Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Honker's AleHonker's Ale
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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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - copper with nice 1 finger head

Smell - some malt some slight breadiness and some slight pine hop notes but very subtle. Also some slight metallic scent.

Taste - Very New England / British Ale style. Easy to drink and nicely flavored. Well balanced and well crafted. Slight hop / crisp finish that is only a tad bitter but nearly perfect offset to malt. Tastes like a beer I'd drink on a cold night in a chowder house in Rhode Island or Maine coast.

Mouthfeel - nice

Overall - A nice british style ale. Well done.

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Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,938 ratings