Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend in the United States I was standing in our local supermarket beer section looking for beers for the weekend. I was intrigued by these two brews, Honey Please from Armadillo Ale Works and Jai Alai from Cigar City Brewing.
The Pour of Honey Please
Poured into a pint glass from a 12 0unce can. Honey Please pours a deep gold/ light amber, large white to slightly off-white head that fades quickly but leaves lots of lacing, brilliant clarity. The aroma is a huge hit of honey-like aroma that has a cinnamon-vanilla-like quality, reminiscent of cinnamon toast crunch, some bready and caramel malt sweetness round it out.
The Taste of Honey Please
Sweet honey and spicy flavors from the mesquite lead the way, caramel, and bready malt, with just a hint of hop bitterness and acidity in the finish to round it out and keep it balanced. An interesting fruity/spicy flavor from the mesquite (I guess) lingers after each sip. This ber has a medium body (maybe medium-high), but still crisp and easy to drink. Honey Please has a moderate level of carbonation.
Brewers Description of Honey Please
“A trifecta of Honey Malt, Mesquite Beans, and Texas Honey come together harmoniously in this delicious blonde ale. Its easy-drinking and well-balanced steez will leave you begging the bees and the trees for more Honey Please.”
Armadillo Ale Works has grown from an idea in 2010 into a great craft brewery in North Texas. Between 2010 and 2013 the founders worked on recipes in one of their parent’s home garages. In that time they won a grant from the University of North Texas Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and ran a successful Kick-Starter campaign. This gave them the ability to begin fundraising and start producing small-batch sodas for distribution throughout Denton. After months of producing craft sodas in the Denton area.
They got the opportunity to brew their beers using the equipment at Deep Elem Brewing in Dallas. While brewing in Dallas, Armadillo was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal for Quakertown Stout in the Imperial Stout category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. From 2015 to 2018 Armadillo was in transition. After 2 years of construction and almost a decade of hard work and resilience, production moved from Grapevine to Denton and Armadillo Ale Works opened its doors on June 1, 2018.
Opinion of Honey Please
The more I drink this one, the more I like it. Honey Please has a definite mesquite aroma and flavor that really stand out. I suspect the unique character may not be for everyone, but personally, I like how flavorful this one is given the moderate ABV. Definitely, one to drink when you want tons of flavor.
By the Numbers
The Pour of Jai Alai
Poured into a pint glass from a 12-ounce can. Jai Alai pours a dark burnt orange color with an inch of dark white, cream-colored foam. Nice lacing as the foam dissipates. When it hits the nose, subtle citrus notes consisting of orange peel, grapefruit, and cantaloupe are the first things you notice. A bit of a grassy, earthy character with pine and resin follow that. The malts have notes of caramel, and there is an underlying sweetness.
The Taste of Jai Alai
Citrus is subtle and consists mostly of stone fruit. Pine and resin present, but the bitterness is lessened by an underlying sweetness. Caramel malts provide a solid backbone and supporting role. As the beer warms the citrus becomes more prevalent and the beer gets sweeter. The carbonation is excellent and the overall feel is great. Malt provides a solid backbone, lacking a little bit of bitterness but the finish is clean.
Brewers Description of Jai Alai
“Native to the Basque region of Spain, the game of Jai Alai involves players launching a ball from a curved mitt called a cesta in an attempt to outsmart and outmaneuver their opponents on a court called a fronton. Native to Tampa, Florida, Jai Alai IPA is a bold, citrusy and balanced India Pale Ale that involves six different hop varietals used generously in a 7.5% ABV beer. While the number of frontons in our home state of Florida has dropped since the sport’s peak in the mid-1980s, Cigar City Brewing pays homage to the sport and the dedicated players and patrons who keep this Florida tradition alive with its flagship ale. Look for notes of orange peel, clementine, and light caramel to share the story and sunshine of Florida with beer lovers across the globe.”
Cigar City Brewing started brewing their first beers in 2009. Taking inspiration from the culture and history of their hometown, Tampa Florida. The philosophy of the brewery is to use give first-rate people first-rate ingredients in a space where they can pursue their passion. Cigar City understands that not all of its beers will please everyone. All of the beers, ales, and lagers they brew are vegan-friendly.
Opinion of Jai Alai
This is a solid IPA. I enjoyed drinking it. The flavors and feel of the beer hide the ABV very well. It is easy to put down three or four of these at a sitting not thinking about the ABV. I hope can continue to find this Jai Alai here in my area this summer. We are so far from Tampa I was kinda shocked to see it on the shelves here.
By the Numbers
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