Blonde Hunny Ale - Wild Wolf Brewing Company
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2.73/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Serve on-tap in a tapered-waist clear serving glass at Fry Spring Station (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Soft honey-amber with a short cap of off-white head with poor retention and no lacing.
S: Aroma is sweet malt with some Belgian yeast spice and herbal hopping.
T: The honey presence is clear but there is not a whole lot else to suggest this beer. The hopping is herbal and earthy but light, and the malt component is pretty thin and wanting.
M: The mouthfeel is lighter than the ABV but the carbonation is way too light and it give the beer a thin, watery feel.
O: A really disappointing beer all the way around.
Serving type: on-tap
08-31-2012 03:22:19 | More by argock
2.28/5 rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Growler selection taken home from Wild Wolf's facility. According to the menu, Blonde Hunny is "An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of local honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing, but be careful- this one's ABV will sneak up on you. This beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers."
Poured from a growler to a Belgian snifter. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Aggressive pour yields a thin white creamy head with below average retention. Body color is a very hazy pale amber gold with subtle carbonation. Decent appearance and I liked the thick haziness, but its quite short on head quality. 3
(Smell) Wheat, prickly spice, grainy strong alcohol on a mild tart cracker yeast base. Honey is subtle, if present at all in this drink. Not a lot of depth in the aroma whatsoever, and the ester alcohol is very intense. The aroma is not particularly pleasing. 2
(Taste) Thin wheat malt base gives way to tart cracker and subtle spicy finish that, with the alcohol dominating, grinds the palate clean. A lot of ever-present sharp alcohol on the finish. I have no idea where the honey comes in, unless it directly contributes to the alcohol, which is intense and very estery, without contributing to the flavor at all. Depth of flavor isn't fantastic either, there's little surprises to the flavor aside from lots of booze, if that's your thing. Flavor is not very exciting nor is it enjoyable. 2.5
(Mouthfeel) Quite flat, a little too slick. Alcohol presence is high. Body is low. Doesn't work with the limited flavors in the taste. The solution: A slightly more elevated body, and a much more concealed alcohol presence is favorable, plus a little more carbonation activity wouldn't hurt, either. 2
(Overall) I find that this beer's worst enemy is a lack of body to match the alcohol. Quite the boozy drinker, unfortunately it doesn't have a very high drinkability either. The recipe is a bit too simple and the "Belgian" quality is scarce too, aside from some subtleties, it tastes a lot like a spiced pale wheat ale, with a ton of strong alcohol to match. Honey doesn't pair too well with the flavor either, spiking the alcohol without adding much flavor diversity. Consider this a one-off or some kind of experimental pilot brew, through which it could improve vastly; I'd give this a pass in light of their Alpha Ale, which I enjoyed much, much more. 2
Wild Wolf Brewing Company's
Blonde Hunny Ale
Serving type: growler
08-02-2012 01:22:54 | More by Jadjunk
Blonde Hunny Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 25 user ratings.