Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale

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3,321 Ratings
very good

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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: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange-y amber beer with a thick, creamy, white foam head that retains quite well.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit-like, with strong notes of fresh grain.

Crisp and dry from the get go, followed by a flash of citrus hop flavor, salt, hop spice and a woody/earthy/herbal-like character. Body is light, thin. Grain flavors, bitty mouth feel. Malt sweetness is low, but there's a toasted flavor that pulls what little sweetness there is to the front for a brief moment. This then turns into a distinct fresh bread/biscuit character that fades into the finish ... which is full of hop residuals, some oils and a dry grainy feel.

Just a bit too thin for my liking and slightly unbalanced in the malt department, however this a decent ale and a very enjoyable one at that. It's flaw (in my book) also makes it quite unique ... so I guess that's not bad thing at all. I'd simply recommend letting the beer warm up a bit to get a more desirable malt character.

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