweet, mundane and drinkable. A hint of bready grain eeks into the abrupt finish. Fairly bland and one dimensionally sweet, but the overall cleanliness lends decent drinkability. Bee Sting tastes like a run of the mill American wheat primed with honey.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid golden color with an off-white head, low carbonation but leaves sheets of lace. Nice big honey aroma but may be a bit overly sweet. Sweet candy-like honey flavor / light citrus flavor is nice. Medium bodied but finishes too sweet.

Per Label: "Golden Ale brewed with Orange Blossom Honey"

Per G.D.B.Co. website:
Malts: Northwest 2-Row, Caramel
Hops: Perle, Willamette
Special Ingredients: Rocky Mountain Orange-Blossom Honey

Month and Week Bottled: 3rd Week of March (2003)
Tasted: 07/17/03

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Photo of tang214
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer has an extremely accurate name. It has a good honey flavor that does leave a slight sting on your lips. The color is also very honey like. The foam was very bubbly and faded quickly. Overall, I liked this beer but found it to be nothing too special.

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Photo of packetknife
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lighter amber bubbly throughout. Bleached white head that stuck around for one or two blinks (surprising because it felt quite carbonated). Sweet on the nose, thick smell of unrefined Amish honey (just like I buy down the street!). Crisp and citrus laced across the tongue, really deserves to be served very cold and during the summer. A bit of tanginess lingers afterwards but fades quickly. A bit too carbonated for my taste but still quite drinkable. Enjoyed quite a bit, look forward to having again and perhaps on tap.

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Photo of oelergud
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden brew with a slightly red tint. Lace is so so, very little retention, head is off-white small-medium bubbles.
Smells like spicy clover-honey sweetness with a hoppy undertone, some burnt sugar.
Honey very apparent on the palate. Fresh and spiced flavors, hint of brown sugar and other unnamed complexities. Aftertaste is honey and brown sugar.
Feels medium bodied. An interesting brew over all. Fairly decent drinkability.


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Photo of putnam
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Improbably yellow-orange with a white, pearly lather.
The aromas are restrained, even mute; they offer suggestions of fertile earth and a translucent image of a pantry loaded with cookies, molasses, oats, honey...provisions as my Grandma would see it.
The flavors begin with a battle between wet cigarette, lemon and dried out English biscuits. There are suggestions of fern, cat dander, noble minerals, vanilla wafers and moss.
In this context the texture is soft and fluffy but with a slightly angular, metallic edge that detracts from its qualities.

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Photo of frazbri
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy, golden honey with a tall, creamy white head. Decent lacing. Grassy and fruity aroma. Blueberry flavor, slightly tart and cider-like with a little orange zest & minimal bitterness. Fairly high carbonation, medium body with a dry finish.

Bee Sting has the makings of solid lawnmower beer. It's refreshing, moderate in strength, and not too complicated. If you want hops, seek them elsewhere.

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Photo of Wildman
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium gold color and formed a nice white head and formed some lace. The aroma was of hops, citrus and honey with some floral elements. The flavor was of honey, some hops and a breadlike aspect to it. The finish was a tough astrigent and had some of the bread elements present.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, large head. A medium bodied golden ale, brewed with orange blossom honey. Malts are mild and slightly sweet. Light hops. Honey flavor very subtle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slighty bitter.

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Photo of Winter
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head that shrunk to a thin surface ring. Mouthfeel seems thin. Pretty straight-forward upfront- Honey sweetness and maltiness dominate the palate. Finish has a rich toasted biscuit flavor to it. Leaves the palate slightly dry. Hops are light. In some aspects, Bee Sting reminds me of the candy Bit-o-Honey, but less sweet and more malty. Drinkability is ok, yet non-spectacular.

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Photo of clvand0
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very orange color with a minimal head and minimal lacing. The aroma was full of citrus - I couldn't detect much more. The flavor was surprisingly smooth and enjoyable. There was a lot of citrus and hints of honey in the flavor. This beer doesn't have a ton of character, but it was very smooth and I would have another. The aftertaste wasn't as great as the initial flavor, but it still wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper with a thin white head. Nice lace.

A definite honey sweetness is evident in the nose. There is a light malt essence as well.

A strong honey flavor dominates the mouth that is a touch too strong for my liking. The honey sweetnees is balanced by a mild hop finish. I would have liked more hops and malt and less honey.

This is a thin and crisp beer that has a dry finish.

A little too sweet for my liking but pretty good and definitely drinkable on warm days. However, I would probably reach for something else first.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with some nice bubbles that create a nice white head, that laces down the sides .

Smells of honey, and roasted malts, with a little citrus kicker in the back.

The taste is very sweet, big emphasis on malt and sweet citrus flavors. The honey taste is very present, its nice though, not overly powerfull.

Mouthfeel is a little thick. The beer is very chewy feeling, and there is a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall Bee Sting is nicely drinkable, a little too sweet for session drinking in my opinion, seems like this would make a nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of marburg
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange body with a crisp, tight white head. Very lightly hazed. Malty sweetness with hints of honey and lemon. Chamomile tea. Perfect session beer -- this drinks down in a big hurry. The ultimate conversation beer, perhaps. So incredibly smooth and malty. A very clean flavor. You can't really taste the honey, but you can certainly feeled inspired to think "honey" when drinking this brew. A very slight dry crispness cleans it up, but make no mistake -- there's no real hop presence here. Not terribly complex. Not terribly original. Not terribly perfect. But this is a well-crafted, sweet, easy-drinking brew.

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