Gahan House Sir John A's Honey Wheat Ale | The Gahan House

Gahan House Sir John A's Honey Wheat AleGahan House Sir John A's Honey Wheat Ale
64 Ratings
Gahan House Sir John A's Honey Wheat AleGahan House Sir John A's Honey Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
The Gahan House
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light golden brew with honey-ish notes on the nose and a rounded, off dry and slightly citrusy body.

Added by sulldaddy on 08-17-2004

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by graybayou:
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up during a trip to the brewpub last summer. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is just what expect from this beer, full of honey and wheat. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and wheat notes, with a little bit of honey. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle brought back from NS by a buddy of mine - thanks David!
First beer from PEI - not surprising since Gahan only started bottling three years ago.

Poured into a sampler glass. Pale golden, thin head, disappears pretty quickly. A little bit of lacing.

Smells like pale malt, a bit of honey, something off. Pretty uninspiring.

Despite our groups' collective love of Sir John A and our appreciation for our friend's generosity, we still had great difficulties finding things to compliment about this beer. Aside from a mild honey flavor and a bit of pale malt, there was absolutely nothing here of interest. I'll give credit to Gahan, as they are one of the few breweries with a "honey" brew that actually tastes of honey. Unfortunately, in this case it was pretty mild. The fact that the label's description of the beer's taste is so wishy-washy ("honey-ish") is really telling, and a bit sad. It's one thing to have zany, irreverent descriptions of your brews (BrewDog anyone?); it's quite another to be meek and lack confidence.

Thin bodied, zesty carbonation.

As the first bottling brewery in the beautiful province of PEI, I truly want them to do well - I hope that folks continue to try their brews and give them the encouragement to make bolder, more exciting brews in the future, because a brewpub in downtown Charlottetown sounds bloody fantastic. But I'm sad to say, this first brew was a major disappointment. I've never been a fan of pale wheat ales, but I do know the style can be done well. This brew is not one of those. Really, really uninspired - the craft-brew-starved folks of PEI deserve so much better, as does a brew named for one of the fathers of our country.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle, 4.5% ABV. Another nod of thanks is in order for the Alberta rep for the samples. I had a Jean Chretien-themed brew on Canada Day - this one would have been more bookishly and historically appropriate, then, eh?

This beer pours a glassy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a random array of splattered limestone erosion lace around the glass as it steadily sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, lightly gritty pale wheat malt, some muted pepper spice, earthy field honey, with hints of clover (the southern Albertan in me just wants that), and leafy, kind of musty hops. The taste is grainy, faintly spicy wheat malt, merely an echo of indistinct pepper, well-faded generic honey, and more earthy hops. Nothing at all off, but nothing grabs you either.

The bubbles are present, and generally unobtrusive in their plebeian toil, the body a near-medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the wheat malt a wall-flower, maybe, but hardly alone in its temerity.

While the wheat here has little going for it to keep it out of typically generic Blonde Ale territory, the hints of honey and spice attest to capability, and probability, I suppose. Call me when certainty comes into play.

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Photo of jcubz
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of souvenirs
3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: light gold and crystal clear with half a finger of off-white head
S: a bit of honey sweetness
T: honey, but fairly dry
F: very crisp

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Photo of TimeLincoln
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ssmack
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden brown colour. One inch of white head that strank to a slick and then a ring. Some lacing with no retention.

Aroma of wheat straw and tangy honey.

Complex taste. Not sweet as was expected. Slightly tart. Wheat and slight honey sweetness. Herby hop bitterness. Woody oakness.

Medium feel.

An OK honey wheat ale. Nothing special. Easy drinking.

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Photo of hef
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of papat444
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Part 2 of 2 of the Gahan Experience. Thanks to terryeckmeier for giving me this.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a light, slightly hazy golden body with a bit of carbonation racing in there (phew!). But again same story. Thin ring literally disappears in seconds and leaves nothing behind! Even worse that the Island Red (if that's possible!). Not good and i dread what's coming.

Smell: Ok, not bad. Some grass (and wheat maybe?) with a mild bitterness and some grain. I think i'm being generous on this score only because i expected worse and was surprised.

Taste: Very hard to grasp on the flavors. A bit of sweetness and an aftertaste of honey but not much else. At least there are no off flavors but not terribly interesting. Again, i feel i'm being to kind on this score but it exceeds my expectations (which were by this point pretty low).

Mouthfeel: Marginally better that the Island Red with (thankfully!) a bit more carbonation though nothing to get excited about. Thin and watery lackluster body make it very so-so.

Drinkability: A bit of a chore and i almost drainpoured this one but it has nothing offensive going for it but nothing exciting either.

Overall: You know what? I didn't finish the last third because life's too short to drink beer you don't like. I'm sure their beers are not too bad on tap but something tells me they should take a serious look at their bottling because it seems to be a trend which is why i'm reviewing these as i sense a pattern here.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's nice to see our perennially soused founding father get a beer named in his honour. Unfortunately, my feeling is that this stuff is neither strong enough or flavourful enough that it would have done the job for the old drunk.

Which is not to say this is terrible. As another reviewer pointed out, there's something "enjoyable macro" about this beer in the best possible way--light, inoffensive, stupidly drinkable. If this is what macro tasted like, I might have never explored craft.

Pale colour, soapy foam that recedes to nothing. Decent amount of floral, flaked whet flavours. Light honey. Some berry-like fruity esters (the yeast, I'm guessing?). Light biscuity malt. Light body. Slight sour tang with some faint citrus.

It ain't the worst!

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Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NSBeers
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance - Clear, golden, very crisp definition. Half a finger of eggshell white head, dissipated quickly.

Smell - Very much of hops. A sharp green-apple smell, and slightly grassy. None of the expected honey notes that usually come with Honey Wheat Ales.

Taste - Immediate strong citrus flavour that follows through as you swallow, leaving a spicy heat in it’s aftermath. It begins mellowing into a sweeter aftertaste which lingers for awhile. There is less bouquet than I normally like, though the flavour is very defined and well-made. Very lackluster finish, flavour seems to diminish sharply.

Mouthfeel - It feels light, though it bears a definite weight. It has a certain chewy texture, but not overly. All in all a very generic feel.

Overall - I don’t believe this qualifies as a Honey Wheat Ale. At best, it is an average Blonde Ale, at worst a watered down green apple cider. While the taste matches the smell, it’s intensity betrays any softer, more subtle flavours that may be apparent. Two out of Five Stars.

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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The second of two gifts from my friend Lucas. Brew is in a growler from PEI. Chilled and sampled in a pint glass. Beer pours bright gold with a bleached white head foaming up and fading to a surface layer very quickly. Aroma is mild with some wheaty twang coming through andsome light fruity characters, some honey, maybe clover scents too.
Very lite body, average carbonation.
Flavor is some caramel with a strong honey sweet presence on the finish. The beer is very lite and smooth, drinkability is very high with tons of these able to go down. Not a very complex brew, but some nice characterisitics. Overall nice beer.

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Photo of berley31
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a very spare, white head that diminished to a thin film almost immediately. Body is yellow and clear, with a very slight haze to it.

S: Average aroma of light wheat, maybe a little bit of cooked corn in there too. Pretty weak.

T: Flavor is very inoffensive... and quite boring. Slightly sweet, with a little wheat flavor to it, but quite bland overall.

M: Light-bodied, thin texture, average-to-soft carbonation.

D: This wasn't the first time I had had this beer, and I don't remember it being quite so bland last time I had it. One of the other two bottles I had opened with no carbonation, flat as "piss on a plate"... so I had to dump it. Inconsistencies with bottling? Either way, they should really improve on this...

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of smcolw
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Near clear. Straw to gold color. Modest head, good ring lace initially.

Very bland smelling. No wheat nor any honey. There's a bit of fruitiness to the nose.

Very much pale Blonde ale. Again, the wheat and the honey are missing. There's a strong sour apple to the tongue. This could almost be a watered down cider.

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Photo of nmann08
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours a translucent straw yellow with a thin white head.

The nose is wheat, pretzels, honey, sweet malt, and corn. The flavor is a bit grainy, a little citrus, honey, bread dough, wheat, more corn. Overall, this is not offensive, but I don't think it is good either. Just okay.

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Photo of Freddy216b
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%

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