Bitto Honey
Prism Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
3.56 | pDev: 12.36%
Prism Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Bitto Honey is our flagship Honey Amber ale. The beer was named after a friend of the brewer, Don Bitto, who had recently finished med school and was moving to Denver to start his career and the long road to paying off student loans. His brother Tim had a party and invited Prism’s founder and asked him to brew some beer when he was still a home brewer. The beer was such a hit at this party, we decided to start Prism Brewing Company.

Brewed with a special blend of honey from a Chester county apiary, this well balanced ale has a great malt/honey backbone to blend with the citrus hops. Coming in at 67 IBU’s, we balance the use of hops across the spectrum of bittering, flavoring, and aroma profiles. This provides you with the bitterness without killing your tongue and allows you to experience the true beauty of hops, their flavor and aroma; just with honey drizzled over them!
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Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is brownish with a golden hue with a large white head (the beer is 5 months past its "best by" date). The flavor is pleasant Some sweet honey in the back with some tart hops up front.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a white fizzy head. Retention is decent, and the beer appears to be hoppy as the lace clings to the glass. The aroma has a lot of herbal hop elements and there is a slight honey sweetness initially. As the beer warms the honey overtakes the hops somewhat.

When first served, the hops stick out alot with a nice resinous character and strong bitterness. The honey is light and in the background, along with a toffee like, malty aftertaste. As the beer warms, much like the nose, honey sweetness and flavor is less masked and it changes the profile dramatically. Other tasters agree that as the beer warms, what seems like not so much honey, turns into a bitto honey candy with yeast, malt and hops added.

Overall, this was a pretty nice little beer. Good work from Prism Brewing Company. PA is starting to overwhelm other nearby states with the amount of quality local options.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(best by of 12/20/14 - poured into a balloon)

L: dark amber in color... pours clear until the last 1/2 oz or so - pasty sediment sneaks out (no indication on label of bottle-conditioning... the head had a messy look, mid-sized bubbles, as if it is young and dank with lees... the liquid ends up really cloudy, practically opaque

S: bold, rich, dark honey aroma, with a bit of an herbal edge... some fruity hops (or simply esters) adding delicate highlights... smells more like a braggot than a common ale... hint of tincture-like booze during the final sips

T: bitto nasty, yeasty bite right away - could be unfiltered-out hop matter as well... the inviting honey aromas do not carry over into the taste as much as one would expect - a somewhat black tea like flavor dominates, supported by a thinned-out, honey-smattered, non-distinct malt foundation... leafy, herbal-bitter notes take hold in the aftertaste - like eating a handful of grass... some honey peeks in here and there, but the bitter elements run the show

F: medium-fullish, a little sticky, a little gummy... not much fizz at all, which likely lends to its mellow, but mostly flat and stiff/dull flow... subtle, fine graininess across the tongue

O: I suppose this is a somewhat unique brew in these parts... I could see it satiating thirst for beer on the trail with a handful of toasty granola... worth a try, but not sure I'd crave it... perhaps it's something that could grow on ya

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

This brew pours a brown color with an off white two finger head which lasts, it took me two pours to get all of the beer into the glass, and good lacing.

The smell is floral and some citrus hops, there is melon, lemon, orange and pine. Everything just runs together, it is difficult to pick out the individual flavors.

The taste begins with a malty backbone then moves to the hops; this is where we have a problem. All of the hops run together like a bitter palette shedding mess. There is no subtlety. There is a bitter, not a good king of bitter, aftertaste that lingers in the mouth after swallowing. In spite of the name I cannot taste any honey.

Overall, if you like a bitter ale with a strong malt backbone then this is for you. Otherwise, there are better representations of this style out there and don't expect to taste any honey.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery orange pour produces a monstrous 3 inch beige head that had a shrooming cap. Incredible head retention is lengthy in stay with a moderate rise of carbonation along the glass edge. There seems to be sprinkled cinnamon both on top and mixed in to the head. Covering is fully lasting while there is a generous amount of chunky lace adhering to the vessel walls.

S: Aroma of fresh wet citrus and honey. Surprising amount of fresh aromatic hoppiness with some sugar coated grapefruit and saffron.

T: Loads of freshly squeezed citrus and lemon lime. Saffron, sweet upfront, wet and juicy citrusy hoppiness that is dripping wet turning to a bittering of pine and citronella. Some dry lemon with some peppery herbaceous hints. Pine-scotch alcohol from the 6.7% abv with some complimentary alcohol notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and woodsy additions.

M: Honey malt depth to the mouthful, decent rate of carbonation with a good deal of bittering on the tongue.

O: Overall had an aroma that was fresh and wet with a good bite of honey and hop bitterness mixed together. Nice aromatic appeal, flavor was decent, good honey balance without being overdone and delivered on the bitterness factor. would go single here at first.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Yards pint glass. Just brought this beer into my store as I like to support local breweries.

AP: This one poured with a lot of head. Thick dense foamy head, nearly 4 fingers worth. Finally got it down to about 1.5 fingers of off white to light tan coloured head. The liquid itself is a dark rusty amber to light brown, though doesn't seem hazy.
AR: Like multi-grain baked bread, biscuit, caramel and honey. By honey I mean the darker types, not the lighter types. People who have had different types of honey should know what I mean by that. Also some very faint notes of citrus, like lemon/lime, reminiscent of Sprite or 7UP.
T: The honey is there throughout the taste of the beer, from start to finish. At the start I get a little of the lemon/lime I got in the nose, but that gives way quickly to the baked multi-grain bread and cracker-like notes. Then the honey mixes with some caramel before the hops comes into the fold. The hops and honey wrestle for dominance and they are pretty even as there's both sweet and bitter on my tongue. The hops profile is rustic, Earthy, slight resiny pine with a tiny hint of grapefruit rind. Leaves a nice bitter kiss on the palate after the sweetness washes away. Not bad.
M: Highly carbonated which makes it rather creamy in the mouth. Body seems light for a 6.5% ABV Amber/Red Ale, though. Finish is semi-dry.
OV: An interesting brew. The best part for me was when the hops came into play and balanced the sweetness of the honey and then lingered on the palate. Body was too light to me and maybe if it had more toasty/roasty notes to the malt base it would add some complexity to the overall flavour. Still, it's decent and I'd gladly accept one at a party or tailgate, etc. Worth trying, IMO.

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Photo of Gavage
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: copper in color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Some mild lace painted the glass during the session.

Smell: light malt sweetness and a bit of hop presence.

Taste: nice malty base with some slightly earthy tones, slight honey sweetness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very drinkable and mildly refreshing ale that comes across as a hoppier than average amber or a lesser hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Dakotah
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of my latest haul from Hauser.. I drank half of this from the bottle before pouring the remainder into a glass..

A- Beautiful deep amber red color, very little sea-foam brown/tan head that dissipated quickly, perhaps because the bottle had been open 15 minutes by then. looks just like you'd think from the nose and taste.

S- Mead-like alcohol and honey, a some good hops nose to start, but over powered by the sweetness.. Malt and bread make an appearance as well.

T- like a honey ale! malty-sweet at first, good little hop backbone, but lots of sweet and boozy-ness for coming in at 6.7.

M- very filling/heavy mouthfeel, but remained drinkable.. Good carbonation that started to go away as the bev. warmed a little.. not much hop bite, bit it was there... Sugary.

O- Overall I really enjoyed this, but don't think I could drink more than 2 in a sitting, tasty, but sweet and boozy!

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Photo of jhartley
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. to a shaker pint glass. Could not make out the imprinted code on the bottom of the bottle.
A dark red to amber color body. Much darker than I expected, not a negative. A nice 2 finger head, probably from too aggressive of a pour. Head was tan and hung once it waned it left a nice thin head that remained to the end.
Smells of hops and malts and sweet honey. Almost too much of an alcohol aroma. Can tell this won't be a hop bomb, but could be wrong....
First taste is a nice hop bitterness followed by a nice malt and honey sweetness. Probably because of the name but the immediate after-taste reminds me of the Bitt'o Honey candies. Almost a little too much sweetness, however after it warms up it seems to be much more balanced.
Overall this is a nice beer that you can throw back, quite a few of as a matter of fact, on a hot summer day. I would like a little more hops and a little less malt, but that's just me.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazed cooper amber in color, minimal head and retention. Scent leads with noticeable sweetness (malt, honey, brown sugar) while grassy and citrus notes follow up the rear. Taste is quite similar in construction, sweetness comes first, hopyness second. Very fresh hop profile, but not bitter enough to stand up to the sweetness. Moderate carbonation. Really solid flavor profile, just needs a little bit more hop bitterness.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty dark amber with lots of floaties, an average size head of dark beige, pretty dark head for an IPA.

You can smell the honey, kindof smells like a bit o honey actually. Some mild hop bitterness and a strong metallic yeast character.

Taste is yeasty at first, decent sweetness from honey, fades into more hoppy territory by the finish. Tastes a bit like a Belgian beer. This isn't much of an IPA but it's far from bad.

Mouthfeel is pretty strong, lots of carbonation, again it feels more like a Belgian style than an American IPA.


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Photo of IamMattMoses
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of I.P.A.'s but this one is really good. Sweet and refreshing yet very manly flavor great to sip or gulp. Tastes best if you let it sit for 5 mins. after you are served. While you wait contemplate about life, your goals, and your next fishing trip. Be captivated by the simple joy of the sweet nectar of bee's taken from the hive then brought to the brewery where magical transformations happen.

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Photo of magine
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dirty with floaters, tea like amber honey like hue along the edges. Brew has an off white creamy thick foam layer head. Good dense head. Thick island sticks around the whole session, leaving great lace. Great looks.

Brew smells of sweet malts; honey, caramel and some hop resin. Good nose.

Brew is balanced very well. Good creamy taste and feel up front, has good hops in the end. Somewhat sticky end and has a subtle dryness. Good malts here with honey standing out along with caramel. Good fruity hops here as well. Nice full body and very good flavors. A very good brew.

This is my first from Prism, and I came away very impressed. A great looking full bodied beer, just not sure I think of IPA with this one. But the balance to this makes it deliciously sessionable. Great stuff here.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper pour with a sturdy & dense ecru head, that leaves a hefty lace behind. Swirl of sediment sits in the center of the head...I like it! There are a lot of bits & pieces floating around in this brew.

Clean aromas of citrus hop & the honey/malt sweetnes is suprising apparent on the nose. I usually don't expect much more than a nose full of HOP in these AIPAs.

Very nice hop bitterness, not a lot of distinction on hop variety. Nice hop finish that lingers despite the hit of malt. The malt is by no means in balance, but it is much more prevelant than I expected. Very nice.

Clean, crisp, smooth brew. I really like this effort and while I think it is a bit lacking in terms of style definition, I really like this beer regardless of its classification. I will look to this offering by Prism throughout the spring.

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Photo of rudzud
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with Sliphorn. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a not quite clear coppery orange with a half a finger of creamy white head that faded to leave a nice creamy blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet malts and sticky honey. Lots of honey with a faint hop bitterness on the finish.

T - Taste, like the nose, is relatively malty sweet upfront with potent honey as well. Right after that honey there is a nice bitter finish. Not really citrus, more pine bitter end to it.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. The honey balances out the bitterness, which still does linger afterwards.

O - Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA. Its not really "my kind of IPA" as I like to be assaulted with hops. That being said, the honey really helps make this stand out. While I wouldn't really track it down again, still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Brewsky29
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours murky deep burnt orange with very little head and some lacing.

This beer smells of honey,yeast, and like gumballs.

The taste is sweet with honey and gumballs followed by strong bitterness.

Smooth and sticky.

Nice beer an odd IPA but not great but not bad though

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped pint.

A - Very dark hazy auburn with noticeable stationary suspension. Not much head, but leaves a nice lacing.

S - Honey and pine. Slight citrus. Interesting, but good.

T - Strong bitter hops and pine, slightly metallic. The aftertaste is mostly honey.

M - Thick on the tongue. Good carbonation on the front which fades as it reaches the throat. A bit syrupy.

O - I appreciate the unique flavors in this beer, although I think there is a bit too much honey and it doesn't necessarily balance well with the strong hop and pine tastes. It's not bad, but I probably won't seek it out again. I would, however be inclined to order it on tap to see how it compares.

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Photo of KMcG
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color of ice tea with 1 finger of off-white head that develops to a lace shimmer on the brew surface. The lace is sticky too, clinging to the glass.

Aroma of honey cake without the spice and slight hints of mandarine orange and caramel. A bit much on the sweet end for an IPA.

Slight woody, honey sweet and very malty backbone. The hop notes are weak floral accents that impart some bitterness on the finish. There are some lemon and grapefruit citrus notes on the finish as well. The aftertaste hangs in there for while.

This medium body IPA is nicely carbonated and easy to drink.

It's a bit too sweet, but worth a try and nice variation on an IPA.

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Photo of SwarthmoreBev1
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking forward to trying this brewery for the first time. I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. When I poured it into my glass, it was a dark amber color with a tan head that was about 2 inches. There was no smell of honey that I was expecting but I could smell the hops. When I tasted it, the honey was there at first then disappeared. I thought this was poorly put together and it was a struggle to finish the glass.
Now I do realize that I could have had a bottle from a bad batch, but it was not an enjoyable beer to me, and I like IPA's. Perhaps some of their other brews are better than this one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Retail1LO, Thanks Hayden!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky rust color with a small off-white head that stayed as a ring and left spots of lacing.

S - honey! - slight pine and floral aromas but this is all about the honey, honey.

T - the sweetness of the honey is upfront but before it can get too sweet a dose of bitterness takes you to a dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - this is not a typical IPA by any means but it is quite unique and quite tasty.

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Photo of Rojopunk
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- brown almost a honey brown color

smell- slight hint of honey very slight

taste - a bit bitter with ever so slight hint of honey at the finish

mouthfeel - medium body with with slight carbonation

When I thought of the concept of this beer i was very eager to get it home to try it . Honey beer?.... sound like a great idea ( like vikings of old and there mead). Sadly when i got it home it was no were near as good as i hoped. More hoppy then sweet and almost no honey taste except for the finish . Still a good ipa but nothing special but than again this company is new about two years old. So maybe there get better !

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a copper color with a very little head on top. There is no lacing or retention. The smell of the beer is lightly hopped with some sweet malts shining through. The taste of the beer has a sweetness that is match fairly well with bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good, it's dry and bitter feeling on the tongue with some moderate carbonation. Overall not the best iIPA I've ever had but it's not too bad.

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Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. It appeared a red amber with a white head. I didn't get a lot of honey flavor from the malt, but rather an odd clove-like plastic taste. The hops, however, provide a nice, rich finish with a mix of pine, tangerine, and citrus rind.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry citrus and a touch of honey sweetness. Quite malty, but the hops still override that. A small hop bitterness and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence and interesting with the small hint of honey mixed in.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

A tasty first impression from this new Philly brewery. Poured a murky honey brown with a small off-white head. Floral aroma with sweet malts and citrusy hops coming through. Sweet citrus taste with definite honeycomb flavor coming in quickly. Not just honey, but actually honeycomb, I thought. A chewy quality in there. Hops come in afterward, with a fragrant floral profile more than an IPA-bitterness sensation, which in this case worked pretty well. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Bitto Honey from Prism Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 136 ratings