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Shepherd Neame / Goose Island Honkers Ale

Shepherd Neame / Goose Island Honkers Ale
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Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Special - JDW Spring festival, 2010
Greg Hall has travelled to Shepherd Neame Brewery, in Kent, to re-create this award-winning beer, based on the traditional English bitter style, especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. It is deep golden in colour and combines a fruity, hop aroma with rich malt flavour, resulting in a perfectly balanced and immensely drinkable beer. Hops used: Styrian Goldings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2010
A Mes rate. Cask at Baker Street ’Sporks.
Clean amber brown with a thin off white head. Lovely fruity and floral aroma. Really flowery in fact. Pleasant enough in the mouth but it never quite sits right. Again, very floral, lots of citric character and with some excellent lengthy bitterness but the malt feels a little weak and is far too bready for my liking. I was hoping this would be great. Sadly it’s just standard. Drinkable but just doesn’t seem thoroughly integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2010
Cask at Pilgrims Progress (JDW) in Spoons Real Ale Festival ’10. Amber with a slightly scummy white head. The aroma is the best thing about this beer: it’s like a delicious whiff of clover honey from the pine forests of Zakynthos. Taste, which has some grassy citrus and a bready maltiness, seems flat and slightly stale. Some bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 12, 2010
Cask @ Counting House, JDW. Clear amber colour, dense white head. Nose is slightly hoppy, sweet malts. Flavour is sweet toasted malts, some fruits, ash, biscuit. Watery, sweet. Slightly bitter, fairly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
Enjoyable. Reminds me of Ice Tea peach edition. This being a high level of tea in the texture. Interesting stuff. The hops are good. I feel the hop level is a little withstricted though. Just though the tea was overpowering and spoilled the experience for me. I’m a coffee man so apologies for that. Descent stuff though. Of note the version in the uk pubs is lower than the bottles here. RB Admins are we making a separate spoons’ reference? This is 4.2%, whilst the bottle is 5%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4408) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2010
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 Cask @ The Edward Wyllie (JDW). Grassy aroma. Cloudy brown colour. Mild toffee flavour with fag ash aftertaste. Dodgy start. Gets better as pint goes dowm

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