Before this morning’s sampling, I have a confession to make. I don’t really like honey beers. More often than not, they are golden ales ruined by a syrupy sweetness. There are exceptions, of course, but generally they are not conducive to the hop lover or even those seeking that magical state: “balance”. With that in mind, I approached today’s treat with some trepidation.
It’s in 500ml, bottle-conditioned, form and is a session strength 4.2%. It poured hazy golden with decent carbonation and the smallest of off-white heads. The aroma was a little sweet malt evenly mixed with floral tones. Pleasingly, the beer itself was not a honey rush as feared, but instead was a well-balanced medium-bodied affair.
The taste had a biscuit malt edge overlaid with a bittersweet finish. The honey gives it a fruit-sweetness, but instead of detracting from the beer, it’s subtle enough to blend effortlessly into the mix. The grassy, floral notes help to stop this tipping over the edge and the end result is a quite refreshing session beer.
Tyson says: Forget the honey; this one won’t scare the horses.