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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

Honker's AleHonker's Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,702 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2702
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%


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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Josievan

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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard amber color. I'm mainly surprised at the amount of lacing this retains: a thick ring around almost the whole circumference of the glass.

Smell: Little hops here, little malt there: not too noteworthy.

Taste: It is bitter like the style implies. However, the hops are balanced with malt in such a way that is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: I'm waiting for a sting on the finish from the bitterness that never comes. Very smooth! Pretty highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Seems to be pretty high for an English bitter, especially at 4.2%.

Notes: This review comes with very little experience with English bitters. Bitterness ain't exactly my cup of meat, but this beer was still smooth and pleasant. I've noticed that I view other beers from Goose Island similar to my interpretation of this one: they are usally solid examples of the style, but nothing to get excited about. I've been meaning to try one of their limtied-batch offerings, such as Bourbon County Stout, Matilda, or Pere Jacques, to see if they can push past mediocrity to excellence.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 20:31:28 | More by Josievan
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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,702 ratings.