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RATINGS: 1993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2005
355ml bottle, from Safeway. Clear gingery colour with an off white head, receding to a collar and thin covering. Very pronounced grapefruit aroma, with an underlying malt character that is dry and rather dull. More citrus, on the palate, with a distinct "hop juice" feel, leading into a tart, slightly tinny, aftertaste. Again, there’s something dry and a bit dull in the background. Sharp, but I wouldn’t call it zingy and the mouthfeel is on the thin side. Ended up a bit like chewing a lemon. I think this needs to be consumed really fresh. This wasn’t (the best before date was illegible).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a cloudy amber. Aromas of mild hops. Flavors has some malt character and a touch of hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
Very orange with a small head. Slightly carbonated, with a very strong hop aroma and taste. Excellent ale. Had from the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Nice amber color. Good hoppy aroma. Slight carbonation and it had a nice mild aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
Tea-like tannins, oranges and herbal, leafy hop notes greet the nose. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a decent and lasting cover of off white head that coats the glass. Orange, herbal, leafy hops in the dry, tannin-full flavour. Light charcoal, dark malt character especially in the moderate to strong bitter finish. Some sweetness emerges in the aftertaste.Medium light body is very dry with pointy, sharp, refreshing carbonation. Enjoyed at the O’Hare Goose Island kiosk on the way to GABF 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy amber, minimal head. Aroma is faint and is sweet malt and spicy hops. Flavor is malty and slightly bready Caramel and a hint of nuttiness, with a nice spicy bitterness. Finish is dry. A nice hop/malt blend. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 A nice deep orange color. Smells slightly of fruit and hops. A nice hop/ malt balance it seems. A slight citric taste. An amesome session beer. A beer I first had in 2004 when I initially began getting into craft beer. Would like to try on tap and maybe also a fresher bottled version.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Available on tap from Goose Island (Wrigleyville), Chicago, IL. Clear light amber hued American pale ale with no discernable head. Slight aroma of hop flowers. No discernable carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied that starts with slightly sweet malt flavor with hoppy hint and finishes dry with slight hop bitterness. Nice balance. A good drinkable beer that goes great with fish and chips at Goose Island.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Brewtopia 11-12-05. This poured gold with white head. Nose was roasted and hoppy. Taste was not quite as hoppy as nose. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) I’m generally not a fan of really dry beers, and this offering seems pretty dry to me. A somewhat toasty, even slightly roasty malt base shows almost no sweetness, and the hops are moderately bitter with a touch of citrus. The nose is also toasty and minimally sweet. Body is nearly medium, but very dry, clean and lightly crisp in the finish. Clear amber in color, topped by a small off-white head that gradually fades away to a very tiny ring and leaves no lacing. Not a bad beer at all, and I’m sure it has many fans, but it totally fails to enthuse me.

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