Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,922 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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Photo of cyclonece09
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of Caskaway
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Kenai4
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CPditka
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of astebelton
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jewellrunner
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a fingers worth of light blonde head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong hop aroma with bread undertones.

Taste- Hop bitterness that is balanced nicely by the malt.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very crisp with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- This is my first English Bitter and I am pleasantly surprised.
I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to do so again.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this on-tap at the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub a few weeks ago. Following review based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a 20oz. imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a crystal clear body and fine, white cap. Head showed superb retention and impressive lacing.

Smell: Layers of caramelized bread crust, lemon zest, leafy hops, and freshly milled grain. No discernable off-notes. Simple, straightforward, and very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet bread, lemon, herbal bitterness, and nuts. Well-balanced and mellow; right in line with the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, and malty. Finds a way to richness, even though it's only 4.2% ABV. Probably better on cask - the carbonation was a bit higher than I'd prefer - but certainly good on-tap as well.

Overall: Enjoyable, smooth, and very flavorful (esp. for the style) to boot! A great starting beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this English Bitter from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy amber color, produced a thick white head, nice retention and nice lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is pleasant, with citrus grapefruit standing out as well as a malted grain base. The taste is medium in body, it has a base of malted grain/fresh baked bread that gives way to a hoppy citrus finish. Somewhat dry finish. Overall, decent example of the style. Prost!

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Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jharkins07
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of postnothing
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hoppaholic
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bhawks1706
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bdoggboston
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,922 ratings
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