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RATINGS: 1961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honkerís Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honkerís Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one youíll look forward to time and again.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2001
Iíve had this bottled and on tap, and either way itís an ultra-dependable beer. I canít think of anything bad to say about it. Solidly recommendable even to the relatively unadventurous. Your grandmother would enjoy Honkerís Ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 Nice APA. Light slightly hazy amber. Nose a bit malty. Flavor starts with good maltiness, mildly nutty with some caramel, then a citric hoppy bite to it. Very nice, creamy and fully. Nice stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2002
Not too bad at all.Nice to have a Chicago brewed beer on my trip to Chicago.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlamminScott (40) - USA - NOV 17, 2002
A very good pale ale. The first few tastes are quite citrusy, and then it levels off and the beer acquires more of a malty flavor. A very good experience overall! Up there with Sierra Nevada, but I would not go so far as to say it is just as good or better.

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   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2235) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2004
In appearance ,it is a very attractive,glowing amber beer.With some nice carbonation and a good sized bubbly white head. Some great lacing. Good fresh aroma,malty and slightly hoppy.Slight caramel scent. Quite malty ,caramel, in taste to start, thena nice hop bitterness, also slightly fruity. pretty good on the tongue, slight dry finish and a nice aftertaste. A nicely done Pale ale..great drinkability.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noattention (20) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Goose Islandís mainstay. Ubiquitous in the Chicago area, but perhaps a tougher find elsewhere.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2005
a friend told me to try this one a week ago while drinking summint pale ale. I noticed very similar charactieristics and in a blind taste test Iíd be stumped. We agreed its definitely as bitter or less so than the summit. Really tasty stuff, floral hops, rich flavor full of flowers, caramel malts, bisquity. anxious to try other gooses

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobKormal (36) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
I had this beer at Improv Olyimpic in downtown Chicago. I was suprised! It has a taste of spice in the mix; adding to itís overall semi-bitter quality. However, it wasnít too bitter-this well balanced beer makes living in Chicago worth it!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Honkers Ale pours to a deep orange color with a creamy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose is impressive, waves of citric hop aromas marry with biscuit malt aromas. The palate has some nice caramel malt flavor, and some very nice juicy, fruity esters. The body is solid, but not heavy, making this a very drinkable ale that would not be too filling, if you chose to have a few pints. This beer finishes with a nice, citric hop bite that lingers, and lets you know you just had one hell of a good beer. This beer is one of my all time favorites, a staple in my beer fridge. The brewpub on Clyborne is a must visit if you ever find yourself in Chicago. I go for beer and their wonderful bar chips when ever Iím in the Windy City. This beer would work well with a number of dishes. I would pair it with a nice burger with fries, or a NY Strip Steak and a baked potato. A perfect beer to relax with as well.


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