This English pale ale from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a beautiful, chill hazed ruby colour with a small tan head that evaporates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and very little lace. The smell of Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee’lixer is so thick with nectar that it takes on a caramel hard candy tone reminiscent of liqueur. Notes of dark plum and chocolate malt contribute to an overall warmth.
Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee’lixer has rich flavours of roasted grains, bread, plum, chocolate and of course, fresh honey. There is a soft bitter bite that is just enough to strike a balance with the sweet malt base of this full-bodied and grainy ale. Despite the amount of honey used in this mildly carbonated brew, it manages not to feel too syrupy and a subtle pop of yeast comes forth on the tongue. The finish has a certain booziness to it that leads to an earthy and grainy aftertaste.
The beer is packaged in a 750 mL swing top bottle with a label that evokes and old-style circus or carnival poster, printed in light beige and orange. A description of Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee’lixer states that 22 pounds of locally sourced honey goes into a single batch and you will also find a full ingredients list on the back. A best before sticker is located on the bottom of the bottle.
Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee’lixer is a very smooth and pleasant English-style ale. The honey adds a richness that makes the beer taste bigger than it really is and helps this ale pair well with desserts like strudel, toffee and cheesecake or snacks like tea biscuits and graham crackers. This one could work nicely with a roast ham too.
This ale is a winter seasonal release at the LCBO and is listed at over 150 stores. You can also find it in 500 mL bottles throughout the year at the brewery in St. Thomas, which is open seven days a week.
Type: English Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, St. Thomas
Brewery: Railway City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 750 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%