Honker's Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
3,905 Ratings
Honker's AleHonker's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,905
Reviews:
1,120
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
738
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,905 |  Reviews: 1,120
Photo of BenBreeg
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinabottle
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mtn
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoda22
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMorash
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This English bitter styled ale pours a vibrant amber/copper with a medium thick creamy head. Aromas of toasty cereal and nuts on the nose; the palate is medium-bodied and offers moderate bitterness with toasted grain and nut flavours balanced by a touch of sweet caramel-like notes followed by a medium finish.

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Photo of Edie
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jomomister
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't like this beer much. Mostly I taste carbonation and yeast and very little body. I'm planning to suffer through the six pack and maybe try it on draft somewhere just in case I got a bad batch.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grand opening at Chili's in Uniontown. First brew that I've had from Goose Island. An not very familiar with English bitters, so this may not be the best review. Anyway, the color is great! Not cask conditioned, but from regular tap conditions. To me. A very drinkable offering!

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Photo of ColoradoRich
4.71/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Malt_Man
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Deep amber colour, clear, quickly rising small bubbles. No head, just a bubbly film.

S) Light fruity malt. Hints of some IPA-type hops.

T) Deep malty flavour, with a definite citrus / orange edge. Finishes with quite a dry flavour.

F) Very light body and quite fizzy. Very dry bitterness on the aftertaste.

O) A bit of a mish-mash of styles and very light body, but not bad. Give it a try.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of windowside
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bendover80
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of mild pine, some caramels and English hops.
Flavor with notes of caramels, earthy and spicy hops, mild ginger, slightly toasted malts, tea and some yellow fruit citrusy. Dry aftertaste with a medium but persistent bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Pleasant English Bitter, perfectly balanced and very easy to drink. I could have a few in a blink.

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Photo of createaflow
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The IBU is a bit too much for me, but overall a nice beer to drink with friends.

Got it recently on february 04, 2017,and my taste for hop have change a lot. I can now appreciate a nice hop beer. This one you can definitely see the difference with the other one. The hop is really more fruity than any other intensively hop beers.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 3,905 ratings.
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