jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very pretty beer, to say the least. Clear reddish brown body and a creamy head. The aroma is floral and fruity. The taste is what seals the deal. Endlessly enjoyable malt taste with big caramel and toffee tastes. The finish is equally sweet but hints at fruit rather than candy sugar. This beer is pretty damn likable. It’s far too easy to drink and has something for almost anyone.
rayy (39) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great English taste, maybe a tad too sweet. Leans toward the malt. Good bitterness, though.
MarinEvelyn (589) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
aroma-hoppy, a bit bitter, some fruit and flowers.
Taste is fairly smooth, but with some pine and a tiny bit of bitterness. Malt, some floral perhaps.
jmohno (1135) - Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber copper,very clear ,good carb head.About perfect looking.Nice mellow lace.
Aroma is cascade hops like and kinda spicey.And a little caramel/mineral.
Picking up some english malt or hops flavor,its clean crisp smooth,but somewhat malty with some bitter sweet slickness.Creamy head leaves a creamy mouthfeel,has a medium grassy bitter.Cant help but think of cascades and spiceyness.Probably some kent goldings here. This beer is just really good and tastey,Im sorry I only picked one bottle of this up.Id love to have a sixer of it in my fridge and will if I see it soon.Very nice.This ones brewed out of Chicago so... in case this matters in which there seems to be some bickering about where this is now brewed and how it tastes.This bottle right here is damn good from chicago,I think they have other good ones also from chicago,havent really got caught up in how they are regionally.Ive kinda personally underatted them but I seem to have liked most of their stuff alot.
SPDickerman (991) - Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2013 Pours deep copper amber with a large beige head. Smells malty, and a little floral. Taste is subtle fruits and strong caramel. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Goose Island 25th Anniversary ESB finishes with a wet, soft, supple maltiness.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours clearish copper-orange with nice creamy white head, lasting and medium-bodied. Aromas of caramel, malt, and nice balanced citrus orange. Delicious taste of candied fruit, oranges, cookie, and a delicious smooth creamy palate. Really delicious and special. Kudos GI.
BREWMUSKCLES (2301) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
yeah that is what that is... lilac. grainy body juicy and wet and nice malt in the body as well. bit of grapefruit hop and candied lilac. some extra kick... a better bitter and a finish that lingers just a bit.
Frank (3019) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An anniversary beer that’s not a monstrous adjective ale? I am into it already. I’d call this more of an American amber or even an APA more so than an ESB. For starters, it’s a bit strong for an English style but more so than that it’s too hoppy and does not have a hop character typical of English ales--not that that’s a bad thing at all. That being said, there is a pretty strong toffee-like malt presence so maybe we can call this a hybrid style or, you know, just now worry too much and enjoy. And this is a very good beer. It’s a perfectly clear amber color w/ a scant but long lasting white head. Fruity hops play well off a rich malt presence. Though there is a strong caramel-like flavor, this finishes rather dry w/ an earthy piny finish. The carbonation is very fine and helps add a creamy texture. Overall, I think this represents GI’s modus operandi quite well and thus is a fitting anniversary beer. It is nothing over the top but still very tasty and well made.
Evolutionary (300) - Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at mellow mushroom. Medium amber pour and fruity hop nose. Doesn't taste like an esb really, but more of a medium hoppy ale. Crisp and clean with a medium body. Some well balanced fruity sweetness to match the cut of the hops.
---Rated via my mouth
Maltser85 (313) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber orange color. Nice one finger eggshell colored head. Moderate carbonation. The nose has some nice English hop notes. Almost some citrus and earthiness. There are also hints of caramel and toffee. The beer gives an initial carbonation pop as it moves across the tongue that opens up to some hop characteristics but quickly rolls into the delicious caramel and toffee notes in this beer. This is excellent, nice and balanced yet malty.