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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Long days and warm nights awaken the city. The list of neighborhood festivals is endless. As is the great music that brings us together in parks and parking lots. We brewed our Session IPA to be easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore. Bright note of fresh oranges and other citrus fruit with a mild body that is crisp on the palate.

Admin Note: Although this is similar to Forcone, Goose Island assures me this beer is a different recipe for large scale release in 2014 evolved from that original batch for Pitchfork Music Festival 2013.

BrewIPA's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewIPA (88) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle, pours a nice golden amber, first sip was expecting something else but this session ale settles well and leaves a nice aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tangible1 (3) - saugerties, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015 does not count
Short and to the point . Very bold, how a proper IPA should be. Great color followed by sensible aroma. Very choice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1734) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Light amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity hops. Taste is fruity hops with a nice malt base. Great lacing. Light and refreshing. Good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear, dark yellow with a half finger of frothy white head. Aroma is mostly citrus with a little pine and tropical fruits. Taste is lightly bitter. Pine with some citrus. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery texture. Fizzy carbonation but a decently long finish. Not bad, kinda plain and subpar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlmostHome (32) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JAN 3, 2015
This was a more or less random pick at a local restaurant. The waitstaff didn't know what kind of beer it was just that it was Goose Island. So I selected it. Hoppy beers aren't my thing. This was pretty much a standard over hopped beer. Nothing special, in my opinion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
paintedmaple (476) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
I’m guessing this is the Goose Island IPA that I had on tap at a Tiki Bar on Siesta Key in Florida as it was thin, lacking in hop aromas/flavors with a caramel flavor that was unappealing. Goose Island sure has tanked since the days I lived by the original pub in Chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9796) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Yellow pour, white head. Lightly bitter, pretty refreshing. I don’t think this is bad at all but it’s not anywhere nearbtge top of my session ipa list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3882) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Pours yellow with a small head, aroma of marmalade, tangerine, caramel, flavor is bitter, sour, grapefruit, tangerine and aubergine, medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LaViolette (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2014
An interesting basil and mirabelle plum nose but the taste is quite poor, there is no finish what so ever. As often, nice smell but not much behind...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DickKabutkus (1) - - DEC 10, 2014 does not count
12 oz bottle. Fine straw color with a grassy citrus aroma. Taste is bright with a little bite of grapefruit. Nice medium long finish. Very refreshing and easy drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
probstblueribbon (3159) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
12 oz bottle from BOTW, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear golden with a decent white head. Aroma: Some leafy, resinous, peppery hops with a light citrus note and something savoury that is familiar but ethereal...might be vegetal (peas)??, light eucalyptus. Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation and an acidic astringency. Flav.: Eucalyptus and honey, citrus, leafy/herbal notes, not much like the nose with an oddly sweet malt note; off-dry with decent bitterness and a mineral, eucalyptus and honey finish.

I think that this “Session IPA” category is a lousy trend. I find most offerings are a bit thin and unbalanced with odd hop contributions to both the aroma and flavour.

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