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Goose Island Honkers Ale

Goose Island Honkers Ale

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£1.80
Style Brown and Amber Ale
Country American Beers
ABV 4.3%
Serving Temp 6 to 8 °C
Bottle Size 330ml
This English Bitter by way of Chicago is Goose Island's tip-of-the-hat to this classic beer style. A crystal clear amber with some effervescent bubbles, the Honkers Ale's first impression is that of mild English hops aromas, sweet malts and an earthy yeastiness. Perfectly balanced, the floral and spicy hop notes wrap a big bow around the sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Lingering earthy hops are complemented by a decent carbonation. With a creamy body and a moderately dry finish, this beer is still complex enough to be interesting yet is fantastically sessionable.
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Description

This English Bitter by way of Chicago is Goose Island's tip-of-the-hat to this classic beer style. A crystal clear amber with some effervescent bubbles, the Honkers Ale's first impression is that of mild English hops aromas, sweet malts and an earthy yeastiness. Perfectly balanced, the floral and spicy hop notes wrap a big bow around the sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Lingering earthy hops are complemented by a decent carbonation. With a creamy body and a moderately dry finish, this beer is still complex enough to be interesting yet is fantastically sessionable.
Style Brown and Amber Ale
Country American Beers
ABV 4.3%
Serving Temp 6 to 8 °C
Bottle Size 330ml

Product Reviews

Product Reviews

  • Bitter but light

    Review by Baton Rouge

    Whilst this beer definitely has a bitter edge derived from the hoppiness, there is a light side to it when served cold from the fridge. (Posted on 21/02/2018)

  • Nice sharp beer

    Review by Diego

    This beer has a sharp hoppy taste with caramel undertones. If you like bitter this one should tick all boxes. (Posted on 07/02/2018)

  • Slightly disappointed

    Review by Pluto

    Whilst there is nothing wrong with this hoppy bitter, I found it slightly too sharp compared to the standard Goose Island fayre. Maybe one for the bitter beer purist. (Posted on 05/02/2018)

  • The business

    Review by Wolf

    Described as a take on a traditional English bitter this is a crisp tasty beer that should satisfy any UK beer drinker. At 4.3% this is definitely a long drink so stock up on several bottles. (Posted on 02/02/2018)

  • Quality beer

    Review by Saison

    The Honkers is an enjoyable take on an English bitter. The hops are blended perfectly to deliver a sharp crisp taste, perfect for those who like some flavour in their beer. (Posted on 31/01/2018)

  • Crisp and refreshing

    Review by Rialto

    A clear sharp drink with plenty of fruitiness and hoppiness to give it flavour. Goes down nice and easy. (Posted on 28/01/2018)

  • Enjoy in a pint glass

    Review by Typo

    As it says a take on a traditional English bitter. As such it is best enjoyed from a Goose Island pint glass and at £1.80 a bottle that gives you a pint with some over for less than £4.00. (Posted on 28/01/2018)

  • A special drink

    Review by Bling

    Goose Island produce great run of the mill beers but this one is a cut above. A blended hoppy beer with a sharp bitter edge. (Posted on 25/01/2018)

  • A special brew

    Review by Tring

    This English style bitter has a malty sharpness but uses the hops to maintain a good and refreshing taste. Like most of the Goose Island range but one of the more special ones. (Posted on 24/01/2018)

  • Bitter and fruity

    Review by Peeps

    A good take on an English bitter. The hoppiness gives way to fruity undertones. At 4.3% you can manage a few of these. (Posted on 20/01/2018)

  • A bit more special

    Review by Beel

    Described as a traditional English bitter, this has the malty hoppiness you expect from an American beer. A bit more special than the average. (Posted on 18/01/2018)

  • Honk honk

    Review by Amber

    This stuff made me go crazy!! Honk honk honk. (Posted on 17/01/2018)

  • Good strong bitter

    Review by Spinoza

    A tasty bitter beer with plenty of hoppy flavour. At 4.3% this would represent a stronger bitter beer in the UK, but it goes down easily. (Posted on 09/01/2018)

  • An average English style bitter

    Review by Greg

    Whilst not a bad take on a traditional English bitter, this is far from exceptional, a reasonable balance between hop and malt nonetheless. (Posted on 06/01/2018)

  • Not Goose Island's best

    Review by Swand

    This beer does have a hoppy bitterness like a traditional English bitter. However like bitter beers some are better than others and, while an acceptable brew it is not the greatest bitter ever made. (Posted on 04/01/2018)

  • A pleasant bitter

    Review by Alex

    As with all American takes on traditional beer styles they tend to do it well and stick to the tried and tested recipe. This is no exception and the result is a pleasant bitter beer with a sharp fruity taste. (Posted on 02/01/2018)

  • Slightly disappointed

    Review by Pony

    I have come to expect great things from Goose Island so this was slightly underwhelming. There is a malty bitterness that is palatable, but I would have preferred a distinctive taste holding the drink together. (Posted on 31/12/2017)

  • Pleasant bitter beer

    Review by Martin

    This beer tastes remarkably like a traditional English bitter with the obligatory hoppiness that American beers have. As with all Goose Island brews the end result is a pleasant drink. (Posted on 30/12/2017)

  • Ok but slightly too sharp

    Review by Heffwe

    A pleasant enough bitter with the expected degree of hoppiness. I found the taste a bit too sharp without the reassurance of any distinctive flavours but a perfectly acceptable drink. (Posted on 29/12/2017)

  • A decent take on a bitter

    Review by Reeds

    As with most of the Goose Island brews this is a thoroughly drinkable hoppy bitter beer that goes down easily. No great surprises but tastes as expected. (Posted on 29/12/2017)

  • Not a stand-out for me

    Review by Carlos

    I was pretty indifferent to this one. I found it had a little bit of a bitter aftertaste andwasn't particularly complex. (Posted on 09/12/2017)

  • mediocre

    Review by Christopher

    Usually love Goose Island but was slightly disappointed with this. It is quite malty, but no real depth of flavour. in future I'll stick to British beers rather than British inspired ones. (Posted on 26/11/2017)

  • Strange one

    Review by Carl

    Both times I have had this drink it has had an adverse impact on me - Perhaps it is just me but, I will be avoiding it going forwards! (Posted on 16/11/2017)

  • American Take on a British Classic

    Review by Evan Almighty

    Interesting how an american brewery can do a traditional bitter better than most uk breweries! Definitely one you can drink a few bottles of, damn good session beer. (Posted on 08/08/2017)

  • Sauce for the Goose

    Review by Mike

    A bit fruity with quite a light body. (Posted on 11/07/2017)

  • Ale

    Review by 0000

    A good solid ale. Would drink again. (Posted on 18/06/2017)

  • Nice

    Review by Stew S

    A nice bitter offering from the USA. A lowish ABV for an American ale makes this non- offensive with a nice taste (Posted on 18/09/2016)

  • Subtle

    Review by Ninja Terrier

    Lots of different tastes fight to get your attention but seem to blend in to each other with no clear winner. I have had much better from the Goose boys before. (Posted on 13/09/2016)

  • Bitter but not too bitter

    Review by Jo

    Can definitely taste the biscuity and caramel influences, a pleasant surprise. Creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink. (Posted on 04/07/2016)

  • Good

    Review by Ben

    A good all rounder. Handy to have in the cupboard in case you have guests or can't decide what you want to drink. (Posted on 08/05/2016)

  • Duck its a Goose

    Review by Mr White

    Nothing special. decent enough beer (Posted on 26/04/2016)

  • Nice enough

    Review by Good head

    Pretty good ale though not the best from Goose Island. (Posted on 20/04/2016)

  • HONK!

    Review by Llamaman

    A homage to classic English bitters, this little gem nails the style.
    Fantastic balance, plenty of flavour yet very approachable. (Posted on 17/03/2016)

  • Surprisingly tasty

    Review by Goldy

    A received a free bottle of Honkers Ale in my box of Trappist Ales I'd ordered. Wasn't sure whether I'd like it since I'm not a fan of American beers. I was pleasantly surprised. Very light on the nose. A smooth palate at first slightly fruity, floral. This led to dry palate after a few moments with a hoppy aftertaste. Easy to drink. Would drink again. (Posted on 05/03/2016)

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