Bitto Honey
Prism Brewing Company

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Prism Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.52 | pDev: 12.5%
Nov 18, 2016
Jan 11, 2010
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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Ratings by weeare138:
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3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by weeare138 from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 29, 2010
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3.9 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ordybill from Georgia

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.

Nov 18, 2015
3.27 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2015
3.89 by Gregaroo from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2015
3.18 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2015
3.67 by N8dogg44 from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2015
3.79 by BeerMeMrBartender from Pennsylvania on Apr 28, 2015
3.15 by jfstilling from South Carolina on Feb 26, 2015
3.45 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Feb 18, 2015
3.52 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
by ShaneHarris from Pennsylvania

Great IPA, bitter but it's one of those IPAs where the hops have a strong flavor and you can get some hints of all the other ingredients.

Nov 07, 2014
3 by AndrewMichael from Virginia on Nov 02, 2014
3.5 by Stihlsaw from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2014
3.75 by Doodamis-Maximus from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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

Sep 20, 2014
3.6 by ChipChaight from New York on Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29%
by microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 11, 2014
3.8 by LaLaSnite from California on Sep 10, 2014
3.5 by thgreatrandini from Pennsylvania on Sep 05, 2014
3.75 by themotherculture from Pennsylvania on Sep 04, 2014
3.4 by pao5035 from Pennsylvania on Sep 01, 2014
3.5 by Navysqurl from New Jersey on Aug 20, 2014
4 by Vogt52 from Maryland on Aug 04, 2014
3.5 by Jimbo321 from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2014
4.25 by JD_Schaffer from Delaware on Jul 23, 2014
3.25 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2014
3.5 by Diane1216 from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2014
4 by ZorroZ from Pennsylvania on Jul 02, 2014
3.75 by GinDC from Virginia on Jun 17, 2014
3 by hansenm72 from Texas on Jun 13, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

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.

Jun 06, 2014
3.5 by jp312 from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2014
4.25 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on May 21, 2014
4 by prokopt2 from Pennsylvania on May 10, 2014
Bitto Honey from Prism Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 136 ratings