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FairytAle - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 8
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: n/a
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Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: AgentZero on 11-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 8
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Gotta finish the day in true autumnal fashion with a pumpkin beer. This stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, light greens, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild vanilla bean. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice pumpkin ale, one that thankfully doesn't overdo it on the spices. (524 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL for $6. Tapped from the Silver Goose Handle w/ a black beak into a 16oz Pint Glass. Enjoyed this beer while going through the brewery tour.

Aroma- Very light spices come up. The sweetness and malt dominate this one big time. Tried to pick out any Pumpkin in the aroma but not quite...

Appearance- Received with not even .5 finger head and the bit that was around died quickly. Has a deep light brown color body and a bit darker than apple juice but still good clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a strong sweetness with a bit of spice that hangs around. The only pumpkin taste I get here would be the after effects of enjoying a piece of pie and having the taste still be in your mouth minutes later. This pretty much goes into the mouthfeel section though... Will still give it above average.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Smooth, and then has the good amount of pumpkin/spice left on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not was I was expecting from Goose Island... Much too light and didn't have any other attributes except for spice and the hints of pumpkin (but not in the taste). Would recommend many more before this one @ their brewery but had to get since in the season still. See what you think if you have the chance. (1,317 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a deep orange body that is slight dense and glows when held to the light. There is a thick creamy off-white head that last and a gentle carbonation to support it.
S- The aroma is a pungent earthy cardamom quality with a hint of anise and some sweetness in the finish.
T- There is a slight minty quality to the earthy anise/cardamom flavor and a pumpkin spice quality that is softer but follows. The finish has a nice sweetness that blends with a soft spice bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture.
D- The spices are soft but still a bit odd probably because I don't eat a lot of cardamom. The minty and earthy qualities to the beer reminds me a bit of drinking a wit right after brushing my teeth. But it is is a very creative beer. (827 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the menu: "** Chef Collaboration Series** Brewed with Top Chef Master Tony Mantuana of Terzo Piano. Brewed with Nichols Farm Fairytale pumpkins and spiced with star anise and cardamom."

Pours brings a moderately-bright, copper-colored brew with a good single-finger white head with a nice head and a good call as it falls down. The nose certainly makes a few of the listed ingredients known. Typical pumpkin character comes through and sits alongside quite a bit of character from the star anise. Nicely done and well-balanced. The taste is quite similar. Mildly sweet and spicy with the cardamom more toward the background. The star anise is subtle, but lends the dominant flavor. Good, crisp feel with nice carbonation. Overall, a bit much to really drink down the glass, but I certainly enjoyed it. (807 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this at Goose Island Clybourn. It's a collaboration with some well known chef that I can't remember. It poured an auburn in color with a light off white head. It had moderate carbonation and was light in body. The smell was pretty good but wasn't what I had hoped it would be. Like many pumpkin ales this one was more focused on spices. It was pretty flavorful although I couldn't differentiate the spices (possible nutmeg, cinnamon, etc). It drank smooth and crisp and left the tongue tingling. I liked it, it just could've been more. It was very drinkable though. I was glad I was able to try it. (624 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.29/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish mohagany colored beer that barely had a head. Dissipated to a partial, half-ring. Left nothing on the sides.

S - Predominately spice, in particular there is huge cardamom, liberally laced with anise. It smells nice, but is predominately a spicy and potent smell. Hopefully the taste has a little edge taken off of it.

T - Basically more of the nose. Big cardamom and anise, there is pumpkin present but you really have to search through all the spice to find it. There is nothing suble about this, which is sad, because it tastes like they used top-notch ingredients. Wish they would have dialed it back a little and let the subtleties come out.

M - Medium bodied, a little on the flat side.

D - Not real drinkable, considering the ABV. It's not horrible, but won't have this again. (801 characters)

FairytAle from Goose Island Beer Co.
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.