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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Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prism- Bitto Honey IPA

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Light clear caramel amber brown with a small, 1 finger thick, frothy head. Decent lacing and good retention.
S- Sweet citrus and bitter pine hops. Light touch of sweet honey and malt.
T- a light sweet buttery caramel malt base is quickly overpowered by a big sweet citrus and bitter oily pine hop wallop. Slightly spicy with hints of tobacco and alc. Honey is present throughout, never overpowering though.
M- A quick sweet creamy malt with a big sweet and bitter hoppiness. Hot alc. and bitter hops really coat your palette.

Overall- I thought it was a pretty aggressive hoppy IPA. I was expecting sweet honey to overpower but it was more subtle.
Sure hope to find this more often on tap and can't wait to try more from Prism.

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Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and thick collar. Rings of streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, pine tar, biscuity malts, orange rind, and light herbs.
Taste is of the aromas with a decent blend of sweet malt being the backbone, followed by a modest amount of hops(though Amarillo is admittedly not a fav of mine), and honeycomb sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-sweet up front, leading to a balance of herbal hops on the back of the tongue.
Not bad for a local beer.

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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 John_M
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TDR during their hopfest event.

The beer pours an orange amber color with decent head retention and fairly good lacing. On the nose I quickly understood the name sake for this beer. The nose is very sweet and malty, with a considerable underlying honey aroma. The flavor profile is just flat out weird (though not bad). I get honey, warm cream, butter and even some cardboard bitterness. Calling this beer an IPA is a real stretch, but whatever I guess. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but the beer hasn't nearly enough bitterness in the finish to counter the sweetness in this IPA. Drinkability is OK, as the beer is fairly tasty, but the cream, butter and honey flavors are just a bit much for me.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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 Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new brew for a new (contract) PA brewery. Had on tap at Devil's Den, Philadelphia.

A-Bright orange copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet caramel malt and honey blast with balancing notes of tangerine and light spicy pine. A light, but well balanced aroma profile.

T-Honey sweetness with a bright and fresh citrus smack and a touch of spicy pine notes. Caramel malt backing adds nice support.

M-Medium bodied very smooth with nice lingering hop flavours.

D-Totally! Nice combination of malt/honey sweetness and citrus hop bitterness. Good stuff from this new business. A very enjoyable and approachable IPA.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixtel yesterday for the home bar. This is the 3rd beer in two days.

Poured with a light, 1F off-white head fading to perma-film over a murky burnt orange body with no visible carbonation. Whispy lacing throughout.

Lots of fresh tangerine in the aroma, with some caramel and honey malt sweetness.

Zesty in the mouthfeel, with a very citrusy Amarillo hop-forward profile. Light sweetness makes a brief appearance in the background, but could use more balance. Finish is sharp/tight, and a little thinner than my preference. Plenty of grapefruit bitterness in the aftertaste.

Good drinkability, and a great bargain at under $60 for a sixtel. Especially since I nearly dropped $150 on a well regarded DIPA.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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 ffejherb
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brewhouse Grille on 3/9/10.

A - Hazy deep amber body with copper hues and half an inch of creamy off-white head that reduced to a thin film, leaving subtle swatches of lace around the glass.

S - Sweet honey character with a muted hop presence suggesting floral and citrus notes. Caramel and toffee malt dominates and is accompanied by a honey sweetness. Aroma is pretty malt-forward overall.

T - Initial flavor opens with a sweet malt character with a very obvious honey presence, then is followed up with a hint of perfumy hops and a twist of citrus fruit. Finishes with a grainy malt character with sweet nectar notes.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Pleasant IPA but not overly hoppy for the style. The honey character was pleasant, though, but ultimately I found it to be a bit too malty overall.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 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 AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 deapokid
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at UJ's in glenside out of a pint glass, (cliff notes)

A- Copper, gold, barely a head, no lace, looks the part.

S- Bittering hops, pale malt, something sweet that does not resemble honey, a storm kingish kind of hop scent.

T- A decent IPA with a twist, I get alot of bitter hops that remind me of a very subdued sierra nevada bigfoot kind of hop bill. Grain, some pine and than a small hit of what im guessing is honey towards the end.

M- Less than medium with a nice ample carb, I gotta say the somewhat astringent bitter aftertaste lasts forever and kills any chance of drinking more of this. It just sticks to you.

D- I enjoyed my pint but wont go for it again. Well maybe if I find it on cask i'll give it another whirl.

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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 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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