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RATINGS: 2008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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.

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3.2
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 2, 2006
12 oz bottle at Kyle’s "This Is Not A Beer Tasting" beer tasting. Clear amber with no head. Sweet malty caramel nose with a mild spicy hop influence. Flavor follows suit.

3.9
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle at The Rake in Borough (London), a hazy amber witha foamy white head. A beautifully strong floral hop aroma with stone fruits. Very hoppy palate and a berry fruitiness. Smooth all the way through with a light bitter touch on the finish. Delicious.

3
StueyD (1584) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2006
A dark amber coloured beer with a weak white head. A strong floral hop nose, some sweet malt aroma, but also slightly perfumed. A bitter taste, dry floral hop, slightly zesty, then a bitter malty flavour into the finish. (Bottle - The Beers of Europe, Setchey, Norfolk).

2.4
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2006
It’s OK but not really for my taste. A little too citric and bitter. Seems quite carbonated

3.5
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Wispy orange citrus and light grain aroma. Orange-copper pour, with a creamy ring of ivory. Flavor is a sweet, crisp malt with a wafting edge of light toast, earthy grains and nice goat cheese over faint cream. I really appreciate the balance of up-front fruity hop character, with the more rustic deep roughly-hewn grain character in the middle. A nice long minerally crisp hop finish, maybe edging a little American? Smacks on fresh hop cone resin. Worked nicely on draft with my Ploughman’s Platter.

3.4
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 pours a honey color with an ok sized white head that does not last to long and has a light body. lttle lacing small hop nose small pine and a small orange grapefruit as well. a small pine hop grapefruit taste not over powering little bit watered down i would say. small dry hop after taste not bad an above average session ale.

3
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This one was just okay with me. I’ve been exposed to a few Goose Island products and have enjoyed each of them. This too was a decent beer, but I have to say that most ESB’s I’ve had are just...okay. Aroma is definitely malty with a bit of citric hops playing in the back. Appearance is a deep copper color with a nice head. Medium-bodied on the palate. A strong malt presence on the palate with just a nice hop character to let you know it’s an ESB. Nothing too over the top here either way. A decent beer.

3.2
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
12oz - BB 112206 - Aroma of stale citrus hops blended with a maltiness that is actuall inviting. Pours transparent light brown with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor is bland with no hops, all malt and a touch of lemon. Palate is clean and soapy. Nothing special here but drinkable.

3.8
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Weak-looking as it pours, nice darkish head, good lacing. Spicy in a very drinkable fashion.Hops smooth. A pretty good effort and one I’ll try again.

3.1
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2006
not a bad beer good taste nice hops i think lil spice and bitterness overall a fine brew keep up the good woerk in CHI town


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