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RATINGS: 1775   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3701) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2003
Attractive hop aroma, with a hint of fresh-brewed tea. Broadly fruity flavor (grape) and more tea. Slightly limp, lacks a certain richness and depth on the tongue. Golden/amber/red color, clinging head, lingering rounded bitterness. (on tap, Goose Island, Clybourn, Chicago)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2003
A refreshing beverage, perfect for warm temperatures (although...come to think about it...it was in the 30s outside when I drank this). I'm not sure about the pale ale description however. Flavor is smooth and modestly hoppy with a pleasant citrusy, spicy character evident as the ale enters the throat. In this respect, Honkers Ale reminds me of a sort of "Oberon lite." This is my favorite beer in Goose Island's lineup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2003
Great aroma, clear amber color. Good flavor not too hoppy.Clean finish. Flavor is not overpowering, but everything doesn't have to be stout. I like it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (707) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2003
Initally sweet, finishes dry and a little spicy. Has a nice hops prescence. Not bad for Goose Islands flagship brew. Better on tap, but good in the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Perrik (4) - Vail Valley, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2003 does not count
Beautiful color, great smell and aroma, but the taste is a little soury for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2003
Malty, straw and gain nose. Slightly cloudy rich copper appearance with off white foamy head. Flavour is initially malty but predominantly hoppy with strawberry hints. Dry lasting after taste with a slight bitterness. Another good beer from Goose Island

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Decent color, nice amber with a good head. Nice full hoppy aroma. Hoppy and dry with a good hop finish. A bit watery.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hysteria (38) - USA - MAR 18, 2003
Nice amber color with a respectable head. Nice lace. A bit of hops and malt up front, a bit bitter in back that lingers. Very drinkable and yet very unremarkable. More hops would make this a better brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4783) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Great colour, and a fantastic smell. The flavour was great at first, but quickly faded away. Not a bad beer, but not my favourite APA. A great beer to have real quickly between Terminals 1 & 2 at Chicago O'Hare (ORD).


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