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RATINGS: 1699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Poured a dark copper out of the bottle. Nice head and lasting lace. Aromatic hops greet you as you raise the glass to your nose. Tingly crispness greets the tongue and mouth followed by spicy hops. There is a slight citrus, crisp aftertaste. Always pleasing (especially on tap at a favorite pizza joint)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Poured light amber with a thin whitr head. Aroma had caramel and peach plus citrus and graitfruit. Weak aroma though. Taste was kind of bitter and unbalanced. Slightly above average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Park Slope, Brooklyn. Delicious, refreshing, standard quality pale ale. Good for hot summer afternoons. This one was particularly ugh and humid, even in the biergarten.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Shiny golden amber body, very thin white head. Sweetened caramelly spicy citrus hop aroma, light, along with some wet dog. Same light hop and caramelly flavor, with a lingering grassy finish. A pretty easy drinking beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2005
a friend told me to try this one a week ago while drinking summint pale ale. I noticed very similar charactieristics and in a blind taste test I’d be stumped. We agreed its definitely as bitter or less so than the summit. Really tasty stuff, floral hops, rich flavor full of flowers, caramel malts, bisquity. anxious to try other gooses

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 On tap: A nice beer that has a great appearence. Amber color. The way some people have described it as a mild finish is dead on, imo. A nice mellow beer, I think it would be perfect for a warm summer day (which it was).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked, but still not bad. Amber coloring, with a funny off-white head. Malty aroma, with some citrus mixed in. Flavor is fairly mellow, with a pretty substantial mouthfeel. Run of the mill, but not in a bad way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Heavy on the oranges and melons here--great glowing orange color and a touch of marmalade sugar smell. Mildly carbonated, a hit of retronasal citrus and hay, and distinct sourdough finish. Very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Golden with small quick off white head. Aroma is a musty malt and a bit of a mild hop. Flavor is malty and husky and only with a little hop flavor. Average character and a bit wattery. Not remarkable, simply because it is fairly plain. Tame beer without much complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2005
The Goose. Copper to amber in color with an off white head. The aroma is not as hoppy as I remember, but there is a nice caramelly malt aroma with a light floral hop in the background. The flavor is plenty bitter, with good balancing malt that is reminiscent of slightly toasted bread and light caramel. The body is good and the finish good. Overall, this is a well made beer, exactly what I expect from Goose Island.


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