HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Crazy to think that I’ve only existed for about two years and some change in a world where there wasn’t a Goose Island. Pours a dark orange color. Strong, assertive hop aroma. Flavor is strong, citrus and minty hops with complementary toffee and caramel notes. Cream body, nice carbonation, finishes hoppy with a slight roast feel. Good, fitting beer for a great underrated brewery’s anniversary. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2013
12oz bottle. Amber-brown body, frothy off-white head. A pretty decent ESB, relatively thin bodied for an American example, more along the lines of a regular Amber ale at times. Smooth nutty, toffee malt tones. Well balanced, fresh, but rather mundane for an anniversary beer. Drinkable and in line with the rest of the GI line up. Frank (4261) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
An anniversary beer that’s not a monstrous adjective ale? I am into it already. I’d call this more of an American amber or even an APA more so than an ESB. For starters, it’s a bit strong for an English style but more so than that it’s too hoppy and does not have a hop character typical of English ales--not that that’s a bad thing at all. That being said, there is a pretty strong toffee-like malt presence so maybe we can call this a hybrid style or, you know, just now worry too much and enjoy. And this is a very good beer. It’s a perfectly clear amber color w/ a scant but long lasting white head. Fruity hops play well off a rich malt presence. Though there is a strong caramel-like flavor, this finishes rather dry w/ an earthy piny finish. The carbonation is very fine and helps add a creamy texture. Overall, I think this represents GI’s modus operandi quite well and thus is a fitting anniversary beer. It is nothing over the top but still very tasty and well made. honest_silu (70) - Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA - JUN 1, 2013
I try this new extra spl bitter beer for nice evening at home for relax. I am not taste this spruce tree or even bush as other reviewer state. Instead, I taste nice flavours of hop and cold bubble brew of glorious goose Islands. Normally I am not man who enjoy hoppy beer, but today I am enjoy. ccex (1391) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle pours a clear copper/red color with small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma has lots of caramel and roasted malts, plus some floral hops. Body is medium with average carbonation and a slightly soapy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with a nutty, dry finish. Overall quite good but nothing outrageous.
dinkle50 (1583) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Clear red pour with a thin head. Some lace. Caramel and grain on the nose. Some flowery notes in the taste along with sweet caramel. Earl grey finish is kind of funky. Thin mouth. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours amber with a nice sudsy foamy beige head that slowly fades to a film and nice lacing. Aroma has nice malt slightly nutty and with subtle hop presence. Taste has some bitterness and spice along with nutty malt and hidden fruit. Palate is medium and slightly creamy with a dry finish. Solid and tasty! kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Poured from bottle. Brown copper pour. Lots of off white foamy head. Good spicy taste. Bitter. Slightly hoppy. Good beer drfabulous (8825) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Caramel looking beer. Slight malt in body and taste. Nice overall body in taste with touch of sweet. Bit of citrus to malt. Nice. rondphoto (4516) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Clear bourbon color with full foamy head and solid curtains of lace. Taste is rich caramel malt balancing 2/3 - 1/3 with floral hops . Both sides move smoothly through a long finish. Excellent ESB, gives Fullers a run for the money.