Railway City Honey Elixir
Railway City Brewing Company

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English Strong Ale
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3.51 | pDev: 13.68%
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the brewery store; best before Sept 12 2012. Not sure if this is planned to be a one-off or a summer seasonal, but I do know it's the first year they've brewed it.

Pours a lovely, deep, translucent copper-bronze colour, topped with roughly one finger of creamy, light tan-coloured head. It wilts away relatively quickly, leaving behind a dense cap and minimal lacing. Mild aroma that leans toward the malty side - hints of grainy malts, honey, toffee and biscuits. Nothing offensive, but kind of subdued.

Tasty, but not particularly complex stuff. Lots of grainy malts, toasted bread, caramel and biscuits, and of course the eponymous honey sweetness. The leafy, musty, grassy hop dryness comes forward in the finish, providing a countering hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. The malt/honey sweetness is the more prominent facet, but on the whole this is fairly well-balanced. On the thin side of medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and restrained carbonation.

I debated what style to submit this as for a while. It definitely seems rather English-inspired - pale ale was my first thought, reminding me of a considerably sweeter Headstrong Pale Ale - but arguments could probably be made for placing it in the brown ale, amber ale, or even English bitter categories (ok, maybe not the last one).

Final Grade: 3.53, a respectable B grade. All of this discussion on style classification is an irrelevant tangent - the fact is that Railway City Honey Elixir is a pretty decent session ale that will satisfy your sweet tooth, without being cloying or tainted with adjuncts like a lot of the honey lagers available around here (e.g. Sleeman or Lakeport). Railway City makes a lot of very serviceable session ales, and this is another one of them that I am glad to have tried.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Jul 23, 2012
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2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium caramelized malt with light sweet undertones. Taste is quite bland with light honey notes and some caramel malt notes as well. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Bland and average offering – it kind of makes me feel good about not having to drink beers from the early 1800’s everyday.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Feb 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53 from Washington, Jul 16, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BigGruntyThirst from Ontario (Canada), Dec 26, 2016
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

nullbort from Ontario (Canada), Jul 06, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. This beer appears to be back for a limited time only. Bottle 349/350 on this batch and best before April 2016. Thanks to Dan for the gift. This honey elixir is a beer I have seen before, however never took the opportunity to purchase. Labelled at 5.0% ABV.

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown colored beer with yellowy honey hues. Capped by a finger of off-white head. Some lacing surrounds the glass over this hazy looking beer.

Smell - Not a huge nose, some faint grainy notes, caramel with a splash of honey.

Taste - Mild bitterness up front, with decidedly English characteristics from the hops. Earthy and leafy. More like a smoothed out and mildly watered down strong brown ale.I suppose there's honey here too, but quite muted.

Mouthfeel - Very soft feel, there's carbonation there, buy doesn't not appear prevalent at all. Dry finish.

Overall - An interesting beer to try, thanks to honey, brown ales and super dry finish combination, but given the cost, probably not the best bang for your buck. Still, Honey Elixir proves that Railway City is pushing the envelope.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Feb 27, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jaydee01 from Quebec (Canada), Feb 07, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mousel from Ontario (Canada), Jan 02, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

al_al1357 from Ontario (Canada), Dec 25, 2015
Railway City Honey Elixir from Railway City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 9 ratings