Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

3,914 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 -6.4%

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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep golden color with an inch of white foam. Nice lacing. Smells mainly of pale malt with a bit of citrus. Taste follows the nose with big malt presence up front. There's a mild bitterness mid-palate which gives way to citrus flavors. The finish is semi-sweet with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall I found this to be a pretty good brew, although it was much less bitter than I had anticipated. Quite smooth and drinkable. I could enjoy having this on a regular basis if it were available in my area.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some toasted nutty malt, with some sweetness underneath and a nice citrusy hop profile.
The color is orangey amberish with some tan hues. Nice white head with good retention and lacing.
Body is medium and firm with ample carbonation.

Overall-- I'd like this to be a little more bitter... Perhaps some extra hop flavor too. As is, it is a decent example of an American attempt at the style.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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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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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. bottled on sep 16 11. into tulip.

A: a hazy orangey brown hue. dense off-white head with great retention and thick lacing left on the sides of the glass. very good looking brew.

S: a rich nutty aroma mixes with a healthy dose of an english earthy hop varietal. some light fruity notes as well. apples and green grapes.

T: similar to the nose, a real rich nutty flavor. chestnuts and hazelnuts if i had to get more specific. a little bit of caramel sweetness quickly moves to a dry finish.

M: mouthfeel is unique, almost sharp, fizzy carbonation. light body that is packed with flavor.

D: a very enjoyable brew. i havent had a ton of english bitter's, but it is moving its way up the style ranks in my book. very flavorful, but very easy drinking. solid brew.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark golden orange with a modest white head.

S: Citrus and caramel sweetness.

T/M: More of the same in the taste. Citrus, spices, and especially a lot of malty caramel sweetness. It's sweet enough that it can be a little cloying, but the creamy, smooth mouthfeel helps it go down easy anyway.

O: If this beer went easier on the sweetness it'd be a decent session brew; as is it's just not my kind of thing.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this again on 2014-03-29 in Columbia, PA from the bottle. Minor adjustment to ratings.

A - Clear amber-caramel with a 1.25 -finger, off-white head and little lacing.

S - Mostly light roasted grain, bread and mild hop floral.

T - Light roasted grain, mild tea, touch of caramel sweetness with some moderating bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Not too watery. Refreshing

O - Pretty good taste for a low ABV brew. I prefer 21st Amendment Bitter American and Surly Bitter Brewer more but would be glad for this when the others aren't available.

Had this originally on 2011-12-06 in Chicago, IL

A - Clear caramel with a 1-finger, off-white head and little lacing.

S - Mostly light roasted grain and mild hop floral.

T - Light grain, citrus, touch of caramel sweetness with some moderating bitterness.

M - Light body and medium heavy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing

O - Pretty good taste for a low ABV brew. It was the best available at the poorly-inventoried restaurant at the O'Hare airport.

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