Feather River Honey AleJuly 1, 2003 Magalia, CA
Feather River Brewing Co.
Brewer Roger Preecs created virtually all the equipment in his 14-barrel brewery, formulated his honey ale recipe outside the parameters of recognized styles, and aims to distribute his beer “from Sacramento to Redding: We don’t ever want it to get warm.”
Alcohol by weight: 4.25
The head is solid, talkative, and a beauty to behold. There are rich aromatics here and, yes, honey, too. In the past I’ve found too many “honey” beers to be a failure in the honey department, but not this. Not at all. This is fine beer: well balanced and invitingly sociable, as only honey and malt can be in beer.
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer shows a full amber color and raises a sturdy tan head. The aroma is sweet and lightly fruity, but honey doesn’t instantly spring to mind. The bitterness is snappy and clean up front, but quickly recedes to allow a slightly sweet, fruity center to emerge. It dries in the finish. The honey is subtle, but this is a very pleasant beer, especially with pork dishes.
- Garrett Oliver
The creamy head looked like zabaglione, but collapsed quickly. The beer has a dark cherry color. Perhaps I am being suggestible, but I also find a very fruity, cherry-like aroma. Cherry jam, perhaps? The body is light to medium, and very smooth. The flavors are very full, reminiscent of cherry liqueur chocolates. The finish is very late, with notes of passion fruit. Some warming alcohol, too. I wonder what kind of honey was used?
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.