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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnyoski (445) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2010 9/10/2008. Lovely dry hopping profile. Nice nuttiness but would be much nicer if it were fuller-bodied. It’s kinda watery. Great lasting bitter finish. Very sessionable, perfect for beautiful fall day. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6 9/15/2010. Sublime. As I drink it while talking to the brewer it makes perfect sense- esb bittered with columbus and finished with cascade. Really really well done. One of the most drinkable hoppy beers I’ve had in quite awhile. 8/4/8/4/15 - 3.9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
A beer that I somehow missed in previous years, so I was glad to see this one on the shelf. It’s odd that GI would put out their harvest beer at the end of summer, rather than at the first hops harvest as most do, but the colors of the label and the first (American) football on the TV coincide to please me very much. The beer inside, sadly, doesn’t quite live up. Aroma is fairly weak --- too weak, really --- and what little there is is dominated by the fresh hops. Appearance is lovely, however, with a nice, dark copper color and a creamy, off white head. Flavors are also dominated by the fresh hops, a little grassy along with the bitter, with a little sweetness from the malt. Finish is on the shorter end of medium. All in all, not a bad brew, but not exceptional in any way. Had it lived up to the appearance (which really had my mouth watering), I’d have been extremely pleased.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vav (13) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Much better than last year’s batch. 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass. Excellent burnt orange color with a creamy head. Aroma of Cascades hits first, with a sweet toffee-ish note on the second sniff. Smooth mouthfeel, excellent hop flavor and bitterness, with the malt not as up front as an ESB should be. Loses points for that, no distinct grainy-ness..more of your typical american malts for an english style. Overall, it’s tasty, but it’s not exemplary.

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