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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our latest creation is brewed in the style of a traditional American Extra Special Bitter (ESB). As Summertime fades, the sun shines less bright, and evening comes a little sooner. Harvest time arrives – it’s a time to reap the benefits of a great Summer. Fresh picked cascade hops from Washington and the richest Midwestern malts makes Goose Island Harvest Ale an extra special beer worthy of your devotion.

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4.1
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Deep hazy copper color with a strong cascade hop aroma. Has a nice, long lasting off white head. Dry, grainy flavor with a hint of sweet malts and citrus. A delicious and unique brew that stands out from the other fall seasonal beers.

3.4
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a dark golden almost red color with a nice white lingering head. Aroma is very hoppy for an ESB, which is somewhat standard for Goose Island. Some sweet maltiness hides behind the very strong hop bitterness. Flavor starts very hoppy, but is surprisingly overwhelmed by the bitterness that follows through the finish. Quite a pleasant surprise though there is still a large amount of sweetness throughout. Medium body and medium carbonation. A good ESB, I’d call it an American ESB because it adds some much by way of hops.

3.9
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Overall tasty ber. Reminds me of the Goose IPA with a little more maltibalancio. Slightly darker, with a caramel colour, good head, better than wife’s, just a nice looking pour. Aroma is of citrus hoppy goodness. Taste is similar. Reminds me more of an IPA than a bitter, but whatever it’s classified as, it is very tasty and uber-sessionable. I will be stocking up on these forsurefinately. Great Job!

3.3
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This was pretty tasty, I remember having it last year and being pleased. Not too hoppy or overly malty, this is just a basic orange ale. More flavor to it than honkers, which is a pretty close comparison. Great looking bottle earns it a bonus point in appearance and overall.

3.5
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Copper pour with a fluffy off white head. Strong hop aroma with toffee and caramel notes. Nice hop flavor with some spiciness with a creamy mouthfeel and bittersweet finish. Another great brew by Goose Island

3.9
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2008
GTMW ’08. Poured a clear copper color with an off white head that left some lace behind. Pleasant citrusy hops, flower blossom, and subdued toffee contribute to the aroma. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. I tasted citrusy hops with some supporting malty cereal grain. Soft caramel emerged during the finish. Tasty stuff.

3.3
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours a light copperish colour with a decent sized head. Lacing is thicker, sticks around on the glass the whole time, head is resinous and slightly hopped with great retention. Aroma is a little off dry- with piney hops. Taste is is very full, lighter and sweet/bitter battle within the finish.

3.2
Ungstrup (38248) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
GABF 2007. A clear golden beer with a thick orangey head. The aroma is sweet malty with grassy notes of hops. The flavor is very malty with notes of newly harvested grain, leading to a dry straw finish. Weird how big the difference between aroma and flavor is.

3.8
RSRIZZO (2020) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2008
(Bottle courtesy of Headbanger). Aroma is a nice hoppy scent. Color is a rich amber with mellow carbonation and a thin head. Taste is creamy and hoppy. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a creamy feel. Finish comes in with a sweet almost rich caramel and malt taste, then a floral hop flavor and ends with a gentle bitterness. After taste is a little more hop flavor and the bitterness growing just a bit. Well round and complex brew, its a great blend for an autumn brew. Only down fall is it not what I expect from an ESB.

4.3
jayhopkins23 (27) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
This is a nice beer that has the color of burnt orange. The head is white with good lasting power. The most noticeable thing about this is the hops, noteably the cascade hops. Real nice demonstration of Amber ale. Liked it alot


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