Organic Honeydew | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of hebdomeros
2.16/5  rDev -38.3%
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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Photo of Everydayoff
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of mickwin
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of AuntySemite
3.71/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber, thin coating. Nothing special. Very delicate aromas with subtle sweetness. Round and smooth taste of light smoky caramel. Zesty and rich feel. Flavorful after taste almost numbing the tongue (in a positive way).

Overall : Enjoying the tender taste and unique feel.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of MrCharlieMops
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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...

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

500 ml bottle poured into an English pub glass. A dark lemon drop yellow with quick-breaking white head and a rather sweet buttered biscuit, orchard fruit spread, and floral hop aroma. More of the same on the palate, buttered biscuit and lightly honeyed breakfast cereal, subtle citrus (lemon and orange) and gooseberry/vinous fruit notes, nothing overly bold or assertive yet not bland either. Carbonation is low-key although the beer is not flat, with more mouthfeel than expected and a lingering doughy sweetness that carries through into the slightly chalky finish, where some lightly floral hops again make their presence known. Although there are no obvious flaws and the expected taste elements are there, I am struggling a little with the pedestrian and unassuming demeanor of this brew. What's there holds promise but one is left wanting more.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light gold with a little haze and a little carbonation,k 2 fingers of yellowish head.

S: Honey all the way. A light biscuit quality, I almost get fresh butter as well, as though I am about to eat a honey biscuit.

T: Malty, biscuit, big honey qualities, a hit of iron, then more honey.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. A sort of honey essence coats the tongue.

O: Sweet beer, no pun intended. I thought I’d had this one, but I am enjoying it more than I remember. Clear honey qualities, and a light sweetness makes it pleasant. Bought in Bangkok at Paragon, drank in Songklha March 3rd, 2015.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of honey and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional notes of pale malts. The honey adds slight bits of sweetness and the hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the honey makes things a bit more interesting and prevents this from being a band pale ale.

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Photo of maiiik
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. My first impression of the bottle wasn't quite good, but I decided to give it a try, specially because I like the the combination with honey. It feels great in the mouth and it leaves you a tasty flavor when you finish each drink.
Totally recommended!

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Photo of tmzl
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours with average, thick (small bubbles), white (yellow hue), reminds me on the more fizzy lagers. Good retention, leaves a fine, thick layer, that diminishes with time completely. Leaves very little lacing. Clear, golden with orange hue, lots of carbonation for an ale.

Smell: Hey, light citrus, grainy - reminds me of a dry pilsner with some floral, herbal honey notes and light sweetness. Honey part a bit rancid and with a hint of bitterness.

Taste: Watery start, light medium honey, grain, hay (some very, very light munich-like/caramel hides somewhere) malt middle. More light sweet honey comes out at the end, creates light bitterness with some sweetness that stay with you for a while. Bit metallic towards the end, also some mineral and floral notes stay, but less than in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, pleasant carbonation - lively enough to make the emptiness a bit less empty.

Overall: Basically a floral pilsner with a bit more body. Missing some taste at start, the honey incorporation is very light and subtle, kinda works, but could probably be a lot more.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another honey beer... I don't really get them, it sounds like something that should be simple to make taste good - sweetness of honey versus the bitterness of hops, however I am yet to find one that doesn't taste like a lager with honey added as an afterthought. Brewers should be mixing a decent hoppy pale ale with honey, hopefully Fuller's can work some of their magic into this brew.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Tis a pale ale, a lightish tinge of sunglow in yonder body glassed, white thee breath of angels lace upon thee head [here endith thine Shakespearian verse].

S: Malt and honey, honey and malt. Pretty uneventful actually... and hops? What hops? Yawn.

T: Probably the best honey beer I've tried, and that's not saying much. At least it's not a lager with honey added, it's an ale with honey added (they got one thing right). This has a grain malt with honey and there is little else to add.

M: Mid to light bodied with a slightly higher than usual carbonation for an English ale.

D: One-dimensional is a hyphenated word that gets bandied about with honey beers quite a lot, and with good reason, they don't have a great deal of character and this is due to demographics; the average drinker likes a lager that is thirst-slaking and boring, why? Because it is easy to drink. Craft beer lovers aren't the norm unfortunately and macro lagers are macro for a reason - loads of people like their beers to be inoffensive (to them at least) and as an alcohol delivery system in the cheapest way possible. That is where honey beers slot in and I am yet to find a honey beer with even the tiniest amount of hop flavour so for me they are a dud, sorry world. IHM (I Hate Macros).

Food match: Honey-roasted peanuts. Ingredients: Salt, artificial honey-roasting agents, pressed peanut sweepings, Mmmm... (Simpson's reference).

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Photo of Scrylol
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white bubbly head that disappears quickly. Golden and slightly cloudy body.

Sweet malty, slight citrus, and some fruity and honey notes in the aroma.

Big caramel malty notes on the tongue. Slight grainy adjunct-like taste as well. Subtle citrus and fruity taste. Very low hop bitterness. Leaves a dry slightly bitter aftertaste.

Body feels good, but maybe just a little bit on the watery side. Nice carbonation to suit the beer.

Not much honey, but it was a decent EPA.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 4/6/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, bread, cracker, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, honey, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, bread, cracker, biscuit, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, bread, cracker, biscuit, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with balanced honey, bready malt, fruity yeast, and herbal hop flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good English blonde ale. Good balance of honey, malt, yeast, and herbal hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.5 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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