Goose Island Special Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
draught at goose island clybourn (cask version).... poured a transparent caramel brown with a creamy banana yellow head.... not too much going on in the nose. just a bunch of floral and earthy hops..... flavor had a similar hop profile. earthy hops with very little bitterness except for a pinch of it in the fhinish. very smooth and creamy with you guessed it, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2007
(Tap) Pours an amber color with average head. Citrusy hops in the aroma. A faint touch of malt as well. Taste is a little more balanced, with sweet caramel and some moderate hoppiness. Decent mouthfeel and good lacing. Another good brew from Goose Island.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Growler sample thanks to Stephanie. Pours a light amber color with a tall beige head. Nose is pleasant carmel with pine/citrus hops. Flavor is of carmel, toffee, biscuits, and piney citrus notes. Slight bittering in the finish. Sessionable and tasty for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 sample from a growler. nose is pretty sweet caramelly with subtle pnw hops. flavor just is off balanced with sweet caramel and toffee notes and not enough bittering hops to make this beer good. drinkable but to sweet for the style.3.1.

4/8/08, on tap at clybourn. wow this was pretty hoppy! not the more wonderful hop aroma or flavor, a bit grassy and all over the place. a nice apa.3.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Draught at the brewpub. Pours hazy, slighty dark amber-copper with a thin, tight, khaki head. The aroma is toast, very citrusy hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and zest. The flavor is grapefruit, melon rind, and tangerine. Bready malt sweetness, kind of like homemade biscuits, subdues any harshness. Nice fresh hop character throughout; it finishes with some toasty malt. I like the mouthfeel on this, too... full and slightly sparkly, perfect for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3276) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Draught during my Dark Lord excursion. Pale, eh? Pours a rich blood red, actually with a small off-white head. The nose is rich and hoppy with hints of full pine, cut grass, grapefruit, yet with an impressive malty character with loads of fresh biscuits and wheat. Thick caramel with drying acidity clashes with juicy, bready malts. Flavors of berries, bread, pine, grapefruit abound. There is an excellent balance here, reminds me of a lower ABV American Strong Ale in the way of strong hops and full, biscuity malts. I was curious to see how this would be classified on this site. My interpretation was leaning away from an APA and more towards an American style Amber,a very good one at that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2007
I am pretty sure this is what I had at DLD the growler said SPA. A little hazy light color with some red and orange hues. Some light citrus taste to it and a light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a lightly hazy amber with golden highlights and a smaller off white creamy lightly lacing head. Aroma of butterscotch, floral notes, caramel and some citrus. Flavor of toasted malts, some yeast, earthy, caramel corn with some lingering hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2007
Pours a deep red color with a white head. Aroma is malty with a bitter grassy hop finish. Flavor is malty, caramel, with a bitter citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
At Goose Island, not the clybourn one, the other one. Was the best out of the samples. Good with a burger, as I found out.

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