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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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 415
Photo of BigBry
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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Photo of nicki_san
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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. 5% ABV. Big bee on the label.

The color is golden a little bit on the dark side too. Thrones a nice looking foamy head of white color. Tenacious head on top. Sticks well to the glass.

The aroma is light in intensity (expected). Fruity notes with some honey in there too. Sweet and mellow in the nose. Taste has notes of honey with some malts and cereals. Good taste.

A good average beer that is very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden ale with a foamy head that has lots of retention. The color reminds me of mead, or maybe I just think that because I know there's honey in it. Aromas of sweet cereal and fruits. Honey is present and isn't overpowering. The flavor reminds me a bit of mead as well. Tart, fruity candy with a touch of honey. Grains are present as well. It's crisp and refreshing on the palate. This is a really lovely ale.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 6/1/12

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, not much for bubbles but a long lasting soapy finger of foam leaves some random lace

S sweet floral honey with some candied corn, pretty simple but decent

T even sweeter then the smell but similar otherwise, I do like the honey flavors but again its pretty simple

M low carbonation and fairly full for the color, grainy aftertaste

O decent stuff but pretty simple at the end of the day, it would make a decent summer beer

pretty far from some of the better Fullers products I've tried but worth a try if you like honey

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Photo of Converge
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Bubbly white head, and a clean golden-honey colored beer. Pretty simple. The head settles to a foamy cap that leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S - Floral hops, light caramel sweetness, and some light honey notes. Fairly take aroma, with a bit of light malt and clean grains as well.

T - Starts off really clean, almost like an adjunct lager, then opens up to lots of sweet fruits and honey, and finishes with a lingering hop presence with a slight bitterness. The whole profile just says clean and refreshing to me. No off flavors, but nothing really special from start to finish either. The honeydew is certainly distinct, but not very pronounced overall.

M - Fairly light body with average carbonation. Works well with the flavor profile.

D - Great beer for a warm day, and a good alternative to a boring lager. Not an exceptional beer overall, but a tasty one regardless. Nothing I'll go looking for again in the future though.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

73rd Review
Served in Fuller's Honeydew half pint tulip
Enjoyed at The Pilot Inn

A: Sunny golden hue, but clear. Barely half (soft white) fingernail head.

S: Smells like a warm summer afternoon BBQ - sweet melon, crisp honey, and laughter around a picnic table.

T: Beautiful balance of sweetness with mild malt character and no noticeable hop profile.

M: Light body/carbonation.

O: Crisp, fun, and refreshing. I'd love to try this again on a nice summer day.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before last month. Should be OK.

A - Pours a solid golden colour with a one finger fluffy white head. Tons of carbonation coming up. Bright. Chunky lace with a film of retention.

S - Honey, grain, sugar.

T - Honey, grain, slightly floral, sweet notes.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - Meh. Not special but certainly not offensive. Sessionable for sure if it had more flavour aside from the honey note. No hops and little malty goodness to speak of, but the honey note is alright. Weak for Fuller's but I can see their target market here.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of honey, grains and caramel. It had a subtle floral presence.

T - It tasted spicy with sweet caramel flavor. A bit of honey and toffee flavors are present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice English Pale Ale. A nice sessionable brew from Fuller's.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9oz classy brown pop top...nice label. Saw this in England, didn't pick one up; nice to see it in the States. Best by 4-4-2012.

Appearance: Poured into an imperial pint. Brilliant, rich golden beer with brilliant clarity and a few nearly microscopic floaties. Bright white head which soon settles down to a dense medium-film. Rather higher carbonation than most British ales.

Smell: Unlike most honey beers I've encountered, you can definitely smell the honey here; it's rich, sweet, and natural. Pleasant. The honey is actually dominant in this fairly light-smelling ale; underneath, there's just a ghost of your typical English pale ale...pale malts, mild esters, and ghost of English hops.

Taste: Overall this is pretty nice. The honey isn't quite as prominent on the palate as it is on the nose, but it's definitely there. Very lightly biscuity pale malt, mild bitterness (I don't get the 'citrusy' hop bitterness described on the back of the bottle, however) and light esters. Straight-forward quaffer.

Mouthfeel: Light, but fairly soft and pleasant

Overall: An English Pale Ale that would certainly lend itself to summer drinking. Served at a slightly lower temperature than normal for English ales (as per the back of the bottle) this would be quite refreshing as a warm wealther quaffing beer, yet there's enough flavor to keep things interesting. Not a ton of depth, but it's a solid English pale ale, and it's certainly the best 'honey' beer I've ever had. The presence of honey is easily discernable both on the nose and on the palate but it's not overly sweet or artificial tasting. This would likely be a solid B if it wasn't for the fact that it's $4.00 a bottle. For what it is, that's just a bit on the pricey side.

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Photo of gregb13
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very vibrant blonde with an intense white foam head which dissipates into a thin layer atop the brew. Decent lacing. Smells very pleasant; earthy hops, malt, honey sweetness. Taste is also very nice; honey sweet with a present malt backbone. Slight floral/honey aftertaste which doesn't bother me at all. I could drink this one all night without a problem.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear crisp blonde with a nice creamy head.

very faint floral hops. very weak malts.

up front, slightly malty with a touch of bread. honey kicks in through the finish and lingers. slight bitterness in the finish and after.

nice body, moderate to mild carbonation.

overall, needs more flavor. just comes off as lacking.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Grainy, sweet, a little bit of honey, fruitiness.

Taste: Light and sweet, a mix of corn and honey sweetness followed by a light citrus finish.

Drinkability: Tasty and light but kind of expensive ($4.20 per 16oz bottle).

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. I usually like what Fuller's does and ended up being happily surprised. It's a nicely sweet beer with just enough citrus hops to keep it away from being too sweet. The honey comes through in the taste and also lightens the body. It would be cool to see this on draft somewhere in the Twin Cities.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale golden colour, very similar to a typical lager. There is a nice thin creamy head on top that quickly settles down into a thin film.

The aroma has a sweet and rich malty backbone with some nice faint fruity notes coming through. Some faint honey also comes through.

The flavour is slightly sweet and malty to start with some honey flavour coming through alongside some faint hops towards the end. The finish is rich toasty malt.

Overall, this beer has a lot of very refreshing lager-like qualities. As an alternative to a pale lager, this would be high on my list. It's smooth and malty without having any overbearing features and having any off flavours.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Fullers beer does indeed look like something that might have been made by bees; its body is a honey-golden colour and the little bubbles left behind once the foam ran dry just so happen to assemble in a honeycomb pattern (what a coincidence!) It has a beautiful luster, as if it had just been varnished, and a fine, high definition clarity.

Organic Honeydew smells like an average pint of plain... that is a little less plain. Water minerals are noted, as is the quintessentially bready, biscuity English malt, but there is none of the zesty hops the label advised me to look out for. As for the honey, it is quite perceptible and airs itself out without being interrupted by any yeast or alcohol esters.

The honey that is tasted is more than just a fleeting sweet note as it often can be in so-called 'honey beers'; it has a viscous texture, hearty flavour and plenty of earthy, pollen-like undertones. It is well amalgamated, mind you, and doesn't step on any toes where biscuity British malt is concerned. The malt is also quite hearty and flavourful itself.

Indeed, this is a pint of English ale foremost, and not something to spread over toast (although it does contain flavours of marmalade and bread). I prefer most of the brewery's other brands, but I reckon this might make a nice change every once in a while, particularly in warmer months. Heck, I liked it enough last time I had it to buy it again.

Organic Honeydew is yet another in a long line of easily enjoyed Fullers beers. While it's undoubtedly an average sort of offering, it's a proper example of what an average sort of offering aught to taste and drink like; few breweries as large as Fullers can keep up this level of quality, especially with regards to their more mainstream-minded offerings.

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Photo of Eramen
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale gold with a one finger head that disappears soon after.

S - Smells mostly of honey, sugar, sweetbread.

T- Quite tangy, probably owing to the mixture of honey and brewing malts which are a strong feature on the palate; hint of lemon and breads, there is not really any more pronounced flavours other than these - disappointing. Hop bitterness is minimal.

MF - Fairly thin and watery in substance, about average mf.

O - An ok beer, it beats Wells honey beer but isn't spectacular. I honestly expect much more from Fuller's whose brews are normally fantastic.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gift from Beth and Peter. Thanks!

A: amber with tiny bubbles but nice head
S: grain and definitely honey, I didn't expect so much honey in nose
T: surprisingly grainy beer - cloying with honey but not over the top, could use a bit more hops but probably the clientele they're marketing to it's a no-go, not what I would expect from this incredible brewery that makes some of the best cask conditioned ales of the larger breweries
M: clear, crisp, grainy

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Photo of Mit
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a straw colour with very little head to speak of after initial pouring.

Smells of honey...initial smell is somewhat cloying....

Mild hop flavours with a def honey flavor coming through. Some bready notes coming through.

Solid mouthfeel for this beer. Fullers has this down pat IMO.

Overall this was a tasty beer. It got a little sweet but I could go for it again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden straw colour with mild cloudiness. Slightly off-white head fades quickly, but returns with little agitation.
Smell is certainly powerful with honey with a bit of biscuity malt hiding in the back.
Taste is modest, light malts, traditional English hops, and of course, an undeniable flavour of honey.
Very average mouthfeel with little carbonation. Overall, a good beer, but nothing exceptional. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, with a transient white head. Some bigger bubbles fall to a thin film and a collar remains. Nose has some sweet honey, grainy bread and only a hint of the honey dew. Taste reflects the nose substantially, honey sweetness and some grain - the honey dew (melon) only becomes more apparent as it lingers on the palate after the fact. Some alcohol is detectable which isn't too desirable for this ABV. Medium carbonation and good drinkability. Good for what it is, but far from spectacular.

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

Extraordinarily clear, bright golden colour with a small but persistent frothy white collar.

Smells of freshwater, ripe grains, lots of honey and orange pekoe tea.

Fairly mild taste. Sweet, toasted malts and ripened melon fruit. Some tangy citrus notes before going quite bitter.

Creamy at first, very smooth. A nice tang on the tongue, even at the end of the glass. Bran muffin-like aftertaste.

Up to the Fuller's standard and a good organic in general. Nice summer beer and a great meal compliment, but too sweet as a session ale for my taste.

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Photo of paxkey
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the clarity on this beer is stunning. pale yellow with bone white head. some carbonation but no bubbles rising up. very clear beer.

i pick up fruit right off the first sniff. some honeydew in there. the aroma on this is quite full and enjoyable. so much citrus coming through in the hops and a sweet malt background makes this smell really enticing.

bitterness followed by fruity sweetness. wet finish to this beer makes it feel full bodied. finishes clean with some sweetness. i prefer a drier finish but it is called honeydew.

very tasty stuff, a definite cut above.

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Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale blonde, one finger of white head, nice colour, no real head retention. Smell is biscuity, malty, semi-sweet notes of honey, subtle but notable hop profile. Taste is malty up front with a light sweetness rolling in, honey notes in the finish, bitter as well but remains throughout. Light to medium carbonation, creamy, medium to full body, good weight and very nice on the palate. Not bad, approachable and refreshing, solid and would revisit from time to time.

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Photo of
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very clear and bright honey colour with a long-lasting head that leaves spotty lacing as it recedes.

Smell - Starts off with spicy and grassy hops, followed by honey with a curious overipe fruit note that borders on compost. Stragely, that last bit is not nearly as unpleasant as it sounds.

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Taste - Buttered toast and honey predominate, with bit of spicy hops for balance. Finishes very clean.

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

A: Nice golden hue with a 2 finger head that does not retain. Slight carbonation.

S: Subtle notes of honey hits the nose followed by notes of biscuit malts and fruity hops

T: Taste of honey which compliments the beer really well. Notes of malts are noted.

M: Slightly carbonated. Less carbonated than your usual English Pale Ale.

O: Lovely beer to try. But not again. Maybe not in the near future. Miss-able beer.

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Organic Honeydew from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
3.5 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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