RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The rich, red luster of our Special Pale Ale is almost as inviting as the deliciously hoppy nose. Loads of Centennial, Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops give the characteristic bite of West Coast style Pale Ales, while the unique combination of Pale Ale and Special B malts make this beer a true Goose Island original. Served in a Pint glass.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a clear, medium reddish-amber with a 1/2" thick beige head. Soft grapefruit, lemongrass, and sweet malts graced the nose... very pleasant. First impression on the flavor was Alpha King (not entirely substantiated, but good nevertheless). Smooth malty middle with a big hop presence at the sides and finish... a bit too sharp and erratic with the bitter notes. Alcohol shows up toward the finish. Solid overall, but the balance was a little out of whack. 7-4-6-3-12

Re-sampled 4.17.07 - aroma was juicy and well-presented.. balance was better.. really enjoyed it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2006
On tap at the Brewery Clybourn: Nice coper color with a nice medium head that leaves laces. A bit detergend nose and taste - buttery and toffee like. No likey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
very hoppy, but not imbalanced. a somewhat brownish red. sharp bitterness in the finish. OK overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2006
A beer that I can actually describe as red in color. Really soft head. There is a huge citrus aroma. Hops totally rule this beer and they are quite delicious. grapefruit and pine dominance. Almost a spicy effect with the hops. Very well balanced and awesome...enough so that I took a growler home with me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivo (2686) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2006
Amber color, low creamy head. Apricot fruitiness. Some butter. Low bitter. Kinda weak overall and not so exciting. There are better offerings from this brewer. On tap at the brewery....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2006
clybourn. Pours a nice medium amber with a slight haze and a nice lasting beige head. Aroma is loaded with tons of c hops and possibly some ammarillo or simcoe that give it that wierd orange-mango like quality. Citrus, grapefruit and a bit of pine in the flavor backed with a good amount of caramel malts. This was very flavorful and enjoyable for a APA. Well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On cask
Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a puffy foamy white head that never quite goes away and leaves generous lacing on the way down. Aroma almost nonexistent though what is there is basically classic English hop spice and some malt. Flavor is of modest intensity as befitting the style, with sharp hop spice up front, a bit of light malt sweetness in the background, and a nice fruity touch tying it all together. Thinnish plate, again to style. Not mind-blowing, but done right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (5065) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Amber color with no head. Mucho hop aroma with a surprising amount of malt supporting it. Yeah, the malt disappears after that though... Moderately spicy hop taste with a dishsoap finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Brown/Amber Coloring with White Head. Heavy Hop Aroma. Dry Hops Throughout on the Tongue... Too Much Hop For Me to Love...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2005
48-hr. old FREE growler from GI Clybourn. I love the MBA Program. Poors bright orange/red with little carbonation or head. Did they fill the growler from the cask?!? Good grapefruit hoppy aroma and classic west coast pale-ipa flavor. Kind of a watered down Alpha King. Good effort. Better fresh on tap if memory serves me right.

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