Shepherd Neame / Goose Island Honkers Ale

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   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.

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fonefan (51707) - 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]

cgarvieuk (26100) - 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

madmitch76 (25823) - , 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 it’s unremarkableness in the UK. What was the point again?

harrisoni (19425) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2010
Cask handpull at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford. Great condition. Lovely head. Yes cheese yeast aroma, it’s ok, got great character, but not sure I like it that mcuh. Decent best bitter, good hop on finish. It’s like Sheps Kent’s Best but a bit hoppier, good lasting bitterness. Plenty of yeast character.

imdownthepub (15426) - 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.

Fin (10980) - 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

leaparsons (10809) - 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.

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.

downender (8937) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 13/04/10. Copper coloured with a slight white head. Sweetish malt aroma with a touch of fruit. Flavour had a touch of caramel with grassy hops and moderately bitter finish. Ok.

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.

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