Honest Brew – Review


Honest Brew are a beer subscription service with a twist. They take a big extra step to make sure that you get exactly the beers that will suit your palate.

The Honest Brew process is to send you out a Taster Kit, then you tell them which beers you enjoyed, and they will send you 12 different craft beers every month, from all over the world, that match your tastes. This review covers the Taster Kit and gives you an idea of what you can expect to receive.

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Honest Brew Taster Kit

Beaverton Neck Oil Session IPA

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This IPA comes in a yellow can adorned in various bearded skulls and some pyramid imagery reminiscent of the Knights of the Templar. It’s simply the lightest, palest IPA I’ve ever come across. It’s got enough umph about it to make you realise you’re not drinking a pale ale. It’s bursting with grapefruit taste without being too bitter. It has a long hop list – Magnum, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Galaxy, Vic Secret, Mosaic – leaving a complex but crisp taste.

Definitely a good session choice for both IPA and pale ale fans.

Howling Hops Running Beer

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This is like more like an IPA than a brown ale. There’s a delicious caramel depth to the body and the hops give off a nice floral sweetness. It’s a good balance of a malty booty with a new world hop perfume. It’s a rounded taste, biscuity, and has a slight spicy finish. Nicely done.

The Wild Beer Co – Wild Goose Chase

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A long, slender, goose neck bottle with a stag’s head up front delivers Wild Goose Chase, a “Farmhouse Pale + Gooseberry + Zingy” combination. It’s odd that the description up front doesn’t mention wheat because it’s most definitely a wheaty, wheat beer. I should point out that wheat beers aren’t my thing, which is no fault of the Wild Beer Co. If, however, you like the sound of a light wheat beer with a green, fruity tartness fermented by “own culture of wild yeast from local orchards”, then this will be right up your street.

Fourpure – Pils Lager

Honest BrewFourpure’s Pils is a traditional German Pilsner, hopped with a blend of Hallertauer and Saaz and fermented with a classic Bavarian yeast. While I’m not really one for Pilsner, this was definitely refreshing and this would not go amiss on a hot summer’s day.

Buxton Brewery – Wild Boar

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The beautiful citrusy aroma, the satisfying body of an IPA, the fruity punch and the perfectly balanced bitterness makes Wild Boar a wonderful find. It turned out to be a perfect accompaniment to my chicken, coriander and coconut curry. If I was indicating what, from my sample box, suited my taste, I’d be double ticking and circling this one. Delicious.

The Five Points Brewing Co – Railway Porter

Honest BrewI wish I loved Porters and Stouts. I think that it may be something that I develop a taste for in time but, just now, it’s just too dark, rich & bitter for me. This Porter is bursting with caramel, chocolate and rich coffee. The dark roast and toffee tastes are too much for me, but that’s fine. The whole point of this Taster Kit is that you try a wide selection of beers and get an idea of what you’d like more of.

And that’s a great idea. It’s far better to express a preference this way rather than ending up with 12 bottles and half of them just aren’t your thing. Honest Brew should be commended for this.

Disclaimer : Honest Brew sent me this Taster Kit for the purposes of this review.

52 Comments

  1. amy fidler
    20 March 2016
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    would love to try some of these,never even heard of some of them x

  2. Andrea Storey
    20 March 2016
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    Lovely selection of beers, Neck Oil is amazing (as are most of the Beavertown ales).

  3. 20 March 2016
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    I love “Mild” shandies in summer

  4. iain maciver
    20 March 2016
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    would really really love to win

  5. janet humphrey
    20 March 2016
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    my secret ? i really really like beer

  6. Bev
    20 March 2016
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    I can write with both hands at once.

  7. Jo Hutchinson
    20 March 2016
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    I love beers and don’t like wine.

  8. Hazel Rea
    20 March 2016
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    My secret? If I won I’d use it to bribe my husband to help me radically change our garden. πŸ™‚

  9. 20 March 2016
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    ME and my husband love a real beer.

  10. clair downham
    20 March 2016
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    my hubby would love this so fingers crossed

  11. SJ
    21 March 2016
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    Would love to win this for my boyfriend!

  12. Lorna Kennedy
    21 March 2016
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    My secret? I choose my beer by the whackiness of its name! Howling Hops Running Beer sounds right up my street, can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  13. Ruth Harwood
    21 March 2016
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    my secret would be that I say I hate reality tv but secretly watch made in chelsea!!

  14. GB
    21 March 2016
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    Would be interesting to see what the tasters are like

  15. Rebecca Pickering
    21 March 2016
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    It’s no secret that I love trying out new beers, so this would be an absolutely amazing prize to win!

  16. Lisa Parker
    21 March 2016
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    Lovely x

  17. Karl Borowy
    21 March 2016
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    cheers

  18. bella smyth
    21 March 2016
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    oh how fab, awesome blog thanks for the chance.

  19. Brian Harrington
    21 March 2016
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    fabulous – I’d love to try some of theses beers

  20. Natalie Gillham
    21 March 2016
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    Great selection of Beers, I’d love to try some, thanks for the chance x

  21. Paul von der Fecht
    21 March 2016
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    Looks like an interesting selection.

  22. Rebekah Jones
    22 March 2016
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    a secret … hmmmm …. I have just bought my gorgeous hubby an electric acoustic guitar for his birthday on Monday … a secret and a surprise !!

  23. Natasha Whenham
    22 March 2016
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    Wednesday is always my fave day to have a nice beer, gets me past the mid week hump!

  24. 22 March 2016
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    big IPA and pale ale fan, cant get away with anything dark. Luckily got loads of microbreweries and decent pubs ‘up north’

  25. Helen Baker
    22 March 2016
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    I speak German and can read the Reinheitsgebot πŸ™‚

  26. Julie T
    23 March 2016
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    Where I have moved to now, no-one knows that I am a Gilbert & Sullivan fan.

  27. Hester McQueen
    23 March 2016
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    It won’t be a secret if I post it here!

  28. Natalie Gillham
    25 March 2016
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    I can’t it’s a secret, thanks for the competition!

  29. don erwood
    25 March 2016
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    Would love to give this a whirl

  30. Susan B
    26 March 2016
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    A secret? Um, I loved Abba when everyone who thought they were cool didn’t.

  31. Glenn Marvell-James
    27 March 2016
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    Great prize, mmmmmm beer.

  32. caroline
    28 March 2016
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    such a great prize – sorry can’t keep this a secret.

  33. Emma Ferguson
    28 March 2016
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    Secrets are sometimes best hidden lol

  34. Andrew Petrie
    30 March 2016
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    I’m a secret beer drinker.

  35. Christine Caple
    31 March 2016
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    I’m hoping to win this for my husband, he loves trying different beers

  36. Rachel Butterworth
    1 April 2016
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    I hate raisins.

  37. sue
    1 April 2016
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    fabulous.x

  38. michelle o'neill
    2 April 2016
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    hubby would love this x

  39. Harline parkin
    2 April 2016
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    my secret is I’m learning to drive while my husbands at work but eventually he will know only if I pass my test think it will be awhile I’m 52 and not very confident

  40. William Gould
    2 April 2016
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    My secret is that I don’t do all the housework I’m supposed to when my wife goes out on Tuesdays. I just make it look as if I’ve done it!

  41. Ani Costa
    6 April 2016
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    secretly, i think simon cowell is sexy!

  42. Helen W
    6 April 2016
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    Hope to win as my BF would love this!

  43. Michelle Ptak
    9 April 2016
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    My hubby would love some real beer!!

  44. Sandra Jo Siddall
    9 April 2016
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    My secret! I prefer a pint of best than any other drink ????

  45. Julie Booth
    9 April 2016
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    fabulous prize- we love real ales

  46. Diana
    9 April 2016
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    I’m a girl who loves beer πŸ™‚

  47. 10 April 2016
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    My secret is that if I won I would tell my other half that I paid for them as a present for him so that I could bribe him into doing some DIY…. πŸ™‚

  48. Maggie Norvell
    10 April 2016
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    I”d be my husband’s best friend for life if I won this prize !

  49. kim wallace
    10 April 2016
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    husband would love this

  50. Pam Francis Gregory
    10 April 2016
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    I like beer!!

  51. Natalie Crossan
    10 April 2016
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    I once peed in a pool as a kid!

  52. Joanna Kasznicki
    10 April 2016
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    I drew on the wall and blamed it on my sister when I was younger

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