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25th Anniversary Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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25th Anniversary Ale25th Anniversary Ale

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589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 118
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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a cloudy medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light cream colored rocky head that diminished at a normal pace, down to a medium wispy film and collar and had decent spotty lacing.

The aroma was a tad mild with a light bread malt, herbal hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), caramel, brown sugar, a light fruity ester and a mild nuttiness.

The taste was very similar to the aroma starting off with a light sweet maltiness along with a hint of caramel and a light fruity presence at first, then a light hoppiness crept in with a touch of citrus all leading up to a nice mildly bitter nutty finish. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for an average time following the swallow, with a bitter fruity nutty taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a somewhat dry texture and an almost medium carbonation.

Overall this was a decent enough brew, with a nice fruity sweetness that eventually gives way to a mild nutty bitterness at the end. Making this a rather tasty and enjoyable drinking experience...


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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy orange copper color with a big creamy 2 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and went down very slowly, leaving really good lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells like caramel, malt, toffee, dark fruits and some herbs; the caramel and fruity sweetness basically control the aroma with a mix of fruits like an old apple or pear that was cut open and sitting on the counter for a few hours – despite the “bad” fruit analogy, the beer smell was good.

Tastes malty and bready up front, with caramel, tea leaf, toffee, floral hops, piney hops and then oaky notes that are earthy and spicy. The malt sweetness fades and trails off more spicy and bitter with the oak or woody notes almost leading to a brown sugar flavor. Each sip is a little different and as it warms it gets better and a little more complex.

Mouthfeel buttery and smooth, with very light carbonation, a medium to thick body and a finish that’s sweet like rum and also on the bitter side. The aftertaste is malty with toffee, but fades clean like a rye or dry hop cleansing.

Overall it was good and a lot more complicated that I thought it would be. Congratulations Goose Island on your 25th Anniversary, hopefully the new conglomerate involved won’t stop more beers like this from being made.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown, like dark rum. Raisin colored. Murky and dense. Nice color gradation, the bottom body is cedar red. Manila colored head. 2 finger thick quick head. The head is thin, but lacing has good retention. A foamy skin thin top layer remains throughout.

S-Super caramel. Toffee. Dark berries perhaps. Can't name specific ones. Dark and golden raisins. Brown sugar. Damp, earthy, muddy aromas. Smells are potent, strong and alive.

T-Taste follows nose to a T. In addition to: bread, pecans, walnuts, pecan pie, burnt bread, dark rye, bourbon, sweet malt, gentle hops.

M-Low to medium body. Touch of thickness, more fluid. Low to medium carbonation. Decent gentle feelings. Spicy hops in there. Slight delicate burn. Astringency. Bitter metallic aftertaste. Some sours. I enjoy the range of feels here. Spritz-y. Negatives: the beer doesn't thin out, it's just too thin overall. If it had some chew it would rank higher for feel.

O-Very sessionable. Quality. Goose Island has mastered the English Bitter & ESB styles with ease. 25th Anniversary is another notch in the belt. I do wish the taste was more adventurous and pronounced, like the smell is. A memorable beer regardless, that could be a year round effort if Goose wanted. I would buy again. Cheers to 25 years Goose Island.

25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.