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RATINGS: 2055   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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3.4
drfabulous (7926) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Goose Island is the closest I drink to commercial beer. Honkers is a mainstay when you’re in basic bars in Chicago. it’s "ok." Basic pale ale. Nothing special. Hardly hoppy. You buy it when it’s the only real beer on the menu.

3.2
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Had a few of these at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Nice amber color with a tiny amount of white foam. Aroma was nice and hoppy with a hint of some bitterness and some sweet malts. Flavor wasn’t as hoppy as I was expecting, but it was still nice. Nice and smooth hop flavor at the beginning with a medium body and a slightly bitter and not too overpowering hoppy finish. A bit watery but not too bad.

3.4
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Decent apa. Sort of like Anchor’s Libery Ale but not quite as vibrant. Little on thin side.

3.7
User37895 (3042) - - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Re-rate, Jan ’08, bottle at the Midway airport: Much more impressive experience (for the style) than my first. Fully lace yielding head/appearance. Nicely hopped up earthy resinous presence, all supporting toffee, caramel, even nutty and slightly fruity base beer. Refreshing preparation for the flight home. Two thumbs up withinthe ESB family of beers! Bumping the numbers up a bit. Original rating: Snorefest here, as most bitters tend to put me to sleep. Pour was amber colored with an ok initial head, decent lacing. Aroma was fruity. Flavor was fruity with some balancing hops and rich matiness underneath. Couldn’t make out the fruit flavors, almost seemed somewhat berry-like. Mouthfeel was fairly heavy for a bitter or ESB. An odd bitter aftertaste was left in the mouth. Beers like this require a tap pour to get a real sense of the work - a luxury which wasn’t afforded me.

3.5
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2006
A clean, but roundly hoppy ale. no question this is well balanced. This is a great gateway beer, as it is widely available in even the worst bars in Chicago.

3.5
OHJoel (9) - BG, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
A nice pale ale, one that I found to be quite similar to say, Sierra Nevada (although not quite as good). Hazy orange color with almost no head, it goes down easy but doesn’t sacrifice the nice bitter taste. Bought at Stimmel’s Market, Bowling Green, OH

3
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
clear amber body with no head.caramel and nuts make up the aroma.flavor is much of the same with a small hop finish.

2.5
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours a foggy copper body with a small creamy white head. The aroma is somewhat nutty with vague maltiness and generally lacking in substantive hop profile. Watery palate with some faint spicy hops and lots of bread. Not really what I’m going for when it comes to APA’s - I almost found this to be more of a Brown or something to that effect. Purchased at World Market in Ann Arbor during the month of July in 2006.

3
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Best when consumed by 120306. Pours a Clear copper orange with a small fading yellow white head. Aroma is of lightly citrusy, earthy, and spicy hops. Light caramel and biscuity malts. Flavor is more malty than hoppy, a bit thin on the palate. Moderate carbonation, no lacing. Listed as an APA and labeled as a bitter, I think this is more like a bitter myself--it just has the English taste to it. Not bad, but not Goose Island’s best, either.

3.2
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Decent but basic, and probably not something I would pick up again. Very much on the malty side, but does has a light bit of floral hoppiness, but comes across as almost perfumey. Light, but well balanced.


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