Mike Hess (8 West) Jucundus Orange Honey Wheat
Brewed by: Mike Hess Brewing
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Pale Ale
- Variation: American, Wheat
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 6%
- IBU: 24
Notes: Has won bronze medals at 2014 Los Angeles International Beer Competition and 2015 California State Fair.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Named for the highway to the sun-kissed Pacific shores of San Diego, 8 West is brewed with local orange peel and more than two pounds per barrel of pure California orange-blossom honey, resulting in a smooth, crisp taste that embodies America’s Finest City.
Additional: Orange peel and orange-blossom honey.
More Jucundus / 8 West Images
Artwork: Follows the Mike Hess Brewing can branding in teal color.
Color: Straw with touch of cloudiness.
Aroma: Slight breadiness with mild citrus.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Tall Pilsner Glass
First off, a big congratulations are in order to Mike Hess Brewing on their gold medal victory for Claritas at the World Beer Cup last month!
Most of Hess’ core beers are now packaged in their innovative, no-glass-required Open Mike™ cans: Claritas, Habitus, Solis, Grazias, and this beer, Jucundus Orange Honey Wheat. We arrived at reviewing Jucundus since it was the only flagship release of theirs we had yet to try.
It’s also worth noting this ale has been re-branded as 8 West Orange Honey Wheat. So we weren’t sure if we should reference it by its previous name Jucundus for this review, or its newly adopted name 8 West…
Hess 8 West was a super effervescent beer, and we enjoyed watching its rapid bubble trails levitate upwards in our tall pilsner glasses. There was a touch of haze to this beer, and it poured a bright straw color. It was surprisingly clear for a wheat pale ale, and hard not to admire its beautiful tone.
In addition to cloudiness, wheat ales typically feature an added consistency, but Jucundus was borderline lager-like with a fairly light and airy body. It offered a crisp mouthfeel, which made the ale quite crushable. But do be careful of its 6% ABV, which crept up quickly!
Jucundus / 8 West featured a dry breadiness up front. From there the sweetness of honey emerged, until the citrus kicked in for the finish. Those two flavors transitioned seamlessly, with a gentle lingering of orange peel on the palate. Neither ingredient was too overpowering, and both made a subtle enhancement to the overall flavor profile of the ale.
An orange honey wheat ale was not necessarily the style of beer we usually reach for, but we really enjoyed it. And that’s what everybody’s craft beer journey should be all about – trying new things, and broadening your horizons.
Final Score: 3.5/5
New name, solid beer! Mike Hess Brewing 8 West / Jucundus Orange Honey Wheat was a crisp, clean, and refreshing ale with a dash of sweetness, and a tangy dose of citrus in the finish.