Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Honey Ale
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Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Honey AleNarragansett Lovecraft Series - Honey Ale
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV:
7%
Score:
79
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.78%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
113
From:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Honey AleNarragansett Lovecraft Series - Honey Ale
Notes: Lovecraft Honey Ale is a perfect tribute to the dark prince of Providence, at once both familiar and out of this world. Combining five pale malts (including honey) and blessed with a touch of hops for a mild herbal finish, this smooth Honey Ale was inspired by the Space Meade consumed by winged Byakhee, who first appeared in HPL's "The Festival". The fictional Space Mead was then taken as a protection from "interstellar space travel"...but where you journey with our Honey Ale is all up to you.

72 IBU
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OzmanBey from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a very good and well balanced Honey Ale, a good ode to the writer himself, the ale wasn't too sweet, the honey was a nice hint that made it worthwhile.

Oct 16, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Can marked 0075 16:44 3 at 52 degrees (Hotel reefer) into a shaker
$ 2.12/16 oz can ($ 0.133/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Aroma – too weak to detect
Head large (Seven cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, diminishing to frothy irregular six to twelve mm ring and layer.
Lacing good – lumps of the frothy head stick to the glass, eventually dessicating to partial rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium amber, hazy
Flavor – starts sweet with some honey flavor – not very good honey at all, something sick bees would make after pollinating stinkweed beside I95; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

Nov 19, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a moderately dark amber with a seemingly luscious, thick off-white head. Honey attacks your nose as you raise your glass - wham! honey on the tongue as you have the first taste. This is a sweet beer! To me the honey was overwhelming. Interesting to try, but expect a sweet beer.

Sep 06, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light brown with some bright gold and orange at the edges and bottom. Head is off-white, creamy, and fluffy. Dense head with decent retention that sticks around in some capacity for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Solid notches of lacing.

Smell: Honey malt right up front. Deeply bready. Brown bread with a solid toasted edge. Sweet. Malt base throws a good amount of caramelized malt with some lightly roasted malts. A touch of earth and slightly floral hops. Small hint of citrus, but there's an increasing sweetness, especially as it warms. Lots of bread and a soft push of honey through the back. A touch of toffee and dirt.

Taste: Honey malt and some raw honey coupled with a super sweet bready malt. Toasted brown bread with a hint of raisin and caramelized sugar. Hints of toffee. Hops are solidly earthy and herbal with a touch of dirt and grass. Ever so slightly floral. Sweet brown bread. Warming ups the sweet element and the earthy hop. Solid raisin almost becomes grape jelly. A touch of smoke runs through the back. A touch of ash and some mild chocolate notes. Decidedly malty and the hops eventually lose the battle. Almost sips like an unbalanced doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit creamy on the sip.

Overall: Someone else's sweety.

It's not terrible, but it's like honey slathered brown bread and the hops end up making it dirty. Too sweet in the long run without enough character to really shine. It drinks closer to an unrefined doppelbock than anything else.

Aug 19, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can pouring to pint glass

A- A clear amber color with a lager off white head.

S- Sweet, honey, sweet grains, floral notes, light fruits, this a sweet smelling beer.

T- Sweet, honey, caramel malts, sugary finish, floral/herbal hops, slightly fruity. There is almost a sweet tea but not as good.

M- Sweet finish make this a little hash, medium body.

O- This beer is sweet, really feel like they should have added more hops for balance. Really like the idea of this beer, but the sweetness almost at the levels of wort.

Aug 17, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Yay cans, the chugging of the beer pouring out of the can forces a large 2.5 finger frothy head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice layers of lacing, crystal clear auburn tan color.

NOse has some of that unhappy yeast macro like aroma, it's not really skunky but more like weird minerals and some bad perfumey phenols, little apple blossom and appley esters, some strong fresh honey in the background, like honey comb even, little grainy reddish toasty malt as well.

Taste starts sweet and candy like, quite sweet, a lot of syrupy flavors, reddish toasty syrupy malts, with a little honey flavor but plenty of honey sweetness, grainy toasty malts, distractingly sweet actually. A mild mineral note again, little phenolic bad flavor as well, weird sulfury like mineral flavor, a bad cereal malt. Some mild bitterness and tannin notes. FInish is fairly bitter, with more herbal icky hops, weird bitterness and tannins, sweet syrupy but attempts to dry, more bad mineral flavors too.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, syrupy and sweet, decent carb.

Overall ick, not good, not enjoyable, so many things that are not good with this beer it;s almost undrinkable.

Apr 16, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an amber color with 2+ fingers of head that fade down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Sweet and malty up front, with hints of honey, caramel, flowers, and fruit. A bit grainy. Definitely hitting heavy on the honey and floral notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweet caramel and honey notes and then opens up with the floral and grainy additions. Some light fruitiness can be found under the sweetness and grainy malt. Finishes with lingering honey sweetness and a light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Quite drinkable and not overly sweet (thanks to the floral notes bringing down the honey and caramel a bit). Definitely a honey ale though, with an emphasis on honey and floral notes. Would be nice on an 80 degree day

Apr 08, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

2.57/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 4/4/15

A: Pours clear with a medium-sized, frothy, bright-white head - medium amber with some copper and maybe some ruby - keeps a nearly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Sweet malts, sugar, and honey - smells very, very sweet - malty, with some pale, caramel, and amber aromas - grainy and bready - some herbal, grassy hops - floral aromas and a ton of honey - not too far from sticking your nose into a jar of honey at times, especially as this warms up

T: Sugar, honey, and more sugar - this is just about as sweet as it smells, and that is not a good thing - loads of honey, and it is definitely a nice honey flavor, but the malts and hops just do not work with it - caramel and amber malts just add some earthy sweetness to the honey sweetness - some pale malts, some bread, and some grains that taste like they were sprinkled with sugar - hops are minimal, with some grassy, floral, and spicy flavors that do not balance the sweetness - the vaguely medicinal bitterness just makes things worse

M: Medium body, somewhat creamy, slightly sticky, nice carbonation, lingering stickiness

O: Cthulhu will give you diabetes

The honey flavor here is nice, but everything else is truly disappointing. This is by far the least endearing thing I've had from Narragansett. And the reason is that I really dislike strong, sweet flavors clashing with herbal bitterness. It's like adding honey to a cold medicine. I might not even finish this.

Apr 05, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

1.66/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love Narragansett brewery. but this was something else. Amber in color. two finger head smell is sweet like melon. taste is like cantaloupe seriously. super crazy sweet to me and then malty. I honestly drank almost 25% then dumped it. so crazy sweet. cantaloupe melon honey taste. can't explain enough the cloying sweetness. I love this brewer. but will never think about buying again.

Mar 22, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light amber color with a nice head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Nice herbal honey aroma, a little bit of earthiness and nuttiness

Taste: Honey, floral, nice maltiness. Some earthiness and nuttiness

Feel: Medium body, good carbonation

Ooverall: A pretty solid brew, would certainly get again. Nice easy drinker

Mar 16, 2015
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Jaybirdbrew from New York

2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer started looking great and had a promising smell, but the taste put me off with a very chemically flavor and a tightening of the back of the throat, not a good flavor. So, it looks good, but doesn't taste very good.

Mar 09, 2015
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Dools9 from Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a big swing and a miss for Gansett in my opinion, disappointing to say the least. Artificially honey sweet, sweetness is in cloying territory if it weren't for the unpleasant copper penny, floral bitter taste. Lacks balance, alcohol is not well hidden. Just not very good and a drain pour for me. Good looking beer, but falls of a cliff after that. Not recommended.

Mar 08, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 16 oz. can. Bright amber-copper pour underneath a carbonated off-white foamy head. The aroma is of sweet malts and honey but the malts are more predominant on the nose. Light hop character. Medium, smooth body. The taste is overly sweet with a very strong honey element. It may be over the top but one cannot argue that it is a honey ale.

Mar 04, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/1/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some honey, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with hearty malt character up front followed by some sweetness from flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. The hops presence is earthy and mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Mar 01, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of honey and floral essences are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of honey with floral notes and notes of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for a honey ale, despite its sweetness. The notes of floral flavors seem to cut through some of the sweetness.

Serving type: can

Mar 01, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Gotta love mixed-six packs... I've seen this around but getting a four pack was not in the books. Thought it was a darker beer because of the can color but the description has me fairly intrigued.

A- Clear deep orange to amber body from the tallboy can into my slender tumbler glass. A thick and very creamy head at about one finger with great retention. Lace seems to provide a sleeping bag after each sip.

S- Herbal hop tones and floral honey dominate the horizon. Sweetness is hinted at with toasted, nutty, earthy and some buttery notes. Slight dried fruits just between pale and red.

T- The hints of sweetness in the aroma come true here but not really approaching cloying levels at all. Lots of honey as the can and description might hint but I find the use of floral and grassy-herbal hops works rather well to balance that out. Gansett lager yeast swerves in and out of the flavor profile.

MF- Medium overall body with a large creamy texture providing a cushion on the palate. The carbonation comes in at a medium almost nitro-esque feel and sweetness lingers for many moments after each sip.

If it wasn't for the use herbal and floral hops this would be a complete mess. The honey is huge and it gets very sweet toward the end of the experience. Obscene appearance but the honey eventually ruins the balance and it starts to fall apart.

Feb 28, 2015
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Wick3d_Good from Connecticut

2.34/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

This beer broke my heart a bit. Was really excited to try it. I felt like I was sucking pennies, coppery little one cent delicacies. The scent was nice, pour, beautiful. Each sip was a jarring experience of bitter regrets having not invested the $12 in something else. Based on the hype, labeling, brewery and price point I was/am very disappointed. Wondering if I got a bad batch.

Feb 28, 2015
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Hats off to BJ for this one!

This one's a spectrum from copper to gold as it nears the edges of my pint glass, with a soft creamy head supported by a field of lazy bubbles.

The smell is dominated by a dry, woody hops, backed by a clean, doughy malt. There's a light metallic tint to this as well.

Damn, the same dry woody hops--a bit like birch bark--really plow through. It starts enticing, with a sweet, bready malt and just a hint of honey, but it quickly gets drown out by a palate-rasping woody hops. Too bad.

The body is big and bold without being obstructive with a lively, yet non-offensive soft swarm of carbonation. Nice.

The hops are just out of control here. I hope they work on the recipe's balance, as it has a lot going for it. As a bonus, a less attentive and nuanced gulp is a far more enjoyable experience. The dryness actually goes well paired with food that needs to be lifted from the palate, so you may want to try this with a hamburger or the like.

Regardless of my review, I am still really delighted to get to try this beer!

Feb 28, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a pillowy cream-colored head that recedes to film swiftly. Sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma: Lots of floral aromas, herbs, grass, and of course honey. Some hops present in the nose. Also a little booze.

Taste: Honey in your face. This beer is very forward with its fairly aggressive honey flavor. Lots of herbal, floral flavor, too. Also hops, booze. I hate to say it, but it doesn't totally come together for me. The floral, herby taste is kind of at war with the sweet honey taste. I'm also not a huge fan of honey-flavored things, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Not heavy.

Overall: Fun concept that doesn't quite coalesce. I'm a big Narragansett fan and have been enjoying their recent "wacky" beers, but this one left me a bit underwhelmed.

Feb 15, 2015
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dumpman from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a sixteen oz can into a samuel smith pint glass.
pours a big frothy head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing.
Nice sweetness on the tongue that meets a confrontation with a mild bitter ending.
Not much on the mouthfeel but a solid offering from gansett, one of their better specialty beers .

Feb 11, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amner/orange in color with great clarity. Pillowy, cratered head.msheets of foamy lacing.

S: Sweet malt nose of candy shell and drizzled caramel. Honeyed. Slight whiff of passion fruit. Softly grainy. Floral hops.

T: Pale malts and grain up front. Toasty. Hints of caramel and candy shell. Wave of sticky honey. Floral and orange blossom hop flavor, leafy, modestly bitter. Hops offset the honey sweetness initially, but eventually lose ground. Sweet honeyed finish.

M: Full medium body. Round and a little coating and sticky. Mild gritty hop astringency and fine-bubbled scrubbing carbonation keep it from being too thick and sticky.

O: Kind of a see-saw balancing act as the extremes of honeyed sweetness and hop bitterness try to reconcile. In the end the sweetness wins out, and it began to wear on me as the session progressed.

Feb 07, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear amber body, with a large fluffy white head, Fades slowly, leaves a thin cap and moderate lacing.
S - Caramel, toffee malt sweetness.
T - Biscuit, caramel, hops come in with a light herbal, medicinal quality.
M - Medium/light body, medium/low carb. Finishes dry thanks to the honey.
O - I really like where Narragansett is going with their premium beers. While not all are homeruns, I've enjoyed everything from them recently. This one does not disappoint and is worth a try.

Feb 07, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a translucent amber with a tight, one inch, cream-colored head that eventually disperses into a consistent skin. Thin spots and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses light, fruity esters and cereal grain sweetness. Taste consistent with nose - definitely a honey presence as well as some sour mash skunk. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an oily/sticky texture and an even carbonation that finishes with a pleasant crispness. Not loving this beer - sweet and skunky at the same time. At least the can is cool.

Feb 06, 2015
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-Andrew- from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Clear, dark orange, reddish color, not unlike a pot of honey. Fluffy, off-white head about a finger or two in thickness.

S- Very faint honey with some roasty overtones and slight floral-ish notes.

T- Roasty with honey notes and a slight, not-unpleasant alcoholic presence. This one's not shy about letting you know that it's a bit stronger than other Gansett fare.

M- Super smooth and drinkable.

O- Overall a very good beer. I don't know if I'll want to pay $11 for another sixer, but damn if I won't enjoy the other five cans that I've got.

Jan 27, 2015
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ThomasMetal75 from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- The color is a clear, dark, maroon, cooper color. Head is a nice, tan, off-white, eggshell color. It is extremely carbonated.

S- Very light, roasted, barley malt smell. You do get some caramel and light toffee smells. And you do get some light honey. But everything in the nose is light.

T- 7% abv is well pronounced in this beer, although it does not burn or take over the mouthfeel at all. You get lighted roasted barley malt and toffee flavors. It's sweet. You get a caramel malty taste as well. It is a very grassy, earthy type of a grain. It finishes on the sweet side. It's got some underlining sour-ness to it. And a bitterness, but it's not a hoppy bitterness. Between that sweetness and sour is where the bitterness lies.

M- Body of the beer is medium. it is very crisp, clean, and it's not an extremely refreshing beer to me.

Overall, this beer is just ok. I'll give the beer around a 78-80/100 range. The bitterness and sour-ness is just a little weird to me. The bitterness is just a little to much for what's considered a blonde ale. Blonde ales to me are a lighter, paler, and more refreshing than this beer. And for $11.49 for a 6 pk, not a good value right now. I'd still say try this one for yourself.

Jan 26, 2015
Narragansett Lovecraft Series - Honey Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 113 ratings