Goose Island Ordinary Bitter
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
This light yet flavorful British-style bitter is pale yellow in color with a floral, fruity hop nose. Itís dry malt character leads into a hoppy mid palate and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Brewed exclusively with the Ahtanum hop variety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Draft: Cloudy lemon. Diminishing foam leaves behind a thin ring. Aroma of toasted husks, apple, lemon zest, and tropical fruits. Crispy, prickly carbonation. Rather brash sweep of salty herbs and dusty yeast triggers the onset of dryness. Benefits from a husky center, which helps to sustain the body. Pleasant fruitiness is next to nil, with the exception of some ďoffĒ apple notes. Finishes woodily dry and persistently husky, with a delayed toasted hay commencement that engulfs the earthy hop remnants. Fairly clean aroma, but the hints of butter and apple are tough to ignore. Carbonation is also a bit rough around the edges and the flavor is overly acidic. As Ordinary should be, this is meant to quaff, but thatís all this has to offer, really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2005
(Tap, Clark location) Pours a pale yellow body with a medium-sized white head. Aroma of grassy hops and malt. Flavor of mild hops. Basci bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2005
This was a cool beer. Pale straw yellow, clean nose and clean taste. Slight haze. Nose was a nice hop with minimal malt to it. On the tongue, it was complex in its simplicity, grassy, slightly bitter. The deceiving color resulted in substantial malt sugars to back up the hops. Very nice, very drinkable, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Aroma apples, melons, flowers, grassiness. Taste a complex malt palate of fruit, sweetness, straw, cereal, followed midway with herbal bitterness and a bit of a chalky finish. Not so fond of the finish but I like it overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
on tap at clybourn...Poured a crystal yellow with a small white head that didnít last long. Aromas werenít abundant here, but some bready, wheaty hints were present. Flavors were quite simple as well, with noticable bitter from start to finish. Just sems to be missing some complexity, but then again itís ordinary...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Clear, light pale yellow in color with a fluffy snow white head. Numerous bubbles span the inside of the glass. Aroma is muted. Some citric, yeasty acidic hints. Not much excitement leading up to the next step of the rating, but nevertheless... Hits the palate as light and smooth. Thin. The bittering is there, but itís really discreet. Lemony and some acidity. Sourdough with lemon butter. Like a macro pale lager with an experimental extra helping of hops. Bitter, twangy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Rating for Goose Island Single Hop Ordinary Bitter

I was surprised that this was served cold (maybe it just felt cold because it was so hot outside...) Golden-bodied with a creamy white head that laced well. Bitter aromas were flowery hops with a touch of pine atop a grainy background. Lightly bitter throughout with a breadiness in the flavor. Medium-bodied and creamy.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Not bad. Light on the sprucey-tasting hops, very fruity. Garden variety pale ale brewpub aroma and color. Went very well with the food, moderate to light sweetness in the pale malt character. Not a whole lot of complexity, but it's a very drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Not half bad. A bit fruitier and lighter than your average bitter. Approval.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2003
A nice color starts off this one, but the aroma lacks any "umph." Flavor is pretty good, though could use some more depth. A decent bitter, but not a great one.

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