Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012 mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle BB 07/14/06. Pours a bronze color. sinking off-white head leaves nice lace. Aroma of malt and citrus, something musk-like, a touch of cologne maybe. Carmel comes through. Flavor: a malty pale ale with a good dose of carmel malt, a bit bready, with some leafy hoppiness to it. Finishes with bitterness; which is nice...but the leafy aspect of the hops does stick around and becomes a little distracting. An average pale ale, that does achieve a good balance of hops & malt...but seems like something in the mix just sticks out too much in a bad way...those leafy hops...
Originally reviewed: 5/12/10. 12oz bottle picked up from my local Whole Foods. "Brewed and bottled by Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago." printed on the side of the bottle. Best by date: 7/15/10. Poured into a pint glass.
Pours a cloudy, rusty orange with a thin off-white head on top. Retention is lacking. No lace left behind. Plenty of carbonation rising through. The nose is pretty underwhelming. Some mild grains, light syrupy-sweetness, and some floral tones.
Good crisp, clean body. Moderate carbonation on the tongue. This beer starts out a bit sweet with some honey notes. There’s some mild bitterness, but pretty much lacking there. My favorite part is the finish. There’s a nice bready taste that is very pleasant. All-in-all, this is a pretty tame, average APA. I’ve had better, but I wouldn’t turn this one down. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2015 Bonus for organic, but this just wasn’t grabbing me. In the spectrum of average pale ales this was on the lower end. Serving: Bottle rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
An average ale. Really nothing too special. The taste you can tell its well crafted. Quality malts. Crispness and nice hops Overall good but nothing great. Aquilo (658) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Dark amber color with no head. Aroma of apples, raisins. Maybe some spices. A bit of funk, but otherwise no hint of hops. Flavor is very bland. I’m not sure what they were trying for here, but it didn’t work. Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2009
A golden brown beer with a small head. The aroma was grainy, & the taste was somewhat bready,very basic less than run of the mill APA.
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2009
12 oz. bottle that I received as a gift. Pours a hazy amber with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. There is really not all that much happening in the aroma department with this beer other than perhaps a few very subtle wisps of malt. The flavor is malt, somewhat grainy, with just a bit of apple. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with a somewhat thin body. Very mild hoppy finish. Not something I would look to revisit. djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange copper with a small frothy white head that leaves decent spotty lacing. The aroma is a fruity malt with caramel and coriander. Thin mouthfeel with a bready malt and caramel with a nice crisp finish. Easy to drink a good pale ale from Goose Island. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
no hops whatsoever, just pale malt. not bad, but not good either. i’d be happier with something i know is good. but at least i get to add another tick to the tally. Bottle at whole foods, miami beach. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Overly sweet. Nice crisp hop profile that hints at some grassy notes, but overall the malt in this one is too syrupy. Pours cloudy copper with white head. Slipstream (2702) - USA - AUG 25, 2009
Brewed from organic ingredients by Goose Island for Whole Foods, and sold at a low price. Aroma is lightly sweet and hoppy with a whiff of skank. A light/medium weight ale that tastes like a malty lager, with a bit of citrus and pine. A good brew, and not a bad deal at all.