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Goose Island Batch 4000 Belgian Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed for batch 4000


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
Deep amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is soft and the aroma is perfumy. The yeast really comes through. Chewy and a little bit earthy. Softly fruity with a nice sweet hoppiness and assertive bitterness. Minerally and fairly lean. Dry and well-balanced with a lot of nice fruit on the finish. A bit citrusy and tropical. Itís sweeter than the Ryevalry, but still dry. Soft Belgian fruitiness throughout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Nice yellow color with some foamy white head. Excellent citrus & belgian yeast notes in the aroma. Really really love the smell of this beer - easily my favorite aspect - I didnít even want to drink it it smelled so good! Flavor seems like its going to be a bit of a hop-bomb, but then the belgian aspects of it mute the bitterness of it a bit, creating a nice balance between flavors. Medium bodied, and dangerously drinkable, I canít wait to try this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Draft. On tap at Town Hall Tap. Labelled GI Minx. Poured into a nice tall Goose Island chalice a nice clear copper amber color wih a tightly headed off white head. Hoppy citrus notes in the nose with some underlying Belgian ester notes. The taste is really nice, sweet up front with a malty citrus hop character wih notes of fruit like apples. Nice lace. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4832) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Sampled at the StlHops 3rd Anniversary. Pour was kind of amber with a head that was too big for my slim tasting glass. Lots of nice hops going on here. Belgian yeast and pleasant fruit. Caramel with some peppery spice. Very nice and a style that is always fun to sample.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6287) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Draft at the STL Hops 3rd Anniversary Party, held upstairs at the Schlafly Tap Room. Labeled "Goose Island Minx". Thanks to Karen, the Goose Island rep, for setting this one up. Pours a cloudy brown-tinted amber color with a big, creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, floral hops, fruity nectar, and citrus peel. Flavor of sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeast, floral hops, sugary dough, mild spices, and a hint of alcohol. Medium-bodied, with a malty, bready mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Definitely leans harder toward the Belgian than the DIPA, as the hops take a back seat to the malt and yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pint at Happy Gnome. Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of fruity malt and grassy hops. Sweet malt flavor with Belgian yeast and a peppery bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Draft at The Pub at the Greene. Orangish color, pretty clear, nice foay beige head that dissipated into nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, just a touch of spice and sugar. Begins with the malt sweetness of crystal/caramel malt? and good presence of pine and citrus in flavor and aroma. The hops are sticky and resinous, chewy, very good balance. There is a fruitiness beyond the citrus, Belgian yeast influence perhaps? The initial sweetness leads to a blend of grainy, bready, slightly spicy tastes as the beer warms. Iím not sure I would call this a DIPA, sort of a tweener in my opinion. Strange, but very enjoyable, the more it warmed, the more I liked it. I would love to see this bottled and distributed on a regular basis. This is easily my favorite Gooses Island behind the Bourbon Co. Stout series.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2010
On tap at Bricks. Pour is bright orange with a white soapy head that leaves some lacing. Aroma starts out fruity pine hops and moves to belgian yeasts mixed with malt. Taste is more Belgian yeast and nice pine citrus hops. Palate is sticky and bubbly with a nice dry finish. Well done, I enjoyed this a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Draft at Blind Pig in Champaign, IL. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of floral hops and fruity esters. Medium bodied with a soft texture and average carbonation. Flavor of pale malts and caramel countered by a piney and spicy hop bitterness. Decent

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2010
On tap at the Gingerman when I stopped in with Joe after Paulís tasting. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin to medium beiged white head. Big sticky hops. Smooth, sweet and sticky. Caramel and hops. Delicious, lightly boozy, but not distracting. Warming alcohol and grapefruit on the finish.


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