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Saturday, January 30, 2010

A taste of... Iron Hill Honey Do-Wit Beer

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
710 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 472-2739

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Iron Hill Honey Do-Wit Beer was sent to me by the folks at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. It has been kept in a cool, dark, dry place for some time (I am betting six months…) so it has been well cared for but might be past its prime. However, at 9.5% alcohol by volume, I doubt it. There was no “Best by…” information on the bottle or label.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A whit beer that pours crystal clear and has some hefty bubbles cruising through a dark honey colored brew.

Aroma: The first aromatics might scare folks who have never tasted a wheat brew. Those in the know can appreciate the sharp aroma. A second visit to the aromatics finds a range of toasty biscuit aromas. The final nose-dive reveals a touch of spice.

Mouth feel: There is some full body to this brew, but no flab.

Flavor: The unique flavor that wheat brings to beer and ale is very much in evidence at first impression. A second sip finds the alcohol and then a rich, almost unctuous sweet grain flavor. There is some floral from hops flowers but the alcohol slobbers all over the shy flowers. The third sip has all taste receptors recalibrated and in their battle stations ready for the alcohol and ready for the sweet malt to give the heat some heft.

Finish: This is a long lasting finish that ends almost as sweet as a sherry.

Comments: After drinking this bottle of beer I doubt any man would be able to do much of any of the chores and any woman would probably loose interest in getting those chores done after finishing her bottle.

Food & Beer: Smoked meats would find a fine friend if this brew was the beverage of choice.

The Brewery: http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/wilmington/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/news/2020986

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/iron-hill-honey-do-wit/104618/

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