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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ JDW - The Paramount, 33-35 Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England M1 4BH.

Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, toasted - caramel, toffee, light hoppy. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20100425]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2010
12th April 2010. Clear amber beer. No head, low carbonation. Semi dry palate. Dry malt and then some balancing bittering hop that is orangey. Mildy bitter aftertaste. An unremarkable US beer reproduced in all itís unremarkableness in the UK. What was the point again?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2010
cask at penny black ... JDW .... copper ... no head ... light hop nose .... soft almost flat ... little blackcurrent ... little toffee malt ...little woody 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2010
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Great condition. Lovely head. Yes cheese yeast aroma, itís ok, got great character, but not sure I like it that mcuh. Decent best bitter, good hop on finish. Itís like Sheps Kentís Best but a bit hoppier, good lasting bitterness. Plenty of yeast character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13395) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Copper with white head. Once I was over the sweet, sherbety strawberry fruity notes it actually tasted quite reasonable, there is a toffee caramel note with a good malty depth and a little earthy. It was ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Hazy amber with a speckled head. Aromas are brown sugar with herbal notes and spices. Woody with peach fruitiness and grapefruit. Some hints of vinegar. Flavours are dry and woody with spices. Some sweet crystalised fruit dried fruit. Very peppery on the palate. Still not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
Cask at The Penny Black, JDW, Bicester, Oxon 10-04-10 in company of Craig and family and Loz of course. Pours amber with a small white head. Got to be honest I was bitterly dissapointed with this expectation was hig but reality was that it was pretty poor, in its defecnce it was getting towards the end of the cask so I was told, but still it had such little taste, no real bite, the fruitiness that was there was really shallow, in fact it was like everything in the aroma and flavour department had been turned down to zero, hoppy profile was lacking, aroma was pretty non-existent apart for a vague chemical taint (but to be fair that could have been a dishwashered glass) poor. A5 A3 F4 P3 Ov9 2.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 13/04/2010 Big hop aroma. Golden amber coloured and hoppy with citrus and pine flavours. Bitter and slightly dry in the finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Paramount JDW, Manchester 25/04/2010 Big hop aroma. Amber coloured hoppy and spicy with a pine flavour. Hints of dryness and bitterness in a nutty malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
Cask conditioned handpump Last Plantaganet Leicester. An amber coloured beer with a tightish whitish head. Good fruity hops in the aroma with sweet berry like notes. Fairly jammy in the mouth. Decent hops and nice supporting malts. Hints of sweetness. Reasonable length and pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
The Felix Holt, Nuneaton. Bright, attractive chestnut with orange tints; white slick, lace specks. Mandarin cheesecake, musky hop, Turkish Delight hints on snout if you really inhale. Feels like a tired, date-expired bottled US beer; flat and washed-out, with the hop promise hinted at in the aroma surrendering to caramel and cardboard. A shame. Some drying and floral hops leaking out but overpowered by toffee popcorn. I donít mind it, but it feels empty like a cup of tea made with a reused teabag.

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