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RATINGS: 1744   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4058) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2003
(bottle) This had an interesting and complex nose that I really liked -- a little vinegar, a little butterscotch, some kind of tart fruit jam thing going on. The color of weak tea, 2 cm of upholstery-foam head. Endearing goose on the label, even though we all know that the only thing that geese are fit for is roasting, when you're out of turkey. But, I'm biased ever since that swan attack incident as a 4-year old -- but I digress... Dry, starched ale. Fruitier, brown sugar-ier and sweeter as it warms. Initially finishes weakly roasty or coffee-ish, after which the hops speak up. CO2 leaves too quickly. I was a little disappointed in this one after the fine Summertime Kolsch. Good, but not outstanding, session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2003
Amber with orange shine, cold haze; slight orange head, lacey. Nose yields caramel and colour malts, and fine hops. Malty underbuild with hoppy surroundings in the taste. Surprising for an American, this tastes very British. Including the mouthfeel and aftertaste, both rather empty - just the hopbitterness, and a little oiliness linger on. It starts off proudly American, then turns out to be prominent British, and finally fails to deliver both goods. Ay. Expected better from this much-vaunted ale. I don't know if it's for export, but my label states 5.0% ABV.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAY 2, 2003
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,

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2003
light malty nose, copper hue with a small white head, malty, some pineapple tones, oily texture, reasonable stuff

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2003
Brown color,off white head, lace all the way, perfumy aroma. Very bitter, perfumy taste. Bitter aftertaste. Too bitter for me.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
Copper in color with adequate head and lacing. Roasted caramel aroma with a hint of fruiteness. Lightly hopped with a spicy clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2003
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2003
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 — 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.


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