Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
3,897 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:
3,897
Reviews:
1,120
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
738
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,897 |  Reviews: 1,120
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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Photo of desint
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of derdtheterd
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrueMetalJake
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shiu-chan
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear copper pour with little or no head.
Nutty hop on the nose.
Clean, light fruity note and slight bitterness at the end.
Overall, a simple ale to enjoy.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good solid beer that looks and smells great. The taste isn't bad and certainly has character.
I'm coming to terms with Goose Island and have plenty of respect for the company and its products.

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kitschiguy
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a light chestnut colour with a very small head which died. No lacing.

Really can't detect much o the nose. A little bread/biscuit perhaps.

Palate is also bland. Some unexpected bitterness right at the end. Over carbonated.

Three duds in a row from this brewery.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sharp315
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber, thin off white head
S: Toasted malt, nutty, toffee, light fruit character
T: Caramel malt, light bitterness, toasty, orange marmalade, nutty
M: Thin, less body than others of the style
O: Good but a little more watery in feel and flavor than other ESB's

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Photo of Larryqian
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

good beer

9 characters

Photo of SpongeKA
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Yoda22
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMorash
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This English bitter styled ale pours a vibrant amber/copper with a medium thick creamy head. Aromas of toasty cereal and nuts on the nose; the palate is medium-bodied and offers moderate bitterness with toasted grain and nut flavours balanced by a touch of sweet caramel-like notes followed by a medium finish.

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Photo of Edie
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 3,897 ratings.
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