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Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,926 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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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  rDev -18%

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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%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the first bottle from this 6 pack while ice fishing with a friend. This one I poured into a Lakefront pint glass. Pours an orange blossom honey color with a very healthy off white head that leaves substantial lacing down the glass. The nose is a bit of a letdown, as it's not very pronounced at all. With a deep breath, I can make out some nice citrus hop notes. The taste is very nice, with great balance of malts and hops at the outset--very smooth. The citrus and pine notes of the hops assert themselves in the middle, followed by bitterness at the close. No flavor is overly powerful or pronounced, but I don't mind that much in this style. The feel is effervescent, creamy, and dry at the close.

This is a nice, versatile beer that stays true to its English progenitors. While it certainly doesn't try to do too much, it impresses with how well-rounded and easy-drinking it is. I could see enjoying this beer with just about anything.

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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 3,926 ratings
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