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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The rich, red luster of our Special Pale Ale is almost as inviting as the deliciously hoppy nose. Loads of Centennial, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops give the characteristic bite of West Coast style Pale Ales, while the unique combination of Pale Ale and Special B malts make this beer a true Goose Island original. Served in a Pint glass.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a darker red. Nose is very fresh hops, lots of C character and minor notes of amarillo. Taste is reasonably clean, caramel malts and citrus. Pretty big body on this one. A pretty straightforward, hoppy amber ale in my book. Tasty stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Draft… DLD’08… Cloudy amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Medium to full-bodied and lightly creamy with middling carbonation. Big caramel sweetness and grapefruit pith bitterness… leans a hair toward the sweet side of balance. Bittersweet, caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5602) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On tap Goose Island Clybourn. Very good APA. Pours a a reddish amber with small head. Nice medium hop aroma with balanced malt presence. Citrusy/grapefruity hop flavor is abundant but doesnt overbear. Extremely well balnced & drinkable.I would make this one a year rounder

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
In short: A very well malted and well hopped Pale Ale. Way above average.
How: Tap at brewpub (Clybourn location)
The look: Cloudy copper body with small off-white head
In long: Nose is citrus and orange. Lots of caramelized malts in there and lots of fruity hops. Medium bitterness with grapefruits, pine-cones juice and citrus fruits. Quite a bit of after-taste. Medium carbonation. This is a nourishing and flavourful Pale Ale. With all those American brewpub Pales Ales/India Pale Ales that end-up feeling like hop juice it’s great to find one with such a rich malted body. One of the best APA I’ve had. If Goose Island ever decide to bottle this beer then there’s not doubt in my mind that they will… well… need a label.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Sample at Clybourn; distinguished itself nicely amongst a style that is fairly homogenous. Aroma was nice and hoppy with pronounced citrus/grapefruit. Flavor was well balanced with a solid hop presence. Good for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Tasted 4/30/08. Sample from Clybourne. Filtered with a ruby amber hue. Layer of off-white head. Grainy hoppy nose. Grapefruit nose. Medium bodied and nice and hoppy. Good profile. Bitter and woody. Grassy and grapefruit. Solid and very nice. Tart with mild hops. All hops in the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2008
Really solid Pale Ale. Nice hints of citrus, solid malt background, and overall a West Coast feel to this pale ale, without just "being hoppy".

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pour is hazed opaque amber with a thin sticky tannish head...smell is grapefruit and light amounts of pine...taste is faintly sweet with caramel and a nice blend of pine and grapefruit bitterness...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2008
Pours dark amber with a thin head. Nice hoppy aroma, mainly pine/citrus hops. The flavor was well balanced with some sweet caramel flavor balancing out the hops. I thought it would be a little more hoppy, but it was still well done. I need to get all my Goose Island beers in @ Clybourn while I can :(

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2008
Cask at the Goose Island Tavern, Wrigleyville, Chicago. This cpper beer has a large, frothy head and a rich, chewy palate. The flavour is full and dry with a long, lingering bitterness. It was in good condition and served at the perfect temperature.


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