Goose Island Illinois Common
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Brewed for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Each brewer participating brewed the same recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
On cask at Wrigleyville. Pours a nice creamy golden orange with a big, slightly orange head. Taste and aroma are both citrus with slight hints of caramel and vanilla. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. Reminds me of a bitter with an American hop character (like Young's Triple A) or a mild APA than it does something like Anchor Steam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Cask: pours a dark amber brown with fairly large bubbles in the head. . . significant pine, sap and hop cones in the aroma - light caramel malt wraps all of the hops aroma together. . . palate is a bit creamy and contains a good fresh hop flavour, light citrus rind and some bitter grapefruit, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2003
Rating #400! Had has cask conditioned at Wrigleyville. Enjoyed this brew as part of a father and son outing at the ballpark with my dad and me, friend Larry and his son (who is seeing his 1st MLB game)...Copper hue with good solid off-white head and lacing. Some small particles are present in glass. Aroma was much larger than I expected fro a "common". Large malty notes of roasted grain, nuts, caramel, milk chocolate. Floral nose hinted of orange, light spices, and oakwood. Taste started fruity, sweet and sour combo. Developed a piney crisp bite towards the finish. Finish was dry with lingering malt, metallic and slighty buttery feel. The body was medium with a creamy and lively mouthfeel. A well put together beer. Unique, nothing common at all about this beer. Good beer and good company, only downer to the day was that the Cubs lost, go figure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2003
A nice, clear amber color with little head. The aroma was really quite pleasing, though hard to pin down. Fruity with something like strawberries and oranges. Also spearmint and cinnamon seemed to show up out of nowhere. The flavor was nice, with an initial fruity sweetness, that transitioned into a pine-less resin hop bitterness in the finish. An interesting beer that was pleasing to find.

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