shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2009
I simply had to have this beer when I realized it was based on a mild AND brewed with rye. On top of that, I am a firm believer that nothing bad has ever come from G.I.. Poured in a willybecher glass, this has a massive, firm, french vanilla colored head and a lovely brownish copper body that turns bright ruby against a light. The aroma does have a hint of spice, but smells mostly of sweet malt and caramel, with a firm herbal hop character. I must say I was a bit let down by the taste. I did not pick up more than an inkling of rye spice, and could find no similarity to a mild. What this beer does have though, is a lovely medium-bodied maltiness, and a very nice American hop finish. It is crisp and lively on the palate, with excellent drinkability (which I guess is one thing in common with mild ale.) The more I drank, the more it grew on me. (And the easier it went down....) It’s not awesome, and a little diff. than what I expected, but I must say that this a rather enjoyable session beer for all that it’s worth, and I would much like to drink it again. tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Didn’t even know Goose Island made this beer until my roommate brought some home. Brown color. Thin head, with an aroma of malts and some spice. Kind of a sweet taste. Very interesting beer. Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
12 oz bottle. Thanks William. First rating in a while, glad the site’s back up! As for the beer...Not sure what to make of this one. Aroma and color is close to a Brown Ale, with just a small off-white head of foam. Mouthfeel is very smooth- pleasant. But- very sweet upfront, and then turns a bit sour & spicy towards the middle and finish, and then the sweetness kicks back in big-time and lasts and lasts and lasts. Hate to say this isn’t a favorite of mine. Reminds me a bit of my homebrew right at the time I’m bottling it- very sweet, not much alcohol, and altogether unfinished. markas101 (2468) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2009
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND. Hazy brown colour, thin whispy head. Malty aroma, medium bodied with a caramel flavor and peppery finish. Interesting mid-winter offering (at least when I got it). NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
bottled on January 20, 2009, sampled at O’Hare. Pours a brown hue, fairly clear. The aroma is heavily nutty with a burned chocolate note. The mouthfeel is medium light, I was expecting something even thinner. A little sugar, hazelnut, a dash of cotton candy, toast, and a rye finish make up the flavor. I was expecting a straight up mild ale, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It’s a reasonable drink.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy amber to copper brown. A finger of off white head leaves generous lacing. The first sniff yields a pleasing malt aroma, slightly caramelized, but the nose quickly fades. Flavor is very nutty and distinctly bitter without much aroma hops. This comes off well here. Some orange peel and perhaps some cinnamon. Rye flavors emerge from the caramel malts in the finish, and there’s some weissbier banana-clove notes in the linger. thegreenrooster (4448) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Pour is a murky looking brown with a average tan head. Aroma is some rye and grain but nothing really stands out. Flavor is again some rye and spice but overall kinda watery and bland. I didn’t get a lot of what others got off this beer. A watery brown ale more or less. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bottle from drewbeerme, thanks Andrew. Dark amber pour with a white head. Smells of rye and somewhat toasty malt. Nice and smooth with a little bite in the end, some caramel, pretty good drinker vyvvy (6524) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours clear chestnut brown with a dirty tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, hazelnuts, rye and a hint of bitter hops. Seems both smooth and crisp. Medium body that starts smooth, then semi-sharp carbonation comes in making it a bit rough. The flavor starts like the aroma, but the finish has spicy hops and lots of dryness from the rye. This is a very nice beer and hope this stays a seasonal from them. jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2009
On Tap. Pours amber with a generous fluffy white head. Aroma: malty with some grassy hops. Flavor: semi spicy malt presence with a slight hop presence.