Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear and shiny light orange pour with a thin but very persistent cap of butter colored head. Aromas of oranges, candy, and a slight yeasty/Belgian funk, tart and estery. The tartness in the aroma makes it into the flavor, especially noticable on the roof of my mouth. Pleasantly bitter, balananced with a touch of sweetness. A little bit thin. A different sort of APA, but no really shining attributes, and not as clean as I expect for the style.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very bitter and citrusy. I really like this beer with spicy foods as well as pizza. Honkerís Ale was one of the first "craft" beers I had ever tried, so it was a bit to get used to coming from a Miller Lite upbringing. Iíve stuck with it as Iíve grown as a beer lover, and Iím glad I have. Itís now one of my favorite everyday beers; good quality and taste for a decent price. It may be considered overrated by some, but this ESB/APA has a very underrated ability of expanding the palates of those who are uninitiated to good beer.
railcat1 (687) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 good beer and not to strong excellant to drink anytime perfect smooth taste CHEERS
BigBeerPoppa (9) - USA - JUN 25, 2006 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good session beers are hard to find and when you do find one they are harder to put down. I love this beer, enough hops to make it stand out but not too strong, the malt makes it chewy but doesnít affect its drinkability - contray, its rich taste makes it a smooth travel down your gullet.
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my absolute favorite goose island beer. I can drink a few... you can too :)
lilsumsum (16) - Chicago (S. Side), Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lived up to its repuations, slight maltiness, bitter finish but nothing over powering.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty average beer. Definitely a good summer brew. Theres a hoppy aroma with some ginger on the nose as well and a touch of malt. The flavor was much the same, pretty thin on the palate. Slighty bitter end but not terrible. Meh. I can take it or leave it.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour a hazy light orange color. Decent but short lived white head with some lacing on the glass. Has a the aroma of malt with a slightly bitter hop after taste that you would expect from an Ale. An easy to drink smooth beer that I will definately be drinking again.
Foxbush (1268) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 This was my first Honkers. I enjoyed two at the Filling Station in St Charles, IL. The ale had some spice to the nose. The color was an amber with a nice head. This is a great beer that can be enjoyed most any time. It lived up to the reputation. This was enjoyed at Gibsonís in Oak Brook on a trip to Chicago in June 2012. Top notch everyday beer. Medium body wiyh average carbonation. Smooth finish.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Made a good appearance, poured a hazy orange hued tarnished copper with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, fair amount of sticking, moderate carbonation overall.
Had a nose of citrus and woody hops with a toasted grainy maltiness.
A crisp, dry and smooth light bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Toasted grainy and bready with a citrus and woody hop taste, the hop bitterness are soft and smooth, a nice dry crispiness from the malts and a dry grainy and hoppy finish.
Another good brew from Goose Island, one of my favorite Great Lakes/Midwest brewers. Also, my bottle has a red label with the words "English Bitter" on it and I feel, personally, that this has more in common with a bitter than a APA. Best before date on the back label, 08/27/06.