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RATINGS: 530   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottled
Amber color, small creamy head, some lace. Cut grass nose - quite intensive. Pale malty, a bit sweetish start and late bready hoppyness, cut grassy notes. Long hoppy aftertaste. Balanced but simple.

2.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Tasted kind of like a pale ale to me.I wouldn’t say it is bitter exacly in flavor but it just has that bitter mouthfeel once swallowed that turns me off to pale ales in general. It had some oktoberfest type spice, but not enough to please me. I didn’t pour it out but woiuldn’t drink another.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Pours a nice deep amber with a thick beige head. Aroma of sugary malts. Medium bodied. Initial flavor of caramelized malt and wet grains that transitions to a moderate grapefruit bitterness mid-palate. Finish is semi-dry, with some grapefruit rind and toasted malts that linger. Very well done

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Had this one bottled in Geneva, Illinois. Might be the best beer I’ve had from Goose Island. Bright amber color with a thick tan head, lots of floral hops, cinnamon toast, grassiness and some grapefruit citrusiness. Strong, dry finish. This one is a keeper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Fantastic Bitter, plenty of American Hop character coupled with the stylistic qualities of an ESB. Another great one by this grand brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Amber color. Smell of barley, hops, malt, leaves, caramel, burnt toast, minor citrus and nuts. Taste of hops, citrus, spice, flowers, caramel, roasted malt and minor pine. Very nice to drink

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2007
On tap. Pours a dark amber color with a nice fluffy head. Aroma of hops, caramel and malt. Taste of grapefruit, malt, spices and a light bitterness from the hops. Has a dry, astringent finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (688) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Pours hazy gold, big lacy white head. Aroma is very hoppy, big grapefruit and some piney notes. Flavor is big hops, sweet malts, and massive woody flavors, accented by light acidity and medium carbonation. Highly decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Orange copper color with a moderate light taupe head. Interesting aromas of pale malt, dark caramel and licorice. LIghtly toasted malt and nut flavors abound. Some light sweet herb flavors in the middle. Fairly rich in feel. This does seem to mellow with time and as it warms. Still has some sharp edges for an ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
10/04/2007: Goose Island Harvest Ale has a nice, fresh pine hop aroma with a hint of caramel malt in the background. This beer pours nearly perfectly. It has an inviting transparent amber color with frothy and lasting foamy head that is dark beige (almost tan) in color and leaves adequate foamy lacing. This beer has a medium body and is extremely smooth and drinkable. The flavor is a very balanced blend of soft toasted and caramel malt with a satisfying hop flavor (soft pine, light citrus, and a touch of soapiness) and bitterness. The finish is slightly dry. One thing that I really like about this beer is the mildly sweet caramelized maltiness (tastes kind of linke crème brûlée) that shows up near the mid-palate and then lingers on the palate. This is a really well done ESB that has become one of my favorite Goose Island brews.

12 fl. oz. bottle (Best when consumed by 030908 0809) from The Party Source. Rating #51 for this beer...


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