Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Honey B's Lavender AleLongshot Honey B's Lavender Ale

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jdhilt on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a really impressive brew here! This beer pours out with a clear golden color with a big fluffy head that settles down into a nice thin white foam on top of the beer. The aroma is sweet smelling similar to what a fresh brewed sweet tea is like. The honey and lavender really start this one off nicely. The taste is sweet but very refreshing. The mix of the ingredients really fit nicely in this brew. I love the herbal quality that the lavender give this beer. It reminded me of the Fraoch Heather Ale a little bit. The mouthfeel is light and makes for a good summer brew. This will be missed when it becomes retired.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label notched "enjoy before SEP 2011".

Into a pint glass this beer pours a bright orange gold, it has sharp clarity with racing streams of carbonation. Texture of the foam is creamy, the head lasts for a few minutes and on the surface. Lace forms concentric rings with each sip.

Softly sweet floral lavender aroma with some citrus and earthy yeast emerging too as it warms.

Tea and bready malt flavors at first, with some identifiable lavender florals present. Dry aftertaste with a slightly herbal edge. Sure there's honey, but it's not very pronounced or sweet. Fairly mellow and average mouthfeel. Overall it's ok, a simple pale ale with lavender added that gives it a little personality.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, soapy, fluffy white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of honey and lavender with mild caramel notes.

T - It tasted of honey and spcies - lavender and other unidentifiable spices. It had some nice caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was interesting. At times I thought it was really good and other times it seemed over done. Overall, though it is tasty and a worthy edition to the Longshot series.

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 1+ finger head fades at a med pace with sticky lacing, crystal clear pale golden honey color

Nose is loaded with lavender, light honey, light sweet malts, light golden ale, light chamomile like flowery aromas.

Taste had more lavender but much less than the nose at least, and light flowery like chamomile or rose water, light malty ale and golden malts, light and crisp, drinkable, dry finish,lingering lavender, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, dec carb.

Overall not bad, nice light flowery taste, light drinking but nice flavor, crisp and dry light malts, not quite my style of beer, but for what it is it isn't half bad, especially in the 95deg heat.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass

A - near clear golden with whitish head.

S Lavender and sweet honey tinged light malt in good

T - flavor departs from aroma, with far less lavender (except, I guess, in the noticeable herbal flavor and also in overall bitterness) Signature herbal flavors blendswell with (Noble?) hops. Quite pleasant and refreshing with both sweet (early) and tart (later) components.

M - light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - A pleasant surprise in a lighter (than normal for me) beer with a pleasant and distinctive aroma and flavor. A winner indeed.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy bright-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a good bit of patchy lacing. The aroma is floral feeling up front, with a huge push from the lavender that is layered on top of notes of green citrus and sweet honeyed grains.

The taste has a firm grassy bitterness to it, which is balanced by some softer fruit flavors, sweet honey, and toasted grains. The lavender flavor gathers itself on the edges of the profile and then pulls together in the finish, leaving back a heavy flowery feel that lingers with some gritty bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, before giving away to a bit more of a thicker creaminess across the back.

Well this certainly brought to the table what was advertised, as there was an abundance of both honey and lavender here and I honestly enjoyed what they brought to the table here as this was both balanced and breezy feeling on the palate. I’m not sure if I would want more than one in a sitting but this was unique enough to keep me interested during this glass.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of honey, fruit and floral spice along with light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus fruit. Then the herbal flavors of lavender and spices kick in. The hops presence is mild and there is a hearty but not too heavy malt character to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s not the first beer I would pick but it’s fairly solid overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peculiar but pleasant herbal beer.

Rich, swirling carbonation in the mouth. Nice pale amber with attractive lacing. Perfumey and herbaceous nose. Fortunately restrained with the lavender, which gives a resiny taste as well as floral. Tasty malt warms it up. Odd spicy flavors are like nothing else. Hops shyly emerge but give a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

I wouldn't give it a top rating for drinkability, but it's so interesting it's worth a try. I'd get someone to try it without knowing it has lavender and see how they like it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched (September).

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a finely-textured, snow white head.

Smell: Honey B’s has a sweet-scented, lavender effused aroma with notes of morningtime cereal, honey-flavored candy, and a modest pinch of ground spice.

Taste: There's a big sweetness in the forefront of tangy wheat malts slathered in orange blossom honey and table sugar. Prominent lavender character throughout. Lightly bitter. Touches of berries and coriander spice. Small spoonful of Ice Cream Cones vanilla cereal. Twinge of bitter floral character on the sweetish, relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-boded. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's the most interesting of the 2011 Longshot pack, I'll give it that much. Sweet and distinctly floral, so, go on, give it a try, unless, of course, you have an aversion to the use of dried lavendar.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Honey & ginger, hints of hay once warm

T: Follows the nose, some breadyness, some pear & a kiss of lemon up front. Dry pears, a slight spicyness that borders between ginger & white pepper, I assume that's the lavander & hops at work, some honey too. Finishes wet & sweet & spicy

MF: Light/medium bodied, semi-soft carbonation, decent balance

This is alright, but I wish they would ditch the foo-foo beers in the mixed sixer, they always seem to the worst beer in the mix IMO. I could only do one of these at a sitting, too sweet for my liking. Would probably work great with some Thai, Sushi or Korean fare

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light golden hue to it. Lots of carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, literally tons of it. Huge notes of flowers as I reach in for a whiff. Very floral and hints of almost sage like smells bouncing off the glass, really very well done. Light and airy and even after a few moments it really seemed to pull itself together quite nicely. Clean, crisp, light and with a wine like flavor to it that came out of nowhere. Light grape skins, hints of grass and flowers, light grains and a mellow, and wonderful flowery flavo

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest head but it lasts and leaves plenty blanketing lace. The brew is gold colored and clear.

The honey comes through almost like a mead. At first, I thought I smelled ginger, but I imagine this is from the not-so-floral lavender.

More dry than I expected, there's an an element I usually note in rye ales. Slightly sour. No notable hop flavor, the aftertaste is short. Very good body and carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Great, now I have "Lavender Blue" stuck in my head. Dilly dilly. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mandarin orange syrup, mild flowers, and sweetgrass. Now, I can't be overly specific about which flowers I smell, but I know lavender isn't among them. The taste holds notes of wheat, honey, corn, flowers, light greens, balsa, and a vague sense of orange. It's like a better-tasting (though not too much so, mind you) AAL or something like that. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice enough beer, but the flavors don't really pop, and everything melds into everything else, creating a relatively boring little ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale golden completely filtered body with a nice sized fluffy white head, forms scattered delicated lacing. Aroma has some evident spicy lavender, floral rose water, slightly cherry/citrus fruit laiden notes with a touch of honey there as well. Light biscuit pale malt base. Flavor cloying sweetness with an unpleasant medicinal spiced blend of flavors, the honey really doesn't complement the overall experience. Not a chick beer actually aggressive levels of lavender, makes you feel like some sprayed perfume in your mouth. Mouthfeel does finish dry but upfront it's a cloying dose of honey and bitter herbal lavender, carbonation is sturdy really upfront with bubbles gets you burping after a sip or two. Overall I don't see this one making it into regular rotation, pretty unrefinded unbalanced variation of what a good beer from this style could taste like. It always seems like there's a hot female on one of the three Longshot labels, I'm sure it helps when going around and procuring votes during this competetion.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the day when I got home from the Hop Juice Fest was Sammy A's Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale. The appearance was cloudy, somewhat yellow with a thin white head. The scent was a mix of honey, spice I'm not sure but there was something in the nose that gave a weird scent...like a hint of mexican fahita weird??? I notice on another Advocate review there was a guess at a bay leaf or tea leaves, which could be it..I dont know...but there is something funky in the nose. The taste is crisp and clean and comes off the pallete quick. Certainly can pick up the floral and spice undertones. Just as the smell, there is someting in this beer that gives a different zing to it. This beer is easy on the mouth and is a great summer delight!

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of flowers, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, and spice (ginger or coriander?). Fits the style of an herbed / spiced beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral flavors, citrus hops, slight pale malt, and spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the bread and honey with some lavender notes mixed in. The flavor is a mix of lavender, honey, lighter bready malts and some grassyness from the hops. There is a little bit of bitterness to the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Longshot Honey B's Lavander Ale

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Large foamy froth forms on a clear dark straw body.

Smell: Initial impression is soap. Sweet and flowery as well.

Taste: Odd. Herbaceous but moreso flowery with a taste of edible flowers. Faint honey sweetness. Definately alittle soapy making me reminisce my punishment for swearing as a kid. Clean flavors. The lavender sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, almost refreshing, but that lavander baby, damn, lingers.

Overall: An interesting lavender beer, flowery, soapy, clean, but perhaps too clean.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting Honey B's Lavender Ale to be purple but, truthfully, I find the appearance to be somewhat anti-climatic. Although it's probably unwarranted to say given the beer's tanned, golden colour and indefatigable bubbles, something about its complexion looks dreary. And the scraggly outlining supposed to be its head is depressingly decrepit.

There's nothing in the nose not to like, however, I find the bready, biscuity pale malts are a little imposing on the more delicate notes of lavender and honey. But the latter are definitely perceptible, the honey enacting a palpable waxiness while the lavender registers less vividly, more so as a vague, general herbaceous element. Quite nice.

Likewise, the flavour is nothing if not delightful. Earthy, delicately floral notes of lavender brush the tongue with the softness of a cloud and leave a pollen-y, herbaceous finish that slows the heart rate to an almost tranquilizing pace. The honey is less noted despite contributing an appreciable (but sensible) level of sticky sweetness. Tasty stuff.

The glue that holds it all together, however, is the zesty, faintly spicy, notably fruity persona of the hops (which I suspect are Cascade) that lend the beer such a quenching, citric tartness on the finish. Those little green cones accentuate the purple lavender leaves with notes of bright yellow lemon and pink grapefruit. Very pleasant.

Caitlin was smart to foresee that combining a lusciously hopped pale ale with lavender and honey would make a beer simultaneously this unique and delicious - and Samuel Adams was smart to foresee the mass-appeal of such an offering and release it commercially. Hopefully they have the sensibility now to make this their new summer seasonal.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is clean and grainy with a hit of lavender. Secondary scents of malt and grassy hop. Lavender is more of a nuance here and not a strong scent.

Starts out sweet and grainy with just a mild lavender taste. The lavender is a highlight to the flavor mostly this is a mild pale ale. As a pale ale it is a decent one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is quite good. Nice clean flavor with a little something extra.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium goldenrod with a fizzy white head, soda like. Some lace, solid head retention.

S: Not much in the way of lavender, I get a lot more fruit. Strawberry, sweet cherries, some honey. Rose petals there as well.

T: Definite honey flavours, not overt like Bootlegger's Spring Ale, but cleary noticable. Very fruity and flowery with blood oranges, strawberries, maraschino cherries, lavender and hibiscus.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, smooth, a bit of a potpourri aftertaste which I wasn't a huge fan of but doesn't really screw up the beer.

O: One of the better Longshots I've had in a while. The flavours are very attractive, crisp and easy. A good spring beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than I thought this might be. Oftentimes when lavender is used in a product, too much is put in, which gives you the taste of a scented bar of soap. Conversely, sometimes the fear of this happening leads to too little lavender being used and it fades into the background. This particular beer uses a fair bit of lavender, but avoids the soapiness by balancing the lavender with a flavorful and sweet honey, some tangy yeast, and a nice dose of hops. The flavors all hang in the balance and make the whole package curiously satisfying and tasty (for me at least). Aside from straight lavender honey, probably the best lavender food/beverage I've ever had.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up one of each of the Longshot winners from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber hue with a nice thick one finger white head atop that leaves a nice cloud and even some side lacing. Quite impressive for a low ABV and this style.

S - Nice sweet malts and light honey aromas along with some floral aspects presumably from the lavender. Very pleasant.

T - Much like the smell this starts with some nice malt flavours and very light carmel sweetness. There is a floral aspect too, not that assertive which can be the problem with lavender. No hop characteristics with this, with a nice floral aftertaste.

M - Medium/low carbonation here to prevent things from getting sticky. Keeps the brew nice and light and slightly crisp.

O - Overall, this is quite a nice beer. Nice and gentle honey and lavender notes, perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light flowery nose, flavor is fruity tart with hints of honey. $9.75 for a 6-pak from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Sep 2011.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large off-white head with great retention and lacing around the glass. Looks great!

S- The aroma is pretty solid. Pale malt, very floral from the lavender, honey and some citrus make up the aroma. If I didn't know better, I would also say there is just a hint of mint in the nose as well. 

T- The taste is pale malt up front with a lot of sweetness probably coming from the addition of honey. The taste almost has some citrus-like acidity and just enough bitterness to help balance out the high amount of sweetness up front.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I definitely enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. Kudos to Caitlin for this solid beer, well done!

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Longshot Honey B's Lavender Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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