BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2008
From bottle : Pours a very caramel color, with a thin white head, and somewhat hazy. A sweet citrus hop smell comes from this one. Taste is very nice a mellow, i was expecting a sharp stinging taste from the aroma. Very mellow and smooth, with hints of the citrus hops and some malts toward the end. Medium body and a smooth feel in the mouth. Aftertaste is of piney hops, and it lingers a little. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Summary: Citrus and pine hops balance well with sweet caramel malts. Maybe a little too sweet, but well done. Aroma: Pronounced pine and grapefruit hops. A little sweet malt slips though. Appearance: Hazy amber-brown. A finger-thick off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Flavor: Grapefruit and coniferous hops segue to caramel and toasty, bready malts. Finishes piney and sweet. Palate: Smooth, somewhat sudsy on the tongue. Uaru02 (23) - Simpsonville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2008
A good beer worth having if the IPA isn’t available. Smooth with lots of flavor. Not as hoppy as I like, but good balance. MiP (15981) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle, 4.3%. Clear amber colour, small stable white head. Very caramelly aroma. Teaish, almost to the point of Swedish snuff. Caramelly flavour, also a bit teaish. Quite flavourful for ABV. Block (3182) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a copper orange color with no head. Smells of orange and some citrus from the hops. Medium body. Tastes primarily of citrus with a nice leafy hops finish. Not to bitter, overall very solid.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a dark auburn in color. Decent inch of head sitting atop. Smell is mostly hops. Taste is bitter. Not a hoppy bitter, just a different bitter. Lots of malt in this beast. Medium feel in the mouth and decent. Not a beer that I’ll revisit. meisterbrauMHB (71) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Very drinkable pale ale. Good balance of hops and malt that finishes with a creamy ending. Worth trying again. PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2008
I’ve never understood why this is their flagship beer. As an American, the IPA is just worlds beyond the Honkers. I’m not saying Honkers is bad, quite the contrary. It’s a nice, sweet and creamy ale that is easily accessible in my area. In fact, now that I think about it, this is definitely the best beer available in most gas stations. Even if your not from Chicago, if you see it, be sure to give it a try. 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. hayduke (5703) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
From a draft pout at Charlies Ale House in Munster, IN. This came an Amber color with off-white head. Smooth and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is well balanced between caramel malts and light floral hops Good slightly bitter finish. Goes down easy Decent brew.