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Blue Moon Honey Moon

Posted by dugpark on May 11, 2009

Blue Moon continues to interest me… it is one of those big macro companies trying to sell like the small guy but they actually pull it off now and again.  This is one of those instances. 

Blue Moon Honey Moon is a light summer yellow brew with snow white frothy head. The body is definitely light with a crisp malt finish… you get a nice, slightly sweet finish with hints of honey and orange lingering just long enough to say hello but not long enought to wear out their welcome.  5.6% ABV.

This is going to be a great summer brew that I actually know I will pick up again… go figure. :)

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Samuel Adams Honey Porter

Posted by dugpark on April 7, 2009

Samuel Adams Honey Porter, one of the Brewmaster’s Collection, pours a dark amber with a good sized head.  The nose is sweet and malty and the body follows with the same… you don’t quite notice the English hops as noted on the bottle, but I will trust that they are there.  Finish was a little off, but that might be a fluke.  Overall, no real honey taste although it was sweet and nothing super special about this little brew. 

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss

Posted by dugpark on July 26, 2008

Beer number two on tonights showdown is Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss.  See the post on the Sleeman Honey Brown Lager 77* for more info.  Basically cut and paste from that post:

The pour: Sleeman is dark gold (dare I say honey) color with a minimal head and medium carbonation.  Leinenkugal’s is light, like a pilsner, and fizzes very happily.  Good sized head.  Winner = Sleeman’s.

The Nose: Sleeman has a subtle smell.  More like a brown ale smell.  No honey to be found.  Leinie’s is light and ever so slightly sweet.  No honey but closer… Winner = Lienie’s.

The Taste: Sleeman is slightly tart, crisp and clean.  Lienie’s is smooth, and tastes more like an American lager.  Neither have even a hint of honey that I can tell… Winner = Sleeman.

The Finish: Sleeman is not complex at all.  It just kind of goes away quickly leaving you with a bit of an empty spot in your mind… Lienie’s leaves me with a coors or budweiser finish.  Not complex at all, either.  Winner = Sleeman.

While Sleeman took this one, Leinie’s beer isn’t bad.  I wouldn’t buy it again, but if it were at a bar or if I were in their home town I would drink it. :) 

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Lang Creek Huckleberry N’ Honey

Posted by dugpark on June 8, 2008

Another Montana beer for our tasting pleasure tonight.  This one hales from Marion, Montana which is west of Kalispell which is where we used to go for visits to a call center that took calls for the organization I was working for which was a cool little town.

Anyhow, this beer, like its sort-of-neighbor from last night, just didn’t do the great State of Montana justice.  I hate to say it, but Lang Creek Huckleberry N’ Honey really, really didn’t do it for me.  Now, the story behind the brewery is great and all, and it looks like one of their beers has won some awards, so I won’t write them off completely, but this one was my best first impression.

Unlike last night, this one had a clear taste… no chemicals.  The problem is, I don’t think they are using very good beer to start things off.  I have come to find that the key distinction in having a great tasting flavored beer is to start with a simple, standard brew that could stand on its own as a great beer.  Kasteel Rouge has this.  So does Pyramid’s Apricot Weizen.  Both start great and then they gently infuse (Pyramid) or full force throw it at you (Kasteel), but either way, the beer is great to begin with.

So, overall review is that this one came up short by not having a good, solid beer in the first place and that just throws the whole thing off.  Oh… and yes, I can taste the huckleberry… no, I cannot taste the honey… yet again.  Sorry Lang Creek.  I want to like you…

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Big Sky Summer Honey

Posted by dugpark on May 31, 2008

Per the other post on Great Wolf Lodge, we had a great time.  I failed to mention, however, that I picked up a new six pack for my in the room boozing.  The sixpack was Big Sky Summer Honey and I believe it was 6 to 8 dollars. 

I am still on the lookout fom a “great” honey ale or lager and unfortunately, this wasn’t the one.  Big Sky has done pretty good with their Moose Drool… at least Po likes it.  This one is another case of false honey advertising, though… just search honey on the blog and you will see some rants. 

Big Sky Summer Honey tastes more like a relatively tasteless brown ale, to be honest.  So I guess if you realy don’t want any impactful beer, this might be good.  I just think it is mediocre in every way.  I could drink this if I had to and it were on the lower level of the fridge. 

Summary: bland, standard brown, no note of honey. 

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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