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RATINGS: 1739   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
Tea-like tannins, oranges and herbal, leafy hop notes greet the nose. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a decent and lasting cover of off white head that coats the glass. Orange, herbal, leafy hops in the dry, tannin-full flavour. Light charcoal, dark malt character especially in the moderate to strong bitter finish. Some sweetness emerges in the aftertaste.Medium light body is very dry with pointy, sharp, refreshing carbonation. Enjoyed at the O’Hare Goose Island kiosk on the way to GABF 2005.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy amber, minimal head. Aroma is faint and is sweet malt and spicy hops. Flavor is malty and slightly bready Caramel and a hint of nuttiness, with a nice spicy bitterness. Finish is dry. A nice hop/malt blend. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 A nice deep orange color. Smells slightly of fruit and hops. A nice hop/ malt balance it seems. A slight citric taste. An amesome session beer. A beer I first had in 2004 when I initially began getting into craft beer. Would like to try on tap and maybe also a fresher bottled version.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Available on tap from Goose Island (Wrigleyville), Chicago, IL. Clear light amber hued American pale ale with no discernable head. Slight aroma of hop flowers. No discernable carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied that starts with slightly sweet malt flavor with hoppy hint and finishes dry with slight hop bitterness. Nice balance. A good drinkable beer that goes great with fish and chips at Goose Island.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Brewtopia 11-12-05. This poured gold with white head. Nose was roasted and hoppy. Taste was not quite as hoppy as nose. OK

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) I’m generally not a fan of really dry beers, and this offering seems pretty dry to me. A somewhat toasty, even slightly roasty malt base shows almost no sweetness, and the hops are moderately bitter with a touch of citrus. The nose is also toasty and minimally sweet. Body is nearly medium, but very dry, clean and lightly crisp in the finish. Clear amber in color, topped by a small off-white head that gradually fades away to a very tiny ring and leaves no lacing. Not a bad beer at all, and I’m sure it has many fans, but it totally fails to enthuse me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 NOthing special in this, it was more ike a lager, but anyway, did has a good taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 Draft. I’ve had this many times. Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with a white head. Caramel nose mixed with sprucy hops. Pleasant cereal grain/caramel flavor balanced nicely with grassy hops and mild hop bitterness. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Tap at Kitty O’Shea’s. Arrived a brownish gold color with just wisp of a white head. The aroma was faint sweet malt and a little bit of a hops. Not overly complex on the palate, but definitely hearty enough. The flavor was initially bready and slightly malty with the bitter hops kicking in in the middle and then a lightly sweet finish. Pretty good beer, I’d drink it again if I could find it in FL.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Lightish red with a medium head. First a lttle sweet then tasted the bitterness then a sweet finish. Very drinkable.


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