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RATINGS: 1829   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Firkin at Brewpub: I was never a fan of the Honker's Ale, but the wood sapped some of the hops out of the beer. Yes, they dry-hopped it with additional Styrians, but they add more to the aroma and less to the flavor, so I'd say the Honkers Deluxe is a more-pleasant variant of the standard Honker's Ale. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2002 Total Score: 3.2
What a savory aroma! They really got that right. Now for the taste....um, well, it’s not quite as terrific as the nose, but it’s still clearly a quality APA. Bitter only in the aftertaste, so if you like a hop monster, this ain’t it. How weird that this is sold in Texas, of all places.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Nice amber colored ale with a quickly disappearing head. Definite fruitiness with some character but not too strong. A good session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Bottled. Once in a while I gotta remember to have one of these as reminder of “how it all started” in this area. The Goose’s flagship beer is one of those that can start anybody on the road to good beer appreciation. An appealing orangey pour with a good head. Caramel roasty malts, and a floral/bitter hop character that only insinuates itself after a few sips. Toward the bottom of the glass, it even took on a bit of IPA character. Wonderful fruity ale taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbrock81 (310) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Aroma is light but balanced, with a general maltiness (nothing specific jumps out) and a slight pine needle hint to the hops. The appearance is very nice, a rich red-amber with a light white head. The flavor is just like the aroma, balanced but bland, with that pine-needley taste coming through again. The palate is fine, medium feel, medium carbonation. The problem is the same finish Goose Island’s IPA has - a nasty, bitter aftertaste that lasts for ages. I’m pretty sure it’s their hops - this beer is just not as good as other regional craft brews.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 Had this in Chicago and Iowa. I like the goose head tap better than the beer. Has a bitter taste and slightly fruity, but not in a good way. I have tried this several times on tap and in the bottle. It pours a cloudy dark orange. The aroma is dirt and rotten oranges with a hint of caramel. The taste is very bitter and unpleasant with old citrus and some sweat socks. Finishes with a dirt taste. GI makes some solid beers, but for some reason this one always tastes like a mess to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
I wanted to rate this one last night, but I got to the store after 9PM and we have blue-laws that you cant sell wine or booze after 9 - so I made a note to the cashier that this is ale - she called the manager - they have it set in the system as a high alchohol beverage - I told them that I thought there was a mistake (because I had New Glarus Bock at 7.2 ABV in the mix). By sheer coincidence, the cashier was the daughter of the guy who owns the Watertown Micro-brew (don't know the name - just moved here a few months ago, but I know that it has won awards, so Ill post them later). Anyhow, went back before 9 today and got it (ironic its only 5.0 ABV LOL). Aroma - medium floral hops, slight malt; medium head diminshes quickly - orange-red color - good after pour carbo - Hoppy and bitter flavor (accompanies the maltiness) which is pleasant but not overpowering - reminds me of some IPAs - good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4365) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2003
Thick ale with a good head, and a fruity citric aroma. Very fruity and citrus flavour, with a fizzy finish. A fairly good pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Nice pale brown. Foam at the top, no pronounced head. Smells like hops, sweat socks, and some buttery nuts. Very deep flavor, quite bitter, tangy sourness. Nice but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2003
This seems to be a more balanced version of their IPA. Reddish copper, kahki head. Slightly watery body. Spicy, peppery hops, then a rich, mellow bready finish. Maybe some smokiness in the finish/aftertaste, as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Very good beer. Hoppy but not overly so. Decent lasting head and good carbonation.

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