Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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3.66/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden sunset color, fruity hop aroma, biscuity malt flavor, soft body.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,640
Reviews:
1,140
Ratings:
3,965
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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104
Gots:
765
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Photo of TheOutlet
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 3/31/13: Pours clear medium amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves abundant webs of lace. Aroma is toasted malt, sugary caramel, yeast and a burnt hint with a thin hop character. Taste is malty toast with a hint of char, caramel, toffee, some chocolate, cream and yeast backed by a hoppy bitterness. Average at best, To tell the truth I'm a little disappointed based on what I have come to expect from this brewery. Taste more like a bitter Amber Ale than an English Bitter.

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Photo of monkist
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's funny that the best English Bitter that I had is made by an American brewery.
As it has much morecontent, aromaand flavor than the English counterparts, I vote this the best I've ever had.
Along with the typical/trademark English Bitter light/watery body, it has enough malts and most importantly, fragrant hops that stand out in the aroma. The taste is also quite well balanced, does not get too light nor too dry bitter so I found it overall nice - although not to an extent that I would want to drink it again. I loved the aroma though, it was a pleasant beer.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 21SEP18 poured into my mouth looks awful, but I remember it being more on the dirty orange end of the color scale and with active bubbly carbonation.

Aroma is flowery, fruity hops and that flows into the flavor to which is added a good caramel malt for balance.

Mouthfeel is lighter with a slight stickiness.

Overall this is very much like beer.

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Photo of kofukasho
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dtmusser
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nunya
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigHeron
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap when we went for dinner. I was struck immediately by the wonderful look, smell, and taste. I pulled a social ‘no no’ with my smart phone to check where it is available in Toronto.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

As a fan of their IPA thought I would give Honkers a go in honour of the goose. Does this one live up to all the....honk....let’s find out. Poured into a tulip this one presents coppar caramel with excellent collar that lasted well. Fine effervesence here. Nose is simple: light fruity hops like many red ambers. finishes light and clean. Not bad, but give me their IPA anyday. Honk on beer lovers.

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Photo of peterpunk15
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Frank_TX
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamHill_92
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers you just happen to come across because somebody bought a mix pack and you grabbed the one beer you hadn't tried before. Living in England, I find it interesting that this is listed as an English bitter. I wouldn't have guessed that from just drinking it. It strikes me as more of an American amber...but whatever. There is just a light whiff of fruity hops, and actually the hops are reasonably pronounced in the flavor. Somewhat malty. Honestly, this beer sort of a forgettable in between beer. It reminds me of what small brew pubs used to make in the 90s when all they had was a light, amber, and dark beer to choose from. Just okay.

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Photo of zacckdaddy
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of npdevil27
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chilmer
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of S_McAteer_95
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vincechan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gustavo27
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,965 ratings