leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 355ml. Purchased from Safeway, Totnes, Devon. Not a great beer.. very unbalanced. Probably won't sample again.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DanielBrown (3697) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in colour. Nose is toffee sweet. Flavour is malty and fruity with light hoppiness and a slightly dry finish.