Apiarius | ShawneeCraft Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apiarius is not a sweet beer, though it is brewed with a generous charge of honey from our own hives (or from our neighbors when we run out). We achieve a a crisp, dry pale ale from sweet beginnings by fully fermenting all the sugars-this yields a satisfying but muted maltiness, a refreshing hop character, and a captivating honey-flower aroma and finish.

Added by metter98 on 05-28-2012

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Reviews by metter98:
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Gem and Keystone, Shawnee On Delaware, PA

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin, white head that gradually died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral hops and honey in the nose along with some notes of pale malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has floral flavors from the hops, which impart a slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of honey towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer makes a pale ale a lot more interesting due to the addition of honey, but the honey aromas and flavors are subtle so as not to detract from the drinkability.

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Photo of mkrass
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks goes out to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is almost nonexistent. Some very light honey and malts. Taste is mild hops, a touch of bitterness, honey, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of bourbonbock
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clean pint of this from a growler I picked up last night.

A. Light straw body with little to no head visible and slight carbonation bubble rising to the top.

S. Smell like a nice light beer and a clean fresh yeast aroma and malts.

T. This is a rather bland beer but has a nice body and is very refreshing slight flowery palate and a clean finish.

M. LIght and smooth. It carries the "cold" to your tastebuds very well. I don't know if this would be very good if the temperature goes up.

Overall I would have one or two of these but would go for the shawnee porter anyday.

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Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Dark golden amber body color, light chestnut brown, but with a good dark dull brassy gold color. Head is a fluffy off white, a bit in the styrofoam retention appearance, but hangs on nicely for a pale ale. Settles to a nice simple thin puck and collar.

Very interesting aroma, soft honey qualities mixing with dry toasty brown bread. Honey aspect also brings out some real nice floral like tones, and a bit of sweet garden earth flavors. Surprisingly herbal as well and unexpected but in a pleasant complimenting way.

Palate basically takes it down to bare basics. Muted caramel and a slight bit of buttered toast like flavors in the mid palate. Dry and muted arid grains with a little bit of honey sweetness finish off the beer on the swallow. Mouthfeel sticks to the basics, but the specialty of honey to this is not really providing much else on the palate. Slight simple hop flavor that's neither intriguing or distracting.

Starts off as something a little bit unique but in the end comes out just a bit ordinary but drinkable.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Pav5069
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of IPAchris
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

How interesting that my local, in-person trader, tone77, credits me with getting him this beer. I CAnnot remember buying it & since I a) neither reviewed it nor b) could I find it among my backlog, I decided to pick another up for myself while CANpleting a trade with a fellow in MaryCANd.

From the CAN: "Ale Brewed with Honey"; "Apiarius is not a sweet beer, though it is brewed with a generous charge of honey from our own hives (or from our neighbors when we run out). We achieve a a crisp, dry pale ale from sweet beginnings by fully fermenting all the sugars - this yields a satisfying but muted maltiness, a refreshing hop character, and a captivating honey-flower aroma and finish."

I have to admit that following their disappointing Wit, I have no idea as to how to CANduct the Crack! & Glug on this one. There is no mention of clarity in the previous reviews. I am going with a gentle Glug, just in case. It worked out since I got good clarity from my pour. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell back to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was faint, but with a honey quality that put me in mind of some lagers. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was faintly honey-like with a grassy hoppiness and an earthy maltiness. It reminded me of youthful summers spent at my maternal grandparents' house in the countryside. Honeysuckle, mown grass, plowed fields, it was all present in this beer. That said, it was not a stunning or outrageous beer, just pleasant quaff on a lazy Sunday in Mai. Finish was semi-dry with just enough residual sweetness/sugar to keep it from being overly dry.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a thin layer of bubbly white head that quickly receded to a ringlet. Aroma is pretty distant, toasted grains, floral, vegetal hop presence. Underwhelming on the palate as well, grainy, cardboard, floral and herbal hops with a moderate bitterness, and a dollop of honey in the finish that was nice but seemed almost misplaced considering the other factors of the beer overall. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, light-medium body, pretty crisp, with lower carbonation, aftertaste is dry and somewhat metallic. In a world of great APAs, this one just failed to impress.

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Photo of smi69
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JonathannRobert
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of justincourts
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.33 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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