beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, - FEB 3, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a brilliant copper color. Off-white, cream colored head. Low retention and hardly any lacing. Aroma of cooked corn, biscuit malt and mild spicy hops. The taste is mild but dominated by vegetal taste that shouldn’t be present. The finish has some hop character with mild bitterness.
Theis (11061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Goose Island. Clear deep red/amber - white head. Caramel. Sweet malty. Citrus hoppy. Grassy. Nice fruity. Light berries. Rye spicy notes.
crossovert (4548) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
A standard red ale, well-made, but just not anything to sit an marvel at when you are drinking it which can be nice sometimes.
andyhwcinc (1135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at GI Clybourn prior to doing some post-Christmas shopping around the area. Appearance clear amber red with thin white head that rims around the glass. Aroma mostly malty, toffee does come out a bit, slight yeast presence. Taste is nice and crisp with malty backing. Medium body, medium carbonation. Solid brew.
seymour (1099) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted from bottle into standard pint glass. Poured a clear reddish-brown color with chill haze and moderate off-white head. Aromas of bread, roasted barley and very faint hops. Pronounced malt-sweetness just barely balanced by hops bitterness and dryness of unmalted grain, some fruitiness from the ale fermentation. Light-body with a well-rounded mouthfeel. Well-crafted and easy to drink.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kilgubbin is a bland red - big bodied and malty, but lacks a distinctive taste to set it apart from other widely distributed red ales. It was smooth and drinkable, but not interesting or flavorful enough for me to buy again.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
draft... can’t believe I’ve never had this, but never been on in my 20ish visits, wasn’t missing anything... bright and clear medium amber, not much of head... light caramel spice nose... the taste is lightly skunked and boring
deyholla (4786) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the Clyborn location. Poured a clear amber with a gray head that dissipated to the edfges. Aroma was full of bread and hay with a bit of light hops and a hint of chocolate. Flavor began with bread and a bit of chocolate that was joined by a light hop note to round out the beer.
tmoreau (1625) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Wrigleyville GI, and poured with a touch of red to the amber hue, nice, tight bubbled, off white head foam, followed by a cling of ribbony lacing to the glass. The aroma was light grain, toastiness, and a light hint of chocolate. The flavor added a smooth malt content, low to moderate hop bitterness, and subtle dryness to the finish. Nothing fancy, but nicely balanced.
rubbishystuff (1564) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent Irish ale. Malty and slightly roasted. Not their best but pretty good. Serving: Bottle
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
More from my trips out west this summer:
I was curious to see Goose Islands take on an Irish Red. I am a fan of their Honkers Ale and IPA but this beer should be malt focused, not on the hops. Hmmmm....
Pours more of a deep orangish-copper than red. Topped by a wispy ivory colored head. Smells of fruity english type of malt. Bready aromas and british hops. Sweetish malt smells.
This beer is fruity and spicy in the mouth. There’s light but distinct dark roasted malt flavors. A quite bready malt profile and decent balancing hops in the finish. Sweetish mouth but not overly done. Quite a nice and drinkable brew.
Does Goose Island make a bad beer? This is not even a style I am particularly fond of but the guys at Goose Island do it up right. Recommended.