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RATINGS: 1795   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2005
The Goose. Copper to amber in color with an off white head. The aroma is not as hoppy as I remember, but there is a nice caramelly malt aroma with a light floral hop in the background. The flavor is plenty bitter, with good balancing malt that is reminiscent of slightly toasted bread and light caramel. The body is good and the finish good. Overall, this is a well made beer, exactly what I expect from Goose Island.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wolfenkopf (172) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Just like the bottle says, the aroma is of hops and malt. However, there is sort of a sugary note to it as well. A similar effect can be noted with a flavored milk additive like Nestle’s Quik. The head is short lived and sudsy while the brew looks like a mild IPA, amber. It is clear of any floatations. While the taste is nice and smooth, it is lacking of any real character. There is a hoppiness to it, but it is mild. There is a maltiness to it, but again, it is mild. It is sort of a let down from what the aroma promises. The palate is mildly assaulted with carbonation, letting a polite bitterness work its way through. Overall, when a twelver of this goes on sale, it is a tempting choice if all one wants to do is enjoy a few light beers over an evening of drinking. Most of the time, however, I’d rather have something with some attitude.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Pours cloudy amber with a decent white head. aroma is fruity and sweet. smooth taste, citrus, floral, and well balanced between sweetness and bitterness, but its a bit thin.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium off-white head that fades to a thin rim fairly quickly. Aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, biscuit, and a little bit of hops. Flavor is similar with a fairly decent balance between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. I wouldn’ t mind it having a little more hop bite though. Overall, it’s fairly enjoyable and a good starting beer for converting people to craft beers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 From the bottle to my imperial pint, this malty sweet English bitter style beer has a bittersweet, mapley malt toastedness that’s skillfully balanced by well integrated grainy, lightly spicy, bitter hop flavors. The creamy smooth mouthfeel that follows becomes stickly sweet as the beer warms and the hops mellow out. It’s full on malt presence returns mid-glass with a hint of honey and brown sugar surprising the palate. Very well-crafted, and an excellent example of a highly quaffable pub bitter, G.I. Honkers Ale finishes with hints of sticky, chewy caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pretty good, but now part of "And how’s her bush", so there is reason for skepticism about how this will all flesh-out. Watch how it will all of a sudden start hogging shelf space, now that AB owns it. It is all about shelf space and distributors in the liquor business.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 12 oz bottle. Beautiful transmitted orange color; has a cloudy/murky reflected color. Initial reaction = not as good as Bass but better than Redhook; put it just under S.Nevada. Actually well balanced. Excellent aroma, decent lacing. Medium to high on the conditioning bite/sting. APA for sure; trying to copy the Brits using indiginous materials...Got a strange buzz from this beer, and I detect the piney-ness which is in their IPA (someone mentioned that this is the Chinook hop). Tastes like thier IPA w/ less hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Very hoppy, a delicious pale ale. I have never had this prior to the AB purchase, but it is wonderful and I don’t see what people are so worried about.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (163) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle @ Home: Pours amber (unclear) with a powerful beige foam. Aroma malty with slight hints of herbal hops. Light mouth feel and a dry aftertaste

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Very good beer. Hoppy but not overly so. Decent lasting head and good carbonation.


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