Look, translucent gold. Heavy head that falls to even taupe-ish cream that clings to glass.
Taste: Citrus like fruit up front (amarillo). A *hint* of alcohol in the middle, the sweetness hides the alcohol. Pleasant hop character, the aroma is likely simcoe. Dryish towards the end, this is from the wild flower honey. Pleasant to drink.
Homebrewer note: Uses British Crystal Malt, which changes the nature of the beer a lot. If this was brewed with same hops, honey, and Maris Otter or Two Row, it would more like a Double or Triple IPA-ish. It makes it interesting to me to see how a malt can change the nature of a beer.
A: Rich looking amber with a tint of orange. Full fluffy head that's tan-white.
S: Fruit hops, butterscotch, and biscuits.
T: Full thick sweetness, quickly balanced by hop blast of fruit and bite, then a mix of caramel and toasted biscuits. Definately full mouth but 70 ibus and honey kind of clear things out. Alcohol is faint in the aftermath.
D: First and foremost a great beer. It's definately a holiday brew but not a spice bomb. There's a complexity flavor palate and of the heavy sweetness, balanced with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, then the honey helps smooth things out even further. It's hard to get the great Oregon beers in Chicago, too bad cause this shit the real deal.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers