Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at a local pub, pint glass.

A-great looking copper/amber color. One-finger head and good amount of sticky lacing.

S- floral aroma that is bright and lively.

T-it all ends here. This doesn't measure up to other English bitters that I've had. It has a floral finish that is ok.

M-light body with some carbonation. Nothing stands out.

O- it's just ok.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Samuel's in Springfield. I had mostly tapas, which eventually became over-the-top and included tons of plates. So, I needed a beer. The beer had a sharp amber look to it with a relatively large, frothy head. The aromas were a good mix of bready textures with some fruit hints, but was not too strong to fill your nose. There is a bittersweet flavor to the generally malty taste of the beer. Some pretty decent earthy spice to the drink, but, like the aromas, they were not too overtly strong. After a large meal, this was an excellent drink to have on a mouthfeel-level. The drink had a good carbonation, but was light on a full stomach. Overall, a pretty decent beer to have with a big dinner dinner.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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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%

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,943 ratings