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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10601) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a clear, medium reddish-amber with a 1/2" thick beige head. Soft grapefruit, lemongrass, and sweet malts graced the nose... very pleasant. First impression on the flavor was Alpha King (not entirely substantiated, but good nevertheless). Smooth malty middle with a big hop presence at the sides and finish... a bit too sharp and erratic with the bitter notes. Alcohol shows up toward the finish. Solid overall, but the balance was a little out of whack. 7-4-6-3-12

Re-sampled 4.17.07 - aroma was juicy and well-presented.. balance was better.. really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2006
clybourn. Pours a nice medium amber with a slight haze and a nice lasting beige head. Aroma is loaded with tons of c hops and possibly some ammarillo or simcoe that give it that wierd orange-mango like quality. Citrus, grapefruit and a bit of pine in the flavor backed with a good amount of caramel malts. This was very flavorful and enjoyable for a APA. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Amber color with no head. Mucho hop aroma with a surprising amount of malt supporting it. Yeah, the malt disappears after that though... Moderately spicy hop taste with a dishsoap finish.

   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 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.

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