Harvest Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I really don't know what to think about this beer. Literally. This is the 6th one I've had, and the last in the pack. Each one has been very different. The first one I had was hoppy and delicious. A couple others have been moderately hoppy with a toasty malt profile ranging from subtle to huge. Some have had little to no hoppiness with a nasty toasty biscuit malt. This is one of the latter. This presents a problem in terms of the numbers, so I'm trying to average it out, but I can't honestly give it that good review with such inconsistency, even despite how delicious the first one I had was.
The beer pours to a nice peachy orange color with just the slightest hint of a haze. Decent sized head with a reasonably good retention. Lacing is fairly good as well. Shows a little carbonation as well. This is one of the few consistent parts of this beer, not surprisingly. If that weren't the case, then I'd be truly worried.
The smell has a very nice floral hops aroma. The hops smell fairly green and slightly grassy, which makes sense considering it is supposed to be a wet hop beer. Underlying, however, is a very intense, slightly buttery toasted biscuit malt. The taste is very similar in that regard.
The mouthfeel is light to medium. Unpleasant balance. Could use a little caramel malt to add to the body and sweeten it up a bit, thus downplaying some of that nasty toasted biscuit malt. Brewing an English style doesn't mean that you have to toss in a full baking pan of butter and biscuits. If the hops hadn't faded so quickly, this review would probably be a lot more favorable, but what can you do?
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2007 04:06:49 | More by neonbrown82
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