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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3279) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2006
Amber color, low creamy head. Apricot fruitiness. Some butter. Low bitter. Kinda weak overall and not so exciting. There are better offerings from this brewer. On tap at the brewery....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2006
On tap at the Brewery Clybourn: Nice coper color with a nice medium head that leaves laces. A bit detergend nose and taste - buttery and toffee like. No likey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brown/Amber Coloring with White Head. Heavy Hop Aroma. Dry Hops Throughout on the Tongue... Too Much Hop For Me to Love...

   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 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...

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