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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Tasted 4/30/08. Sample from Clybourne. Filtered with a ruby amber hue. Layer of off-white head. Grainy hoppy nose. Grapefruit nose. Medium bodied and nice and hoppy. Good profile. Bitter and woody. Grassy and grapefruit. Solid and very nice. Tart with mild hops. All hops in the palate.

   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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1840) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2008
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 :(

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2006
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.

   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.

   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.

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