RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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Lethalblues (1) - USA - FEB 20, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Pours with very little head, coppery color. Enjoyed the balanced mid-palate but couldn’t get my head around the bitter, hoppy after taste.

milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 3, 2008
My first Goose Island........not bad. Creamy mouthfeel....good balance of hops and malt and a smooth finish. Good for everyday drinking.

SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Poured a darker amber color with medium head with nice retention. Scent is fresh piney hops. Flavor is very piney, almost like weak gin. This beer also seemed very syrupy like cough syrup. A higher ABV. would make this beer taste better and balance out flavor. Probably the worst Goose Island beer I"ve had.

jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with two finger beige head. Aroma is fruity, with some biscuity malts and some hops. Flavor is very nice, mild sweetness, nice and malty, with bitterness that really clean off the palate. Medium bodied, with moderate/high carbonation that tickles the tongue at the end. Good.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Deep amber, fairly clear, moderate to large frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Aroma of fruity deoderant, pale biscuity malts, even softer hops, slight cereal.   Flavor yields more cereal like malts, touches of caramel and molasses.   Maybe a little honeycomb cereal.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Seems a bit malty for a Bitter/ESB.   A little aromatic... er maybe more aromatic than most I should say.   Does have some Bitter aspects to it, namely on the finish, but feels a bit more maltier than most.   Fairly clean, albeit there is some honeycomb on the finish.   Tiz okay, but with the floral deoderant and Honeycomb cereal like presense, its not quite what I expected for a "Harvest Ale".   Still decent tho.   Thanks Craig for the freebie!

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Appearance: Pours a bright, clear amber body with a full, foamy off-white head. Smell: Crisp hop aroma of citrus fruits, fresh tea leaves, and a pinch of spice backed by a fair amount of caramel malt. Taste: Subtle caramel malt flavor with a reasonably mild sweetness. Hint of dried breadcrusts. Grapefruit hop flavor with a well-rounded bitterness. A shot of unsweetened Lipton tea. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Though placed well on the lighter end of harvest-type ales, it was still quite enjoyable.

jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Nice and malty and lightly hopped. Easy to drink, creamy and smooth. Enjoyable. Something I would come back to.

jsquire (4665) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Copper color with a yellowish beige head and a fresh hoppy nose with hints of apricot. Strong bready malts with light toasting and lots of orange, apricot and pine resin. A bitter/sweet beer. The finish ends with orange juice and grapefruit rind.

fiulijn (21507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
Draught at the brewpub, Clybourn location
Bright amber color. Nice aroma of American hops. Good malt, caramel and toffee flavor, some sweetness but also a bit dry, with a finish of good hops, balanced, more resiny than fruity (but it’s supposed to be Cascade). Also this one is very well brewed.

MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thin, tan head that slowly faded away, leaving some faint lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of caramel, toffee, and light floral hops. The flavor consisted of lightly roasted caramel malts, orange, and pine. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this was a smooth, easy drinking beer. A nice addition to Goose Island’s lineup that I hope to see again next fall.

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