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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 236
Gots: 536 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Each barrel receives 50+ pounds of fresh raspberries. Spontaneous secondary fermentation in the barrels. Aged 8 months or more.

(Beer added by: robbyc1 on 10-29-2009)
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3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap:
Poured a thin rosé towards amber, but very clear. Almost no retaining head, but visible carbonation running up the sides (mainly). Smell is Granny Smith apple, maybe a hint of cranberry. There's also a weird toothpaste/citrus smell from the barrels.

The taste isn't surprising given the smell. Early on the carbonation added to the flavor. Later on the beer flattens out a bit. The taste seems to add a light cranberry taste to the apple, slightly more than the nose. The barrel and what I think are the tannins from the wine come I late and are a bit drying.

Overall, I'd have to say disappointing. This beer is not tart enough for me. It almost has a not-so-sweet cranberry ginger ale taste to it. Obviously the individual attributes amount to ok to me, I see no need for a mediocre beer like this.

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3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TonyJ92
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Goose Island tasting at the Old Toad.

Pours a pinkish golden color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing. It looks quite fizzy.

Smells like raspberry, white wine, red wine, lemon, and funk.

Even though this is aged in red wine barrels, I get more of a spritzy white wine character from it, due to how highly carbonated it is. The raspberry is big and in your face, which is exactly what I want from something like this. There's some mild but not overbearing tartness, a bit of funkiness, must, and the smallest hint of oak.

This has a very highly carbonated mouthfeel, spritzy, bubbly. It's light bodied, and very drinkable. The high carbonation is slightly off-putting though.

I feel like Goose Island's sours are lost in the mix, compared to their other big barrel-aging project, but this is quite nice.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: hazy raspberry peach. Decent sized head on the pour that recedes quickly. No lacing or legs. Kind of looks like a wine.
smell: Tamed funk and raspberry. Very rich and pleasant. Tart and sour.
taste: All the flavors in the nose and such a pleasing balance. Refreshing and so tasty.
overall: Never thought I'd be into these sours so much but....so delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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2.92/5  rDev -29.1%

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.