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RATINGS: 1973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2501) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle. A superb beer. Lovely bright brown colour. Full of flavour, this is goes down extremely smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Poured light and creamy with very little head and little lacing. Could smell some fruit blends along with malts. Medium body that went down smooth with a good amount of hops. Complimented this beer with some pizza which worked out well. This is nothing fancy, but a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Amber with good, foamy beige head / Light to medium body with good balance and finish / Flavors of toasted malt, orange peel, lemon, and candied caramel flavors / A fine example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2007
On tap at Coco Bolos in Overland Park. Given a choice between BMC, Dos Equis XX Amber and Honkers, the choice was easy. This is a clear amber/orange beer with a creamy, off-white head. The nose is sweet caramel malts with no discernible hop presence. The mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, soft and dry at the finish with a faint hop bitterness. This is a malt-forward pale ale with a caramel front and a lightly bitter hop finish. Overall, it makes for a nice session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle. Yeasty aroma with light aromatic hops and a tasty bit of chocolate and toffee. Orange-copper, clear pour with a soapy beige head. Crisp taste with biscuit and cracker taking the lead, lightly bitter with English hops and slight fruitiness. Clean medium body and more of the same into the notably dry afterparty. Pleasant and refreshing quaffer, something of an ESB crossed with an American amber.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JUN 16, 2007
On tap at Clybourn pub, Chicago. Actually tastes almost like an ESB to me-- maybe not quite bitter enough. I think this beer has a nice flavor-- but nothing spectacular. Probably a good conversion beer-- like Sam Adams, etc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Tap @ Navy Pier Beer Garden, Chicago, IL: Big Foamy whitish head, lasting. Bitter hoppy aroma, somewhat malty, but weakish. Sweet taste, not overly hoppy or malty. Decent taste. Kind of an appley taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mart (211) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Mondial de la bière 07. Couleur orangée-cuivrée pâle, très légèrement voilée, mousse qui reste bien. Arôme houblonné, d’agrumes, et fruité. Goût doux de houblons et de grains, bon équilibre entre les deux. Un peu mince, carbonatation moyenne. Correcte.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2007
This has a most unusual scent to it. Their is a certain sour wheat smell that I can’t seem to cut through. Looks good, pours a dark orange color with a quickly diminishing white head. Some mild hop flavors are present along with a dry Alka-Seltzer like quality to it. Wouldn’t recommend, even though I love most of the Goose Islands I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slepkov (41) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 This is a terrific beer. Nearly perfect, really. It is a malt ninja in an era of H-bombs. Hop heads (me included), take heed of how a well balanced, subdued, old-school ESB is made! Yes, I am aware that it is listed under "English Pale Ale"--It is an ESB through and through! A perfect blend of malts, yeast and hop characters, with smoky and bready malts taking centre stage. From the great honey and biscuits nose to the apricot and peat notes in the mouth, to the great and prolonged finish; this beer is superb. Worth moving to Chicago for.

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