1182-1183. Six-Pack Swap

Matt had been pushing the idea of a six=pack swap for awhile, so not long after Jadyn and I returned from Spain we gave it a go. Of the six beers I had, the two that Jadyn and I brought were new to me.

1182. Honker's Ale

Beer Stats:
Goose Island
Alcohol: 4.20%
Serving: Bottle 12 oz.
English Bitter, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.5| Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Drinkability: 4.0


Honker's Ale pours a hazy copper color, and is topped by an off-white head that fades to a sudsy film. The aroma is toasty and bready with notes of caramel, and mild, piney hops.

This beer is toasty and bready upfront with a lightly sweet caramel that builds towards the center. The malts continue on to the finish where they're met by mildly bitter, piney hops. This bitter is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, and a mild husky quality.

True to what an English Bitter should be, this beer is balanced and would make a great session beer.

1183. Goose Island India Pale Ale

Beer Stats:
Goose Island
Alcohol: 5.90%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
English India Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.0 | Drinkability: 4.0

Overall: 3.9

Goose Island IPA pours a clear, golden-copper color, and is topped by a light, fluffy, off-white head that fades slowly, leaving good lace. The aroma is nice and hoppy. There are notes of pine, resiny hops, and a light, sugary maltiness.

Toasty malts upfront build into a raw sugary sweetness towards the finish. The finish itself has a piney, resiny hop bitterness. This IPA is light-bodied, and moderatley carbonated, though it could be a bit bulkier.

As and English IPA it does the trick, though I tend to prefer the hoppier American varieties, but I can't criticize them for doing what they set out to do.

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