Honey Dew Organic Golden Ale

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #262
Ranked #46,836
3.52 | pDev: 14.2%
England, United Kingdom
Honey Dew Organic Golden AleHoney Dew Organic Golden Ale
Notes: Honey Dew is the UK's leading organically produced ale. Naturally brewed using organic honey, malts and hops. This creates a refreshing golden beer with subtle honey flavours balanced by a delicious zesty edge. Best served chilled.
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James94 from England

3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden lemon in colour, quickly disappearing head, little lacing
S: Roasted honey
T: Wafer cones, honey, hints of lemon and vanilla
F: Medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated

O: 3.75

Apr 23, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.57/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Mid-gold, clear, pours with 5mm white head clearing swiftly.
S- Feint, thought I could briefly smell honey. ... Oh gawd, I'm such a plank, but in mitigation I do not read any lable's taste description before trying a beer! I thought the name Honey Dew and yellow lable, referred to yellow Honeydew melons; it doesn't, it's BREWED with honey.
T- Well, the honey flavour is pretty prominent, in fact it dominates the flavour here. I can taste hops into the dry finish but can't find much other flavour in between the two.
F- Given how pronounced the honey is the beer it isn't notably sweet, though my mouth keeps thinking it should be. But to me it feels like the main central body of feel is not very clear here, it's honey and then into some modestly dry hops.
O- Certainly different, interesting to try, it would help if you're a serious honey fan. I reckon this is going to be something of a 'love it or hate it' brew.
BB: 01/04/2020 500ml bottle. ps. I rate vs a mid-point score of 2.5 which = neutral on an aspect. Any negatives rate versus that mid-point and v-v.

May 29, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i thought this was really good on tap, way underrated here, and a real cool way to showcase this tasty honey. i didnt know these guys did anything like this, quite modern and mass appeal, with all organic ingredients, pretty awesome. pale brassy color, quite clear, and with a lasting white head on it. aroma is gorgeous, sweet floral honey in its purest form, seems not real sugary, but the honey is crazy forward and natural, really well done there. a simple clean english malt base along with it and a mostly irrelevant ale yeast. the flavor is honey driven, natural as can be, nicely supported by the malt. this is light not not overly so, medium bodied, a soft toasted note to the malt, quite complex really, and the honey comes out more and more as it warms. it has a little texture from the honey too which is cool, makes you know its real, and its very springy and drinkable. this was excellent on a hangover, a somewhat delicate flavor thats balanced in a really cool way. i love how forward the honey is, i could have had a handful of these pretty easily. neat that its organic, and a fun something different here from fullers. recommended.

May 19, 2019
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smbslt from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit of a twist to the standard golden. Honey provides a nice earthiness to the aroma and flavor. Tight white head and ample carbonation also notable.

May 11, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cerveza con una cabeza espumosa que se disipa en cuestión de segundos; de baja carbonatación y cuerpo ligero. Aroma a miel y poco mas. En boca es acuosa, con notas de miel, malta y vainilla pero ligeramente amarga.

Feb 22, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating from notes, 2013: Bottle my wife brought back from England. Pours out a nice golden color with some orange hues. Foamy head fades quickly.Malty aroma with a hint of sweetness. Taste brings more malt flavors, honey, lightweight. A bit under par for Fuller's, though.

Sep 11, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Elcervecero. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Sentience The Android's Tale. Ultradrinkable, with a soft and pleasant honey touch. It superb feel invites to long and continuos sips. Plenty refreshing too. Little foam though

Dec 06, 2017
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Spike from England

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

This is a glossy, rich yellow beer with moderate carbonation and a short-lived, foaming head that persists as a cap. Smells of supermarket honey. Light honey is the dominant flavour and the zesty edge promised by the label is largely absent (and very much missed). The mouthfeel is rich verging on cloying.

Fuller's can be a bit hit-and-miss and this, I'm afraid, is a near miss. For a golden ale, it's not crisp and not particularly refreshing. Too much honey. There are much better English golden ales available.

Aug 26, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had to review this beer again, almost after a year. The first time I had it wasn't bad at all so I was compelled to give it one more try. Now I can recognize its "Fullerisms" I think - trademark English hops are there that make it very typically Fuller - and it is something I do like about this beer. Though it is much lighter in body than the London Pride, let alone the others, it is satisfactory. But the honey, npt sure where to find it, perhaps in its smoothness! It also has a subtle rich sweet tinge to it but just a tiny bit. I guess that on the other hand it's the honey that leaves a bit filmy overtaste in the mouth...
I rated this beer up the second time, it is all good for what it is, a light, refreshing and interesting beer, an easy drink. Fullers just can't go wrong!

May 08, 2017
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hebdomeros from Wales

2.16/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

5% ABV. 500ml / 16.9 US fl. oz. bottle. Purchased in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Fuller's Honey Dew Organic Golden Ale is classified by CAMRA as a Golden Ale, not an IPA. Golden Ales, as a style, appear to be an attempt by British brewers to produce an ale that is as close as possible to the bottled pilsner lagers - Beck's, etc. - that became popular style accessories among the young in British pubs from the 1980s. The style prototypes are given by CAMRA as Exmoor Gold and Hop Back Summer Lightning.

This beer is thus misclassified here as an IPA. Judging purely by description, its nearest US equivalent might be an American Blonde Ale.

Pours with a meagre quarter-inch white head that disappears almost as soon as the pint glass is full. A clear honey yellow in the glass with little visible carbonation. Scent is thin and difficult to characterise - similar to many lagers. No obvious hop, honey or citrus character.

Taste follows the scent - distinguished by very little. Clean on the palate, with a faint aftertaste of honey. One could drink many a pint of this very quickly, or a single bottle as an accompaniment to food, but as a drinking experience per se it is null and void. This is a beer designed for those who prefer an ale with little beer character - i.e., the young, and others who have been raised on cheap lagers, whose lack of character is partly disguised by cold serving. Significantly, this ale is stated to be best served chilled.

Overall: this is a thirst-quencher for a hot day, and fine for that purpose. The organic ingredients allow the drinker to bathe in righteous self-satisfaction. Otherwise, an undistinguished and utilitarian ale alternative to undistinguished and utilitarian lagers. Reasonably priced if purchased in multiples. Not worth seeking out, but inoffensive and palatable if encountered.

Jan 12, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear, bright golden hue, small white head disappears simultaneously, not much of lace left, low visible carbonation.

Significant honey, grain, earthy, biscuit, big honey again and honey and honey overwhelm.

Dominated by grain and hay, honey comes thereafter with a big sweet touch together with biscuity malt. Hop plays behind with a subtle bitterness and slight citrus. Then aftertaste lasts with a honey residual. If there is no honey flavor, the taste base is somewhat Pilsner reminiscent.

Light body, crisp and refreshing, a bit coarse on palate, proper carbonation, dry finish.

What I like the most in this beer is a part of nostril that could bring the delicate honey aroma into touch. Others than that like taste and feel are also fine even not amongst the best.

May 05, 2016
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mickwin from Ireland

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with frothy head, aroma of malt and hops with a hint of pepper and pineapple. Flavour is carbonated, sweet and fruity , pleasant but a little too sweet for me, the hoppy aroma is not matched by the flavour which is overpowered with sweetness, and the hops don't really get a look in. My bottle is labelled "Organic Golden Ale" not IPA, I think it's an OK summer ale, if you don't want strong hoppy flavours, - best served cold. Rather bland and lacking character, imo.

Apr 10, 2016
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Hoppsbabo from England

2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A. Gold body.
S. Metallic and bready.
T. Bready and metallic. Grainy like a pilsner. Fairly biiter but no hoppy flavours. It's all wrong.
O. Can't believe how dull this Fuller's offering is. They're mostly hit but sometimes miss.

Nov 13, 2015
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janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden colouor, small head that fades soon, leaving a big lace. Smell of honey, cookies, bread. Medium body, taste of honey, caramel, bread. Drinkable.

Oct 10, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep yellow, with a very mild white foam head, needed to pour very hard to achieve it and it disipates quickly. Smell is sweet of malts and honey, hops are almost imperceptible. Taste is bready, like cracker bran, grains, malts, almost no honey nor hops. Low body with very low carbonation. Interesting beer, taste and looks don´t match, but are not bad at all.

Oct 07, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a deep golden topped by a mountainous, white head that is seemingly endless. Moderate amount of lacing.

S- Distinct smell of Honey, along with a Saaz like hoppiness.

T- Big hit of honey up front with a Saaz-like hopiness to finish it out. Hops seem to overpower everything else in an aggressive manner.

M- High Carbonation and light-medium body. Quite over-carbonated for the style. The beer practically wanted to shoot out of the bottle as soon as the cap was lifted.

O- Not a bad beer but certainly not the best beer brewed by Fullers.

Sep 08, 2015
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AuntySemite from Ireland

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Distinct smell of honey. Not too strong tastewise, regular ale with hints of honey and aftertaste of biscuit. Found it to be a little flat. Overall, a solid beer, though nothing special.

Aug 23, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is grain, caramel and lemon.
The taste is sweeter, but balanced. Mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy
It's fine.

Jul 14, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blonde color, with little white head, disappearing. Smell is soon of honey, clearly. The taste is lighter, the honey note is less intense, but the beer is quite sweet, not really hops I could feel. Ok beer.

Jun 27, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on-tap at The Jack Horner pub in London (£4):
Not a bad beer at all from Fuller's, I definitely wouldn't say it's anywhere near the best that I've tried from them but it is a good tasting beer & one the grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. It started quite similarly to a lager, albeit with a lot more sweetness coming through from the honey & the feel of the beer was good as well.

Jun 24, 2015
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is light but pleasant with lemon-lime and a hint of caramel-like sweetness. The mostly clear body is amber; the foamy head is somewhat rocky and lasts for the duration. The flavor is moderately fruity (cantaloupe?) and floral with soft, bready malt and very little bitterness. Nutty, toasty malt lingers in the finish. The carbonation is soft and fizzy with a moderate bite.

Very nice—tasty and super drinkable, almost to a fault.

Jan 09, 2015
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heygeebee from Australia

3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale straw shoer lived one finger head.
Honey on nose from opening bottle, but also balanced out with, erm, metal....
Oooops!! Quick check shows 'fresh stock' in at bottle-o is already out of date.
Low carbonation is a treat for the style.
Never mind,a well made EPA with the honey adder.

Nov 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Appearance: Golden in colour with a small head which shrinks in a few minutes.
Aroma: Lightly roasted barley, cooked apple and a light honey scent which feels fresh in the nostrils.
Taste: Medium bodied, carbonated and bitter with a honey flavour that combines with a malty flavour and ends in a minimally hoppy taste.
Overall: Refreshing, different and easy to drink. Was expecting more of a honey taste but the sweetness/bitterness combination is good. I could chug this all night...

Oct 03, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours gold with a very small head.
Nose shows straw, faint honey, earthy and herbal hops. Some cereal grain characters too.
Flavours include a little more honey with some bready malt and earthy hops. Quite sweet. Faint cardboard.
Nice moderate carbonation.

Sep 01, 2014
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Look- Clear yellow with a medium white head

Smell-Malts and slight caramel/honey sweetness

Taste-Sweet malts and grain with a fairly strong honey flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation. It might have been in my head but I think the honey affects the mouthfeel too. I feel like it coated my tongue a bit.

Overall-I like sweet beer so I was a fan. The honey flavor was stronger than other beers with honey I have had.

Aug 17, 2014
Honey Dew Organic Golden Ale from Fuller's
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 446 ratings