Archive for the ‘Goose Island’ Category

I know some bloggers would avoid tonight’s selection since Goose Island was bought out by AB InBev a few years back. I try not to let that affect my reviewing, although I am not a huge fan of breweries getting bought out by huge macrobreweries. At least the buyout increased their distribution?

greenline

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Green Line Pale Ale is a honey-colored, immensely sessionable American pale ale with a pronounced, bright, American hop aroma and citrus flavor. Notes of biscuit and lightly toasted malt create the backbone for Green Line’s pleasant, crisp bitterness.”

Random: This beer uses Millenium, Mt Hood and Zythos hops.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown on top of the clear, straw yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was clean almost pilsner-like malt and a mineral water quality as well. I didn’t get a huge amount of hops. The taste was much more towards malty than hoppy, more like an English Pale Ale. It had a big, clean, toasted malt note with cracker. It had the same mineral water note with a stone-like note as well. There was some sweetness at the end of the sip, I assume from the wildflower honey that is used. The hops were present, but minimal. They came through like a fresh-cut grass note. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was long with the toasted grain and mineral water note. This beer was easy-drinking and I killed it with no problem, but it just came off as boring. The positive note was that this beer was priced well at $1.66 a bottle ($.14 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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This was the last beer that I had at Corner Foodery. I hadn’t heard of it until I saw it on the draft list, so I had no idea what to expect.

fultonstreet

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Goose Island is proud to introduce Fulton St. Blend, a coffee ale aged with House Blend beans from our neighbors at Intelligentsia. Named for the street in Chicago that we both call home, Fulton St. Blend is a golden ale infused with rich coffee flavor and aroma.”

Random: This uses Millenium hops and 2-row, Bon Munich and C-20 malts. It’s available year-round in six-packs and on draft.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the shaker pint glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very strong with lots of dark coffee. I know that I shouldn’t judge a beer by the color, but I didn’t expect this to smell almost exactly like an iced coffee. The taste was pleasant as well. I picked up a major dark roast coffee note. There was also an earthiness to it that complemented the coffee. There was a light sweetness at the end from light malts. It had a thicker body than I’m used to for the style and it had a lot of carbonation. It had a long finish with coffee. I liked this beer, as I’m a huge fan of coffee, my only complaint being that it was one-note with the coffee. I wish it had something else to balance it, which would have made it outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It’s finally Saturday. I’m hoping to leave at a decent time since I have a million chores to get done. I don’t think I’ll be able to mow the lawn tomorrow since it is supposed to rain. Anyways, vintage beer time.

pj

ABV: 8.7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table, it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.”

Random: This bottle was brewed in March of 2010.

A few weeks ago, I moved the beers that I have been aging to the new house. Since this one has been aging for over five years and on the bottle it says to enjoy within five, I figured that it should be opened sooner rather than later. The beer poured with absolutely no head and as such, there was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with lots of sediment floating in the body and no carbonation visible either. The nose started with a vinegar note, which definitely worried me. Raisin, prune and brown sugar were present as well, which gave me some hope. Luckily, the taste was better than the nose. There were some sweet notes of molasses, but quickly went into fruit notes of raisin and prune. There was also a brown sugar quality to it with a touch of alcohol astringency. After a few sips, some bready notes came through at the end. The body was on the thicker side with little to no carbonation present. The finish was lengthy with some booze warming and candi sugar sweetness. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, but I think it aged just a bit too long.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It seems like people have a love/hate relationship with Goose Island since they got bought by In-Bev. I understand that macro beer companies buying out smaller ones is less than ideal, but it does make their beers more readily available. In my opinion, if you’re putting out tasty beers, I’m going to drink them. I will say that I despise the new Budweiser commercial though. Anyways, I picked this one up to give it a shot.

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ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are from the city that invented the skyscraper. We constructed our Urban Pale Ale on a balanced malt backbone, so the citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor can stand tall.”

Random: My first Goose Island beer was in Chicago in Pizzeria Due.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was an amber color with high carbonation. The nose was really floral with grapefruit and was almost perfume-y. The taste was nice with grapefruit and then caramel malt right after. Despite the malt, it was definitely a hop forward beer. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finished last awhile with grapefruit and slight malt sweetness. This beer was relatively simple, but it worked and was really drinkable, especially for $1.59 for a bottle. For only $.13 per ounce, this would be a beer that I would stock my cooler with for a barbecue to convert a few macro drinkers. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The more I get into beer, the more that I enjoy sours. When I first had them, they were a bit overwhelming. But, now that I’ve had a bunch, I really look forward to having them. Here was one that I picked up for the other half (before I figured out that she really does not like sours). Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 7.1%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.”

Random: The meow is dressed up in his unicorn costume. He is not pleased.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark and murky copper color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really sour cherries, oak and vanilla. The taste was quite intense. It was very sour cherries and raspberries that transitioned into tobacco, vanilla and leather. Oak was there at well and came out at the end of the sip. There was some funk to this as well with mustiness and earthy yeast. Red wine vinegar was there as well. The body was on the thinner side with lots of prickly carbonation. The finish was long with a lot of intense tart noses with berries and vanilla. This was a really enjoyable beer if you like tart beers with lots of depth.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This month marked a very big birthday for me. I turned 29 for the second time. I’m very sensitive about my birthday, so I didn’t do anything huge for it. I took myself to lunch and then ended up at my parents’ house for dinner. I found this gem on tap at Surf Taco on my birthday and I had to get it. I am a sucker for IPAs…
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ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Goose Island is the only island on the Chicago River in Illinois. It is an artificial island, formed by the North Branch of the Chicago River on the west and the North Branch Canal on the east. It covers 160 acres (0.65 km2), and is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) across at its widest point.”

Random: At work we have the radio on and the amount of Rihanna songs that come on is insanity. It’s to the point that I’d really like to break the radio or just change it to ESPN radio all the time.

This beer poured with a one finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange color with minimal carbonation visible. The nose was very grassy and piney and reminded me of a certain DIPA from Sierra Nevada. Despite the piney characteristic of it, it still maintained some grapefruit brightness. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose. It had lots of piney hops with some grass, but also had some lemon zest that made an appearance. Some pine sap was there as well. The alcohol was really well-integrated on this one. The body was big and my only complaint is that the beer could have used a touch more carbonation. It had a long finish with piney hops. I would definitely have this again, although at $9 a glass at Surf Taco, it was a bit pricey.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

So, about a month back, I went down to Virginia. I hit up a bunch of beer spots and I brought back a hell of a beer haul. The first beer that I had down there was this one. One of the differences between New Jersey and Virginia is that you can drink in a supermarket. I was taken to a Whole Foods that had a crazy lineup of brews, plus really good food.

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ABV: 5%

Style: English Brown Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, this is a brewpub only offering. I can tell you that I wasn’t in the brewpub when I had this one.

Random: Apparently I have an accent. Things I didn’t know before going down South.

This brew poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was a typical brown ale. I got notes of cocoa, nuttiness, caramel malt and a hint of roasted malt. The taste wasn’t anything mind-blowing either. It was the typical notes of caramel malt with some hazelnuts and cocoa thrown in for good measure. There was nothing really outstanding about this beer, but for a brown ale, it was definitely a solid flavor profile. The body was medium thickness with medium carbonation. It finished rather quickly with some nuttiness. If you see this on draft and you love brown ales, it’s worth a shot. For me, I’m glad I tried it, but it’s not worth a revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0