Gray's Honey Ale | Gray's Brewing Company

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Gray's Honey AleGray's Honey Ale
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Gray's Honey AleGray's Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brakspear on 01-11-2003

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by jsisko01:
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3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a nice clear golden color with a thin head that dissipates instantly, leaving a creamy lacing.

Smell - Honey, a lot of malts, and grains.

Taste - Very malty a bready throughout.. It's very watery with a subtle sweetness, surprisingly. These type of beers are usually overkilled with sugar. I feel like the honey might make me a little sick if I drink this whole beer though.. But maybe I just don't like honey as much as others out there. There is also somewhat of a metallic flavor there, like the kind you get when drinking from a can. -- No hops or bitterness seem to be present --

Mouthfeel - Watery with medium carbonation.

Overall - It's an easy beer to drink on but it seems kind of low in quality to me..

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Photo of ADR
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely light gold and clear in appearance. Head is so white it almost glows, settles as a uniform 1/8 of an inch skin. Punctuation mark laces on the glass. Couldn't pull much of an aroma, just a bready sweetness. medium mouthfeel, flattish in carbonation. Flavor kind of settles into an awfully average range, sugary and with light malts, maybe some honey shows. Finishes a little watery. Pretty unidimensional and uninteresting to me, I sometimes wonder if its worth experimenting with hopping some of these honey beers a little more aggressively, the wheat esters seem kind of lost anyways -- just to see what its like.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.89/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale fizzy yellow ale with a bright white cap forming it fine sorry lacing. Aroma is a faint honey tone with grainy tones all day. Flavor is worse than any other macro out there beers like this give craft beer a bad rap. To be honest this has no heart this is mass produced in Wisconsin with a new label and fucked up approach. This is there cross over with harsh flavors hints of wild honey floral quality with more cloying aspects of heavy carbonation and husks from grain than anything else. Mouthfeel should be ligther bodied but the carbonation hits rediculously on the palate, cloying is mild. Overall never again I'm pretty much writing this brewer off after two beers, but I'm brave enough to try Busted Knuckle.

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Photo of eklie
4/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a long-neck bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow with a one finger light foam head that recedes fast with little or no lacing at all.

Smell: Faint sweet and grainy aroma with very faint honey sweetness.

Taste: Very light and watery, with only subtle sweetness of honey and sweet malts. No hops presence at all. Tastes like a "light" version of Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss beer. Not terrible, but not really much happening here flavor-wise.

Mouth feel: Light body and watery, with light-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: A very light and watery beer with only hints of honey flavor and some weak malt flavors. This is really a "light" beer style, and not at all the type of beer I enjoy. I've had worse "light" beers, but that's not a very favorable comparison to make. Wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey! Its a honey ale... honey beers are usually lagers in my experience.

A - A beautiful hazy marigold colored brew looks like honey straight from the comb, but the unfortunate looking head never rose above a thin cap despite a really aggressive pour (I practically dumped this into the glass). The head is flimsy, soapy, and sparse. That's a shame since this brew is a lovely color.

S - Honeycomb cereal with a bit of lemon spritzed on top. Corn Pops cereal. Playful, twangy, and fresh. Light and airy with a light touch of cover honey. Not a whole hell of a lot going on though. Pretty much on dimensional.

T - Tart at first... lemon juice and wheat twang. Followed by a nice honey sweetness that mellows out the acid felt at first sip. This tastes a heck of a lot like a hefeweizen with a dose of honey added to the wort. I'm digging this flavor a whole lot more than I thought I would based on the relatively unimpressive nose.

M - Light bodied, bouncy, airy, and ultra-carbonated. Lively, fresh, and summery... good cheer for a bitter cold winter day like today!

D - Pretty good beer. This isn't artificial or overly sweet like some mass-marketed commercial honey brews... I'm thinking of that "brown" on in particular "hint-hint." This isn't anything outstanding, but it would make a great refreshing pool-side brew for the hottest days of summer. Might go well with salads and sandwiches too... light summery beer for light summery fare.

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Photo of paradigmsagree
4.88/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a great beer to have with a burger with bbq sauce. Awesome taste combination.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kristenrae8
3.54/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up for pre-thanksgiving cooking. I'll admit it, I thought the angry bubble bee was cute and was looking for something lower in the ABVs so I can drink and cook Thanksgiving Day goodness and not get to buzzy. (no pun intended)

A: Clear pale yellow, straw color. Quickly disipating frothy head, no lacing.

S: Floral and Wheat and Honey.

T: Sweet & Subtle. This is a tame beer to introduce to those who are brand loyal to the big box brands. I like honey, blonde and cream ales - so it's up my alley. It's a beer the novice can enjoy, without being scared.

M: Fizz and then a little thin. Perhaps a little watery - but it was just fine super chilled (fridge to freezer for 15 minutes)

O: Overall, I'll finish the 6 pack. I'd buy it in a pinch - or if it was on sale, but it's not going to be my all time favorite. It would probably be a great summer beer.

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Photo of jackndan
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gray's Honey Ale: Twelve Ounce Bottle. Pours a fairly decent golden color, fairly small white head, with large bubbles. dissipates down to nothing quite quickly. The aroma is sweet, but not a trace of hops. Taste is very sweet, with what seems to be a minimal grainy aftertaste. This is not a pale ale, and its nothing special.

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Photo of beveritt
1.9/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle has some markings on it, looks like this was bottle in September.

Appearance: Almost no head, pours like a cider. Initally a very thin white forth that couldn't even be properly be called a head. This dissipates qucikly, leaving nothing behind. Beer itself is yellow, maybe you could call it golden?

Smell: A very slight floral scent, leaning towards the grassy side. Overall, not a lot of smell here.

Taste: Same as the smell, not a lot going on here. The strongest flavor is the acidity of the CO2. A hint of the grassy/skunky flavor you get form macro-lagers. If you really try, I think you can pick up an aftertaste of honey. Of course, I wonder if I could do that if the label didn't say honey ale?

Mouthfeel: Pretty high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not my cup of tea. No head, excessive carbonation, little to no honey flavor. Not terrible, but no reason to have another.

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Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured bright yellow with a fizzy white head, very macro like in appearance.

The smell had a light corny odor with a faint mustyness.

It has the basic flavor profile of any American Macro, a touch of grain and corn, where is the honey or the flavor?

The mouthfeel was light and thin.

This beer stinks, no honey, no flavor, I would rather buy a sixer of PBR for a 1/3 of the price.

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Photo of leinie13
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of dhannes
3.31/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint.

A=Golden yellow, slightly darker than MGD; but foam head was thin, white, and short-lived.

S=Almost non-existent; some hops and honey.

T=Very sweet with hop presence; reminded me of a cream ale or a typical American lager.

M=Somewhat better than expected, given that it seemed extremely watery when poured.

O=An okay change of pace, but nothing worth writing home about.

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Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tourdot
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of peabody
2.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a watery yellow with 1/4 finger of white suds that go away very quickly.
Smell is a bitter mix of charred honey and burning yeast. Not too much here.
Taste is a very watery version of coors lite and dirt. No honey here.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but there is nothing here to make the mouth feel anything.
This isn't good at all. Will never have this again.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
2.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - It pours as a very watery light yellowish color. The head was not impressive nor did it stay for very long.

S - There are hardly any smells that can be noted, except for a faint honey smell.

T - I can hardly taste any honey notes, and it resembles the taste of your average, watered down, mass produced american beer more than anything else.

M - Lacks in carbonation and feels dry.

D - Why not grab a bud, miller, keystone light instead? This is just terrible.

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Photo of bismarksays
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of TheBeer
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very bright, clear gold color with an average sized, foamy, light, whispy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a very thin lace.

S - Very strong herbal and floral aroma with a lot of bready/malty sweetness along with a bit of a vegetable/corn type of aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of honey, but a little heavy on the vegetable, and maltiness.

T - Really thin and fairly bland. Dominated by corn/vegetable flavors as well as some malt sweetness that you expect from a bland adjunct lager. A faint spicy herbal flavor in the background. Very slight lingering sweetness.

M - Very light with moderate carbonation. Very thin and watery.

D - Easy to drink, but it is way to bland to want more. Not overly sweet, just thin and easy to down.

Notes: I'll probably pass on this one, got it for $3.99 a sixer so not like I'm really out much. Too bland and like a bad adjunct lager. A little bit of honeyish flavors and some more on the nose, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer from the Lager Mill in a mixed eight pack from grays for $10.99. I had their oatmeal stout back in the summer and thought it was good so I am interested to see how some of their other beers are. There is what looks to be a bottling date, but it's kinda of smudged and I really can't make it out. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer with a crazy looking bee with red eyes holding a mug of beer. The label is different then the one shown so they must have updated their labels. This beer poured a pale straw colored yellow that had two fingers worth of short lived white head that didn't leave any lacing.

S- I pick up a good amount of pale malts, some sweet honey and a slight amount of grassy hops at the end.

T- The pale malts impart a nice grainy flavor that reminds of some whole grain cereal. In the middle I pick up the honey which adds a nice touch to this brew and isn't overly sweet. On the finish I get some of that whole grain flavor followed by a slight amount of grassy hops.

M- Light bodied and very crisp. The carbonation is prickly and could have been done better.

Overall I liked this beer. I thought it was a good honey ale and I liked it much more then Leinenkugels version. The appearance and mouthfeel could use a little work but other then that it was a pretty good representation of a honey ale. I would buy this again, I think it would make for a good lawnmower beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of pathman
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Gray's Honey Ale from Gray's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 75 ratings