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24th Anniversary Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TMoney2591 on 05-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a golden-orange color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing. Nose has a touch of rye spice along with some citrus and light stone fruit notes. Flavor is citrus rind with bread and rye malt. Medium body with a touch of spice and moderate bitterness. Good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The word is officially out. The grain that distillers once said has no use in the world of alcohol has found fond companionship with hops. The marriage of spicy rye and bitter lupulin seems to play out favorably with nearly all beer makers from sea to shining sea.

The rich bronze beer teases the eye with a tawny haze, golden highlights that boasts its unfiltered and full flavored character. Capped by a sandy tan head, its airy structure gives a light appearance with lace and long lasting retention.

The typical pale ale aromas of caramel and grapefruit are further compounded with earthen rye grains that delivers the scent of damp earth, toast, and mash. Its lightly pungent character creates a bridge between the thinner caramel malts and the zesty grapefruit hops.

The structure and procession of the nose carries over to taste as the early malty caramel sweetness is met with earthy grain that might remind the palate of wood or barley husk. But the new found broad spice of rye begins to introduce the fresh and zesty taste of citrus hops. Grapefruit, orange peel, and freshly mowed lawn is accompanied by peppercorn and leads directly to a spicy and pithy bitterness of citrus rind and spruce.

Medium-light in body, it's easy to look for more richness and weight. But the early maltiness is soon shead and favors a dry malt texture with only a memory of sweetness. So light in fact, that the mid palate sweet too empty while awaiting the spicy bite, light woody hop dryness, and mild alcohol warmth to close the beer. A linger of hops and spicy grain carry over to the next sip with confidence and zeal.

The first sip of this beer happened after the last bite of that duck ruben and I feel that I may have done the sandwich and the beer a slight disservice. This beer was meant for the sweet and spicy flavor of duck pastrami.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Nothin' starts off a day of Chicago drinkin' like a pint from the cask at Clybourn. This one is billed as a rye pale ale. It pours a clear sunset brass topped by a tall pair o' fingers o' cream-white foam (which hangs around forever). The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mild pine needles, and very light toffee. The taste holds notes of light grapefruit, light pine, very light mint, earthy greens, very light biscuit, and a touch of rye spice. The body is a light medium, with a very light carbonation and a subsequently smooth feel. Overall, a very nice rye pale, something that went very well with my Stilton burger during my visit. Good times.

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24th Anniversary Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.