Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An above average ale. A few samples have been a bit yeasty/cloudy. Nothing particulary wrong or right with it. A fine all around session beer, but nothing in need of a critical tasting.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good Pale Ale. I am not a fan of this style, but I find this beer very drinkable.
IL IPA Lover99 (69) - Monroe City, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoy on tap when I am close to Chicago, but don’t go out of my way to drink it at other times.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2001
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice hop aroma rises from the glass before the first sip. Color is a mild reddish tint with shades of gold. The head on my sample faded quickly, but left a nice lace pattern in the pint glass. Mild flavors of both malt and hops hit the end of the tongue but then the flavor fades as fast as the head. Some hops in the after taste but I was left wondering why there’s been so much fuss about this beer. There’s just nothing really special about it, though it’s not a bad beer by any means. This might make a nice training beer for those wanting to explore the very beginning edges of the craft beer movement.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid. Middle of the road, for a
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2001
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 It seems Goose Island beers fall a little short, as compared to say, New Holland Brewing. Finishes with a grapefruit-like citrus hop flavor.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Have to re-up this beer. Its previous 3.0 rating was clearly left-field. A re-sampling of it (bottle, 45-50 deg F) revealed a nicely caramelly ale with a bit of spicy and earthy hops around the edges, a balanced hoppy finish. Nice amber color.
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2001
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This brewery’s other products set a tough standard to match. This one falls a little short. Clean finish, and moderate hops, but more mass-produced in character.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 Nice APA. Light slightly hazy amber. Nose a bit malty. Flavor starts with good maltiness, mildly nutty with some caramel, then a citric hoppy bite to it. Very nice, creamy and fully. Nice stuff.
edtdave99 (9) - Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2001 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth and consistent, never had a bad one.