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Bee’s Organic Ale (332 of 1001)

Rating: 3.2

A new beer from the 1001 beers list and my first new English beer from the list in a while now, this one coming from the Arkell Brewery based in Wiltshire, England. This is naturally a beer that I’ve been on the look out for, basically since starting this blog and despite numerous trips to England over the years, it’s one that I hadn’t been able to source until I finally stumbled across a bottle in Giffnock’s Whole Foods Market recently and quickly grabbed a bottle. Initially launched in 2001 as the brewery’s first organic ale that is brewed using organically produced honey, I imagine it will prove to be quite similar to Fuller’s Honey Dew that I managed to try on-tap, in London last summer. That particular offering was actually the UK’s first organically produced beer, having been introduced two-years prior to this offering but I’m still quite interested to see how the two compare.

Bee's Organic Ale

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a bright copper colour, this one took quite an aggressive pour to form a thin, quarter centimetre tall head that is foamy and white with a few larger bubbles rising to the surface of the beer too. The body was a clear one and the head eventually started to turn quite patchy, leaving a bit of space in the centre of the beer after about thirty or forty seconds.
Aroma (6/10): Not a particularly strong beer on the nose really with some light malts and a sticky sweetness kicking things off alongside the honey that the label promised. There was a nice nectar aroma from the beer that touches on some caramel as well but wasn’t quite as strong as I’d expected either really. There was some faint citrus notes and a hint of apple coming through with some light bitterness in there too. It was definitely a pleasant nose but it could also have been a lot stronger.
Taste (6/10): This one opened up with quite a bitter taste that had a lot of earthy malts and hops to begin with before some caramel and the honey from the nose started to appear but neither was particularly strong this time around either. There was some background fruits again making themselves known, mainly some apples and pears, and there was further bitterness towards the end of this one.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, this one was quite a bitter beer that had an earthy feel to it from the early going onwards, whilst some basic floral touches also featured. The beer was quite easy to drink and there was definitely a noticeable sweetness coming through from the honey without being the dominating characteristic that I’d been expecting.

Overall (12/20): This one was a pretty average offering on the whole and to be honest I was expecting a lot more honey to come through in both the nose and the taste but sadly it wasn’t to be. There was a strong bitterness throughout this one and some earthy flavours dominated more than I thought possible with this type of beer but some sticky sweetness did come through in areas in it wasn’t a bad beer per se, it just wasn’t a particularly interesting offering either. I managed to work my way through the bottle easily enough and the balance wasn’t too bad but at the same time it definitely wasn’t as good as Fueller’s Honey Dew offering that I tried a while back now either.

Brewed In: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Brewery: Arkell’s Brewery Limited
First Brewed: 2001
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £2.49

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