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Goose Island Dry Hopped Blonde Ale

Goose Island Dry Hopped Blonde Ale
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A limited-edition, dry hopped cask-conditioned blonde ale. Even more Mt. Hood hops have been added directly to the cask for enhanced flavor and aroma. Available at the Goose Island Brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2007
on tap from memory. this thin pale clear little beer actually had some decent hop flavor to it from the dry hopping. i’ve never the non-dry hopped version but i think the dry hoping were the only thing this beer had going for it, not that it was over the top dry hopped but just noticible and pleasant. refreshing and decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Sample at the Clybourn location. Almost no head topping a clear amber body...light piney-bready nose is pleasant without distinction...very juicy with lime, perhaps a bit of melon, hops light and sprucy, more pale malt than anything...fairly dull really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Draught, Clybourn Brewpub (2005 version): clear lemon with a thin starchy white head. Almost brisk hop aroma, that catches the nose, but doesn’t stick – sweet grains, lemon zest and pineapple are close at hand, but then disappear. You know, if I was drinking these all night I don’t think I would mind – mild flavoured with a bit hops and some grainy malt, but it is indistinct and unremarkable. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2005
At the brewpub. Light gold colored body. The aroma was nic efloral hops with some oranges and herbs. The taste was sweet potatoes with some bread crust. There was also a subtle orange zest at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Rather a bland offering from GI. It looks nice, a clear gold with a frothy white head that does some fine lacing. The aroma is dominated by the light resinous hops. This is thin and watery in the mouth. The flavor is negligible, a faint sweet grainy malt with some appreciated hop bitterness. (It added something to the taste.) The finish was a subdued, herbal hop bitterness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Cask. Clear golden orange body with a tight, thick white head. Subtle, hoppy nose of light pine, toasted grains, alcohol, caramel, oranges and a touch of lemon zest. The body is awfully thin, which allows this to go down like water. The flavor is pretty good, a touch of sweet malt before a mildly bitter finish. This isn’t the best Goose offering, but they did take a boring product and make it a little more interesting. A lucky find, in my quest to try them all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Utterly magnificent. Goose Island’s finest achievement. Not to be confused with their generic blonde ale. This brew is cask-conditioned and served about 10 degrees warmer than their other beers. Handpumped, no less. It’s dry hopped for a slight bitterness that’s wonderful. A very mild and creamy brew.

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