Goose Island Honker’s Ale

Last night, Katie and I tried a new bar in Red Bank called Brannigan’s. All I knew was that it was an Irish pub, or at least a bar with an Irish name. Once I started driving into Red Bank, I knew this wasn’t going to be great. I guess all of the college kids were home from school, because by 11:30, people were falling in the streets drunk. So, once we got to Brannigan’s, we ordered drinks and afterwards they told me that it was a cash only bar. What bar in this day and age is cash only? Apparently one packed with college kids. Definitely annoying. So, anyways onto the only “craft” beer they had…

ABV: 4.2%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.”

Random: I wondered if Goose Island was in a bar like this because it was taken over by Budweiser. I highly doubt a bar like this would have Goose Island before this…

This poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with low carbonation. I got very little on the nose. Maybe a bit of grain, but not much else. The taste was just as tame. I got a bit of malt sweetness and rain that had a slight bitterness at the end. After a few sips, I also got a mineral quality. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It finished quickly with no standout flavors. It just didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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