davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This isnít one of my favorite Goose Island brews. Honestly, the Honkerís Ale tastes a bit like it has geese in it.
jaymobrown (1588) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-amber color with a medium, creamy head. Strong taste of hops, but little else to enjoy. As someone from the Chicago-area, Iím partial to this brew in comparison to the American standards and pils that the city usually drinks. A no thrills ale that is good to drink.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I liked it alot but there is only so much you can do with an ale. After a while you really got to know your stuff to make major judgements on different types of ales. I...well I just drink the stuff. I canít tell you the strain of hops used.
olympian (107) - USA - JUN 21, 2002
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
It makes me very sad to say that Goose Island is the *only* craft brewer in North American whoís products uniformly disappoint me. The family resemblance from one Goose Island product to another is very consistent - like Bellís of Kalamazoo, but nowhere near as good. First sip - you know itís from Goose Island. Moreís the pity, because that family resemblance I can only describe as
ímalt with floor mop squeezinís added to ití. It tastes *musty!* Iíve actually tried the Honkerís Ale several times - no dice. I really wanted to find something to love in Goose Island - I consider the American craft brewers to be íbeer Messiahsí - but it consistently comes in dead last across my tongue. Try Bellís Amber or Sam Adams Boston Ale, and see if you really think this is better.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another beer I had at a gathering. I found the beer to be quite a nice beer that would do well if your trying to get your friends to break from the Bud/Miller brigade. I havenít tried some of the other Goose Island beers, but if this is any indication, they would be worth a try
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was in Chicago so I had to sample the local íflavorí. Pretty good stuff. You have t0get it at Oven Grinderís in town with a Pizza Pot Pie. On the beer, nice hop aroma and zing. Dark amber in color... nice stuff.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma with an attractive amber coloring. Satisfyiing flavor with a spicy bite from beginning to end. A tasty pale ale - a decent choice if youíre in that type of mood.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 Clear bright copper color, small white head, sweet light malt aroma, kind of nutty. Light malt flavors, some hops noticable in the finish, clean. This pale ale is very light in body and on the tongue, a little watery, otherwise has some good light flavor, maybe a good sesssion beer.
Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good malt and a nice hint of spice. Good on a hot afternoon in moderate quantities.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice malts... hops were there too, but not as much as i would have expected. Sort of reminded me of Killianís with more hops. Pretty good.