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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,936 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 47
Gots: 146 | 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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4.97/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours the same color as clover honey with an egg shell white head. The head is minimal only about 1 finger even with a vigorous pour. The head fades leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Awesome hop aroma but not over powering. The aroma is spicy with a hint of citrus. I thought it was Cascade hops but the Goose Island web site says they use Styrian Goldings hops. I've never used that in my homebrew but I'll try it in my next batch of homebrew because it has a crisp enjoyable hop aroma.

T: For me, a perfect blend of hop bitterness and rich malt. I really like the balance between the two in this beer. The hop bitterness on the back of the palate is really a great finish.

M: Kind of hard to describe because while the beer is fairly thin the mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy.

D: I could always have several of these. Not too sweet, not too bitter. The balance of this beer is "spot on" in my opinion.

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4.9/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I remember an online class that had an e-book that tracked whether or not you read or listened to the material, and reported it to the instructor. Well, the joke was on him because I learned very little, and drank a very great deal of Honker's Ale while listening. This is definitely Goose Island's best macro brew in my opinion. It is thin yet bitter, and the taste can only be descried as unique, and perfectly balanced. Worth the money every time, and in case you were wondering, I still got an A in the class because this beer really made me relax, and open up my mind to philosophical arguments. Not recommended for math or science class.

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Very smooth, you can drink a sixer of this one easily.

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.