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Gandy Dancer Honey Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Gandy Dancer Honey Ale
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83
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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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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-15-2014 06:26:53 | More by ChainChompsky
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pathead

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-26-2014 21:40:43 | More by pathead
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%

07-16-2014 02:02:55 | More by hoptician
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JDV

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Flossmoor. Pours an orange honey color with a light head. Smell is light hoppiness mostly. Taste is dry, fruity and grassy hops with malt taking a backseat in this one. Pretty good but a bit tame. Probably one of the better regular beers at Flossmoor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 20:00:56 | More by JDV
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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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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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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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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2012 23:51:58 | More by ncaudle
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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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antoines15

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

California

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

A: Light copper with rootbeer highlights. Head is medium sized, marshmallow color.

S: Orange blossom, rye and various other grains

T: Begins with red apple, toasted barley with notes of caramel. Next comes orange blossom, clover honey and bitter orange peel. Finishes with mellow yellow red fruits with a lingering yet subtle bitterness.

M: Medium body, sort of hard across the palate.

D: Decent beer with good drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2007 04:09:33 | More by Westsidethreat
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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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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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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2012 19:05:46 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-25-2013 16:22:16 | More by emerge077
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JVan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-09-2014 18:10:53 | More by JVan
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, tasty ale; though my palate isn't refined enough to detect honey taste. Nice amber color under a thin, lacy head. My pull had a surprisingly bitter/spicy hop bite countering the sweetness, I 'spect Todd is playing with his AAU levels lately. Still, a lip-smicking brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 19:00:21 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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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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botham

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewpub in Flossmoor. pours a golden amber color with an off white head of a single finger. weak retention and light lacings.

aroma is very subtle in the nose, with only honey and light caramel malt notes showing themselves.

taste is of light malt and honey notes up front, with a sweet character and a lightly hoppy finish of residual citrusy and coniferous hops.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a malty backbone and a mildly hoppy finish of medium bitterness. aftertaste is dry and bitter.

drinkability is good. a nice malty profile with a mildly hoppy finish, though the honey does not carry though or show its character much at all, which is a bit dissapointing, because it could have worked quite well with tehe hoppy finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 22:20:56 | More by botham
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flossmoor

A- Came to me with a nice one finger off white head with some lacing that stuck to the sides pretty well before saying screw it and sliding down midway through my beer. Clear golden orange-yellow color.

S- At first this smelled super sweet. As I set it down I could really smell the honey sweetness to it. Upon further sniffing I picked up a little more. This by far is a sweet honey malty beer that only lets hints of floral hops come through every once in a while. Interested in taking a sip.

T- This kind of took me by suprise to say the least. Almost no alcohol taste anywhere in this beer! Big sweet honey and malt taste on the forefront with a light bitter middle that balances out the sweetness to it. A very light floral hop ending I thought that mixed with a certain sweetness that I found to be rather enjoyable.

M- This is a light to medium light mouthfeel. Good carbonation that lets the beer dance across the palate leaving a sweet malty presence on the tounge to remember it by. Nice sweet aftertaste made you want to drink up.

D- This is a very enjoyable beer that is easy on the palate and quite refreshing. I wouldn't drink more than 3 or 4 pints of this though. I would have to think the sweetness would calm down any sugar tooth you have.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 04:06:49 | More by alleykatking
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Gandy Dancer Honey Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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