Chad9976 (1605) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plain olí ďBitterĒ 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 thatís 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 itís maintained appeal all these years. Itís 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 beerÖ and yet, not much at all. I do taste a genuine malt flavor Ė quite grainy and slightly biscuity. This creates for sweetness, but itís 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 shouldnít penalize it for being mild since thatís 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, thereís 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 itís got the palette to work as a year-round brew, too.
Rhombic (87) - SPAIN - NOV 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 355mL. Pours deep amber, almost like apple juice, with a quickly disappearing beige head. Crisp herbal aroma, with a very particular smell that Iím not able to identify -yet I consider it quite recognisable and Iím sure that I smelled it before-, light hops, not too strong. Flavours include malt and hay, together with wood notes (subtly cedar-like). Texture is oily, body is medium but with quite a short finish.
tom10101 (4902) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can (473 ml) bought in a Victoriaville grocery store. Clear amber with a small off-white head, decent retention, leaving little to no lacing. Aroma is of fruity hops along leafy notes and mild earthiness. Taste is of caramel malt with mild toasted notes, light fruitiness and mild leafy bitterness. Body is medium. Carbonation is soft. Mouthfeel is moderately fluffy. Fruity finish. Itís not mindblowing, but itís definitely well executed. The "fruity aroma - rich malt middle" deScription on the can is accurate. Easy drinking. I certainly wouldnít mind buying again considering low price and wide availability.
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber, tan/orangish hue. Firm, off-white head, lacey.
A bit of chlorine/salts from low malt/hops/yeast presence. A lot more mild, (new world vs old world). Expected fruity esters. Malt forward, yet mild crisp, crystal malt, moderate-low strength. Fresh baked bread, toasty. Orange/lemon.
Shampoo/perfumy (honey/vanilla type esters). Chewy body, surprising for lack of caramel type flavors there are present. Moderately high bitterness with a tinge on the side of the palate. Extremely drinkable. Spot on for an AM interpretation of an English Best Bitter.
Alpha10 (548) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2015/11/10 - Pours a clear copper colour, with a foamy, off white head that slowly reduces and leaves no lacing. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, citrus, wild berries and herbal notes. Taste is slightly sweet and mildly bitter with herbal hops, light caramel, light citrus, mild roast and cracker. Mouthfeel is light to medium with sharp carbonation and a sharp, drying finish. Pretty ho hum. Not terrible, but certainly not exceptional or creative.
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Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Snifter. Supplier: ASDA (Bristol). Nose is wild fruits. Pours a rich amber. Initially mild with a honey bitter kick. Quite thin body. A very drinkable beer.
raphabranco (10) - TietÍ, BRAZIL - NOV 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle. Pours on a poor light copper head, non-persistent. A bit of diacetyl and herbal in aroma. Light bodied and a little of metallic taste in the first drink. Caramel and herbal tastes. Average beer.
Graham77 (384) - SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with an off white head which dissipates quickly. Pleasant recognisably American aroma. Fruity hops, slightly herbal and a sherbet like sweetness. Medium sweet taste with light bitterness. Very easily drinkable and pleasantly satisfying ale. Quite good.
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating #1252 - 15.09.2014. On tap at Keg N Cork growler bar. Clear golden pour with a thick, frothy white foam that seems to go on forever. Taste is quite bland, bitter malts, honey and very creamy. Finish is quite smooth, rather enjoyable.
ordybill (1170) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Appearance- a crystal clear light copper color with a medium white head. Aroma- full of malt with some fruit in the background. Taste- a really good blend of caramel and malt with hops giving it a nice full flavor. Another really good offering from Goose Island.