Skinner's Heligan Honey Ale | Skinner's Brewery

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Skinner's Heligan Honey AleSkinner's Heligan Honey Ale
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Skinner's Heligan Honey AleSkinner's Heligan Honey Ale

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Skinner's Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2005

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2011. Label states that this is handcrafted in Cornwall and contains Cornish honey.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy orange-amber hue with visible sediment and low carbonation. Produces a small off-white head that subsides quickly. Aroma is dominated by sweet honey with an underlying maltiness. Notes of dried fruit (esp. raisins), toffee and biscuits along with hints of aromatic hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with overtones of honey and a crisp bitter finish. Notes of grain, a dried fruit sweetness and toffee. Subtle hints of aromatic hops and bitterness are present, becoming more obvious upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth but prickly and acidic. Rather astringent - leaves the palate dry. There is an acrid bitter aftertaste that isn't brilliant.

A decent ale, with nice honey/fruity flavours and well-balanced use of hops. I just wasn't overwhelmed by it; the mouthfeel is too astringent and the aftertaste is distinctly disagreeable - harsh and dry. Nonetheless, an interesting stab at a honey beer and worth trying if you encounter it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - the busy cartoons on these labels are starting to grow on me.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber colour, with one struggling finger of broadly bubbly, thinly foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decently craggy array of stringy lace around the glass as it wisps away.

It smells of earthy clover honey, biscuity, grainy malt, a bit of fruity, somewhat tart citrus, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is somewhat crisp, biscuity, bready malt, soft, weirdly clingy honey, a tad more spicy citrus, and strongly leafy, meadow-evoking, but hardly bitter hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly mild, but persistent in its way, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt losing a fair share of its biscuit character, in tandem with a surprising rise in the overall floral character of it all.

A pretty tasty bitter, with the best of sweet adjuncts - honey, which kind of morphs and evolves in relation to the various aspects of the sturdy underlying English bitter. I liked the ride, and would happily do it again.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle: best before 16 Nov 2012, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 25 Oct 2012.

Light amber body when held up to the light source, dull amber in the shade: with an impressive head of off-white foaming bubbles no matter where the glass is sat.

Definate honey presence in the nose and taste: semi-sweet malty molasses can also be found in the aroma and flavours: the hops don't hide though, they come to the fore towards the end of each gulp with their bitterness and dryness. They also add a fruity, spicey aspect to the smell.

The balance between the honey sweetness and the hops bitterness is nicely done and although I'm not normally a 'honey beer' fan this was fine. A good blend and I'd love to have a cask conditioned one.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is slightly hazy amber, has an off-white small head with little lacing.

Smelling of sweet honey, some citric nuances, but also grains and nuts.

The taste starts with brown bread and honey, then some lemon and orange marmalade, also bitter oranges.

Little carbonation, a soft texture, good body and a long dry finish.

A really good long session beer, well balanced, interesting and with sipping quality.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Tobiasmjh
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not suited to my palate. 4% clear deep amber colour with thick proud honey strewn white head. Honey also on the nose pleasant to smell. Unfriendly bitterness in the mouth, dry aftertaste. Not keen but would recommend any enthusiast at least try it. Poured heavily from bottle, settled quickly with little sediment.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Waitrose Supermarket, coming in a 500ml brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; BB 25/02/11, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: lovely dark amber hue, great clarity, low carbonation ascending elegantly, supporting a thin layer of off-white froth that lasts rather well.
S: honey, lots of honey abounds, although the aroma is not too assertive, thick or sweet, followed by pale malts and hints as of Styrian Goldings hops.
T: clean-textured pale malts and juicy honey seem to come hand in hand, rather harmoniously; the main flavour remains biscuity- and floral-aromatic, with a touch of mildly sour pear-ish fruits lagging behind. In the aftertaste, the bitter edge of hops manages to creep up in a subtle way, lending a faintly chewy touch in the very end.
M&D: the palate is clean, thanks to soft carbonation, and the overall body remains light and approachable, never going thin. Compared with my last experience of the cask version, the bottled one seems to be simpler and cleaner, and yet equally enticing. A truly enjoyable honey ale overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Skinner's Heligan Honey Ale from Skinner's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 14 ratings