312 Urban Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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312 Urban Pale Ale312 Urban Pale Ale

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 22
Gots: 280 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PBIU on 03-02-2014

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Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 5.4% and there is a bottled on date.

Appearance: The body has a golden amber color with good clarity and just a few bubbles of carbonation. The pour produced a tall thick head, white In color and fairly long lasting. As it slowly settles it makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice sweet aroma coming from the glass. I get a nice balance of bready and biscuity malt with some light citrusy hops. I also get very light fruity notes of apple and dried apricots.

Taste / Palate: It has a nice medium bodied base of wheat like breakfast cereal, pale bready and biscuity malt with fruity dried apricot like notes mixing in. The feel is smooth and the carbonation is almost creamy. It finishes with a light balance of citrus hop bitterness.

Notes: I like this Pale Ale for it light hop balance and harmony of flavors. I don’t expect Pale Ales to be IPA want to be hop bombs. I could drink quite a few of these.

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
3.85/5  rDev +16%

poured into a tulip glass from a 355mL bottle.'
Bottle Date: July 01, 2014
Pour Date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: Dirty golden hue, high clarity, with a 1.5 inch white head. Head reduced to just the edges after 2 minutes, but has good retention on the walls of the glass.

SMELL: New baseball glove and a bowl of corn flakes

TASTE: Underlying taste really matches the scent - earthy and sweet. The hop flavours are married well: dry hops give a bright upfront sensation without overpowering, while the bittering hops aren't too noticeable, meaning they're doing their job. Aftertaste is sweet on the back of the tongue. Overall this is a malt-shifted pale.

FEEL: A bit sticky, almost creamy.

BURP: boring

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden, with a thin white head that lingered. A lot of carbonation and no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops with some citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine nots with faint citrus in the background.

Overall: Not a bad beer. Glad I tried it out.

Photo of Ortizworks
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Tasty & Smooth.

Photo of MattyG85
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled on Feb 25, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and earthy balanced pale ale aroma with hints of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of damp grass and slight pine. Citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. Bready malt presence with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty decent and balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, clean, and earthy balanced mix of earthy hops and malt. Earthy, floral, and herbal hops with some hints of grass and slight pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Bready malt balance with notes of grains, caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A fairly subdued but decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A subdued but decent light brew. Kind of more like a English Bitter than APA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale copper hue crystal clear completely filtered with a nice off white head forming thick, leaves behind some speckled scattered lacing. The bottle says to serve it into a nonic pint glass, check. Aromatics generic hops a bit of citric quality, maybe some floral notes, but just dumbed down and doesn't really jump out at my senses. Flavor clean pale malts, just hints of labile bitterness from a tame hop profile. Even the malt profile is dead on arrival all carbonation not real malt breadiness just a semi sweet cracker/biscuit quality, residual hop bitterness not much in the way of hop flavors if I had to pick some descriptors I would say herbal and citrus notes (very dumbed down) and approachable...sold at a Speedway gas station this shouldn't offend any of the masses or become a "eureka" crossover beer for too many. Mouthfeel, I mentioned the unnatural carbonation, please send us some Goose Island from Chicago...we aren't that far in Ohio. Medium bodied carbonation is just a bit much, no hop oils just a very laid back rather boring stab at a mainstay pale ale. Overall, I'm happy to have a rare taste of Bourbon County Stout or Barleywine, but this shouldn't be this unassuming.

Photo of chinchill
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz 2014 bottle.
Pours medium amber with excellent clarity and a large, frothy head. Gobs of sticky lacing.

Aroma: earthy/herbal/floral hops dominate. Too dank and earthy for me.

Flavor: appropriately hoppy for style; mildly bitter -- low for style; mainly herbal-floral rather than fruity, although there's some vague citrus in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: very good carbonation but overly thin body.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottling date of 10/06/14

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color. The head is off-white and peaks at a half finger before settling down with fair speed, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Aroma is more malty than hoppy, with bready notes being the predominant character backed by hints of caramel. The hops that do come through are citrusy, akin to light, mild lemon.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malty flavor that hits on wheat bread with hints of caramel. Light hoppiness that adds balance in the finish with a light citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink with a slightly silky texture and a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Eh. It's okay. It's not going to blow anyone's socks off, and I don't think that's the intent. It's a fair flavored, easy drinking beer. Decent barbeque option, though personally I'd pass for something better. Not much else to say.

Photo of alphagnome
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Medium yellow body is incredibly clear with plenty of bubbly. Thin, off-white head on pour hangs around for awhile.

What aroma? There is a slight hop profile hidden in a thin layer of wheat and caramel.

Light citrus sprinkled throughout plenty of grassy notes. A bit of caramel malts and hints of ginger. Aftertaste consist of a nice, wheat character and a hint of kiwi.

Light, crisp, and refreshing. Pleny of carbonation. Clean, semi-dry finish.

An inoffensive beer and might find friends among those who think Bud Light is a quality beer.. Everyone else, however, will be disappointed in this one. It's light and refreshing but lacks character. Could easily be a sessionable beer, but there are plenty available that offer more flavor.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap and loved it.
I picked up a six pack and did not enjoy it as much.

This review is based on the bottled version.

It pours a nice golden color. It has a slightly off white head.

The mouthfeel has prickly carbonation , a crisp finish and some hop oil slickness.

The aroma is mild.

Sweet, malty backbone balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness.
The taste is a little dull.

Easy to drink.

It is a very good beer. Just does not stand out.

Photo of kbeck001
4.42/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Has everything an IPA should have!

Photo of MakenziMantey
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a dark yellow. The aroma you get is a slightly fruity with some spice smell. Tasting this beer it has a lemon taste with a slight tang to it and goes down pretty smoothly.

Photo of KYGunner
2.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The appearance is very thin, watery and carbonated. The head was soapy and fizzy that capped a golden hue.

I really like the aroma but it is so faint it can barely muster a score. The malt is like tea leaves and the hops a sweet lemon.

The taste is tinny and piney with a caramel malt and tea leaf backbone. The hops are vegetative and earthy with some lupilin but it's pungent and leaves a mad aftertaste.

Speaking of aftertaste, the feel is astringent and leaves a metallic cast about the tongue.

Not very good at all.

Photo of BlacksMcNutt
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

EXCELLENT baseball, or beach brew! had this sitting at the Phillies Game in the hot stands on a recent humid (then stormy) night watching the Phils lose ...again . This beer really made the night. Please go out and try some. A very easy to drink Pale Ale. Great for the occassions i stated above or a hot BBQ or fishing at the lake on a hot day. Light but just ever so hoppy to let you know " hey I'm a Pale ale!" Wont fill you and Light years better than any big label stuff!

Photo of ConradSomm
3/5  rDev -9.6%

You tolerate it because it is one of the better options at Wrigley Field.

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 07APR14-BG34. Sampled on June 13, 2014.

It pours pale yellow-orange amber with a lingering white head. A little bit of a cloud.

The aroma is slightly hopped but leans more toward the toasted pale malts, grains, and bread.

Medium body and maybe a bit heavier than that.

The pale malts are noticeable at first but there is a more abrupt citrus hop character with the flavors of cantaloupe and pineapple. Ends smooth. Easy drinking.

Photo of DrJTL
1.66/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells nice, pleasant hop aroma. Then things go downhill from there. Taste of onion and garlic with a bad lingering aftertaste. This is my second attempt with this beer. I want it to be good but it's not. Disappointed. I have to add more words here because beer advocate requires it. Blah blah blah. It sucked.

Photo of David19457
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a solid beer

Photo of dukeandduke
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/8/15 (Bottle) - Crisp golden pour with nice white foam head and a good flow of carbonation. Aroma of malt and citrus. Crisp taste, nice texture and feel going down.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- yellow gold color with a nice 2 finger head that is foamy and has a spiderweb lacing on pint. Quite clear as well.

S- hints of citrus malts but it is pretty mild. At first it dominates but then tapers off. earthy smell to it as well.

F- salty malts and the citrus faints in the taste as I continue to drink it. Not much else to say.

M- malty and not as fresh or crisp as I would like. the flavor is confusing to me.

O- average beer, I wont get another though.

Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Proper that!

Deep glowing and bright orange amber body. Crystal clear appearance, and thin carbonation rising. Head is thick and foamy off white in color, with some large bubbles but mostly pinhead in size. Makes a nice easy four finger head and very slowly settles with good retention.

Nose is really nice. Floral hop notes, hints of brown sugar, and crystallized almost turbinado smelling, with hints of caramel.

First sip is a nice and subtle but bringing all the flavors together nicely. Malt caramel and faint light cinnamon and brown sugar toasty qualities. Perfume like aromas of floral hop on the finish. Light bodied pale ale sensing and even crisp bodied. Quite nice fruit ester flavors also.

Pretty nice basic pale ale.

Photo of matjack85
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Their back label says to drink this within 180 days of release and their bottled on date found on the neck label is Feb 13, 2025, so it's well within the freshness range.

Their website calls the color of this beer marigold, so I'll go with that. It's slightly hazed from the wheat and makes a ½-finger white head that dissipates quickly and barely leaves any lace. Not that great to look at.

Fruity, citrusy, smell.

While the beer smells citrusy it has more of a combination citrus/apple flavor with a mild sweet malt backbone. Hop bitterness is mild at just 30 IBUs, but is just enough to provide good balance with the fruit and malt. Simple yet delicious.

Crisp, light, and refreshing mouthfeel and body with really high carbonation that fits this style perfectly.

While not impressed with the look or smell of this beer, I am blown away by its flavor and feel. An excellent refreshing low alcohol beer.

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Um, was this beer filtered through barbed wire? Because it definitely has some metallic stuff going on. Along with that is not the most savory of hop flavors, and I guess some malt just for the hell of it. As it warmed up (or maybes Raul's dome did, cuz this was his third beer) it mellowed a bit, but no amount of bubble kush could chill this bad boy out.

Photo of Amalak
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's got that familiar Goose Island taste. Malty and a bit dry. Very smooth and light bodied. Some vegetable crispness. A mild honey. Dark fruit, grape taste. It has a bronze color, fairly clear with some streams of bubbles here and there. A good foamy white head with a fair amount of spider-web lacing. A bit of a white wine scent to it.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a mostly clear, fairly bubbly, golden appearance, and spiderweb lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sourdough bread, a touch of citrus, and yeast. The taste is of those elements, with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a touch slick, and Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and highly drinkable.


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312 Urban Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
76 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.