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RATINGS: 1872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Malty fresh, slight hoppy aroma. Mild toffee/carmel flavors. Dry, fruity finish. Medium bodied. Rather average beer. I have had this and the christmas ale and I dont feel anything special about these beers. Not bad, but could be more interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Rating this from memory after drinking several while in Chicago recently. Thought it a nice and decent APA with an alright amount of hoppiness and fruit flavours. Pretty standard, but when somebody plunks down a bottle of this and a bottle of Old Style on the table....well, the choice should be fairly obvious.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Copper color with good white head and nice lacing on glass. Very nice aroma of malt, hops and biscuit. Flavor of biscuit, malt and a good bit of hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel. I thought this was an excellent beer. Loved the hoppiness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
Bottle 355ml. Pours clear copper with white head. Aroma is caramel, citric fruits, malt. Lifht sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, thin to oily, average carbonation. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Poured a ruby red with a thick egg shell colored head. Aroma is caramel, spruce, citrus, bread, and floral. Taste is lemon, ginger, caramel, citrus, caramel, bread, and cereal. Overall not bad not great but easily drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Aroma is light but balanced, with a general maltiness (nothing specific jumps out) and a slight pine needle hint to the hops. The appearance is very nice, a rich red-amber with a light white head. The flavor is just like the aroma, balanced but bland, with that pine-needley taste coming through again. The palate is fine, medium feel, medium carbonation. The problem is the same finish Goose Island’s IPA has - a nasty, bitter aftertaste that lasts for ages. I’m pretty sure it’s their hops - this beer is just not as good as other regional craft brews.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leebotton (311) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (311) - Askim, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2013
English yeast character in the aroma. Some light caramel flavour and some american hops. Bitter finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Velkyal (311) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Had from a bottle at McGrady’s Irish Pub in Charlottesville. Pours a rich dark orange/copper with an inch of slightly off white head. Aroma is some sweet caramel, a touch of grain and a bit of spice. Taste wise, mostly caramel to the exclusion of anything else, perhaps a trace of hop bite in the very beginning but otherwise pure sweet caramel. Medium bodied. Simply too sweet for an authentic English bitter, lacking the dry, clean crisp finish of something like Young’s Bitter. Inspired by English ales? Perhaps. Living up to them? Nope.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Easy to drink, not exactly a risky beer. Not as hoppy as a true pale, but still has some bite. Living in the Chi I will obviously drink more, but I wont be going out of my way for it.


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