Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
3,914 Ratings
Honker's AleHonker's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,914
Reviews:
1,123
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
742
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,914 |  Reviews: 1,123
Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of cyclonece09
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of dark malts but not very strong. Tastes of nice caramelized malts and nice balance with some good hoppiness. But very full bodied. Has just the right amount of carbonation and goes down very smooth. Overall, a very good beer and worth getting.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 3,914 ratings.
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