DrnkMcDermott (3122) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Draft, at Goose Island. This batch was made just with Centennial hops as part of GI’s Single Hop Summer. Despite a caramel-red appearance under a thin head, this still has a light mouthfeel, with the hops starting out flowery and peppery, then becoming more assertive in bitterness as I work my way down the glass. There’s actually some alcohol warmth coming in, too. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Nice hoppy aroma. Cloudy dark orange with an off-white head. Sublte malt and featuring a low to moderate hop profile. A nice beer. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2004
(On cask, single-hopped 2004 edition, GI Clybourn) I’m a sucker for centennial hops, so this really caught me. Grassy, citrusy hop nose; quite sweet in flavor with a good dose of hop bitterness and floral notes off the centennials. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Cask pull at Clybourn. This one changed over the time I drank it, and it was pretty tepid when I got it, so I don’t think it was due to temperature change. Color lives up to the name, ruby red, sparkling, with a small white head. At first, it seemed characterless, with a nice bitterness (but the same bitter hops that I taste in most Goose Island beers). As the beer drained, though, the taste became a blend of black cherry and bubblegum, which was nice with the hoppy finish. At first, I would say it was not special. Maybe as I got drunker, it got better. Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2003
This was cask conditioned. Amber reddish coloring with a lsight head. Light herbal aroma. Plalte was also light at first and then there was a bit of a "bite" from the grapefruit, slightly astrigent which lingers at the end.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Light cedar colour, may be closer to straw than red, slightly transparent with a lingering creamy head. Strong, sweet candy hop aroma with a great balance of malt. Good even flavours of toasty hops and sweet caramel malt. Clean and wet on the palate with a nice lingering bitter finish. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Amber colored with an off-white head. Caramel, nut and lightly toasted malt provides a decent sweet start, before being brutally removed from the scene by strong pine, grapefruit and spicy hops. Really not all that great. Just sort of a run of the mill red with strong hops and little malt. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(cask): Clear ruby with minimal off-white head. Aroma is pleasant herbal hoppy. Taste is medium sweet up top before turning herbal and grapefruit hoppy. Smooth medium body with minimal carbonation. hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Crystal clear, burnt orange brew. Quite beautiful. No head.
The nose is piney and peppery. Notes of leather and English toffee.
The flavor is malty with hints of butterscotch. Nice, evergreen-laden, acrid hop presence.
Flat, medium-bodied brew with an oily mouthfeel. Lengthy, astringent finish.
Terminus (3702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Tap-Goose Island Clybourn-RBSG-6/29/03. I sat right next to bigbadbear63 when we sampled this. We had similar agreements on this beer, but my ratings will not be as good as his. Dark, Ruby red appearance with good lacing. Aroma was full of citrus/lemon. palate was very one dimensional and thin-all hops, no malt. Would be excellent if the body was a bit thicker.