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RATINGS: 1918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2003
Brown color,off white head, lace all the way, perfumy aroma. Very bitter, perfumy taste. Bitter aftertaste. Too bitter for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (512) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2015
fruity,sweet,malty,earthy,bitter,thin,heavy bodied a tad water. carbinaded, amber, bubbly head fadeís fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Subliminal64 (62) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2015
Had this brew at The John Labatt Centre (Budweiser Gardens) in London Ontario. Been wanting to try a Goose Island product for some time now, and I wasnt disappointed. Smells like an Ale. No hop smell. Pours a dark caramel colour. Very little head. Taste is what an ale should be. Not overpowering. Good amount of carbonation with little aftertaste. Overall I was very impressed and I will be having this again in the future. The Beer Bearon MB

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (946) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a nice dark copper color with an average sized khaki head. Mild hop aroma with slight hints of malty biscuit. Flavors are sweet and malty up front, with notes of caramel and biscuit. Very slight hop bitterness at the end. Pretty light body. Overall, this is exactly what I expect from a Bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Not bad. Slight English style flavor and a little hoppy too. Not bad. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirzekel (2) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015 does not count
Reliably found at Winestyles in Macon, GA. Love the low alcohol bitters, and this one was my first. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1502) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2015
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.

RATING: 6/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rhombic (58) - SPAIN - NOV 13, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (213) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottled 05.11.15 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alpha10 (466) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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