Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,949 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,949 |  Reviews: 1,133
Photo of twinsfan86
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WestSideAmish
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of anth0ny
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium roasted amber color with a touch of fog and a finger's width white head. Very sweet citrus smell with caramel. The taste of citrus and malt sweetness are balanced against a background of light grain and mild floral hops ending with a dry finish and light bitterness. Very crisp and drinkable. Body is crisp but not as light as you would think, nice carbonation for a balanced mouth feel. Overall a good, drinkable beer.

 432 characters

Photo of SirPlunkett
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 0927NH-OCT 18 11. Sampled on January 5, 2012. The label says Chicago but a brewery is also listed in Portsmouth, NH. The pour is medium amber with little to no head. The aroma does not jump out at me. The malts are there but subtle and the hops seem clean. The body is around medium and smooth. The taste is likeable with its bitter, bready quality and mellow hopped end. A nice variation on the style.

 435 characters

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a part of a mix-a-six at Wegmans in Syracuse, NY. Bottled on September 16th of 2011. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – Golden amber body with an off-white head. Good retention and great lacing. Pretty to look at.

Smell – Nice subtle aroma of dried fruit (strawberries, apricots) and a hint of caramel. Perhaps a touch of spice as well.

Taste – Smooth and malty. Layers of dried spiced fruit caress the taste buds in the most gentle manner, leading into nice bready midtones. The finish is mildly dry with a prickle of hop bitterness at the very back of the tongue. Being 3 months old, I am sure a fresh Honker’s has a bit more hop presence in the finish. Regardless, it’s still noticeable and plays nice with the malt-forwardness of the beer.

Mouthfeel – Light body with lively prickly carbonation.

Drinkability – Overall, a smooth drinking beer with refreshing qualities. Would be an excellent quaffing beer.

 946 characters

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Typical Goose Island label which I think is classy and simple looking but very nice still.

Appearance - Pours out a very slightly cloudy amber color with an airy 1 finger golden colored head that stays with you for a while before turning into a thin covering. Great lacing on this offering.

Smell - Smells of sweet yeasty bready malts. Hints of citrusy floral hop bitterness as well.

Taste - Tastes of the same sweet yeasty bready malts on the front end. Hints of caramel sweetness. A nice floral citrusy hoppy bitterness is evident throughout. The flavor profile blends extremely well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability -Very tasty and flavorful. Very drinkable with a lighter, crisp, and smooth feel. Very refreshing.

I love this offering. It is a very good example of this style and is readily available, refreshing, reasonably priced, and never lets you down. It goes great with pizza!!

 1,049 characters

Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of shockrocker65
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JSkone09
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Aewachiw
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DTown
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of durwood64
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +9.3%

3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of damuts222
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of AaronBurr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,949 ratings