CharmCityCrab (122) - Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewers face two common potential pitfalls with the kolsch style. Some understand that its supposed to be light and refreshing and basically wind up brewing a tasteless Miller Lite type concoction at a higher price with more calories. Others say "Hey, we’re brewing craft beer here" and make the beer too malt or hops heavy for the style. Goose Island gets this about right- it tastes very light and refreshing, but has a definite beer taste to it, with some lemon, grape, and grassy notes in the aftertaste. I almost wrote down "sunshine" as a taste descriptor, but obviously that’s not right. It does really taste evocative of the summer season in ways that are hard to quantify. I think this might be the best mass market summer seasonal out there right now. At a time where many are either getting it wrong in some ways, or packing it in and brewing hard lemonadesque Shandys, Goose Island is getting it right. I’ve had a summer only beer or two in the past that were better, but they’ve been discontinued, leaving Goose Island on a perch all its own. You could say their nest rules the summer seasonal roost right now. ;)
ajmkendrick (2) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale pours golden/blonde with a thick white head. It has a strong wheat aroma with a hint of a bitter indeterminate citrus. It has just the right bitter hops notes for me. (Knowing that I like this beer and that it’s IBU is around 20 is really useful when looking for other beers.) It really is the perfect summer brew. It is not too heavy (and not too light) it is well carbonated giving that great fizz on the tongue. Great beer. This is grass cutting beer!
Pugmalion1 (8) - - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Just awful. It's a poor excuse for even a fake microbrew. Watery an played right down the middle of the hop/malt line. Which is not to say it's well-balanced. No, it's just boring. I will be avoiding this brewery from here on out.
SilentJo (40) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured light yellow with small head that disappeared quickly. Aroma was fruity as I opened the bottle, taste is mildly hoppy with a slight bitterness with a light malt flavor. Not bad, but milder than I expected.
penguinfinity (50) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Smells mild and vague. Pours yellow with a little head. Taste is refreshing, but not very complex. Drinkable, but not very enjoyable.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a medium sized foamy white head. Aroma is light malts, sweet citrus notes. Flavor is light citrus, some grain. Light, refreshing when it’s hot.
Tstamba (143) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle dated April 2013. Pours clear pale yellow with small white head. Some light fruit on the nose ... Balanced malt and hop profile a little sweet, very quaffable and refreshing!
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decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow pour with white frothy head. Aroma is paper and a Hinton floral hops. Medium sweet malt nice touch of floral hops. Light medium body with good carbonation. Really clean and refreshing
gschrade (331) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste citrusy, crisp. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again.
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DedicatedToFun (1595) - SoCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent summer beer, bottle, easy drinking, one of those on your porch beers test it out
bavarian81 (38) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
light gold color with very minimal head. Smells of sweat biscuit malt, grass, hay, skunkiness... Body is very thin. Some bitterness in the finish. Taste is mostly bready malt and skunk. Overall, not terrible but not very impressed.