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RATINGS: 2023   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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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2.8
ardeo (511) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2016
Bouteille en grande surface. Belle couleur orange limpide. Nez de fruits agrumes, houblon. Bouche : fraîche, genre "pils" avec des goûts de fruits et d’épices. Légère aigreur en plus de l’amertume !

2.9
GoufCustom (2133) - HONG KONG - DEC 15, 2016


355 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Clear amber orange colour; One-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation; Fragrant aroma of Amber malt, with strong caramel, sticky toffee, cherry / red fruits, floral, sugar, resin, bread, lemon and light grass; Close to light sweet taste of fair malt, with strong wheat, light tartness, caramel, floral, molasses notes, biscuits, light lemon, fair to light grassy bitter hops; Mid to light body. Slick and slightly oozy palate; Mouth Feel is fair Ale maltyness in a slick background. Heavily wheat-thinned but tartness is light. Some caramel, no toffee nor red fruits, light floral and minimal sweetness. Biscuity with fair lemon to round. Neat... Hoppiness is floral, resin, lemon and light grass in nose. Floral, light lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is pretty light strong for an abrupt, fairly low astringent caramel wheaty finish; Fairly dry after taste. Easy and light bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is quite a fairly well-made Bitter, and I really like its rich caramel and toffee aroma, but the body has too much wheat, taste- and hop-wise are too timid. If this is a no-name Bitter I will be content, but this is Goose Island so I expected more. Too light for me.

3.4
Syfher (489) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2016
Bottle of 35,5 cl, in a Tumbler glass; from the fridge. Usual but nice "pub" ale, with a malty taste that reminds of beer as the Kilkenny. Beautiful deep orange colour and a little white fuzzy head. The taste is mostly malty, with little notes of hops.

3.5
Rubin77 (2494) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 8, 2016
F: big, off-white, good retention. C: amber to coppery, clear. A: rich malty, grassy, floral, hint of orange, butterscotch, nutty, caramel. T: malty, banana, iron, caramel, floral hops, nutty, bready, mineral, good bittrenes in the palate, medium body, medium carbonation, good balanced between hops and rich malty, 0,355l bottle from Carrefour market @ Etterbeek, Brussels.

3.3
Antzrhere (181) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2016 Pours slightly burnt orange with frothy white head that disappears to a lace. Aroma is quite phenolic, very much like a belgian. Taste is very malty, strong toffee, bready, mild but present English fruity earthy hops and yeast. Although not a ?clean? beer the favours are very distinct and fresh, not muddled. I would have mistaken this for a 5-6% beer, not a 4.3% abv beer, which is commendable. Like a cross between an english IPA and a belgian double flavour wise

3.3
BeerInHeaven (467) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2016
pours clear copper gold with a medium beige head. light floral aroma. Nicely balanced. Definite malt presence with some mild hop bitter. Feels bigger than 4.3%. An enjoyable brew.

3.3
kajser27 (1963) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 28, 2016
Deep golden colored, medium- off white frothy head. Aroma is malty, some biscuit, fruity and grassy hops. Taste is medium- sweet pale malt, light caramel, some biscuit, light to medium bitterness, medium- citrus lemony-orange and grassy hops, dry finish. Light+ bodied, soft carbonation, watery.

3.1
snoworsummer (5961) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2016
From a bottle. Pours copper with a thick, frothy off-white head. Smells like floral, citrus hops, caramel, and toasted malt. Tastes like bitter hops and malty with light sweetness. Light/medium body and carbonation.

1.7
JunctionCat (90) - toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2016
Don’t bother. Unless you just awoke from a coma in 1980, this is nothing new and in no way interesting. It tastes like wonder bread and water. Looks better than a bud light, not much better tasting.

3.3
Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2016
Lesser known than Goose Island IPA or the Urban series, this one too is made under AB InBev’s control for a large and worldwide audience, and apparently intended as an English bitter. Medium thick, off-white, dense head leaving a creamy rim around the glass and patches of thin foam in the middle; cristal clear orange amber colour with coppery hue, warm and adorned by multiple strings of lively sparkling. Aroma does indeed remind me of a typical English bitter, with notes of fresh - even burnt - toast, moist white pepper, jute, roasted pine nuts, caramel, dried bitter garden weeds, orange peel, parsley (iron), old cookies, vague hints of cigarette tobacco (unsmoked), hard butterscotch candy, dried grass and some cooked green beans, likely representing pasteurization, which is indeed faintly noticeable and becomes a bit more pronounced as it warms up. Restrained but crisp and clean fruitiness in the onset, hints of dried banana, apricot and unripe plum, sourish and sweetish but both subdued, spritzy and minerally carbonation, smooth and slick, medium body. Malty middle as expected, some faint caramelly sweetness but mostly a nutty and eventually toasted, softly bittering character, matching with gentle and ’noble’ hop bitterness in the finish, a tad resinous and tonic water-like and in that sense adequately drying and bittering, floral and grassy, going down alongside the toasted malt bitterness but remaining inside the throat for a longer time than the latter. The term ’pale ale’ as such (or in fact EPA - English pale ale) has largely become obsolete these days, but this one qualifies, with a notably nutty and deeply European hop bitter character; originally pale ale was not much more than a bottled bitter anyway. The distinction is vague and a bit shrouded in history, but since the English themselves hardly ever use the term anymore and refer to bottled bitters just as ’bitter’ in some or other form, this easily qualifies as one. Hadn’t I known better, I’d situate this in England rather than in the U.S.; clean, crisp, to the point and quenching, this is a fine, albeit somewhat understated and notably ’clean’ example of its style.


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