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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1671) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
At Goose Island, not the clybourn one, the other one. Was the best out of the samples. Good with a burger, as I found out.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3297) - 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 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 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2005
48-hr. old FREE growler from GI Clybourn. I love the MBA Program. Poors bright orange/red with little carbonation or head. Did they fill the growler from the cask?!? Good grapefruit hoppy aroma and classic west coast pale-ipa flavor. Kind of a watered down Alpha King. Good effort. Better fresh on tap if memory serves me right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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.

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