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RATINGS: 1886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
M E L L O W. Pours a clear golden brown with a small head that doesn’t last very long. Little lacing. Nutty, hoppy aroma. Malty flavor, very smooth. Good ’drinking’ beer. How can people quaff the likes of Bud when there’s something like this around?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidemaster (288) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 Medium brown color, small head. Roasted, nutty malts, floral hops with very little hop bitterness. Nice balance. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is malty, with a bit of bitterness. The malts shine through on this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Nice balance of mild malt and hops. Real easy drinker. Good beer for football season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Bottle. LIght to medium amber color. Fast fading white head. Some lacing. Modest hop aroma is slightly fruity and citric. Mouthfeel is medium. Rather boring in flavor. A little malt and a little hop. Fair at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is very sweet citrus with hops, basically an orange juice grapefruit juice combination aroma. Pours an amber with a small white head that is gone rather quickly. Initial light citrus taste is taken over by a less than moderate hop finish. Very light hop aftertaste. Very easy drinking. Well balanced, but a little watered down. If the flavors that exist were intensified, this would be an excellent beer. Instead, it’s in the low 3’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smasbeer (6) - Lees Summit, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2004 does not count
Good beer I discovered in Chicago for the marathon. A bit weaker inthe aroma department than what I like certainly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2004
People here often mention the ale’s small head and minimal lacing. However, my Honkers had a large and lasting head, and some incredible lacing. In fact, I have only had a few beers with better lacing. As far as taste is concerned, it seemed to me that this beer was possibly watered down a little in order to appeal to a wider american-beer-drinking audience, and that is unfortunate. All and all it is a good mild ale that should be slightly more bitter, stronger, and more peachy/orange-spicey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2004
The color is a rosey amber/bronze, and the head is disappointingly short and small. Aroma explodes with hops and suggestions of fruit, with notes of grapefruit, pears, peach, apricot, melons, ...or am I just rambling? It’s a tasty blizzard of hops, no matter how flung my imagination! Medium body, soft texture, a wonderful play on the tongue, a whirlwind of hop liveliness. Malt is a perfect match, holding it all together. Refreshing, delicious taste, some toasty, caramel notes showing up in the middle. Is it a pale ale, or more of an amber? Feels like a flavorful version of English bitter, for it would make an excellent session beer for those who don’t compromise on taste. This is a delicious American ale, and one that does nothing but incite happiness!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Orangey gold. Sticky, mostly dense, ivory head. Fairly aromatic with peachy esters, sugared grapefruit, and toasted malts. Trace yeast, citrus rind, and nutty malt husks. Carbonation is creamy, but fairly loose. Modest collaboration of citrusy hops and nutty, toasted malts in the flavor. Sweet, sticky resin and peach fuzz briefly strengthen the body, but eventually succumb to the dryness. Brushing herbal hop aspects coarsen the slick juicy acidity, which lurks in the background and tingles the cheeks. Minimally spicy hops come through, late, gaining a hint of glazed malt sweetness stamped with their unmistakable glazy yeast house character. Dry, understated hop spiced finish with cedary malt tones tempering the dryness with afterthoughts of fresh crushed grain. Definitive session brew that really only needs a tad more body and malt depth to better withstand the acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Mmm...Poors medium brown with almost no head or lacing. Smells quite nice, with a nice hoppy aroma. Taste is mild and very well-balanced, and maybe a bit too sweet. Nice hop flavor, althought not too prounounced. Malty and citrusy. A good, easy to drink and straighforward beer.

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