Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Honker's AleHonker's Ale
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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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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear copper with a finger of creamy white head.

Bready malts on the aroma with hints of grass and lemon. Real pleasant aroma. The pallet has some nice bitter grassy hops with some hints of toast and some toffee in the background.

The feel is good and light with some soft carbonation. Overall a good serviceable beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of white head. Subtle nose of biscuit and citric hop. on the heavy side of having a light body. Good balance between malt and hop. Crisp refreshing with a bit of flavor behind it. Lightly toasted malt with touches of caramel, faint butteryness balanced by subtle piney hops. Great for a fan of english style brews and I fancy it a bit myself as well.

Subtle, tasty, balanced, refreshing, well-blended, and drinkable.

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

While waiting for a flight in Chicago, I tried this "local" brew. I then noted on the label it was brewed in NH @ the Redhook Brewery.

P: It was poured by the bartender in to a plastic cup, yet the head was promising.

Nose: Nothing too notable here. A bit of a floral note. A hint of malt, and that was about it.

Taste: The first taste was pleasant. Some hops up front, followed with creamy malt flavor. However, that was it - after the first taste this brew had lost it's fuel, and became average.

Color: Amber/red slightly hazy. Very reminiscent of a Killian.

Mouthfeel: It is best described as not being watery. There was a little zest, but not too much more over that.

Overall, if this was Chicago's only offering, I would say they should stick to making pizza. Oh, and don't blame it on the NH brewery that is helping out.

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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Buffalo Wild Wings in South Portland, ME:

Into a pint glass:

A: copper yet transparent colored body, it had a creamy colored head that disappeared within a couple seconds, foamy ringy lacing

S: some light yet sweet malts

T: fairly dry toasted bread

M: about a light to medium, slightly crisp, moderate amount of harshness on the tongue and mouth, sessionable

O: this was pretty good, I would have this again.

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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