Review: Honey B's Lavender Ale, Samuel Adams


Honey B's Lavender Ale

Stats:
  • Style:  Lavender Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Malts:   Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)
  • Price:  $9.99 (six-pack) at supermarket

Description:  "Caitlin DeClercq has worked as a member of the Samuel Adams sales team since 2006. She created her Honey B’s Lavender Wheat with dried lavender petals, giving it a fragrant but soft aroma. A citrus tartness and slight sweetness from the honey and vanilla balance out the finish in this California resident’s brew; perfect to sip while kicking back and relaxing. — Samuel Adams 

Random thoughts:   From my series on Samuel Adams Category 23 award winning homebrews. Marked with an "enjoy before" date of September 2011.  I strongly suggest you let it warm up a bit before tasting it. When it was very cold, it was difficult to notice the subtleties in aroma and flavor.  

The tasting:  Golden straw color (crystal clear) with a white head that dissipated slowly, leaving lacing on the glass.  As advertised, it delivered aroma and flavor of lavender and honey over a caramel malt backbone.  The flavor of lavender was subtle, but noticeable.  The hop flavors were VERY mild. I expect this was intentional to allow the lavender to come through.  That said, the amount of lavender flavor was perfect and didn't remind me of some fancy soap.  It had a creamy mouth feel and finished with a touch of honey sweetness.  Well balanced and very drinkable!

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   This is a very unique beer and I haven't tasted anything like it.  It really delivered on the lavender and honey, without being overbearing.  When I first smelled the beer (right out of the fridge cold), the aromas didn't come through, and I expected it to taste like some boring pilsner.  I was wrong.  After it warmed up, it transformed.  Catilin's balance of hops and lavender is masterful.  I'd love learn more about this beer. She's given homebrewers, like me, a reason to be proud!  Next up is Rodney Kibzey's Blackened Hops.

Have you tried Honey B's Lavender Ale or any of the other Category 23 beers?  What did you think?  


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee, one of the winners just happens to work for Sam Adams?I say rigged!

Sanjay said...

Actually, it's not rigged. Their press release explains that one of the winners is selected from their employees. My original post has the full release (you can see it via the hyperlink in this post).

Chance said...

I just tried this today and was very impressed. Well balanced and unique. Wish there was more than two in a pack.

Sanjay said...

I agree. It was my favorite of the three. I read a few other reviews that criticized it form being overly sweet and florally. I didn't get that at all. To each his (or her) own...

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