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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
425
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Noticed this appears to be past the BB date. Picked up from LCBO.
Pours quite a large heard of white froth, leave little film but good lacing. Colour is golden yellow, with good carbonation.

Aroma is slightly sweet, good malt backing. Smell is quite crisp and maybe a touch citrus-ey. Very fragrant.

Taste is immediately of carbonation, then develops a really nice grainy and orange flavour. Malt is quite solid and the beer retains quite a refreshing profile. The finish is a bit chewy with toffee, dry, and slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good amount of malt for this Pale Ale, remains refreshing.

This is quite a good representation, and is both drinkable and flavourful. Could be better on the finish and maybe a couple off notes (probably due to staleness), but worth a try if you see it.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Stocean1
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a white two finger head upon a honey yellow body, not well retained leaving a thin collar with little lace.

Smell is sweet, hint of honey, malt, some noble hops.

Taste follows the nose, not overly sweet and well balanced, very nice.

Mouth light to medium bodied with little carbonation and only slightly bitter, very refreshing, sweet but not cloying, very sessionable.

A decent brew from fullers that is perfect for summer.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rickyleepotts
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first organic beer we tried was terrible. I am hoping the honey helps this one. We have only had one from Fuller, but there are a ton on the list. I also found it interesting that BeerAdvocate, a site that has ALWAYS had every beer I was looking for, was missing this one. Not sure what the deal was… but it wasn’t there. There is one listed with cranberries, but this one is just honey. Organic honey! I had no idea that was hard to find. I guess another reason I need to visit South Africa.

This beer will go good after a long day in the office. Let’s get started.

In the Glass: It looks like a thin, polished lager. I was confused because on the website (the official Fuller, Smith, & Turner website) they pitch it as a lager when the style is actually a pale ale. Not sure… but it looks like a lager before it looks like a pale. I am a little worried, because the bottle says to enjoy before April 12.

Nose: The beer doesn’t have that big of a nose. I don’t pick up the honey until the very end. This is a beer that you want to drink freezing cold, but I am sure more aroma will come as it heats up. But that is a double edged sword… gain aroma but lose flavor on a beer like this.

Flavor: The flavor is bland, but the sweetness from the honey really stands out. As I drink this beer, I think about how drinkable it really is. There isn’t much in terms of the mouthfeel or the aftertaste… I would compare this to an infused light beer, like a Bud Light Lime. That’s not a bad thing, because the honey stands out.

Mouthfeel: There isn’t much of a mouthfeel here. It is thin, slides across the palate like a light beer, and is gone just like that. There is some subtle dryness toward the end, but that is gone as fast as it gets there. There aren’t as many bubbles as I expected, either.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste here. What aftertaste there is is calm, with some dry honey notes. I am not sure I could tell the different between organic honey and regular honey… but it makes me feel better drinking an organic beer, I suppose.

This beer is good, but it is not great. I would order it again if the price is right. I would like to have this on tap in a pitcher to share with friends. If this was being served in a restaurant, I hope they throw a little honeycomb on the rim of the glass for garnish. That would be sweet!

Honey Dew - The bottle says: “THIS AWARD WINNING BEER, DELIGHTFULLY TASTY, GOLDEN AND REFRESHING, IS THE U.K.’S LEADING ORGANICALLY PRODUCED ALE. BREWED USING CAREFULLY CHOSEN INGREDIENTS, ORGANIC ENGLISH MALT, ORGANIC HOPS AND THE FINEST ORGANIC HONEY, TOGETHER WITH OUR UNIQUE YEAST AND WATER, HONEY DEW HAS A MELLOW, ROUNDED CHARACTER DELICIOUSLY BALANCED WITH A ZESTY CITRUS FINISH.”

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best before 2 September 2012.

Appearance: pale golden hue with a light effervescence and clear body. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: light aroma with a pleasant breadiness, a touch of honey and a light hop character. Mild but appealing.

Taste: sweet, malty flavor with a light graininess and a nice noble hop character. The honey really sweetens this beer up, and though it's a bit odd I really rather like the effect.

Mouthfeel: light body with a moderate carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so it rather appeals to me. I could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a session.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours out a clear golden color with a finger of head that quickly drops. The aroma is very sweet, with a very realistic honey note dominating the proceedings, along with some lightly toasted malts. The taste is excellent, it's got the sweet honey tastes at first, but it fades to an absolutely sublime lightly toasted malt helped out by just a touch of honey. Delicious. The mouthfeel is quite quaffable. Overall, it's a great summer ale that I wish came in six packs.

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3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft sample, standard pint glass.
Pours a clear, golden yellow, slightly orange highlights with a beige head. Foam settles to a floating film, a few bubbles left on the glass, but not really enough to call it lace.
Smell is grainy, and then some honey or sugary sweetness.
Taste is about the same as smell, grainy and a bit sweet to start. Light grassy hop flavor at the end.
Good level of carbonation keep it fresh and a crisp mouthfeel. Light body, easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Size: 500ml Bottle

A: Its color is a fitting Honey Yellow with a pretty foamy head

S: Very sweet smelling reminiscent of mead.

T: Taste very sweet and refreshing then an excellently bitter hop taste.

M: a tiny bit below average carbonation with a light body.

O: I am hooked on this Ale. Highly recommend it to be tried at least once, preferably cold on a warmer day. Relatively pricey compared to U.S. Domestic Beers, but as the old saying goes, You get what you pay for. In this case it is an amazing Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.5 out of 5 based on 425 ratings.
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