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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.


2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle. Poured a ruby brownish color. Aroma is hops and pine oil. Taste is malty start with a hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Caramel and tea are the most pronounced aromas from this bottle. Pours a nice amber with about a quarter of an inch of slightly off-white head. The taste is toast and a tea, with a mild bitter finish. Drinkable, but not the first I’ll grab.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Pours a rich amber color with light off-white head with light lacing. Aroma is of light citrus hops, light toasted grain and caramel. Taste is the same with a nice dose of hops. Very sessionable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Semi-hazed, lovely amber orange glow underneath a fuzzy, morphing tan foam head. Aroma is clean and green with a mineral-like hazelnut glaze on bran flakes, emitting a graininess trait from the glass. A whole wheat aftermath sings with the sweet, honey almond hop bouquet. Flavor continues the momentum with a honey, herbal whole wheat bagel display under an earthy, rustic hop arrangement. A maple oat and burlap train intertwine. Buttered almond toffee bars flake as the stiffer caramel lining flakes off of the bitter, chalky graham cracker base. Ringing, semi numbing bitterness hits the tip of the tongue with a salty strike. Medium to fuller bodied with an earthy autumn grass component emerging from underneath the fallen leaves, then spritsed with caramel-accented spring water as it sets for the season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Very cloudy dark tan with natural mottled cream-colored head. This smells like those familiar sweet citrus aromas from the cascade hops. Actually smells like a west coast apa or ipa. More subdued though. There are dark fruit notes in the flavor...the closest beer comparison I can find in my mental catalog is a very hoppy barleywine, such as Avery’s Hog Heaven. Really nicely balanced bitterness with smooth maltiness. I would much enjoy this ale during an afternoon watching football.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drywallman (329) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Opaque dark ambere brew, with a nice white head that lasts a while as well as the lacing through the whole drink. Initial aroma and slight taste of grape, date, fig, etc., followed by a strong, clean almost cutting (but not quite) hop flavor. About right for an ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (631) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Deep amber pour; frothy white head. Light aroma has hints of fruit and is dominated by toasty malts. Very nice flavor...a good deviation from the traditional autumn ales. Hoppy flavors don’t go over the top, and combine with some toasted nut accents and smooth caramel malts. I’m not the type to comment much on the lacing a drink leaves, but WOW, this beer leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing on your glass. A quality, not-a-run-of-the-mill brew from the folks at GI

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Tap @ GI – Clear dark amber, creamy white head. Fresh earthy grapefruit nose sit on rich molasses and toasted caramel notes. Well balanced soft earthy grapefruit flavors balance on touches of pineapple and sweet toffee malt. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, lightly bittersweet finish. Good brew to session while watching Sunday football…

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jezmez68 (396) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2007
12 oz bottle. Smells of toasted wheat bread and malts. Pours a nice copper-brown, nice little white head. Wasn’t looking forward to this as I think the whole "harvest/Oktoberfest" style is overkilled this time of year. I know, when else are you gonna have it, but this is actually pretty good. Nice toasty taste, decent mouthfeel, doesn’t leave a coating on the tongue. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2617) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
12oz. bottle. Fruity, toasty aroma, lightly citric and malty, some wood, pine and hop spice along with faint orange notes. Orange-amber color, very lightly hazy, with a lasting, fine head and matching lace. Flavor is nicely balanced and mild, some light, toasty, honeyish and caramel malt sweetness blended with fresh, fruity hops, these gently citric and spicy, lending considerable drinkability. Soft, smooth palate, body is light-medium. Not a strongly hoppy Harvest style, perhaps even a touch too unassuming.


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