Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A set of Honkers!

Don’t nobody start a fight over this brew. I know it’s not made by a “Craft” brewer... I know it’s corporate... But damn, it’s pretty good anyway!

Today we sample Honker’s Ale from Goose Island. A Chicago brewed English Bitter weighing in at 4.2% ABV.

I thought this might be a nice change from the ridiculous hop bombs that I keep drinking.

This is a style that I love. English style beer is the beer I picture beer when I close my eyes and think of beer! Be it a bitter, mild, or IPA, I tend to dig the English version!

Pouring a reddish amber color with an off white head, this beer is big on first impressions. It’s beautiful!

It sports a robust malt nose with a mildly funky note including citrus, caramel and indistinguishable hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied and somewhat creamy. I wonder how this would be on Nitro?

Somewhat sweet, the malt carries through the entire swallow. Bitterness is very mild and only approaches toward the finish and then dissipates before the sweetness of the malt.

There isn’t really much going on in this beer. It’s pretty simple. There isn’t much hop character, but the bittering hops  do a swell job of balancing out the sweetness of the malt. 

There isn’t much else to say. This is not showing much complexity or character, and honestly, that’s not a bad thing. This beer is simple and strait forward. It’s pretty refreshing in it’s own, single sided, grainy beautiful way.

This would be a fair beer to try if you’re looking for something better than Bud Crown Royal... Royal crown.... Whatever it is that they are trying to put out these days. 

I wouldn’t call this a great beer, and there are certainly better examples of the style, but I’d order it in a steak house if it was their “Premium” option. Heck... I’m betting I’ll even drink the rest of the ones in this six-pack.

Have a great week, and a few good beers!


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