bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Aroma is light but balanced, with a general maltiness (nothing specific jumps out) and a slight pine needle hint to the hops. The appearance is very nice, a rich red-amber with a light white head. The flavor is just like the aroma, balanced but bland, with that pine-needley taste coming through again. The palate is fine, medium feel, medium carbonation. The problem is the same finish Goose Islandís IPA has - a nasty, bitter aftertaste that lasts for ages. Iím pretty sure itís their hops - this beer is just not as good as other regional craft brews.
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 Had this in Chicago and Iowa. I like the goose head tap better than the beer. Has a bitter taste and slightly fruity, but not in a good way. I have tried this several times on tap and in the bottle. It pours a cloudy dark orange. The aroma is dirt and rotten oranges with a hint of caramel. The taste is very bitter and unpleasant with old citrus and some sweat socks. Finishes with a dirt taste. GI makes some solid beers, but for some reason this one always tastes like a mess to me.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wanted to rate this one last night, but I got to the store after 9PM and we have blue-laws that you cant sell wine or booze after 9 - so I made a note to the cashier that this is ale - she called the manager - they have it set in the system as a high alchohol beverage - I told them that I thought there was a mistake (because I had New Glarus Bock at 7.2 ABV in the mix). By sheer coincidence, the cashier was the daughter of the guy who owns the Watertown Micro-brew (don't know the name - just moved here a few months ago, but I know that it has won awards, so Ill post them later). Anyhow, went back before 9 today and got it (ironic its only 5.0 ABV LOL).
Aroma - medium floral hops, slight malt; medium head diminshes quickly - orange-red color - good after pour carbo - Hoppy and bitter flavor (accompanies the maltiness) which is pleasant but not overpowering - reminds me of some IPAs - good brew
RichardGretton (4434) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick ale with a good head, and a fruity citric aroma. Very fruity and citrus flavour, with a fizzy finish. A fairly good pale ale.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice pale brown. Foam at the top, no pronounced head. Smells like hops, sweat socks, and some buttery nuts. Very deep flavor, quite bitter, tangy sourness. Nice but not great.
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This seems to be a more balanced version of their IPA. Reddish copper, kahki head. Slightly watery body. Spicy, peppery hops, then a rich, mellow bready finish. Maybe some smokiness in the finish/aftertaste, as well.
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. Hoppy but not overly so. Decent lasting head and good carbonation.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Nice. Not as Bitter as Kilgubbin Red. Very Smooth very Drinkable. Best of the 4 I've had of Goose Island so far.
drywallman (346) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an old standby that I've finally rated, since the wife picked up a batch for her everyday drinking. It had a off white head that lasted a decent amount of time and left lacing. It had a slight roast and bready aroma, followed by a slight hop tang. Taste was sweet malt with the tangy hops flowing in almost immediately. More malt showed up immediately followed by a little more intense hops (almost soapy/citrusy but not quite that intense). Beer appeared orange to amber that you could see through with light to moderate carbonation. Good from beginning to end. It's the Goose Island flagship.
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft:The appearance was that of a medium sized ivory head that was smooth and creamy with fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was clear and uncarbonated with a golden orange hue.The nose consisted of malt and hops along with a hoppy, bitter fore and aftertaste flavor.The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied and this beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass.I would have enjoyed this beer much better, but it was a little bit too hoppy tasting for me.