Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,937 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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A beautiful clear pumpkin orange pour into my Great Divide glass. An orange tinted head floats effortlessly on the bubbly brew. Really nice patches of lacing stick all over the glass.

S- Fresh cut grass, touches of candied citrus and a sweet caramel maltiness. Nice spice of rye or something... nice bready yeasty quality.

T- Nice spicy caraway, rye and lemon zest. Nice hoppy bitterness that blends really well with the caramel sweetness. A nice lively yeastiness lies underneath and adds a wonderful zing.

M- Really nice blend of hoppy, piney/citrus bitterness, bready/yeasty tang, and a sticky sweetness like sugared grapes.

O- Such a fantastic brew that pairs well with almost anything. Enough hops to cut thru, enough sweetness to balance. Nice, chewy and spicy.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of t420o
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Chicago O'Hare Airport (making this quick. Only 15 mins til boarding)

a- pour produces a 2 finger off white/light tan head that lasts for a bit and leaves good lacing. Beer is golden in color

s- like a slightly sweeter than normal English Bitter. Buttery malt smell and light floral hops.

T- very good bitter. Again a buttery malt taste, caramel malt, floral hops. Solid beer

m- nice lighter carbonation and good viscosity.

O- a better than average English Bitter that i'd really like to have available to be on a regular basis on tap. Very good drinkability.


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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally I shy away from ESB's. I think it is the english hops. I like the way they smell, but not typically the way that they taste (I used to say that about lagers as well, though. Now I like lagers).

The coloring is spot on for the style. There is a light foam on top. The smell out of the bottle is very refreshing. There is the slightest bit of sour in the top.

The flavor is spot on for an ESB. This is definitely an acquired taste. There is a lot of english hops in this beer. I also get a decent amount of flavor from the grain. The beer is good for me, but I don't think that everyone will enjoy it.

On the back end there is a light bitterness. It defines the beer, but it does not overwhelm the pallatte. If you like ESB's, then I recommend this beer. If you don't know, then pick up a bottle. This is one of the better ESB's that I have ever had.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,937 ratings