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Organic Honeydew | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,296
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
426
pDev:
13.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
80
Trade:
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Photo of Spike
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

This is a glossy, yellow beer with moderate carbonation but negligible head. It smells of nothing at all. 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 and smooth but the finish is dry and a little sour.

Fuller's can be a bit hit-and-miss and this, I'm afraid, is a miss. For a golden ale, it's neither refreshing nor crisp. The addition of honey makes it taste and feel stodgy. There are many, many better English golden ales available.

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3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMac59
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of monkist
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!

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

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of samEBC
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cryptichead
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed in the "1001"

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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.

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

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Robertas
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Luis0n7i
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Momon
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Salvazquez
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mihael199
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
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.

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

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

T:
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.

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

O:
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.

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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 426 ratings
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