kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light amber body with a quickly diminshing white off white head. The aroma is of English hops, not American; lightly malty with some hints of caramel and fruitiness. The flavor starts malty but quickly switches to hop flavor with a little bit of roastiness, but that's only a back ground flavor. Caramel malts and a light fruitiness add to this fine session beer. Very well balance, but definitely toward hop flavor and light lingering bitterness are very pleasant and not harsh or astringent. Although I was expecting a fuller mouthfeel, it seems a little light and is moderately carbonated. I rather enjoyed this session beer from Goose Island since I find that to my palate there is a grainy astringency to some of their other offerings, but this one is well made and very drinkable.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
malt in aroma with hint of hops. very smooth and malty just enoughj hops to break up the maltiness but not to add anthing special to this beer,
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light malty nose, copper hue with a small white head, malty, some pineapple tones, oily texture, reasonable stuff
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brown color,off white head, lace all the way, perfumy aroma. Very bitter, perfumy taste. Bitter aftertaste. Too bitter for me.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden brown. Diminishing head leaves a few spots of lace. Smells good--fruity, hoppy, floral. A bit watery on the palate though. Just a hint of malt sweetness with a bitter finish.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper in color with adequate head and lacing. Roasted caramel aroma with a hint of fruiteness. Lightly hopped with a spicy clean finish.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is better than I was expecting. I heard it compared to Anchor Liberty Ale, but this is not as bitterly hoppy. good malt balance.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had two from the same six pack over two days and the most memorable thing about either was how different they were from each other. First was like a Chiswick Bitter from Fullers ... thin, second run, not much mouth feel, not much malt. The second one was better, so let's use the rating from that one, escept that I down graded the overall impression rating number because of how bad the first one was. Good mouth feel and appearance ó cloudy reddish brown with good thin lacing. Taste of malt and bitter hops, followed by floral hops. Good lingering bitter finish. The first one I would have to describe as thin, watery, lifeless in the mouth and on the tongue.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Attractive hop aroma, with a hint of fresh-brewed tea. Broadly fruity flavor (grape) and more tea. Slightly limp, lacks a certain richness and depth on the tongue. Golden/amber/red color, clinging head, lingering rounded bitterness. (on tap, Goose Island, Clybourn, Chicago)
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A refreshing beverage, perfect for warm temperatures (although...come to think about it...it was in the 30s outside when I drank this). I'm not sure about the pale ale description however. Flavor is smooth and modestly hoppy with a pleasant citrusy, spicy character evident as the ale enters the throat. In this respect, Honkers Ale reminds me of a sort of "Oberon lite." This is my favorite beer in Goose Island's lineup.