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Gandy Dancer Honey Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Gandy Dancer Honey Ale
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BA SCORE
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Great American Beer Festival - Silver Medal 1999

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2003)
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MarvinTheMarzen:
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MarvinTheMarzen

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Gandy Dancer is a pleasant appearing beer that disappoints in the mouth. Somewhat hoppy for this style but not in a good way - its too harsh to be pleasant.

The sweetness from the honey is apparent but can't counteract the harshness of the hops. This is one of the better beers that I had at Flossmoor but I wasn't overly impressed with any of them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 18:19:12 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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hoptician

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 7/22/12

Irresponsible tick #5

A) Super clear, deep amber color. An uneven layer of foam creeps up the side of the glass. Good, clumpy lace.

S) Very faint fruit aroma. Mild grains with a spot of honey sweetness. I'm not picking out the rye.

T) Tastes a bit better. Dry rye with overtones of sweet honey. Hints of hops. Maybe a tad more bitter on the finish than it should be.

M) Light body with evenly puffy carbonation.

D) For such a tame critter, this one's not all that bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 21:40:20 | More by Ryan011235
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

06-03-2013 23:42:17 | More by ajzy
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-29-2013 02:56:52 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2012 23:51:58 | More by ncaudle
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

09-27-2012 00:27:02 | More by t0rin0
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antoines15

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-19-2012 00:16:49 | More by antoines15
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mds1101

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-26-2012 01:45:02 | More by mds1101
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birdsellam

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-16-2012 21:43:05 | More by birdsellam
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber with a smooth capping of white foam on the top that went over quite nicely. reached around an inch in height before setting back down and leaving great streaking on the glass. aroma was one of the best i have ever come across. tons of grapefruit, so ripe and fresh with the perfect amount of sweetness to balance it, no lie i was in heaven here. sublime flavor. rich, sweet, mouth watering bitter and juicy hops dash across the tongue and just really open up as it starts to warm. just incredibly impressed here by the entire profile. light dryness and an effortless flavor

Serving type: growler

12-12-2011 02:16:23 | More by mikesgroove
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birchholz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-11-2011 03:50:34 | More by birchholz
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-30-2011 02:14:08 | More by brandoman63
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IchabodcraneIpa

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this served in a pint glass at the station.

The color of this one was a brilliant crystal clear honey brown with a nice little layer of not so thick foam. The smell of this one was of honey and malt with a nice little hop aroma. The flavor of this one was very unique to me. The initial drink brought the flood of honey and malt to my palate then it followed up with a little hop flavoring which faded away into a rich sweet honey taste that was very pleasant on the taste buds. The mouthfeel of this one is fairly light with a nice carbonation factor. The good taste of this one makes for quite good drinkability and I would definitely have many of these on any given day.

A very solid honey beer, but still not my favorite station treat. Definitely a great beer though by all means.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 23:33:13 | More by IchabodcraneIpa
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

"Did ya see that dancer? A real gandy, there." Sorry. This brew pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises greens, light leeks, dank oak, and barley husks. Not quite sure what's going on here, but this is a limp smell indeed. The taste holds notes of light toffee, greens, flowers, light orange peel, and a hint of what I can only really describe as mild roasted malts. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice little brew, but nothing all that outstanding. I wouldn't be aiming for this one first when I'm here next.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 23:23:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderatly light golden color with a thin white head. Not much lacing. Nose is honey bread plus some very faint hops. Taste is mildly sweet without much else. Feel is pretty light. Pretty tame, but I'm judging this more as a blonde than an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 13:04:17 | More by Thorpe429
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tab at the brew pub.

Pours light clear copper with some really nice lacing and retention...The aroma is is all honey, but still light. The honey has a bitterness to it which is unique. A new aroma I've yet to come across, bitter honey...The taste is really disappointing as all the honey on the front is gone and replaced by very bitter hops. I didn't want as much honey in taste as the aroma but I wanted a little sweetness to start this off and match my expecations. To go from sweet thinking to a very bitter taste is just not right.

A pale not worthy of trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 20:25:01 | More by jrallen34
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Lukafer

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is a golden yellow, hardly any carbonation. Smells like some sweet malt, honey and some rye. Taste is rye, a touch of sweet with a slight bitter finish. Interesting. Light mouthfeel, but a bit sticky. I could only drink one of these in a sitting, well maybe two but that's it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 16:12:33 | More by Lukafer
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nickd717

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Flossmoor Station pre-DLD.

Pours a clear honeyish color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is decent and honeyish, somewhat sweet, with some pale malt in there as well.

Flavor is all right. Sweet honey and pale malt, as well as maybe a touch of caramel. Not much hop presence detectable.

Medium-light on the body with average carbonation.

Overall this is somewhat enjoyable and drinkable, even though there's not much to it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 17:30:20 | More by nickd717
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

More and more from what is increasingly likely to be my favorite brewery.

A: Nice right pour from the growler, hazy golden peach with a thick blanket of smooth and tight white head. Decent legs of lace that stick around with what remains of the inch and a half head from the initial pour. Really like the haziness in this beer though, adds a bit of mystery to the whole affair if you ask me.

S: My first impression here is of a solidly constructed beer, when I read the description I didn't think I would like it as I've had bad experiences with honey beers but this one seems right on the money to me. Nice spiciness from the rye, a touch of honey a solidly sweet caramel maltiness and all backed by a mild earthy hoppiness makes for one balanced, and more importantly, mouthwatering aromas.

T/MF: Opening powers through with a dollop of honey placed right on the tip of the tongue then moves quickly into a sweet and cereal maltiness. Rye seems understated but shows some spicy legs midway though, fighting through the honey and hop flavors to make itself known. Mouthfeel seems to have been hurt by maybe a leak in the growler as it feels just a bit under carbonated and the slightest bit watery. Don't get me wrong this beer is still highly drinkable but I think it's lost a step from tap to home.

D: I'm not quite sure how this is categorized as an APA, seems like more of a hybrid style to me. Very floral, almost tea-like in some places with lots of interesting things going on with the interplay between the sweetness of the honey and the spiciness of the rye, not to mention the hop and malt bill that has to keep up. Certainly one of the more unique APAs out there in terms of how it follows style guidelines, but for me the jury is still out on how good this beer actually is.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2009 00:45:02 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Gandy Dancer Honey Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.