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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.


2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2004
No freaking head at all!! This beer is very blannnnddd. The only thing I could say that good about this imitation light beer is that it is recyclable. The taste was not that bad but it is still very bland.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2004
This a quality light bodied beer. Nice copper color. Mild aroma of malt, hops, and a hint of citrus, possibly orange peel. Flavors are dominated by hops with an inkling of malt and caramel flavors up front. Easy drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottled - Medium amber in color with a thin whitish head. Malt/caramel and hops in the aroma. Bitter tasting without a lot of hop flavor. Bitter finish lasts a while. Their IPA is better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
Pale ale with a balanced flavor. Distinct hop flavor, balanced with a decent amount of hops. Unique flavor, not your run of the mill pale ale.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
Bottled, 355ml. Purchased from Safeway, Totnes, Devon. Not a great beer.. very unbalanced. Probably won't sample again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
In my opinion, not Goose island's best beer, but a very good beer nonetheless. Hoppy but actually well-balanced according to type. A good introduction to Chicago's premier craft brewery.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
Bottle from Safeway, Rubery, West Mids. Amber coloured ale with a petit, soft head. Sweet aroma - like an iced bun. Very fresh, grassy bitter, remarkably clean across the palate. Reasonably bitter, with some dryness in the finish. Refreshing stuff, that leaves a sparkle in the mouth, but not too complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
Kudo's to this beer, it seems to be a wonderful compromise between a traditional English Pale and and American Pale. The color is a sharp brite gold. The aroma wins me over with a fresh floral hop aroma. The flavor is slightly malty with a hint of caramel malt, perhaps even a bit of special B. Very balanced between aroma, malt, and undetected bitterness. Clean refreshing finish that keeps me coming back for more. My only Complaint about Honkers is that it is so good when I drink it at the Brewpub I tend to shy away from the other specialty beers because I am won over by its great taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 This is one of my favorites. I find it very well balanced. Not too sweet, not too bitter, nice smooth taste. Goes great by itself, or with a burger. no complaints here!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
Light hop malt aroma, gold amber color, light hop taste, with a brief malt appearance, that makes a quick exit. Slight hoppy bitter aftertaste, would make a nice session beer.


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