Honker’s Ale

12 oz single from Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY, USA. I don’t know if this is your typical English bitter, in fact I know it’s NOT, but nevertheless it is a pretty nice drink.
Nice light color, but a fast fading head. A small amount of lacing.
To me this drinks more like a hybrid English/American IPA. It lacks the biscuit malt subtlety of a typical English Pale Ale or Bitter, and it fails to deliver that mild fruity aftertaste, but it does compensate for some of those shortfalls with pleasing American IPA bitterness that I was not expecting.
A little more harsh than I would like, with a bit of fruity acidity up front. Once you get used to it it’s not unpleasant, just a bit alarming at the beginning. Fruit continues throughout the beer, and in the finish the hops compliment them well. I get pears and pineapple? perhaps.
Not bad, a good everyday beer and decent “sessionable” potential, but not your classic English Bitter by any stretch of the imagination.

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11/12/2006
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.2 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.5
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