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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,955 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 47
Gots: 156 | 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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SirPlunkett

Kansas

1/5  rDev -72.8%

01-05-2012 23:10:17 | More by SirPlunkett
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LightEnthusiast

South Dakota

1.02/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow. If you're looking for bitter beer, this is it.

I guess some have a knack for this sort of thing, but this beer to me is absolutely horrible. It ruins everything, including meals...makes me want to use mouthwash afterwards. It's like sharp cheddar meets fresh cut grass but without the freshness. I'd rather gnaw on a pine cone.

Bitter, bitter, bitter.

As I said, if you're looking for a bitter, mouth twisting, disgusting tasting beer - you've found it here.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 20:36:16 | More by LightEnthusiast
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jaybags

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -66%

07-16-2012 15:00:00 | More by jaybags
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javlin624

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

12-17-2013 01:52:02 | More by javlin624
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miguellunarusso

Mississippi

2/5  rDev -45.7%

05-03-2014 03:43:38 | More by miguellunarusso
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JJFordick

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.7%

09-14-2012 22:44:48 | More by JJFordick
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Nachos4two

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.7%

02-07-2013 21:25:23 | More by Nachos4two
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coz

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.7%

12-30-2012 07:22:28 | More by coz
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joshcarls

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -45.7%

07-16-2014 01:09:59 | More by joshcarls
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Ragingbull

California

2.1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Amber in color with faint prickle and a light wispy head. Faint hoppy nose. The attack is sour and so is the large preponderance of the flavor. Very grain heavy on the flavor. The sour notes just go on to enhance a strongly bitter finish and this beer doesn't need that. I really can't imagine that this beer is sold and marketed this way.

Given my recent "second experience" with another beer that had vastly improved perhaps I will throw this into a mixed six in the near future and consider an "edit" to this review if I am proved wrong. Otherwise I really don't know what all the hype is about and this would be another beer (of about a dozen) where I am WAY below the BA composite.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:03:35 | More by Ragingbull
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gatorlove

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

11-15-2013 19:09:47 | More by gatorlove
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JJChrist

Maine

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

06-14-2014 17:00:41 | More by JJChrist
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

03-12-2013 22:11:51 | More by chippo33
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cmgage

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

07-01-2014 23:09:26 | More by cmgage
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into my pint glass

Pours an almost dark like copper like color with a three inch slightly off-white head. Head is rather soft like with great retention that last all throughout the beer, leaving scattered amounts of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell is very earth and pine like with a very distinct deep caramel malt fragrance. Smells nutty(almost peanut butter like?)with some dark toasty brown bread.

Damn, this is one malty brew. Caramel malts dominate with a nutty almost peanut butter like presence as I mentioned on the smell. Slight honey comes through in the middle. As I sip even more the taste reminds me of drinking Iced Tea. So if you like Iced Tea(which I really do not)then you will like this beer.

Mouth feel is smooth and medium carbonation

I'm not a fan of the taste of this beer, come worse is that it leaves a lingering dry finish on the palate and mouth that I'm not fond of. Worst of all, it gave me a damn headache.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 01:08:03 | More by tr4nc3d
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have a strong feeling that this beer won’t change with Anheuser-Busch’s takeover of Goose Island – it seems like a simple beer that’s easy to keep up to standard. At any rate, I wanted to try it before too long, just in case the taste does change. Here’s Honker’s Ale:

A: Body is a dull, apple-juice yellow. With sort of a lifeless, hazy appearance, it doesn’t look very appealing. The head, off-white, comes out thin, but the lacing is nice and thick.

S: Cheap wheat, mostly. This smells mostly like an adjunct lager, to be honest. The more whiffs I take, though, bring some hidden fruit notes out (strawberry jam and tangerine, mostly). Still reminds me of Busch Light, overall. Not a good start.

T: There’s not as much processed wheat as there is in the nose, but it’s still the first thing I can taste. It’s more fresh-tasting than the nose (meaning it’s just a few steps from rotten). Other than that, there are smooth fruity textures here and there; in that area, though, it seems like they gave more of a dull half-attempt than anything else. It’s like biting into a very old pear: there’s some refreshing tartness, but the stale tastes tell you that something is seriously wrong in a way you can’t ignore. My least favorite GI taste so far.

M: Not horrible, but noticeably slimy. Once again, reminds me faintly of Busch Light.

O: Alright, I am now convinced that I do not like Goose Island. In absolutely everything I’ve taste from them (and yes, that includes BCBS), there’s an adjunct taste that give the brewery more of a faux-craft feel than anything. Beers like this make it almost seem like Goose Island sold out to AB years ago.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 21:11:58 | More by BarryMFBurton
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uziangis

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-13-2012 02:16:43 | More by uziangis
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mshanecrowe

Mississippi

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

04-20-2012 00:22:45 | More by mshanecrowe
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

05-26-2013 02:07:30 | More by pin
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smb4087

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

02-18-2012 01:34:56 | More by smb4087
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ZPB

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-25-2011 20:25:25 | More by ZPB
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Cdax

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

05-25-2013 02:44:53 | More by Cdax
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Oklahoma

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

06-09-2014 17:52:37 | More by Spike-likes-beer
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Metz

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

07-21-2013 00:27:53 | More by Metz
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

04-03-2014 01:12:00 | More by RyanAU
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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.