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 (3897) - 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.
obxdude10 (2055) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light copper in color, very little head, no head retention, no lacing, slight hop nose with a bit of sweetness mixed in, pretty bland flavors, light in body, a bit of an undesirable aftertaste, not a very good example of the style
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, gentle hoppy aroma. Pale amber color with a rocky one inch white head. Grapefruit hop flavor, but very low bitterness compared to other big APA's. Nice, sweet, easy drinking pale ale with an American Pale hop flavor and an English Pale bitterness. Mind-numbingly easy drinking beer which I think is the standard for an American session ale. Go get some. Those of you reporting no head from this beer, rinse your glassware and let this one sit outside of the fridge for a while.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very hoppy notes, and initial flavor. Overwhelms a lot of the malt flavor, which seems unusual in a beer with a caramel hue.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I could not get any head to speak of when poured. This beer's appearance is a somewhat off orange color with a very hoppy aroma, which carries over into the taste, like many pale ales. Kind of watered down thin palate, I wasn't too pleased with this one.