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RATINGS: 1950   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PDXtrailBlazer (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Overall a nice beer. not sure if i’d buy it again. but for free maybe at a company party.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Randy4Beer (435) - - DEC 18, 2015
Reddish hue. Aromas pick up both hops and malts. Slightly perfumy. Tastes are pretty much the same. Definite caramel on the finish. Some unexpected berries on the swallow. Not a bad beer, but fairly unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
341 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled orange tinted pale amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is biscuit, water. Flavor is biscuit, cereals. Finish is a bit of bitterness. Some grass. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
It?s an orange Amber brew with glass lacing props. Smells floral and properly malted with notes of grapefruit. Bitter is usually a good thing. Cloying Sour Patch kids meet acetic acid is not so good. This beer?s a good example of the latter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (515) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2015
fruity,sweet,malty,earthy,bitter,thin,heavy bodied a tad water. carbinaded, amber, bubbly head fade’s fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Subliminal64 (82) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2015
Had this brew at The John Labatt Centre (Budweiser Gardens) in London Ontario. Been wanting to try a Goose Island product for some time now, and I wasnt disappointed. Smells like an Ale. No hop smell. Pours a dark caramel colour. Very little head. Taste is what an ale should be. Not overpowering. Good amount of carbonation with little aftertaste. Overall I was very impressed and I will be having this again in the future. The Beer Bearon MB

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (973) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a nice dark copper color with an average sized khaki head. Mild hop aroma with slight hints of malty biscuit. Flavors are sweet and malty up front, with notes of caramel and biscuit. Very slight hop bitterness at the end. Pretty light body. Overall, this is exactly what I expect from a Bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Not bad. Slight English style flavor and a little hoppy too. Not bad. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirzekel (39) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Reliably found at Winestyles in Macon, GA. Love the low alcohol bitters, and this one was my first. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Plain ol’ “Bitter” might be the epitome of British-style brews. Despite the name, beers of the style tend to be rather sweet and only mildly bitter. Any American brewery that makes one that’s decent is worthy of commendation; such is the case with Goose Island Honkers Ale. This is one of their original brews and I can see why it’s maintained appeal all these years. It’s a very drinker-friendly beer in all aspects (but not an amazing one).

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It was bottled on 7/27/15 and cost $1.66 ($0.14 per ounce).

Appearance: A pretty shade of copper/magenta with a clear body and carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Lightly fruity, though I detect some signs of oxidation. Slightly floral; though mild overall.

Taste: There seems to be a lot going on in this beer… and yet, not much at all. I do taste a genuine malt flavor – quite grainy and slightly biscuity. This creates for sweetness, but it’s mild. Lurking in the background is a dry bitterness with just a hint of resin. Faint caramel or treacle flavor on the backend which creates for additional sweetness, and then it finishes almost completely clean. All these characteristics are enjoyable to be sure. Perhaps I shouldn’t penalize it for being mild since that’s the point of the style. Still, a little more pizzazz would be nice.

Drinkability: At 4.3% ABV, Goose Island Honkers Ale is a sessionable beer to be sure. The mouthfeel is crisp with a consistent moistness to it as well. Though there is noticeable hop presence, there’s no lingering bitterness. I would consider it refreshing while in the mouth. I could see this working well in the summer, especially from a can, though it’s got the palette to work as a year-round brew, too.

RATING: 6/10

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