Gandy Dancer Honey Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-14-2009 00:45:02 | More by bluemoonswoon
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-12-2009 04:06:49 | More by alleykatking
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-25-2008 22:20:56 | More by botham
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-30-2008 20:00:56 | More by JDV
4.15/5 rDev +14%
Description from Flossmoor's Menu:
Blend of Aromatic Rye and a whisper of Orange Blossom honey with three varieties of hops.
Poured a hazy gold with a bone white head that slowy dissipated. Lacing lightly coatd the glass as the beer went down. Smelled of freshly baked sweet bread. The orange blossom was barely discernable. Tasted like a rye ale from the beginning. The hops came next but did not overwhelm. This reminded me of Terrapin Rye in many ways. Mouthfeel was creamy but light. Only a mild hops aftertaste was present. This is a very drinkable brew and very enjoyable to boot. This would be perfect for a hot summer day. Loved this one!
04-30-2008 12:18:42 | More by tiger88
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
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
05-09-2007 04:09:33 | More by Westsidethreat
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
This was from the tap at the brewpub, poured into a pint glass. The color is a dark pale with a small head that isn't very well retained. The aroma is very malty with sweet honey accents and a faint trace of hops. The flavor has is very well balanced between the malt, honey and hops. The malt and honey are dominant, but hops are subtly noticeable so as not to distract from the honey. It's very smooth and enjoyable. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.
I think this is a wonderful beer. It might be a little to alcoholic for drinking pint after pint. Nonetheless, this is worth having when stopping into Flossmoor. I should note that I do not agree with the style selection of the previous reviewers. This should be a specialty beer and I have reviewed it according to that style.
09-18-2006 01:33:58 | More by scoobybrew
4.33/5 rDev +19%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a clear light brown body with a nice white head and a gentle carbonation.
S- The smell of green hops has a spicy note that becomes more pine as it warms.
T- The light toasted malt flavor has a hint of dryness to it that is balanced by a slight mead tang. That tang is blended with a rye spiciness with a faint earthy note that is very soft. The hops finish up with a big spice and strong grapefruit pucker that is very nice.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.
D- Most Honey Ales are overdone on the honey and don't have any supporting flavors but this is a great complex APA that has spicy rye and faint mead notes to really give it a good depth and balance the hops.
05-27-2006 00:17:51 | More by rhoadsrage
4.45/5 rDev +22.3%
Sampled on: July 20, 2005
This is my favorite of the three beers I sampled. (One has to take advantage of the trip to the brewery, of course!)
Aroma: Very faint. Has a slight aroma.
Appearance: It had a rich golden color. It was clear, which was not what I expected, since it had the taste of rye - so I was expecting it to be more cloudy.
Taste: The honey flavor is very subtle. My first impressions were to taste the grain flavor. However, it has a very complex flavor encompassing both hops and almost a lemon-honey-like flavor. I thought that the taste was very refreshing! The website lists an Orange Blossom honey flavor - but I thought it tasted more of lemon..I guess I'll have to try another!
Smell: You can smell the hops quite well. I didn't detect any smell of fruits or honey like I anticipated.
Mouthfeel: It was smooth and sparkling beer. It had good carbination, which was not overpowering.
Drinkability: It is definitely worth the trip! I wish he had six packs that I could pick up closer to my home!
The brewer, Matt Van Wyk, has achieved an excellent product and I would return to Flossmoor Station in the future and this would be my top pick.
07-26-2005 00:45:50 | More by livin4jc
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-01-2003 19:00:21 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Gandy Dancer Honey Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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