I received two bottles of Portland Brewing’s Oregon Honey Beer a little while back (a 12-ounce and a 22-ounce), their summer seasonal that had not been brewed for the past five years or so. At 4.8% abv it’s a nice-drinking summer ale, and though the website indicates it’s only available through the 15th of this month, I’d wager you’ll be able to find it on the shelves for a bit afterwards. And going into the dog days of August it’s worth checking out.
The brewery’s own description is pretty straightforward:
Brewed with Oregon-sourced white clover honey and Willamette hops, Oregon Honey Beer is crisp and refreshing with just a hint of sweetness.
Appearance: Clear, yellow-gold in color, with a white head that thins out quickly. The head is fizzy, not fluffy.
Smell: Sweet grain aroma with a touch of corn and sweet pale malts. Slight grassy, very clean.
Taste: Light, clean, a hint of sweet corn and a touch of grass hops (as promised by the aroma). Easy drinking, with a fizzy effervescence. The corn character has a nice presence and it presents with a lagered character.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, finishes a touch sweet and very clean.
Overall: This is a clean, easy drinking summer beer. Nothing flashy but nice for hot weather.