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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On cask
Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a puffy foamy white head that never quite goes away and leaves generous lacing on the way down. Aroma almost nonexistent though what is there is basically classic English hop spice and some malt. Flavor is of modest intensity as befitting the style, with sharp hop spice up front, a bit of light malt sweetness in the background, and a nice fruity touch tying it all together. Thinnish plate, again to style. Not mind-blowing, but done right.

   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 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 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 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 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!

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