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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2009
dark beautiful golden pour. slightly off white head that is very lacy. very clean sweet hoppy nose with some spice comes through. roasted caramel and nutty flavor linger nicely on the palate along with a slight sweetness. creamy mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buggybill2003 (39) - - JUN 5, 2012
Nice malty nose, with hints of fruit ?. pleasant taste with hints of licqourice. Attractive amber colour with lacey head on pouring. I personally like Goose Island beers, and this is as usual, a good edition to thier stable. Enjoyable to the very end, and strong too

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2013
I didn’t know there was such a thing as an American ESB but I like it. The flavor certainly has a little bit of malt and caramel to it but also a fair amount of hops, mostly piney. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2007
I really could care less about rating beers anymore, but I had to return this beer a favor. This one was great, I’m a huge GI fan, and this one is certainly one of my favorites. Best beer I’ve had in a long time.. If not ever. I wish I got more than just 6.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdgf06 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Very nice aroma. Great balance of hops and malt. Not overly bitter. Great with steaks for dinner. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhopsbeertalk (137) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
A very flavorful and balanced harvest ale. The spicy bitter bite is nicely balanced by the subtle sweetness of caramalts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayhopkins23 (27) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
This is a nice beer that has the color of burnt orange. The head is white with good lasting power. The most noticeable thing about this is the hops, noteably the cascade hops. Real nice demonstration of Amber ale. Liked it alot

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a "Bottled On" date (08/30/10) but no ABV% Appearance: The body has a rich hazy amber color with some nice visible carbonation and a light beige head on top. This head is about two fingers tall at the end of the pour and fades slowly making some nice lace patterns on the way down the glass. Smell: The aroma has some herbal/earthy/leafy hops up first with some mellow fruity/estery and light caramel like malty sweetness in the background. Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects this with a great balance or mix of bready, yeasty and fruity (apricot/peach notes) maltiness with herbal and slightly citrusy floral hops. Its medium bodied and smoothly textured with a well blended mild finish. Notes: The subtle complexity and great drinkability make for a fun rounded drinking session.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours crisp, clear brown-orange with a full, creamy head. Smells like a malty pale ale. Tastes like an IPA with lots of citrusy hop flavor. Full-bodied with an almost slick texture and less than average mouth carbonation, Goose Island Harvest ale finishes lightly bitter. I think they should have fulled out the brew into an IPA instead of an ESB.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
The body has a rich hazy amber color with some nice visible carbonation and a light beige head on top. This head is about two fingers tall at the end of the pour and fades slowly making some nice lace patterns on the way down the glass. The aroma has some herbal/earthy/leafy hops up first with some mellow fruity/estery and light caramel like malty sweetness in the background. The flavor reflects this with a great balance or mix of bready, yeasty and fruity (apricot/peach notes) maltiness with herbal and slightly citrusy floral hops. Its medium bodied and smoothly textured with a well blended mild finish.


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