Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
3,915 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:
3,915
Reviews:
1,124
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
742
For Trade:
0
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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -9.4%
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

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear copper amber color with a pretty good frothy off-white head that stands for a while before subsiding to some bubble sheet covering the surface and leaving mild lacing on the glass-side.

The aroma is so malty providing notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some roasted barley, dough, cereal, and burnt bread. Hop lends its mild fruity note to mingle.

The taste is just like the aroma with the harmony of malt ranging from caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some roasted barley, dough, cereal, to burnt bread. Hop brings in some mild fruitiness while there is also some bitterness mostly from roasted malt and partially from hop.

The body is medium with semi-smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation through the palate. The feeling is quite alright to cater all the things. Finish is rather dry.

Sessionable brew with lots of malt in displaying plus with some hop to top it up, an English Bitter that is very true to the style.

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Photo of feuematt
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that looks great in a glass. The taste is bready malts and some subtle fruitiness..very tasty and smooth....in my book this is a winner!!

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjmj51
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MKrauss
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwvman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dharmelink
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tbeebe
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of americancontrarian
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JT23
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 3,915 ratings.
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