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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2005
On draught at clybourn. Dark orange with an off white head. Strong sweet grapefruit citrus aroma to it. Flavor was grapefruit and orange. At first I could taste the malt body, but the finish was thin. Had a nice floral hops finish to it. Cask Conditioned: Quite a bit darker orange than the SPA with a thick off white head. The aroma was dominated by the woody tones of the cask. They masked much of the citrus notes noticable in the regular version. Flavor was malty and woody. Grapefruit and orange flavors were present, but muted and dominated by the woodiness provided by the cask. Had a bitter dry finish. This rating is based on the SPA, not the Cask conditioned SPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2005
draft. Enjoyed this one at the brew-pub across from Wrigley field, great color, nice malt character to balance the healthy dose of hops, oily and citrus. very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 This should be bottled. Now. It pours a bright orange red with a hefty, frothy head. The aroma is of soft sweet malts. And HOPS. Plenty of grapefruit, orange, pine, and some floral HOPS. It’s got a lively body with plenty of caramel and toffee malt flavors. And HOPS. The finish is a lingering one of bitter HOPS. Nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Cask: Hazy orange copper color. Smooth, semi-malt caramel flavor. Mostly a hop explosion in the finish. Nicely bitter, clean, medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
SxPxAx: Extremely dark brick red, salty sea nose, sliky smotth mouthfeel. Thin hints of caramel, big sheets of Brussels lace, fluffy and light bodied. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
On tap (listed at 5.8% ABV this batch): Amber red with a small frothy head and good lace. The aroma has a piney, grapefruit overtone with additional bready and toasted malts, and just a hint of mild fruits (blackberry and banana). The taste starts very balanced with a grapefruit and sweet malt character leading a piney undertone upon the palate. The Cascade hops and Special B malts are very noticeable in the flavor and work nicely together. The finish is the standard bitter dry metallic. The feel is overall crisp and smooth enough not to offend. A solid APA with what you would expect from the genre. Yummy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Dark red brown, piney floral aroma that not only has lots of potential but an interesting bark/sappy notes as well. . . After a good aroma, I was disappointed with the flavour, an initial hit of the hop flavour seems to be just what I was looking for, but way over hopped turning into a stale bitterness in the finish and the lingering flavours as well. . . for a short instant I thought there was some malt to be savoured, but it disappeared before I could place it. . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2003
An interesting beer that is supposed the strong malts of an English Pale Ale with hops of a West Coast Pale Ale. Amber in color with a decent off-white head. The aroma is strongly hoppy. The flavor is fairly good, but dominated by hops. The malts, while strongly advertised, are not very present in the flavor, thus making it a little thin. An interesting idea that didn't quite work out.

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