Goose Island Honker's Ale

  • Thanks to Mike for sending me this bottle of Honker's Ale from Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois. The Honker's Ale pours out copper in color with good clarity and is topped with an off-white head that is just over a finger tall and is frothy. After a few minutes the head recedes to a thick film. On the nose, this is quite malty with bready and caramel aromas. Some hoppy aromas are there, mostly earth and a little pine, but they are faint. In the mouth, this is very smooth and quite sweet. Toffee, nuts and some fruit that eventually give way to a mild, lemon citrus note. Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. The finish is quite long and this is where the ale is the most bitter.


    A nice example of an Americanized English Bitter. Good flavor, good balance and very quaffable at 4.2% ABV. Recommended.


    12 ounce bottle, 4.2% ABV, bottled on Nov 30, 11

    This Honker's Ale was brewed in Portsmouth, NH

    Beer 44 of 366 for 2012


    Goose Island Honker's Ale

  • fretwalker
    fretwalker Ah, brings back memories! Long ago, when I drank nothing but Guinness, I spent 4 days at the Taste of Chicago (great party!)... no Guinness, but plenty of Honkers! Really opened my eyes and palate to craft beer!
    February 17, 2012
  • Mark
    Mark Very cool. I can see this being a good gateway beer for macro drinkers as well as a good session beer for even the most learned craft beer drinker.
    February 17, 2012