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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

3,419 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,419
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 64
Gots: 389 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

Golden sunset color, fruity hop aroma, biscuity malt flavor, soft body.
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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper shade, with a fair amount of foam and noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, earthy grains, and floral hops.

Taste: Earthy grains, floral hops, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, dry and crisp. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. An ESB with decent balance and nice flavor, this one surprised me. I wouldn’t mind an occasional six-pack.

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4.89/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I remember an online class that had an e-book that tracked whether or not you read or listened to the material, and reported it to the instructor. Well, the joke was on him because I learned very little, and drank a very great deal of Honker's Ale while listening. This is definitely Goose Island's best macro brew in my opinion. It is thin yet bitter, and the taste can only be descried as unique, and perfectly balanced. Worth the money every time, and in case you were wondering, I still got an A in the class because this beer really made me relax, and open up my mind to philosophical arguments. Not recommended for math or science class.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear pale copper colour with a generous head and decent off white lace.

Smell: Light toasty malts with hints of caramel, touch of herbal hop in there also.

Taste: Moderate body along with a smooth mouth feel. Toasted malt flavours touch of caramel within the short lived sweetness. Hops have a little citrus twang. Brew has some decent balance. Like the dry finish..

Good clean beer that is not too heavy but gives some solid flavour beyond a mass produced macro.

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,419 ratings.