Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,950 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Clear coppery amber with a single finger of eggshell colored head with an average retention time and some lacing left behind in the glass.

S. Light biscuit malt and slighter citric peel. Some cereal aroma pops in as well when the beer warms up.

T. Remains distinctly dry throughout all aspects of the flavor profile. At first I get toasted bread crusts, than a sort of oily resinous hopping joins in and sticks around for the finish even after the toasted malt drops out.

M. Somewhat thin and watery, unfortunately, but remains crisp and well carbonated throughout.

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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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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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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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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,950 ratings