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Blonde Hunny Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
wildwolfbeer.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing this beer is straw Yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.

Added by Jadjunk on 08-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,920
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
154
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Photo of Jadjunk
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler selection taken home from Wild Wolf's facility. According to the menu, Blonde Hunny is "An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of local honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing, but be careful- this one's ABV will sneak up on you. This beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers."

Poured from a growler to a Belgian snifter. Served at 45ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Aggressive pour yields a thin white creamy head with below average retention. Body color is a very hazy pale amber gold with subtle carbonation. Decent appearance and I liked the thick haziness, but its quite short on head quality. 3

(Smell) Wheat, prickly spice, grainy strong alcohol on a mild tart cracker yeast base. Honey is subtle, if present at all in this drink. Not a lot of depth in the aroma whatsoever, and the ester alcohol is very intense. The aroma is not particularly pleasing. 2

(Taste) Thin wheat malt base gives way to tart cracker and subtle spicy finish that, with the alcohol dominating, grinds the palate clean. A lot of ever-present sharp alcohol on the finish. I have no idea where the honey comes in, unless it directly contributes to the alcohol, which is intense and very estery, without contributing to the flavor at all. Depth of flavor isn't fantastic either, there's little surprises to the flavor aside from lots of booze, if that's your thing. Flavor is not very exciting nor is it enjoyable. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite flat, a little too slick. Alcohol presence is high. Body is low. Doesn't work with the limited flavors in the taste. The solution: A slightly more elevated body, and a much more concealed alcohol presence is favorable, plus a little more carbonation activity wouldn't hurt, either. 2

(Overall) I find that this beer's worst enemy is a lack of body to match the alcohol. Quite the boozy drinker, unfortunately it doesn't have a very high drinkability either. The recipe is a bit too simple and the "Belgian" quality is scarce too, aside from some subtleties, it tastes a lot like a spiced pale wheat ale, with a ton of strong alcohol to match. Honey doesn't pair too well with the flavor either, spiking the alcohol without adding much flavor diversity. Consider this a one-off or some kind of experimental pilot brew, through which it could improve vastly; I'd give this a pass in light of their Alpha Ale, which I enjoyed much, much more. 2

Wild Wolf Brewing Company's
Blonde Hunny Ale
2.28/5.00

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Photo of TAMU99
2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hdf561
2.31/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On draft in a pint glass, golden yellow with no head no lacing, honey smell and a wet moldy odor maybe straw?

Taste honey with a bitter finish, not horrible but not greatest...

Decent offering but was better in a can

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2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of rangerred
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a one finger white head that settles into a tiny layer over the beer. No lacing at all.

Aroma is very spicy and Belgiany but really lacks the punch I am looking for. Alcohol is also quite noticable along with a touch of lemon.

Too much alcohol in the flavor. Ethanol hits me immediately along with a lemony solvent note. Some yeasty spice in the background. Mouthfeel is like water with no body to it whatsoever along with a sticky finish.

Overall, this one needs to go back to the drawing board. Alcohol is way too noticable and the mouthfeel too watery.

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2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serve on-tap in a tapered-waist clear serving glass at Fry Spring Station (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Soft honey-amber with a short cap of off-white head with poor retention and no lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet malt with some Belgian yeast spice and herbal hopping.

T: The honey presence is clear but there is not a whole lot else to suggest this beer. The hopping is herbal and earthy but light, and the malt component is pretty thin and wanting.

M: The mouthfeel is lighter than the ABV but the carbonation is way too light and it give the beer a thin, watery feel.

O: A really disappointing beer all the way around.

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2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jricharc
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the best blonde. No need to try again

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Blonde Hunny Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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