Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured form the bottle after being removed from the refrigiator and standing for about 20 minutes.
Being a connoisseur of all things British (cars, women, music, etc.), I can say this is certainly not. That said, it is still a very good beer. It pours a nice brown color with an ample head. Finger lacing lasts through the last drink and the taste is full with plentiful malt and hops flavors, which are in no way overpowering. The aroma lies somewhere between bread and walnuts with just a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is warming without being too thick. All-in-all a very good beer.
07-21-2013 19:40:18 | More by AlfaMale
3.74/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and light grassy hops. Flavor follows with biscuit malt and light nondescript slightly grassy hops. Mild flavored, but leaves a pleasant, lingering malty hop aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant, but light flavored domestic take on an English bitter. Malt seems just right for the style. Moderately bland, but pleasant.
07-20-2013 19:47:52 | More by LiquidAmber
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
Bronze in color, capped with one finger's worth of foam. Head retention and lace formation are both pretty good. Aroma is strongly toasty, bready, just grain-forward overall. There's a good amount of toffee malt backing that up. Faint herbal hoppiness. While there's nothing off-putting about the aroma, it lacks the character I look for in an English bitter.
The flavor profile succeeds in being relatively rich and complex for a low ABV ale. Malty with a balancing bitterness. Seems to be brewed with water that has good mineral content. My one complaint is that this is lacking in fruity ester character, as was the case with the aroma. Well-carbonated with a light body, perhaps a bit watery.
While it doesn't fully capture the spirit of an English bitter, Honker's is a good beer in its own right. Very flavorful and enjoyable at only 4.2%.
07-20-2013 19:11:08 | More by gr0g
3.51/5 rDev -4.4%
Purchased a Goose Island twelve pack to sample their beers.
A - Amber color with a 1 finger head with short retention.
S - Caramel and a floral hint to it.
T - Caramel taste with a citrus presence.
M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Not very smooth from my standpoint.
O - Drinkable, but not my favorite style of beer.
07-19-2013 17:54:00 | More by CorvetteMike
Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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