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RATINGS: 1851   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2003
A medium bodied pale ale with good balance of malt and hops. Medium bitter finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Surprisingly good. It's been a while since I was truly impressed with a GI product. Deep amber color, spicy, fruity and chocolaty notes combine with a refreshing mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2624) - GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
Caramelly malt nose laced with bright hops, deep amber color and a low tight head - not too carbonated. Pretty fat toasted grain taste with maple syrup-like tones. Subtle hop end that is not very bitter - could be more there. Reserved, well-balanced, above average. Surely a standard at the brewpub in Chicago, I'd image.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Not bad. Good aroma with a nice memorable flavor that kind of hangs around but not in a bad way. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2003
Hoppy nose, orange/copper colour, with a small custard head. Malt/hop flavour with some citrus. Balanced, with nice bitterness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2537) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2003
apples and cinnamon nose. Orange with a little layer of a head. Soft carbonation. Apple taste- very spicey, peppery taste . a bit flat - long lasting spicey pricking. Honks!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (6018) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Rerate Revisit after 10 years - light copper pour, snow white head, neutral aroma, decent light citrus bitterness. Still decent and session worthy. Original 3.6 Clean hoppy, fruity aroma with a flowery undertone. Decent lacing on the pillowy off-white head. Attractive dark orange appearance - lots of bubble action. Subdued hop flavor with a bit of a malty undertone. Citrusy notes present themselves in the aftertaste. Overall an excellent APA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4592) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8277) - Ursel, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1094) - 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.

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