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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


on tap


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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Hand pulled cask at The Moon And Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Copper brown with a healthy off white head. Good resinous spicy styrian goldings with caramel/toffee malt base. I tried this a few times and found it rather variable.

   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 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. Iím 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 spoonsí reference? This is 4.2%, whilst the bottle is 5%.

   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
Hand pulled at the Billiard Hall, West Bromwich. First impression is good: restrained hop feel. Subsequent sips not quite so good: plain malt bitterness. Overall though, I liked it. The hops keep reemerging in a subtle way and it was crisp. A good Bitter, but not a world beater.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2010
Pint at JDW Newcastle. Interesting and tasty ale, sweet banana and malty flavours with a grainy earthy background and a lightly bitter straw like finish. Decent.

   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 íSporks.
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 itís just standard. Drinkable but just doesnít seem thoroughly integrated.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6075) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
Cask at the Standing Order (JDW), Stevenage. Copper in colour with a ring of white head; odd ginger aroma; dry peppery ginger flavour; the finish is gently bitter with herbal hops.

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