I note that JDW have commissioned the respected Freeminer Brewery to bring out a new spring ale for them. Honey Dipper is made from First Gold hops from Worcestershire and honey from Fairtrade suppliers in Chile. It is a “full-flavoured”, gold-coloured, 4.6% abv ale. I presume it tastes of honey, a flavour I personally dislike. In brewing terms, honey is good. It ferments easily and imparts a noticeable honey taste, depending on amount used. I assume unless you want it to taste slightly (or more) of honey, then there is no point in using it.
Are there good honey beers out there? Do you have to like honey to like honey beers? I'd think so. Am I wrong?
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink. He also judges beer at both the International Beer Challenge and the World Beer Awards.
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