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RATINGS: 531   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 Ė itís 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
From the bottle, not much head, but some very good flavor. Nice regular release from Goose.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Orange hue. Tan dense foam. Low head retention. Interesting hop character on nose, some citrus but also some pepper notes. Nice maltiness with clean finish that is on the dry side. Slightly yeast/meaty note.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Canít remember who donated this one, but thanks! Orange color with a faint citrus hop nose. Creamy mouth feel with citrus hop falvor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tessic (836) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
This ale poured a dark orange colour with a fast disappearing head. To the nose there was heavy scents of lemon and orange citrus, hopps, grass and pine sap. First taste wasnít as bitter as I expected. Full flavours of citrus with caramel and honey. The finnish is hoppy but not as bitter as expected. This beer ends at a hoppy bitterness that is very light.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2007
In the bottle at the Hy Vee Oktoberfest beer tasting 2008. Outstanding berry aroma! Perhaps it tastes a bit like green grape? Has a delicious toasted nutty flavor. Mildly roasted. Great balance. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Pours copper, tan head with lacing. Starts off like an Octoberfest, but with plenty of citrus hops. You can tell the cascades are there. This was quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Pours a clear copper with dense, frothy, beige head that leaves nice lace in its wake. If this is an ESB, itís the hoppiest one that Iíve ever smelt. The other reviews that say they detect little or no hops and/or that the malt is forward, on the nose, mustíve been sampling a different beer than I am. This one smells like an APA, with cascade hops up front and lightly bready and caramel malts in the background. On the thin side of medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is slick and finishes quickly and lightly bitter. The nose says "APA", but the flavor is a well-hopped ESB: rye bread and caramel malt up front with a nice cascade finish. This is one of the better ESBs that Iíve sampled, and itís definitely worth snagging some if you like the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Another bottle from Sean, thanks. Pours out an orange color without much of a head at all. Smell is strong on malts and pretty sweet without any notice of hops. Taste is overly malty and rich, somewhat like a marzen beer. Actually as I drank it I sat there trying to think of what kind of beer this was, and I would have never guessed that it was an ESB. Good stuff, easy to drink, yet I dont think I could session this beer at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Amber body with a healthy head. Nice autumn flavors of caramel, medium-boded malt flavors. Strong blast of hops and spice in the finish, medium length.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - OCT 21, 2007
On tap at Brixieís, Brookfield IL. I didnít know what style this beer was, but I was very disappointed. I could taste some Cascase hops-- but very weak. Yet no big malt or other flavor to command my attention. This beer kind of wimped along, sip by sip, until I could finally move on to something more interesting. Quite a dull experience.


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