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Fuller’s Honey Dew (303 of 1001)

Rating: 3.6

This one is a beer that I only noticed was featured on the 1001 beers list recently and realised that I’d probably had a few chances to try in the past on my numerous visits to Fuller’s pubs while in London, thankfully I noticed just before my recent trip to the city and was able to find it on-tap in a pub of theirs not far from Tottenham Court Road underground station. The beer is one that was first brewed by Fuller’s in 1999 and introduced across the UK as a year round offering in 2000 although the brewery had previously been brewing a honey beer as a seasonal offering since 1996. This one is different however, Honey Dew is a fully organic beer that was one of the first organic beers in the UK to capitalise on the growing trend from organic produce. It is currently the best-selling and also happened to be one of the first honey beers in the country. Made from only organic ingredients, Honey Dew is brewed using English hops and malts with the honey coming from Brazil as that is one of the few places able to produce enough organic honey to meet demand for a beer that was voted the best honey beer at the 2008 World Beer Awards.

Fuller's Honey Dew

Appearance (4/5): Quite a bright looking pint, this one is a strong golden colour with a clear body and features some fine bubbles rising to the surface. The head sits about a centimetre and a half tall and is bone white with good retention and a little lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (6/10): This one smells a lot like a lager with some good citrus notes and a little bit of bread, there is some lager malts coming through as well. I got some sweetness, mainly from the honey with some sugars and a touch of bitterness towards the end.
Taste (7/10): This one starts with some lager malts and a few biscuit flavours alongside some bread and a little grain. There’s a few faint fruits making an appearance with some grassy hops not far behind. Again the beer is quite sweet from the honey with the fruits and some sugar featuring as well; it’s not an outstanding beer but it’s enjoyable tasting and it certainly grows on you.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and well carbonated, it’s quite strong and lively, with a crisp feel. The beer is surprisingly refreshing with some sweetness throughout and touches of bitterness towards the end alongside quite a dry finish.

Overall (14/20): 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 and 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 and the feel of the beer was good as well.

Brewed In: London, England
Brewery: Fuller, Smith & Turner
First Brewed: 1999
Full Name: Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: The Jack Horner, London, England
Price: £4.00 (approx.)

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  1. May 13, 2016 at 08:09

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