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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale

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3,119 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,119
Reviews: 1,021
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 53
Gots: 223 | 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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Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Having consumed many pints of English Bitters during my travels in the UK, we'll see how this one stacks up. I'm not drinking it ice cold because that's not how English (and many other fine) ales are served.

A- Pours a clear dark amber. Ends up with about a half finger creamy tan head. Leaves lacing as I drink.

S- Chocolate and hops. Mostly hops. Something metallic and offputting as I continue to drink.

T- I'm finding this one kind of tough to classify. It's hoppier and more crisp than other bitters I've had. Has more going on as it warms, can taste some sort of fruit that I can't seem to identify. Definitely a more complex drink than a standard lager for example.

M- Thinner than a cask ale, and with more carbonation.

O- I like it, but I don't love it. Will continue to buy single bottles, but a 6 pack would be a stretch.

DagenhamDavis, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +9%

Beermazter310, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

OtisCampbell007, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

prisdefer, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of remyleboux
4/5  rDev +9%

remyleboux, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of zac16125
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 01 Jul 13
12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber, almost reddish hues, and 1 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Very malty, sweet fruits, german hop/noble hop aromas, barely any citrus/pine/resinous notes.

T: Pale malts, german hops, sweet malts. Hop characters are very faint. Tastes lager-ish, like an amber lager.

M/D: Lighter bodied, carbonation on the lower end which makes it fairly smooth, drinkability is good.

O: Not bad. Hop presence is more mild than I anticipated. Its drinkable but I dont think its something Id purchase again.

zac16125, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with one finger of white head, A few rings of lacing.
Smell is minor grainy malts and a bit of earthy hops.
Taste is earthy bitter hops with a good amount of support from some grainy malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation. A lightly dry bitter finish.
Overall a decent bitter from Goose Island and with such a low abv very sessionable.

Spikester, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Elduderino98
4/5  rDev +9%

Elduderino98, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice amber color, filtered, with a nice tan head

Smell: Biscuity malts, light hops

Taste: Caramely malts, spicy hops, toasted grains

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, full carbonation

Overall: A pretty good brew, pretty standard. Nothing to go out of the way for, but easy to pickup if its there.

MadCat, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of IronTom
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Wrex68
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Wrex68, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of westcott
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

westcott, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Tertullian007
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Tertullian007, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of codynevels
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

codynevels, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jminch, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The only craft selection on tap at a non descript restaurant in Sturbridge MA.
20 ounces come to the table a clear amber color with a smallish off white head. Smells of toffee and caramel with a hint of chocolate and a bit of earthy woody hops. The flavor is malty sweet and rich with lots of caramel and toffee. A bit of earth balances nicely. Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Nothing horribly complex, but a nice clean flavorful easy drinking ale.

johnnnniee, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

pcsnyder, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of 52P48
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

52P48, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of g_jenkins
3/5  rDev -18.3%

g_jenkins, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jgunther71, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent dark copper with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops with caramel malts.

The taste is caramel, toffee with a very slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation. Extremely easy to drink.

Overall this was pretty boring but was easy to drink, would make a good session/hot weather beer.

Dave1999, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of dsm45
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

dsm45, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -18.3%

timjim1327, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Jabartheljr
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Jabartheljr, Aug 13, 2013
Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,119 ratings.