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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Our latest creation is brewed in the style of a traditional American Extra Special Bitter (ESB). As Summertime fades, the sun shines less bright, and evening comes a little sooner. Harvest time arrives – it’s a time to reap the benefits of a great Summer. Fresh picked cascade hops from Washington and the richest Midwestern malts makes Goose Island Harvest Ale an extra special beer worthy of your devotion.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a dark orange with a white head. Aroma is weak, with only small hint of hops and citrus. Very watery, without much flavor to it. Some hops present in the taste, but not enough to make this beer anything more than medicore.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
bottle given to my by drewbeerme. thanks andrew.... pours a lively amber brown pour with a skimpy film of white head..... aroma of citrusy hops with an equally realized malt backbone along with some other grains..... flavors leave something to be desired but i wasn’t expecting too much. grassy and some bittering hops in the finish with a moderate degree of caramel malts. light carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (334) - USA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours a cloudy caramel ruby with half a finger of off-white, slowly dissipating head that ends with a slight soapy residue. caramel and citrus hops in the odor. Less flavor than I had anticipated, its a little watery, but it ends with some subtle crisp, refreshing aftertaste of slight hops and grass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Best effort from Goose Island I’ve ever had. Golden burnt copper color with an aroma of pine, citrus hops and grass/straw. Taste was hoppy but very smooth and creamy with some earthy and floral tones. Finish was crisp and light with some magnificant lacing left after each gulp. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2008
i expected an oktoberfest, was treated with this. malty nutty after-taste, pine hop aroma, reminds me what a good beer/ale tastes like.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnyoski (431) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head. Pleasant aroma of flowers and some citrus hops. Malty initial taste with an earthy-hoppy, dry finish with some hints of citrus. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A nice change of pace for the fall season.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2008
12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a deep amber/orange with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled white head. Really fresh piney hop aroma with a good dose of caramel malt. Medium bodied with a smooth moutfeel. Good caramel malt base, followed by a solid hop bitterness. Very drinkable. This is a great example of why I like fresh, seasonal beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (704) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Nice deep orange color, foamy head with a bit of lace. Flavor is nice caramel malt with a dry hop backbone. Medium bodied, easy drinking. Lingering toffee finish. Good stuff, although I definitely miss the bottled GI Oktoberfest!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Pours a nice amber color with a frothy white head that leaves some solid lacing. Grassy hop aroma in the nose. Flavor comes through with some nice malty bread notes with the hops being more subdued in the flavor when compared with the aroma. Creamy body. Pretty all right beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours a clear, fiery orange, with an impressive lace - leafy, herbal hops greet the nose first, followed by a little nuttiness and some bread, however, the fresh hops remain the stars of the show, keeping the aroma zesty and almost spicy - low, soft carbonation - medium-bodied - the hops aren’t quite as present in the flavor - in this case, bready malts grab most of the attention, and the hops serve to add a brisk, tea-like character and moderate bitterness to cut those malts - the hops surge in the finish, though, adding a peppery/spicy dimension that makes things much more interesting - a decent ESB, but there are far better out there.


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