Smooth Sailing Honey Ale – Buckerfield’s Brewery (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Smooth Sailing Honey Ale – Buckerfield’s Brewery Swans Hotel & Brewpub, 5% ABV, (Victoria, BC)

-brewed with fireweed honey

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I like it: crispy and honey sweet
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$6, 650ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again:No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours topaz with a thick foamy head, foamy retention, sticky lacing, very active fast moving CO2 streams. Muted nose. Drinks 6/10-sweetness level, watery texture, aggressive burpy carbonation, tastes of bittersweet honey, hints of grapefruit, ends with a lingering sharp bitter hoppy finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay carry, good transitions, good drinkablility. A variety of elements – sweet, bitter, hoppy, crisp, honey. Too watery and thin for my tastes however. In addition, the bitter finish is too heavy and off-balanced.