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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: 26   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
bobinlondon (1297) - 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.

3.6
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.

3.4
tdtm82 (1701) - 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%.

3.4
maeib (8751) - 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.

3.4
DanielBrown (4528) - 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.

3.3
harrisoni (19165) - 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.

3.3
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.

3.2
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.

3.2
cgarvieuk (25704) - 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

3.2
berkshirejohn (6611) - 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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