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 (351) - 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 (4643) - Fort Wayne, 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.
thedm (5281) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft. THis brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing and a transparent light brown colored uncarbonated body. It has a somewhat skunky malt hop aroma like vomit. The mouthfeel started off smopoth then finished with a tingly sensation. The malt dough flavor was somewhat chewy and had a mild hop finish.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden orange color with medium large head.Good hoppy smell and taste. Fruit is noticed a little in the mouth. IPA is better. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seemed to have some English flavors to me. Nice hoppy aroma. Piney hop taste on a golden orange colored beer. Above average pale.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This smells horribly hoppy but you can't taste it at all. Overall much better than expected.
johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amberish pale ale with a lingering hop aftertaste. Other tastes such as toffee and fruit come through although I did detect a tinniness that put me of a bit.this reminded me of some canned beers which was a bit worrying as this was from a bottle.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can remember when this first came to Milwaukee on tap in a few bars over ten years ago and everyone talked about how hoppy it was. Seeing the comments posted now makes me laugh and smile - paraphrasing, a hop monster it ain't, very little bitterness, a session ale. I know John Hall wanted us to demand more from our beer, but how much more? Light amber with a off white head. Aromas of english hops and mild caramel. Toffee, light fruit and a touch of citrus. Clean and enjoyable.