Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,321
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 60
Gots: 294 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle purchased as part of a mixed case - BBE June 2015

Look: Deep coppery red with about 1cm of white head which dissipates fairly quickly to a layer on top of the beer. Little or no lacing. Fantastic colouration if you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Hops and ... something else. Can't quite put my finger (or nose) on it, but there's definitely something else there - reminds me a bit of citrusy furniture polish. Not unpleasant.

Taste: Not nearly as hoppy as it smells - there's hops and malt there with some lingering fruitiness. Either way, it doesn't last long and leaves a fairly bitter, hoppy finish. Nothing particularly earth-shattering although I've had much, much worse.

Feel: Not a particularly heavy beer by any means - small amount of carbonation but otherwise eminently drinkable.

Overall: Goose Island seems to get a lot of love in these pages, as well as from some of my Chicago-based co-workers. Honkers is a pretty decent reproduction of an English session bitter but not really anything to get terribly excited about. I'd not refuse it if offered, but I'd not actively seek it out either.

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,321 ratings.