Texas Honey Ale
Guadalupe Brewing Co.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #315
ABV:
7.32%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,522
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.02%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
72
From:
Guadalupe Brewing Co.
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  21
SCORE
82
Good
Notes: Smooth and Honey Honey Honey...... this is a very approachable beer with a low IBU of 15. Pairs really well with spicy foods as well as meat focused dishes. Guadalupe is giving part of the proceeds to honey bee research, help us help the bees and plant bee friendly plants as well as eliminate chemicals in your gardens.
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JohnDee from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber in color with a thick cream-colored head. Mildly sweet aroma. Big bread-like flavor full of sweet malt and honey with just enough nicely complementary hops for balance. Moderately carbonated, light bodied, easy to drink, refreshing. Very enjoyable.

Jun 13, 2016
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ElJacobian from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

God I love Texas so much. This incredible beer smells like pineapple upside down cake. The taste is perfect- sweet, honey and gummy. This is the Davy Crockett of beer.

Jan 15, 2016
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ElegantRose from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

I have always enjoyed blonde honey beers, one of my favorites being Barbar. The Texas Honey Ale from New Braunfels, Texas does not disappoint, sporting a higher abv (7.32) and lovely blonde highlights, it digests as both palatable and entrancingly alcoholic, not unlike a good belgian triple (my current favorite style).

I would suggest drinking this beer just as one receives a delicious, hearty appetizer, as it is both both yet subtle, with the honey ingredient being a lovely sweetener that does not diminish, but develops.

Aug 31, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

32 oz Lone Tree Brewing brown glass grumbler with screw-top filled at the Growler Room in Austin, Texas, a few days ago and served into a Spaten stangekrug in me gaff in low altitude Austin. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never had a Guadalupe Brewing beer before but I'm in the mood for a honey beer.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with a little extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated seeing as it's a growler pour.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 3.5 finger wide head of beige colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Not much lacing to speak of. Head retention is quite good for a growler pour - about 6-7 minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent honey-copper. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Overall, it looks pretty typical of a honey ale or blonde.

Sm: Honey, cereals, malt extract syrup, grains, pilsner malt, munich malts, and nectar. Hopping is floral, which complements the malty build nicely. A sticky wet aroma of mild strength. Quite pleasant and inviting.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Honey and nectar, with a bit too much sweetness. Doesn't taste fully fermented, resembling a homebrew that was opened too early. Honeycomb. Honey nougat. It does feel a bit mead-like. Cereals and grains abound. Hopping is mostly floral, with a bit of nectary character in there too. Too many residual sugars for it to be balanced. Built alright for the concept of the beer.

No yeast or alcohol comes through. Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are all average.

Its biggest flaw is that it's too sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent body. Lightly crisp. Clean. A bit overcarbonated, actually - unexpected given it's from a growler. Sticky. Lightly syrupy. Lumpy and thick. Suits the flavour profile okay, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable beer with a strong resemblance to homebrew. I'm not confident the brewers are particularly experienced based on this beer. I wouldn't buy it again, but I think it'll find its audience. Hides its ABV well. Needs a lot of work, but I always like to see more ales brewed with honey. Not really worth trying. I'd never recommend it to friends. I'll finish the grumbler without issue, but I wish I just had a 12 oz bottle; it's not so drinkable that I really want even 32 oz.

C-

Drank fine from a stange, but a conical pint glass or pilsner glass is probably ideal.

Serve cold.

Would pair well with dark chocolate.

Sep 02, 2013
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champ103 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler bought from Premium Draught in Houston.

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger tightly packed and pillowing white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace as well.
S: Toasted malt and cereal grains. A nice honey sweetness, and a lavender aromas as well. Simple, but enjoyable enough.
T: Follows the nose. Bready and toasted malts. Cereal grains and a bit of sweetness. Honey like of coarse, but also distinctly lavender.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, though a bit on the watery side. Not hard to drink at all. The growler will be gone in no time. Holly cow, I did not know this was over 7%, I can't tell that at all.

Pretty simplistic, by the books, and no frills. That is just fine. It hits the spot on a hot summer afternoon in Texas. Don't ignore it if you come across this. One of those beers that is for enjoying, not reviewing (oh the irony), and I am enjoying the hell of this the more I drink it.

Jul 18, 2013
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Lawl3ss from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. 16 oz. pour- stemless imperial tulip

Look- Clear amber-brown, slightest hint of red. Served with half a finger of cream, dense white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Sweet, assertively honey-y. Overall, mild- moderately herbal/vegetal, but doesn't seem out of place. Bready, full aroma. Grainy. Somehow reminiscent of honeyed jalapeño cornbread. Good jalapeño cornbread.

Taste- Honey, vaguely reminiscent of OBP^2. Mellow, vanilla, biscuit, more honey. Finishes rounded, soft, floury, nougat. Aftertaste is mild, light treacle + oyster cracker.

Mouthfeel- Hefty for a blonde, full, bready feel. Clean, toasty finish. Moderately sticky, cleans itself up but the overall impression is still fairly full, bready, sluggish. Sipping doesn't suit it.

Overall- Decent honey ale. Nice flavor, could be cleaner. Worth trying. I'd probably order it again.

Apr 16, 2013
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Black Whale Pub in New Braunfels.

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with not too much else coming through. The honey is more noticeable in the flavor. I get a lot of sweet honey notes, as well as some sugar, toffee, wheat and a bit of grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Jul 24, 2012
Texas Honey Ale from Guadalupe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 72 ratings