Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Honker's AleHonker's Ale
3,943 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: 3,943 |  Reviews: 1,133
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%

Photo of ZPB
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of weisserj
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ericwilson54
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ajfrantz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 3,943 ratings