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RATINGS: 1807   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 16, 2015
Bottled on 10.07.13. Poured into a tumbler on 12.30.13. A: See through red/amber. Looks very carbonated. S: Pine, citrus. Smells like an APA. T: Pine, malty. M: Crisp. Lots of carbonation. Maybe too much. O: This didn’t seem complex. It was easy to drink, but boring.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - APR 15, 2011
Low, white foam on top of a cobber red ale. Aroma of sour malt, some hop and some orange. Flavour of malt and sitrus, with a pleasant bitternes in the back. Medium body, okey lenght, everything is very balanced. Summary: A decent ale, but nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
Pours reddish amber with great head. Nose has mild malts, some dark fruits, plum, cherries and grapes. Very light in body, with taste of juicy red grapes. A slight bitterness on the finish. Good beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2001
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 It seems Goose Island beers fall a little short, as compared to say, New Holland Brewing. Finishes with a grapefruit-like citrus hop flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Nice hoppy light ale. Dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 19, 2009
Unclear amber, small white head. Aroma is dry hoppy and sweet. Fruity and hoppy, mildly malty taste. Not bad if you are looking for something easily quaffable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2004 Clear amber with a medium diminishing white head. Aroma of pine resin, caramel, grapefruit and bread. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, caramel, bread, and a hint fo spice. Fairly standard, drinkable. Decent.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popephred (261) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Produced a clear ale with an amber-orange body with no head (perhaps because of my pour and the cold temperature of the beer.) The aroma was a clean, crisp hops. First taste provided medium to heavy bitterness which lingered throughout the tasting. The overall body of the ale was clean, medium bodied with a bitter, metallic aftertaste which diminished quickly. The "rich malt middle" provided in the commercial description was not evident, though I have found that a pale ale’s malt notes develop as it reaches room temperature.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leebotton (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Incredibly malty and hoppy aroma, very sweet. Muddy brown appearance. Really malty, not very ’English country pubs’ to me but better actually. Although slightly surprised by the sweetness, possibly some unfermented malt going on here - not sure. Good, although somewhat simple.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stellaaaa (257) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a dark yellow with a thin white head. It has a sweet, toasty corn flake aroma with a hint of hops. The taste is of piney hops and a light, smooth, slightly sweet cereal finish. Not bad!


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