holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 :(
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask: Hazy orange copper color. Smooth, semi-malt caramel flavor. Mostly a hop explosion in the finish. Nicely bitter, clean, medium finish.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. . .
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Zeswaft (1316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer that I can actually describe as red in color. Really soft head. There is a huge citrus aroma. Hops totally rule this beer and they are quite delicious. grapefruit and pine dominance. Almost a spicy effect with the hops. Very well balanced and awesome...enough so that I took a growler home with me.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.