stimguy (13) - Lake St Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2007
This by far is my favorite from Goose Island. A very smooth IPA. A huge head which lasted throughout most of my glass. A fantastic IPA trum22 (13) - USA - OCT 27, 2007
Pours a cloudy orange with a stark white head. Smells fruity and hoppy. Initial flavor is hops and carbonation, but has a bit of spice to it. Finishes nice with a nice mouthfeel. This is a good summertime beer, maybe the best IPA I’ve had. OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2007
Pours a mid gold with a billowing thick white head. Aroma features big bold raw hop aroma, slightly dusty earthy hopsack note. On the palate there is biscuity sweet malt, tangy grapfruit and a smooth ballanced finish. Im sure I remeber this as being more bitter in the past. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Goose Island Clybourn
Goose’s IPA was served in a straight tulip style glass. Poured a dark golden hinting at copper with a bright white one finger head. As the head fell to a thick cap it left sheet lacing down the glass. After every sip more sheet lacing was left leaving the whole glass opaque as the beer was put to bed.
Goose Islands IPA had more of hop presence than expected. There is a solid biscuity malt with a touch or two of caramel showing through but the hops do manage to ease them from the picture. The hops come throgh very fragrant with floral overtones and citric undertones. Very nice aroma.
Flavor runs right along the lines of the aroma. A semi-sweet pale and caramel maltiness start things off and just barely manage to keep some balance in the flavor. The hops aain are the showcase. Vibrant floral and citric hops with a touch of the resinous-ness (Ha-Ha) take over and create a very welcomed hop profile.
Medium bodied with a carbonation on the sluggish side of moderate. This beer works through on it’s own to let the vibrant hoppiness show through.
I honestly could session this beer with no problem at all. If I didn’t have other things to do today I would probably still be sitting there drinking IPAs.
A great IPA from Goose Island that, to me, seems very underrated. I have sampled bottles in the past and they weren’t quite as vibrant as the fresh tapped version.
10/20/07 mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2007
Orange with a small, persistent white head. Grapefruit and passionfruit aroma. Very thick textured, there is a little bit of grapefruit in the flavour, but the taste is mostly a hop hit. Curiously I also detect a small amount of honey sweetness. However that is probably just a psychological association with the colour and viscosity.
dball1869 (16) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2007
delicious. one of the few brews produced on such a large scale that does not advertise hop aroma but still has a lot of it. smooth, great finish. well balanced. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle... Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is very much like that of instant Lipton® iced tea with lemon. Medium toffee sweetness followed by moderate citrus peel bitterness. Medium-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Bitter-sweet and then astringent, drying finish. Kudos to Gillard for sharing the bottle! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Pours a clear orange, with a small white head. Smells of citric hops, some grapefruit, and some musty malts are there too. The flavor was a mix of hops and citrus fruits. Grapefruit was the most prominent fruity character noticeable. Pretty nice little session IPA. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Mot surprising with this brewery. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Tampa RB Gathering Beer #12....dark amber body with a small, diminishing white head....nose of pine cones, floral hops, grapefruits, tangerines and lemons....flavor is big on the hops, but well balanced by a caramel sweet malt backbone....medium bodied, oily resinous palate....medium length, bitter, piney finish....good IPA beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
Very interesting aroma of floral, fruity and herbal hops. Pours a dark golden color with a medium white head. Robust flavor of fruity, herbal hops with malt with a dry, bitter finish. The body is medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.