Attila The Honey | Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Attila The HoneyAttila The Honey

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The buzz is genuine about this beer! Attila the Honey is a rich amber ale with distinctive malty characteristics followed closely by the light lingering taste of rich clover honey. It truly is the 'ultimate' summer beer.

Added by Cwrw on 03-02-2007

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice and bright, dark amber. Good finger of head, stuck around for a while.

S - Caramel malt, honey aroma, oddly enough.

T - Caramel malt, slight honey note, but not as pronounced as in the aroma.

M - Smooth, pretty decent

D - Drinkability is good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a short day of hitting up a few Oliver-area wineries, we descended on the town of Oliver proper, for some much-needed noshing. The kitschy-looking 'Firehall Bistro' turned out to be the hotspot for local-ish ales - Crannog, Tree, and Mt. Begbie were well represented on tap. In the waning heat of the late afternoon, the honey ale sounded the most appropriate.

This 20oz pint appears a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy pale beige head, which leaves some welding arc lace around the glass in its generous wake.

It smells of lightly toasted and biscuity caramel malt, mild field honey, muddled candied fruit, a hint of vanilla, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is mostly consistent with the aroma - biscuity caramel malt, with a twinge of grainy breadiness, weak, slightly floral honey notes, a dried orchard fruit tartness, and rather subdued earthy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a minor, loose frothiness swirling about, the body a teetering medium weight, and a wee bit prickly in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes with a nice bready sweetness, enhanced by a dying echo of honey.

In the Canadian Honey Lager/Ale wars, this one rises above the median and pedestrian, to satisfactorily quench a fiery Firehall Burger, with the right combination of sweet grain and honey softness. Nothing exotic, just a well-made quaff, and suitable, I'm sure, for other summer patio excursions throughout the Interior and beyond.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear bubbly bronze, solid off white head that dissipated slowly to a nice ring of lacing
S - sweet caramel malts, a honey roasted nut scent, and some light perfumy hop hints
T - the nutty and caramel malts are prominent, the honey hints compliment those flavours nicely, and perfumy and slightly spicy hop flavours on the finish
M - generally smooth and somewhat light from the medium carbonation, a light dry bitter on the finish, well balanced feel
D - as with other Begbie offerings I've had, nothing mild blowing BUT a very solid offering, goes down smooth and easy with a good flavour balance

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Photo of elricorico
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber, slightly orange in colour. Fairly clear with a foamy off-white head. No lacing.

Probably has the most honey I've smelled in any honey beer. Aside from that is a little bit of piney hops.

The taste is very much like the smell, honey sweetness followed by a light pine hop. Lingering sweetness. Pleasant.

Some body to the beer, but I find the carbonation a bit overdone. A little prickly on the tongue.

Pretty easy drinking. Not something I'd have all the time, but it would be easy to give to just about any beer drinker.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich dark copper color that is very clear and with an initial head that is about 2 fingers thick but settles to a ring around the glass. It appears to have a mild carbonation about it and the lacing, while thick, doesn't stick to the glass.

S- There is a combination of earthy sweet malts, leafy dark crystallized honey and a floral aroma about it. There is a mildly rich hop aroma towards the end that just helps balance out the overall profile.

T- There is a combination of malty sweetness, caramelized heavy honey from the bottom of the barrel, toffee, bittersweet chocolates and earthy overtones. Hop profile is muted at the end, but rather balanced and makes me want to have another taste. The alcohol is very well hidden and there is a nice and simple yeasty quality as well.

M/O- This is a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is medium bodied and very desert like, but not overly sweet....just the right essence in both aromas and flavors of rich dark honey. It is so good with an extra dark French chocolate...I dare anyone to try really pulls the honey and desert like qualities out of this ale! Highly recommended!

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are a lot of honey beers in BC, but this is the first one we've had that is both a tasty beer and cleverly spotlights the honey. It pours a surprisingly rich copper/amber colour, and there's very little honey aroma on the nose. There are plenty of round, caramely malt notes. Almost like a bock. First taste reminds me of a festbock, or Oktoberfest. The malt notes are lovely and the honey adds just a suggestion of sweetness. A little nuttiness and earthiness in there, too. Just enough bitterness on the finish.

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4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeremy7
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber red appearance with thick white head that slowly settles down leaving good lacing. Smell consists of honey, brown sugar, caramel and a hint of fruit.

Taste is similar to the smell, mainly honey, brown sugar, malt and caramel. Picked up some hops and bread, has an earthy bitterness to it as well. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering honey taste.

Overall, impressive honey beer. It's balanced, tasty and drinkable. Nothing that blows you away but good to chug a few on a patio. Decently priced to.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of goalie35
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour with and amber hue, finger of beige head, decent retention, however no real lacing

S - Mild off the top, with sweet scents of honey and brown sugar covering the bready malts. I did notice that the sweet honey scent sticks to the glass and becomes more prominent as you plow through the glass.

T - Again, a little on the mild side, but bready malts fill your mouth, with a nutty caramel malt with a hint of honey lingers on the finish

M - Perfectly carbonated, goes down smooth, and leaves a nice wet feeling on your tongue, leaving you craving more.

D - Delicious beer. Nothing mind blowing, but nicely balanced with sweetness coming through in both the scent and flavour. Would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy drinking beverage that won't overload the taste buds, but will leave you with a satisfied feeling.

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Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear amber red with a half a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Caramel, honey, hint of vanilla.

Taste- Malts and grains with a touch of caramel and honey sweetness. Finishes with a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad watery but refreshing.

Overall- An enjoyable honey ale by Mt. Begbie. This beer has nice warm flavours and welcoming aromas. Worth a try if you stumble across it.

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Photo of Corson
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 23/6/11

A nice reddish amber that I can read through, looks a little flat but it has a thumbs width of light tan head that hangs around for a minuet leaving no lace

S candied cherry among other fruits I can't place with a big toffee and honey smell

T what I smell but a little earthy herbal thing going for it, a little sweet but still enjoyable

M more bubbles in the mouth then what was visible and the flavors linger longer then expected

O no problems with this one but there's nothing to set apart from similar beers

not bad for a 5$ bomber, worth grabbing one but I wouldn't travel for it

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Cwrw
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Revelstoke this latest offering from Mt Begbie. This is, I believe, a seasonal for them. As with their other beers, this comes in the brown 650ml bottle, with a yellow and white label caricaturing "Attila," leader of the Huns. And cleverly punning all this for their "honey" ale. The ingredients list "local BC honey."

The beer poured with a generous but fast-disappearing cream-coloured head. The colour of the beer is a nice limpid red, bordering on light cherry or pink. A nice looking beer. The aroma is a little shy, but what comes through is the lovely candy-sweetness of the honey, and this isn't just a little honey--it dominates the aroma profile hands down. Sweet red-Irish malting backs it up with even more sugar. Very little hop detectable. I for one like it: it promises fresh honey, and fresh honey is what you get. Simple and well done. All honey in the taste too, especially near the back of the mouth, and it leaves with a pleasing bitter-sweet nectar type of crispness. Up front the malts seem a little cardboardish, but near the middle the taste makes up for it. The hops make their appearance here too...adding a biscuity, leafy goodness. A thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting. For me personally a very quaffable beer on this cold winter night. While honey-ales were never my favourite, this one does the style some justice. Bottoms up Mt Begbie.

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Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definetly one of the best honey beers in BC. Solid amber with lots of flavour and malt backed with a subtle honey note on the finish and the nose. I could drink quite a few of these beers and the honey only smooths the finish out. As with all Begbie beers you taste the care and attention to making a quality beer. Worth picking up and trying.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay amber from Mt. Begbie. Nice amber colour with a white, dense two-finger head.

Brown sugar, honey scent with a flat metallic tang to it.

The taste is not as sweet as I expected. Honey hints, malt and slight traces of brown sugar. There is a sort of...soft...bitterness to this.

Decent drinking brew. Warm, slightly sour aftertaste. Not bad...worth buying again, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of --weezl--
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i got this beer excited for a strong honey flavor, but none was present. a little disappointed there but still a decent drink

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Photo of MAB
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was little bit sweet for my taste but, overall, it wasn't too shabby. I'd buy it again, as a change of pace. I like the label and the name, a lot, not that that should be the main reason to purchase anything.
Appearance was nice and red, which somewhat surprised me since the label (its only downfall) merely says "beer" rather than any other descriptor, such as: lager, ale, or red ale.
Not much aroma for me.
Taste was sweet, as mentioned, with some hop balance, and a honey-like taste at the finish.
Mouthfeel was fine, as was the carbonation and head levels.

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Attila The Honey from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 27 ratings