Organic Honeydew | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Organic HoneydewOrganic Honeydew
426 Ratings
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

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

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3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just past the Best By date of 11/2/12. Looking forward to a nice English Ale. Purchased Big Top - and you know what that means. Heh.
Pour fits perfectly into my SN tulip. Attractive yellow gold with full white and very fizzy head. Slightly cloudy.
That sort of flat English ale smell. Soft malt character with hint of sweetness, but also the kinda' vegatal aroma that sometimes can come from honey in beer. A bit of a watery quality to the aroma too.
Soft malt flavors with the most interesting leaving in fairly short order. A slight doughiness to the malt character. Little hints of sweetness up front. Hopping appears middle with flavor and then progresses smoothly into the bitterness. Reasonably dry finish and extends quite long after the party is gone.
Moderately light body with fine and prickly carbonation. Enough heft to give some smoothness.
An English drinking ale for certain. Has an easy drinking quality. I surprised it's 5% as it drinks and feels smaller than that. Richness and fullness of flavors start to open up as it warms. Not a knockout, but I'll never pass something from this brewery.

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3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Brewed with organic ingredients - the label claims that this is the UK's most popular organic beer.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A golden-amber colour with faint haze and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt, a hint of sweet, earthy honey and some very mild floral notes. Not too much going on.

Tastes of sweet, light malt with a hint of honey. Subtle notes of fruity ale yeast, faint caramel, mild honey and stewed hops. A slight floweriness in the background. Dry and slightly sugary. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with nicely judged carbonation. Aftertaste of faint malt/honey.

An OK honey beer, though nothing special. Quite light in aroma and flavour, though the honey comes through. Would probably be alright on a hot day, but frankly there's not enough going on to hold my attention. Worth trying but no need to seek it out.

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3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear; purest gold colour; decent, white head

Aroma: sweet, bready malt; floral hints

Taste & Mouthfeel: silky texture and very clear honey flavour that rises up to dominate in the finish - the combination of which fits the name perfectly; medium-light body, ditto for the carbonation; some caramel and creme brulee flavours come to mind; surprisingly, not overly sweet

Overall: another success from Fuller's - flavour is spot on, great mouthfeel - fantastic summer brew

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells clearly of fresh honey, slight pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of honey, pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, this is the first time I've ever discerned the distinct flavor of honey in a beer brewed with honey. That alone, would be enough for me to give this a high rating. Also, good appearance and feel.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Clear golden, solid head dissipated slowly

S - Light raw honey with grain and adjunct

T - Adjunct and grainy malt, some leafy hops, and a raw honey flavour that has a strange mustiness to it

M - Light with medium carbonation, finishes slightly dry

O - The honey aspect is definitely raw and natural, and although the result tastes a little odd it is easy drinking and worth a try

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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Golden yellow honey like. White foam head, not much, lost quickly. Not much lacing.

smell: Sweet smell of honey and breadlike malts.

taste: You get the honey straight away. Not the sweet caramel like flavor, but the actual deep honey flavor, but not as sweet. Together with some bready malts, quite wheaty, and in the background some bittering hops to balance it out.

mouthfeel: Thin, refreshing, above average carbonation. No sirupy honey style, like you'd expect :)

overall: I must say. I wasn't that impressed with the first one, nor the second. But somehow this one grows on me. Especially when hot and very thirsty this is an insanely satisfying drink. If you want to sit down and enjoy a good complex beer, this is definitely not the one. But if you're thirsty and just want something refreshing this is a great beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from LCBO, poured into glass, slightly chilled.

A: really clear and honey-coloured. Fizzy head goes away quickly.

S: nice and wheaty; on the other hand there was a touch of some unpleasant proteiny smell.

T: wheaty and a little sweet. There's no honey in it, according to the ingredients. It's honey-themed, I guess? Don't get me wrong, it's nice.

M: a bit fizzy, refreshing.

O: I'd buy more of this if it was made locally, but for the price there are other honey browns and similar that I prefer.

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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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