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Judge's Review: 86 Rating - Honey Please by Armadillo Ale Works

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
86
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
3 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Honey Please by Armadillo Ale Works is a Mesquite Bean Blonde Ale with Texas honey and is being evaluated as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (2015 BJCP Category 30A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer to remain present while spice, herb, or vegetable characters remain noticeable.

Light chocolate notes emerge as I draw the glass closer; medium honey mixes with a malt sweetness to round out the initial aroma. The beer is clear copper with a medium, frothy white head, and short retention leaving behind only a center patch on top. Sweet dough and biscuit malt, light honey lends a caramel character to this medium-bodied beer.

Further into the beer I notice faint stone fruit esters in an otherwise clean aroma. The mesquite beans (which I had to research) lend a pleasant soft chocolate note that blends very well with the honey and malt character and sweetness. There are no perceivable hops and only a faint hop bitterness, which allows the malt to dominate. A light chocolate and caramel character linger into the medium sweet finish. Medium carbonation.

This beer would pair well with BBQ and the accompanying sides.

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