Goose Island Broken Resolutions

After Val and I left Saint Benjamin, we stopped at the Goose Island Brewpub in Philly. I had never been before, and even though they’re AB In Bev, I wanted to check it out.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to, “Goose Island Brewery is a brewery in Chicago, Illinois, that began as a single brewpub opened in 1988 in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and named after a nearby island. The larger brewery opened in 1995, and a second brewpub, in Wrigleyville, in 1999. Their beers are distributed across the United States, and the United Kingdom after a stake of the company was sold to Widmer Brothers Brewery in 2006, and the brewery was able to expand into different markets. In 2011, Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev. Greg Hall stepped down as brewmaster with the AB InBev purchase in 2011; Brett Porter was hired as the new brewmaster.”

Random: I also had a BCBS on tap, which was pretty good.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left very lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange with little visible carbonation. The nose was filled with wheat and bubble gum. The taste was bright as well. It had wheat and then went into notes of orange. There was some malt as well. The alcohol was noticeable and took away from the flavor. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. It had a moderate finish with orange. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing to write home about.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse Quick Witted

This was the second beer that I had at the brewery.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, “Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?” We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: There are no Beer Advocate entries for this beer.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was slightly cloudy and I expected more cloudiness from the beer. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had wheat and a touch of Grains of Paradise. There was some citrus as well. The taste had a lot of wheat along with some lemon and not much else. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with wheat. I paid $3 for the beer, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bell’s Pooltime Ale

I love canned beer offerings for Summer. I’m a big fan of drinking by the pool, so I picked this up during a trip to New York. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pooltime Ale is a refreshing Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale with light clove notes. The truly distinguishing feature is the use of 100% Montmorency tart cherries grown in the Traverse City region of Michigan. These cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to the other flavors, enhancing Pooltime’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.”

Random: This is available on draft and in cans.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, slightly off white head. It took a little while to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and was orange with a slightly red tinge. It had moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with wheat and orange segments, but quickly went into tart cherries. The taste was much of the same, except with a more significant cherry presence. It had red, tart cherries and a small amount of spice. Wheat and orange cleaner came through next. The body was on the light side, which was to be expected. It had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with cherries. A can of this was $2.03, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I thought this beer was above average, but I thought it needed the citrus dialed up.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Stone Citrusy Wit

Today’s selection is a beer that reminded me of warmer weather, which I think is right around the corner.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CLEVERLY TWISTED WITH TANGERINE & KAFFIR LIME LEAF. When it comes to our beers and the ingredients we use, we give a wit. So rather than spinning just the same fruit wheel of the classic orange peel, we punched up our wit with the dynamic duo of tangerine and kaffir lime leaf. The fruit-forward aromatics and flavors are perfectly balanced, so you don’t have to bother adding a slice (or leaf) to the rim of your glass. Even with this lack of unnecessary garnish, you won’t find an absence of intense fruit. In fact, each dryly refreshing, citrusy sip of this coriander-spiced, tangerine-infused, Mandarina Bavaria-hopped creation will satisfy even the most hardcore fan.”

Random: Stone seems to be really into the Mandarina Bavaria hops. I’ve already had a few of their beers that utilize them.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick, white head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow in color. Despite the haziness, there was still some carbonation visible. The nose had wheat, lemon and lime zest. The kaffir lime leaves are quite apparent in the nose. The taste had a lot of lime and coriander. There was also wheat and lemon juice as well, but huge amounts of lime and kaffir lime leaves. It had a light and crisp body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with kaffir lime leaves and coriander. A bottle of this was $1.79 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer a lot and it would make for a great summer beer. My only complaint is that it came in bottles as opposed to cans.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Ballast Point Thai Chili Wahoo

This is a beer that I was really excited to pop open when Val and I got sushi. I thought the flavors would pair really well and I’m always excited about a chili beer.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Wahoo Wheat is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity.True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.”

Random: Getting up early for work during the week translates to me not being able to sleep past 7 AM on weekends.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was very hazy and light yellow in color with minimal carbonation visible. The nose had a hot pepper note with orange peel and wheat. There wasn’t any other spice and the dominant scent was hot pepper. The taste was flat-out disappointing. It was all capsaicin heat, to the point that it burned the back of my throat. I couldn’t pick up lime, citrus or wheat because the heat was so intense. What annoyed me was the fact that the spice didn’t add flavor, but seemed to just steamroll every other aspect of the beer, which made it a bit gimmicky. The body was light and the carbonation was more significant than I would have guessed based on what I saw. The taste was all capsaicin heat. It burned the back of my throat. There was really not wheat characteristic because the heat was so overwhelming. The body was light with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and hot. This beer just wasn’t one I enjoyed. I felt that it was a bit gimmicky, and although the bomber was affordable at $6.99 ($.32 per ounce), I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Refuge Blood Orange Wit

This was the last beer I reviewed in California. I love blood oranges, so this was a no brainer for me.


ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It had the humblest of beginnings. A simple offer from tasting room locals completed changed the direction of the brewery and our brand. Ken and Tina have property up in the hills behind the brewery, and their land was filled with citrus and avocado trees from east to west. Amongst the grove of avocados, navel oranges, and lime trees grew a tree unlike the others. Its fruit was smaller, with dark burgundy pulp. Not having much experience with blood oranges, or fruit in general, we were not exactly sure how to brew with them. Nevertheless, we went for it and just added the whole fruit, peel and all, into a batch of Belgian Style Wit. The result was amazing, and almost overnight it became our best selling and most popular beer.”

Random: My parents went on vacation in Temecula and didn’t mention this brewery being there.

The beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It dissipated rather rapidly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon-juice color. I could discern some carbonation. The nose was bright with not only blood oranges, but wheat and coriander and cracker. Citrus was the dominant scent. The taste was crisp with the same blood oranges, but the spice note was almost absent in the taste. The yeast was present in the form of biscuit, more than cracker on the taste. It also was missing the wheat, which made the beer a bit boring for me. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus peel. A can of this was $5 ($.31 per ounce). Although I enjoyed that blood orange was highlighted here, it would have benefited from the spice being more present.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Estrella Damm Inedit

Tonight’s selection comes to us from Spain. I think this is one of the first beers from Spain I’ve ever tried. A single of this was on the mix-a-six shelf at my local beer store.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inedit fue creada en 2008 por Ferran Adrià y el equipo de sommeliers de elBulli con el convencimiento de que era necesaria una cerveza capaz de acompañar la variedad de sabores existentes en la gastronomía moderna. Conocida por sus rincones, calas escondidas y pequeños pueblos históricos, en la Costa Brava se encuentran algunos de los mejores restaurantes del mundo, y, además, aloja a elBulli, donde se creó Inedit en el 2008. Inedit es una cerveza única elaborada con malta de cebada, trigo, lúpulo, cilantro, regaliz y piel de naranja. Se recomienda servir en copa de vino blanco, y no llenar más de la mitad de la copa, para apreciar mejor su intensidad y complejidad aromática. Inedit fue creada para combinar con multitud de elaboraciones culinarias, incluso las más complicadas a base de cítricos y elementos amargos. Espléndida con entrantes, ensaladas y pescados de textura grasa, su versatilidad permite también combinarla con agridulces y sensaciones picantes. NOTA DE CATA: de alta intensidad y complejidad aromàtica, con un aspecto ligeramente turbio. Muy afrutada y floral, con sensación de levadura fresca y reminisciencias de especies dolces. De textura cremosa y fresca, volumen suave y carbónico delicado. Tiene un postsabor largo y un recuerdo afable. En cada composición esta Cerveza cambia de bouquet y adapta sus cualidades: un caràcter suave con personalidad compleja.”

Random: I went to Spain when I was a kid in the middle of summer. I liked heat as much then as I do now.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon yellow color. There was some carbonation visible, although not much. The nose had white sugar and lemon wedges. It wasn’t very tart. There was also some wheat as well. The taste started with lemon and went into the same sweet, white sugar note. There was also a raw, honey sweetness with ripe bananas. The body was very light with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with sugary sweetness. A single bottle of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. This beer was drinkable, but the flavors were not overly complex. I wouldn’t rush back to this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0