Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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3.66/5
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3,935 Ratings
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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:
#34,262
Reviews:
1,131
Ratings:
3,935
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
3.9
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
753
Trade:
0
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Photo of mempath
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nice interpretation of the style...the nose is the only 'less' impressive aspect...poured into an "old speckled hen" english pint glass....very light english tea color...delicate amber...nose comes alive after a semi-vigorous swirling...malt biscuit expected dynamics...maybe pears...taste is the best part, melded with that light but creamy mouthfeel...again, malty, biscuity, tart-sweet cream...maybe plain greek yoghurt dialed down from the tang...and a touch of vanilla added...honey? wow!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Old Chicago April 11, 2015.

Pours a clear copper/gold, good head of foam to start, recedes leaving little lacing behind.

Smells of bready malt, some sweetness, touch of h

Light bodied, kinda lively carbonation.

Average beer, imho.
Tastes of bread, malty sweetness, light bitterness, very lightly flavoured overall.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Label has Bottled On Date as '14JUN17'.
Pale amber colored body. Hard pour resulted in one finger head, off white head. Spots of lacing.
Aroma of bready malt and dark fruit (raisins and prunes).
Taste of dark malt, and dark fruit. Some butterscotch too, and moderate hop bitterness.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Low carbonation.
Seems close to style. A stronger ale than the standard pale.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There was some really nasty yeast sediments. Even, when I did not pour last 2 inches. Anyway, very tasty beer. Malty nose. Fruits, dry fruits. Raisins, cranberries. Malty sweet, chewy. Some dryness in a finish. Too much sparkles on a palate.

Average

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Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of zacnock
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsteez
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OzmanBey
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This was an interesting beer, I really enjoy ESB's and this is a very good traditional ESB with just a little more hops than an normal ESB but that doesn't take away from the overall feel and flavor.

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Photo of insouciantx
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paul718
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Verasong
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thampel09
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OriginalWayOut
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelGennings
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Company's Honkers Ale.

4.3% alc. 473ml can.

Nice off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some nice glass lacing that only gets better as the beer is enjoyed.

The colour is copper and the smell is a combination of fruitiness and malt.

The taste is predominantly malt flavoured with some subtle hop bitterness.

The beer is medium bodied and the finish is dry.

This is a really nice product. If you enjoy ales it's worth trying.

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

Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk straight from a 12 oz longneck. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and warm fruits. Tastes mostly malty sweet, bringing in some fruity hoppiness. Carbonation medium-high, with a fairly light body, clean. Not much aftertaste.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look is the best part of this beer a clear tea looking beer with almost no head. Nothing stands out in the smell or taste but It is smooth going down. While not a lot of flavor still better than Budweiser but at 4.3% it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of luke12345
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,935 ratings
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