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Honker's Ale by Goose Island
English Bitter
5.00 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2010
Solid copper color with sparatic white head that fizzed out uneven.
Nice aroma of lightly done hops and caramel malt, kinda sweet. Taste echoed the smell favorably, nice light mix of hop bitterness and malty caramel. Slightly dry finish that smooths out and makes you want more.
Good medium body feel, quite smooth. This stuff is drinkable and very smooth. Nothing to it really that sticks out, its just good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 01/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 8 13 3 6 2009
Available in South Dakota. Pours a mostly clear copper color with orange and tan hues. Good foam but the retention doesn’t last through the whole drink. Lacing was good though.

The smell is limited for a bitter but still has a good smell. A good caramel and pine smell with a touch of citrus at the end. Hops are there but I think there should be more.

Taste is similar, light for a bitter but a good taste. The malt is more prominent with a good caramel and maybe a touch of toffee as well. The hops are not as citrus but have more of a sour taste. Not much on the bittering side, but good flavoring. There is a woody taste in the aftertaste that isn’t quite earthy.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Very easy to drink but limited on being a bitter. Still a nice beer to taste.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 06/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to SPLITGRIN for the six pack. I haven’t had this beer in a while now and it was one of my first craft beers that got me hooked onto this scene. I thought I would revisit this one for old time sake.

Pours a golden color with some hints of brown, almost a butterscotch color or apple juice. The pour also produced a nice inch of egg-shell colored foam.

The aroma is at first a little citrus and spicy from the hops and then I get the toast and slightly nutty malt with a hint of wheat. There is a bit of a grain aroma that quickly turns into bread. A little raw on the aroma and earthy, and still a spicy/citrus twist to it. Very little to no diacetyl in this bitter, some sweet maltiness aroma could pass as buttery but it could be the grain bill. After about half the glass I begin to pick up a bit of chocolate late in the aroma, maybe some roasted barley.

Taste is again a mixture of grain/wheat with some earthy and slightly spicy, woodsy hop flavors. Some small amounts of toast but mostly nutty malts with a little caramel maybe. Clean tasting and crisp, making this one very easy to session. Still one of my favorite session beers.

Served In: Pint Glass

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