Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Josievan:
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
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
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Clear amber color with a soapy, quickly dissipating, 1/2 finger head. Not much lacing.
S- Caramel, cracker, bread, a touch of orange, ripe apple, and something that reminds me of fresh hop funk. It seems like there may be some cinnamon in there, too.
T- Mirrors the nose pretty closely, but at times has a nice sour quality that comes through. Big bready, slightly charred aftertaste. Some peppery notes show up as well.
M- Medium light body. Not overly drying.
O- This one was pretty good. Mostly malt driven, but the hop characteristics added nice character. On the lighter side of the spectrum in all categories, but very easy drinking and sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 20:57:36 | More by tmm313
Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,933 ratings.