Honey Hips Strong Blonde Ale | Latitude 33° Brewing Company

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Honey Hips Strong Blonde AleHoney Hips Strong Blonde Ale

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Latitude 33° Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
By far our most famous brew, Honey Hips provides a pale golden color with aromas of clover honey and spicy citrus. Light and earthy flavors with a touch of malt sweetness in the front leaves you begging for the back. She may be dangerously drinkable with a clean finish, but proceed with caution. This blonde is strong enough to make your head swim.

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Photo of kamoosekazi
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely love the honey flavor. The light beer look decieves the beauty of this blonde!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.99
Purchased: June 4, 2016
Consumed: June 4, 2016
Misc.: Reviewed as an American Strong Ale

Had this twice before, but first time actually reviewing it. Excited to review it, but I think it’s going to be hard to get Firestone Helldorado out of my head for some reason. I know it’s not the same style, but I don’t know if I can separate it.

Poured a yellow, deep gold to light, amber, clear color (est. 6-to-9 lovibonds) with two fingers of frothy, white head, which dissipated quickly. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad watery lacing. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled honey, vanilla, floral hops, lemon zest, muted green apple and a hint of Citra hops (I think). (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose nicely, getting honey, floral hops, vanilla, pear, green apple, grassy hops and some citrus zest. Not really tasting the 8.3 percent. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this once again. Definitely Helldorado adjace, but I could drink this all day. Give me a keg of this now. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of gothkitty322
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance –– Pours with a delightful, effervescent, creamy, eggshell white head that dissolves quickly and may benefit from some agitation.

Smell –– Wow! Fresh and bright and fun. Raw honey, berries, mild hops, apple and creamsicle. No booze whatsoever.

Taste –– Great! Like the smell, with cantaloupe and honeydew. This beer somehow has what at first seemed to be a very sweet edge –– in a very palatable way –– but that sweetness becomes MUCH less apparent partway through a glass, a transition unlike most "sweeter" beers where the opposite usually holds true. Fresh apple cider on the end of a swallow. At its warmest, honey becomes clearer with a subtle, baked sweetness evocative of ancient meads.

Mouthfeel –– Awesome firmness and fizzyness, unique overall texture; more fine carbonation than an IPA, with a bit of the bready bite of a wheatier beer.
Fascinating. Fills the mouth well.

Overall –– Refreshing and interesting, and definitely something different for me, this "Strong Blonde" shows no sign of its 8.3% ABV and is dangerously drinkable. Very cool offering that could be great on a hot day, or even in the fall/winter months by the fireplace. Nice!

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Photo of Masonpp85
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quinnspub1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikalMick
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwalden
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of LAkingsFan31
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeeler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bimada
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mwayne
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Taologic
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's quite a Blonde Ale. Certainly strong though you absolutely don't sense the alcohol content. Attractive amber color in the small tulip with sufficient head and carbonation. There is a really interesting roasted taste along with the light malt. Spicy and spritzy mouthfeel, though rather light bodied. Fragrant with a distinct tang of honey, but without the sickly sweet flavor of too much of the stuff.

Quite a refreshing change from a whole lot of strong beers that are over-hopped and over-spiced. A big beer with a refreshing quality-- subtlety. On tap at Tiger Tiger on El Cajon Blvd.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Latitude 33. Snifter.

A: Dark orange with two fingers of mousse-like foam. Great retention and scattered lacing.

S: Sweet bread blends with biscuit, floral aromatics, and a whisper of vanilla. Honey, ripe golden apple, earthy hop characteristics, and a touch of citrus.

T: Bready malt with ample sweetness and notes of honey, apple, and pear. There's a low earthy bitterness and alcohol is well hidden throughout. The beer is pretty sweet, almost candied. Sweet citrus in the slightly boozy finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall: A nice strong blond with well hidden alcohol. The sweetness cuts down on the drinkability but I suppose that comes with the style.

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Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Didier
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Latitude 33 Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, honey, and spices. Taste is much the same with a sweet and fruity flavor. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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