Railway City Honey Bee'lixer | Railway City Brewing Company

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Railway City Honey Bee'lixerRailway City Honey Bee'lixer

Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bryehn on 12-12-2012

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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsudge
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ikidunot
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fortyfield
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Logan12321
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, 2 finger head, very low retention. Has a slight metallic smell, little bit of malt. Smooth taste, very rich malt flavor. Very smooth to drink, leaves a warm after taste on the finish.

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3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL swing-top bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before April 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy copper-ruby colour, topped off with one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured head. It disappears over the next couple of minutes, with the only remnants being a wispy film on the surface and a narrow, bubbly collar around the fringe. The aroma is approachable and clean, consisting largely of lightly toasted, biscuity malts, along with honey and brown sugar sweetness. Smells better out of the bottle than from the glass, but still kind of weak in intensity.

This is a highly enjoyable, no-nonsense malt-forward ale; somewhat reminiscent of an English brown but with a notably sweeter flavour. Bready malts, toasted biscuits, toffee and nuts come through initially, with a pronounced honey and treacle sweetness permeating much of the profile. Finishes with a hint of earthy bitterness, some nut skin and maybe a touch of cocoa. Mild honey and brown sugar sweetness carry on into the aftertaste. Fairly light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give this ale a crisp bite. Not a remarkable beer in any aspect, but certainly well-rounded and charming enough to be hard to dislike.

Final Grade: 3.67, a B grade. I've had the opportunity to try this on multiple occasions from the brewery, where it comes in more affordable 500 mL bottles, but the bottle I picked up for this review marked the first time I bought it at an LCBO. Honey Bee-lixir is a pretty good amber/brown-type ale, but the retail price point is still a bit high, in my opinion - and that's really the only reason I wouldn't buy this regularly. Still, the fact of the matter is that if you really like honey in your beer, this brew shouldn't disappoint you.

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3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bucky's second beer from the Railway City Brewing Company was their Honey Bee'Lixir ("HBL"), purchased from his local LCBO in a swing top 750 ml bottle. The bottle displays some pretty fancy printing designed to produce the feeling of an 1800's travelling medicine show. Apparently the LCBO objected to the beer's original name which contained the word "elixir"...hence the beer's new name. HBL was 5.0% alcohol by volume with a "best before" date of January 30, 2013 affixed to the bottom of the bottle. Be sure to read the reverse for a quick history of honey and some Bee'Lixir facts.

HBL poured a dark brown/amber colour with ruby highlights when backlit. Pouring produced about 1.5" of orange tinged, off white head which lasted for about 4 minutes before fading to a collar of foam and patchy film, leaving just traces of spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma was dominated by honey (I love it when beers with honey in the name actually have a detectable honey presence), with caramel undertones. HBL's flavour began with a honey and caramel sweetness, which was nicely balanced by a moderate dark malt bitterness at the end, which lingers for just a few seconds as an aftertaste. A very pleasant experience so far. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I would have preferred from a honey based beer, with the carbonation perhaps a bit underdone. Overall an enjoyable beer meant to be shared in a 750 ml bottle, but at $8.95 per bottle I would have to call this one overpriced and knock the rating down a notch accordingly. I imagine a fair bit of the price is due to the fancy packaging, since the brewery is offering a refund of $1.00 per bottle if returned to the brewery.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking beer with an interesting red cola-brown colour under a golden head. Neat to look at.

Lots of malt and grain throughout, noticeable honey to finish gives it an interesting twist. Just a hint of treacle. This one isa bit off the beaten track flavourwise, so I'm sure not for everybody. Interesting brew.

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Railway City Honey Bee'lixer from Railway City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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