Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
3,894 Ratings
Honker's AleHonker's Ale
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
Ratings:
3,894
Reviews:
1,120
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
738
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a clear golden orange color, two fingers of soapy white head, small patches of lacing.
Aroma - Honey, apples, graham crackers.
Taste - Malty up front, fresh biscuits, hint of butter, slightly sweet honey note, hops provide a bit of an earthy and leafy bitterness. Finishes quite clean with a lingering sweet apple aftertaste. Balanced.
Feel - Light to medium body, somewhat slick, fine bubbles.

Overall - Great beer. Low in alcohol but complex, balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Strohm
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerTest
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Atg1095
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Goose Island goblet
A - Amber, no foam
S - Sweet, caramel malts and grapefruit hops
T - The Grapefruit stays on the palate but not exaggerated
M - Carbonation a little bit on the low side
O - A good bitter with nice fruity notes

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of milwaukee512
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SSGCujo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matuto
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, exp. 06/2017, 30 IBU, contains wheat malts. Amber to copper beer, a bit hazy. Earthy hops nose, toasted malts show more on mouth. Nice bitter finish. Flavorful and easily drinkable.

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear medium copper brown pour. A finger of thin head... falls quickly. Modest lacing.

S: Grains and noble hops. Light and nutty.

T/F: Grains/bread. Mild caramel sweetness followed by fairly sharp hop bitterness. Not a lot of distinctive hop character. Medium to thin in body... well carbonated. Finish is clean.

O: It's a bitter, and within the style it's not bad. Easy to drink but not one that I'd reach for terribly often.

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Photo of kitch
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 fl oz bottle, bottled on 18th November 2016 and best before 18th November 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller pint glass.

Appearance: A nice clear copper colour with a one finger off white head that slowly dissipates to a nice thin creamy layer while leaving curtain like lacing.

Aroma: A bit light, but what I do get was grassy, nutty, sweet malt and hints of toffee.

Taste: Toasty biscuit malt, caramel, nuttiness with hints of orange citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not my favourite style, but this is easy to drink.

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Photo of Macamah
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 296wxt
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Goose Island Honkers Ale, 4.3% ABV, 30 IBU. Pours amber and thick, with one finger white head, left little lacing. Nose is nutty and malt, taste is nutty and malty sweetness, very little hop bitterness at the close - surprised others are saying it is too bitter. Good mouthfeel, perhaps a bit heavy on carbonation. Overall very good.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Momon
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of clarknova
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not going to remember this beer after I'm done drinking it, so it's hard to really judge it beyond "It's not terrible." And it isn't—it's got a njfe smoothness to it that makes it easy to drink, but that's kind of all it has.

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 3,894 ratings.
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