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Honker's Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

3,031 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,031
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 51
Gots: 177 | 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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blastoderm55

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-23-2013 03:30:31 | More by blastoderm55
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-23-2013 01:27:25 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Hesperus

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured into a Lost Rhino standard pint glass from bottle dated 28 March, 2013.

A: Clear amber in color with half-finger head, no retention or lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, fruity hops - Fairly docile.

T: Sweet malts followed by a weak, hoppy kick and aftertaste. Hop presence in aftertaste is fruity and somewhat metallic. Beer became noticeably better as it warmed: Malt flavors began to truly take center stage and the metallic note dissipated.

M: Above average carbonation, medium yet wet mouthfeel.

O: I enjoyed this beer overall, it scratches a major itch, yet is not my favorite example of the style. This is highly sessionable, with the added bonus of the carbonation slowing down consumption to an extent.

07-22-2013 22:46:16 | More by Hesperus
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litheum94

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

07-22-2013 14:25:26 | More by litheum94
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-22-2013 13:02:46 | More by BeerCon5
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slim2043

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-22-2013 02:59:31 | More by slim2043
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cfitterer

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-22-2013 02:15:51 | More by cfitterer
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Knuckles_Nuclear

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2013 23:06:25 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
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AlfaMale

Virginia

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
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E_Cox

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2013 07:08:21 | More by E_Cox
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JSchock7

Kansas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-21-2013 06:55:47 | More by JSchock7
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DylanWoods

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

07-21-2013 00:52:17 | More by DylanWoods
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Metz

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

07-21-2013 00:27:53 | More by Metz
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ALZ

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9%

07-20-2013 21:12:40 | More by ALZ
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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
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gr0g

New Jersey

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
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-20-2013 17:50:57 | More by charlesjwinkler
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thechief16

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-20-2013 01:46:55 | More by thechief16
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CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

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
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jjf3792

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

07-19-2013 17:39:44 | More by jjf3792
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ahommell

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +9%

07-19-2013 04:03:50 | More by ahommell
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ridiculotron

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-18-2013 19:54:16 | More by ridiculotron
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krome

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-18-2013 19:53:14 | More by krome
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sloelco

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-18-2013 04:05:21 | More by sloelco
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-17-2013 19:40:55 | More by gpblackgt
Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 3,031 ratings.