TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orangish amber with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of floral hops, notes of pine, light citrus, and toffee. Taste is primarily fruity hop resins mix with a slight sweetness that keeps the hops in check. Finishes with a light acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly resinous with moderate carbonation. Enjoyable beer, just hoppy enough to have a full body.
badgerben (4333) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a thin head. Big aroma of citrusy and Noble hops. Plenty of piney hop, paired up with a little oak, even though this isnít oak aged. Not a lot to it, but really better than I was expecting and a very worthy session.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Goose Islands Harvest Ale comes as a little bit of a surprise to me as itís not a wet hopped IPA or PA like the harvest ales Iím used to seeing. Anyway, on to the review. Pours a faded copper that has a slight chill haze and tiny particules throughout. A two finger soapy off-white head formed on the pour and fell to a skim coat with a fatter collar. Leaves decent lace lines after each sip.
The aroma starts and ends with a moderate hop presence along the lines of sweetened grapefruit, grassiness, a hint of this and that. Maybe some lemon. The grapefruit is most prominent but all the hops are seamless to the point its hard to tell where one begins and one ends. Donít get me wrong this beer smells surpemely balanced with an earthy caramel maltinees that balances things out.
Flavor is along the lines of the aroma. Great balance between the fresh vibrant hoppiness and the caramel sweet maltiness. The flavor sports sme of the sweet pale maltiness and itís very welcome. Itís one after the other over and over until this beer ends up down the gullet.
I find all of Goose Islands beers to have great mouthfeels. This is no exception. Mild carbonation keeps this beer smooth and creamy while allowing every flavor to work its way through nicely.
This is a good easy drinking very sessionable brew from Goose Island. The balance makes it one to pick up and drink the day away with.
This is a surprise of a harvest ale from Goose Island. Not the resiny one sided hoppiness like you might expect from a harvest ale but more supremely balanced and subtle making it highly drinkable.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Bottle thanks to drewbeerme. Poured a nice amber orange color with a moderate head that dimished to a ring. Aroma of crisp hops that really make it feel like fall. Light toffee and nut flavors lead you to a nice hop bite with some subtle fruitiness. I am not really into ESBís much, but this was a nice lunch beer.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this in my father in laws fridge, nice. Pour out a fall looking cooper with small white head around the brim of the glass. Nose of hops with a nice malt presence. Flavor was prodominitly citrus grapefruity with a hint of toasted nutty malt. Was a very nice beer.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Dark amber tp a light maroon color and a small whitish head. Light sticky toffee, malt, and a noticeable hope presence on the nose. As it sits the smell turns medicinal, and band-aid like, but then after 10 more minutes becomes pleasant again. Very odd.. Hops are present in the taste initially, are mild, and then the finish kicks in with a light, nutty, toffee like malt flavor. A bit different for the style than what I expected, and quite good because of it. Nice beer.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orange body with a healthy white head. Moderately hoppy aroma. The flavor is roasted malt up front with a slow dry finish. Very nice surprise.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured a nice copper color with a thick white head. Strong aroma of hops. Taste is of hops and a slight malty sweetness. I would call it an APA or maybe even an IPA rather than an ESB. I enjoyed it no matter what label is put upon it. Hope this becomes at least an annual brew.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber color with a nice head. nice hop aroma and malt. big malt flavor. roasted caramel and bread. smooth with a crisp finish. easy drinker , perfect for the season.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, which pours out of the bottle with an intense aroma of cascade hops! clear copper, and smells of toast, piney and grapefruity cascades, and mild english yeast. the aroma is a celebration of the cascade - i canít seem to quit smelling it every time i take a drink! less bitterness than it might seem - balanced and sessionable (despite a slight presence of alcohol) and very refreshing. very pleased with this one! if only it were a little lighter, it would be a beer to drink all night.