I’m fortunate enough to be able to get most of the stuff that Goose Island produces, however I’ve never had this brew before, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Here’s the commercial description from the website, gooseisland.com.
Brewed to honor the brave souls who kept our brewpub open in the early 90’s while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us. Dry and smooth, with a grassy, citrus aroma and honey malt middle.
Let’s try it.
This brew comes in a 22 oz. bomber and it has an ABV of 7.2%.
The beer poured a very nice, hazy, yellow to pineapple juice color. An easy pour produced a nicely sized, bright white head that was smooth and mostly creamy. Although a few larger bubbles were noticed at the point of impact. Overall, it had some pretty good retention and some better than average lacing. It looked rather inviting I must say.
The aroma brought forth a nice hint of spice. Tones similar to coriander and pepper. A well interpreted Belgian yeast aroma with characters of toasted biscuits mended well with some citric fruitiness. Something akin to lemons or oranges. Balanced well, however just a bit tame.
The taste began with more of the coriander and pepper spice. Further accents of the Belgian yeast, toasted breadiness and light crackers really toned down the bite of this beer. Within the taste, the fruitiness seemed to resemble a lemon emphasis as opposed to orange. A very slight savor of alcohol was noticed and as the brew warmed significantly I detected a slightly sour and sweet, green apple flavor. Not bad. All in all, it seemed to be a little bit weak, but it remained balanced and harmonized throughout the entire drink.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Dry, snappy, smooth, crisp and refreshing with a little bit of warmth left behind for good measure. The palate was coated in an average way, but in general… pretty good.
Well. I thought this was a fitting effort by Goose Island. It was more than adequate in all aspects. Sure, it may not have been the rich, robust Belgian style beer that comes from said country, but it still represented well. I think it’s worth a try if you’ve never had it. It reminded me a whole lot of the freshness of Spring. Let’s face it, Goose Island just knows how to make a solid product regardless if they have been bought out by InBev or not. As long as they continue to churn out a decent product, I’m gonna buy it. With that being said, if you get the chance to try this brew, let me know what you thought of it.
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Score: 3.7 out of 5