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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,185 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,185
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 55
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden sunset color, fruity hop aroma, biscuity malt flavor, soft body.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clearish copper color with lots of carbonation rising to the top. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good, but the texture of the head is even nicer (very whipped cream-like). Thick rings of lacing are left on the sides of the glass. (4)

Smell: It starts off with plenty of sweet caramel malts, and letting it warm up will reveal a touch of hopping. There isn't much else to the nose, but it smells a bit richer than its ABV might suggest. (3.25)

Taste: First, I pick up some of the earthy hops coming through, while the mid-taste and back end feature cracker-like maltiness. A touch of sweetness builds up on the palate, too. It's quite simplistic at the end of the day, but it's still hitting the spot nicely. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Very light and sessionable without being bone-dry. That's the bare minimum I look for in a session beer. Carbonation is slightly higher than normal, though hardly oppressive. (3.25)

Overall: There's nothing amazing here, but it's a fine session beer regardless. Even among the style, it's not very complex. Still, as a means to wash pizza down, it's perfectly likable in my book. (3.25)

3.29/5: Let's just say I wouldn't be at all sad if I had to kill a six pack of this beer in a sitting

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,185 ratings.