Review: Bad Martha Vineyard Honey Ale

Review of Bad Martha Vineyard Honey Ale from Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery in Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard), MA

Beer Type: Golden Ale  ABV: 5.3%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Our sultry Golden Ale blends Martha’s Vineyard Honey with come-hither Pilsner malt and a kiss of German noble hops for a yummy, smooth finish.”

The Reality: This beer has a bright scent like fresh grass with a hint of floral honey. The taste is mildly hoppy with hints of tangerine and a smooth honey finish. This beer drinks light and lacks the amount of sweetness you might expect. The aftertaste is clean and dissipates quickly. All in all, I think their description was pretty good.

Final Verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, and would say that I favor it over their IPA which I reviewed a few weeks back. As I said in that review, Bad Martha is a brewery on Martha’s Vineyard, which is an island tourist destination, and therefore they aim to produce refreshing beers that will work with their environment. This beer is smooth, light and easy-drinking, as you might expect, but the reason I liked it so much is that it’s not sweet. They use the honey as a way to mellow the flavor, make the body a bit richer and add really nice floral and tangy notes, which makes sense, because people don’t generally prefer sweet beers on hot days. Basically, if Winnie the Pooh bought this beer, he’d probably be displeased, and may even get his head stuck in a bottle trying to find the honey. In my book, that’s just another reason to try it.