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25th Anniversary Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 590 | Reviews: 119
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3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 5/29/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, and spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with orange juice and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell but the flavors are clashing with one another in my opinion.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell but seems a little more complex with hints of brown sugar and caramel sweetness, earthy and fruity yeast,and toffee along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops and isn't too difficult to drink considering that it is an "Imperial" ESB and rather fuller in body compared to other beers in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a modest head; decent lacing action, however

Smell: Caramel, rotting fruit and tobacco

Taste: The tobacco tones really dominate from the outset, buttressed by the caramel and stone fruit flavors underneath; earthy hops add bitterness, after the swallow, though there is a residual caramel sweetness that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well-constructed but far from my favorite GI beer

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If Extra Special is good, then more Extra Special has to be better- right? That's what the brewers at Goose Island have in mind going into the beer that is to capture the essence of their 25th year. It's the tried and true Honker's Ale, but more of it!

Caramel in color, the beer looks like dense honey as it slowly releases an ivory froth to cap the beer. Its strong retention retains its bead on the glass until the last sip, all the while speckling the glass with lace.

Malty-rich aromas are full of caramel, bread crust, pecan-type nuttiness and a decoration of fruit- apples, orange, and a tinge of earthy fig. And then there's the counter from earthy and spicy English-type hops with notes of wood, grass, and even citrus.

Substantially malty in taste, the sweetness of caramel, light toffee, nutty and woody character dominate the early palate. But a slow and deliberate fade during the middle palate leads to a transition to a lightly floral and spicy wood taste that balances the malts perfectly. And as the taste concludes, the taste trends bitter with the hop development of woody pine, fresh cut grass, mild citrus and wood spice. It's a broad and earthy bitterness also allows for an undercurrent of malt in support.

Medium bodied, the ale does carry an added weight that's odd for British Bitters. But this heartier and breadier texture remains creamy and pleasantly weighted. As the beer carries across the palate, it dries slowly and evenly and ends warm, spicy, and balanced.

There's a pleasant nature about this 25th Anniversary Ale- in that it pays homage to the roots of the brands, but it does leave the inner enthusiast in me wanting more- much, much more. When celebrating a milestone such as this- a tame beer is somewhat deflating.

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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on May 29 2013.Wow GI has been around for twenty five years,that's a long time.Poured into a nonic a deep clear copper/bronze with a nice lacey slightly off white head,great rich clarity ro the color.Fruitiness and caramel biscuit malts are mild but stand out most in the nose.Very English in style on the palate with big fruitiness and bready tones,the hops are subdued providing some leafiness in the finish.It's a little bigger than most of the style but it's pretty good,would like to have on the hand pump.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On Date: 29MAY13.

Appearance: Pours a dark coppery body with a thin, whitish head and excellent clarity. Rather minimal lacing.

Smell: Lightly toasty, biscuity malts with an edge of sweetness to it. Slight nuttiness. Hops present notes of dried herb, peppery spice, dried citrus peel.

Taste: Toasted biscuits flecked with some light roastiness and a sweetness of brown sugar and toffee. Herbal, somewhat spicy, faintly citrusy, floral, soapy hops. Medium-plus bitterness. A little nuttiness, a little caramel pulls out on the back half, but the flavor is primarily the varied hop tastes. Drying, black tea with a few drops of lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a skosh above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fair enough. An American-born brew that really pushes on the limits of an ESB that gives a nod to the original.

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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

For a second there, Rock-a-Doodle was playing on the TV in front of us. It was weird, but sorta awesome. Then it was silenced in favor of some Holy Grail action. Fair enough. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises soft toffee, flowers, and light greens. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a contingent of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this stuff is a pretty damn solid American ESB, one that kinda makes me wish that it takes the place of the usual Honkers...

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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts, nuts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out a mild caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly extinguished and followed by breadiness from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to pound down for a long time.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This comes off as a decent esb. Kind of one-dimensional really with a nice enough bitter tone, but no real defining character that really sets it apart from other beers in its style class. The carbonation is a bit high too. I feel like I want this to be smooth as if it were coming off a cask.

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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft thought it was little better, but wasn't taking notes. Bottled on 29 May 13

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Caramel, bready notes, a bit of tangerine & a little bit of pine

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness & pears up front. Caramel, a touch of dryness & woody hops as this warms along with a little pear & white grape, & a kiss of pink grapefruit. Finishes with much citrus, some dryness, a touch of pear & woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, a bit sticky even, slight carbonation, nice balance

Super drinkability, some American slant on the style. Draft version had more malt backbone/balance

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25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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