Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A golden brew with a lovely cascadey hop nose with some graininess. The flavour is a bit of a let down after the nose IMO, with plain maltiness, some bitterness and a touch of hop. Fairly dry, plain finish. (Bottle from Booths supermarket, Cheshire)
Gr8flKev (3) - Alabama, USA - JUN 8, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better ale’s in the midwest. My personal favorite of the Goose Island brews, and one of the better ale’s I have sampled.
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No freaking head at all!! This beer is very blannnnddd. The only thing I could say that good about this imitation light beer is that it is recyclable. The taste was not that bad but it is still very bland.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This a quality light bodied beer. Nice copper color. Mild aroma of malt, hops, and a hint of citrus, possibly orange peel. Flavors are dominated by hops with an inkling of malt and caramel flavors up front. Easy drinking.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled - Medium amber in color with a thin whitish head. Malt/caramel and hops in the aroma. Bitter tasting without a lot of hop flavor. Bitter finish lasts a while. Their IPA is better.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale ale with a balanced flavor. Distinct hop flavor, balanced with a decent amount of hops. Unique flavor, not your run of the mill pale ale.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, 355ml. Purchased from Safeway, Totnes, Devon. Not a great beer.. very unbalanced. Probably won't sample again.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In my opinion, not Goose island's best beer, but a very good beer nonetheless. Hoppy but actually well-balanced according to type. A good introduction to Chicago's premier craft brewery.
DanielBrown (4370) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Safeway, Rubery, West Mids. Amber coloured ale with a petit, soft head. Sweet aroma - like an iced bun. Very fresh, grassy bitter, remarkably clean across the palate. Reasonably bitter, with some dryness in the finish. Refreshing stuff, that leaves a sparkle in the mouth, but not too complex.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kudo's to this beer, it seems to be a wonderful compromise between a traditional English Pale and and American Pale. The color is a sharp brite gold. The aroma wins me over with a fresh floral hop aroma. The flavor is slightly malty with a hint of caramel malt, perhaps even a bit of special B. Very balanced between aroma, malt, and undetected bitterness. Clean refreshing finish that keeps me coming back for more. My only Complaint about Honkers is that it is so good when I drink it at the Brewpub I tend to shy away from the other specialty beers because I am won over by its great taste.