I'm not Honked-off about This Ale
The Goose Island Beer Company of Chicago, Illinois produces an interesting array of beers, many crafted in the English brewing tradition.
One of their offerings is Honker's Ale, which the company lists as its flagship pale ale. I've noticed that "flagships" sometimes pander to an unreachable middle ground, but his brew has its own personality. Melding a medium-high bitterness to creamy maltiness provides one the effect of nuts with a bite. This one does a good job of melding refreshment with richness.
Some beers in this class are overly floral for my taste, their fruitiness ending up as perfume. Not so, Honker's Ale. The broad flavor has just a slight fruit undertone and the overall balance is great.
After sampling this ale, I find myself looking for other Goose Island products. However, I still don't see any chance of cheering for such Chicago products as the Cubs.