Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,940 Ratings
Honker's AleHonker's Ale

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

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

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of conoraugustine
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of cleve1212
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of semiartificial
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, this one appeared in our local supermarket, and I bought one to try after reading a few (positive) reviews here.

Got to say I was disappointed. In particular, the taste starts off fine but then fades out quickly. The taste is not particularly characterful, a bit 'nothingy' really, and there is little in the way of a lingering aftertaste.

Thank goodness that we all have different tastes and opinions, but I really don't 'get' the near-5 / high 4 scores that some folks have given this.

You may guess that I wouldn't buy another, and wouldn't recommend it to others - for me, it's just not got a lot going for it.

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2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold, with one finger beige head that lasts. Some nice lace. Unfortunately the look is this beer's best feature.

Not much of an aroma, diacetyl, some light bready sweet, even lighter hints of citrus and floral, some tart yeast in there.

The weak flavor of this is heavy on diacetyl, light on pale malt, floral, and citrus, with just a touch of herbal bitter. Not much going on here, it's a diacetyl bomb with weak flavors and weak finish.

Decent mouthfeel except for finish, tastefully low carb., and creamy.

Drinkability is not good. I almost didn't finish this, but Gramps said waste not, want not.

Impression: I won't be drinking this again, and suggest you do the same.

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2.56/5  rDev -30.1%

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2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honker's Ale is one of the beers that got me interested in drinking craft beer. These day I consider it pretty middle of the road. Light hop flavor and aroma. Light malt sweetness, and light on the bitterness. Everything about this beer anymore is pretty uninspiring, yet good enough for a everyday staple beer.

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2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in a variety 12-pack of Goose Island. I used to get Honker's Ale for hiking trips in S. Ohio because this was the only micro the store had. Basically a well-done Sam Adams clone, this brew is your standard malty/hoppy micro brew, it's what your friends probably think of when they think of the beer you drink.

I'd skip this one and move on to something else.

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2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber color with a 1 1/2" tall off-white head.
Smell is hops all over the place and a little citrus.
Taste is, again, hops, a hint of citrus and malt. Nothing else. Is this brew dry-hopped?
Light/medium body, light effervescence.
Good but WAY TOO HOPPY for an ale like this. This has IPA written everywhere but the label. If you like big hops, by all means, this beer is great. But the lack of any degree of complexity was most disappointing to me after all the good beers I've had from the Goose.

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2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured amber orange color with a nice little white head on it. It left pretty quickly and around and gave very little wafts of sweet caramel and hops that smelled like grass/bread/ and a macro bitterness smell of bitey cardboard. . the taste was of semi-sweet/ cheap malt, smokey rye, and astrigency. It's not to balanced with hops which were heavy and kindy woody. weirdly enough they get sweeter as it warms. They were a little too much for the balance to be right. Other than that the aftertaste was not too pleasureable. All-in-all a relatively, barely good beer.

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,940 ratings