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25th Anniversary Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-15-2014 00:39:33 | More by beersdmf17
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CHickman

New York

3.79/5  rDev +3%

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.

02-09-2014 03:11:36 | More by CHickman
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rmargeson

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-07-2014 00:42:54 | More by rmargeson
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vinny21bal

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.7%

01-24-2014 02:15:27 | More by vinny21bal
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-18-2014 17:43:30 | More by Griffith
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SoCaliC8

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-16-2014 05:44:40 | More by SoCaliC8
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ChainChompsky

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-15-2014 06:21:48 | More by ChainChompsky
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-15-2014 02:33:17 | More by irish01980
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

01-14-2014 05:45:30 | More by shacawgo24
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-14-2014 02:06:55 | More by mattmarka1
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ManEdward1979

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-09-2014 21:40:54 | More by ManEdward1979
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Desmondloki

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-02-2014 03:05:38 | More by Desmondloki
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Cooper

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-29-2013 21:37:58 | More by Cooper
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Mix a six pick up. 12/15

Pours dark amber, deep copper bronze. Heavy foam settles but rings thick. Bready nose, hints of pine. Little sweet. Taste is a layered malt with an immediate hop bitter that punches through. Rinds, grapefruits contribute. Finishes sweet. Fast close. Hop aftertaste. Like a hoppier Honkers ale.

12-29-2013 15:00:56 | More by KTCamm
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mwar

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-29-2013 00:56:54 | More by mwar
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Baab200

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-28-2013 21:30:28 | More by Baab200
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-28-2013 20:10:46 | More by ToddGingerich
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-28-2013 06:15:26 | More by jenray
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-27-2013 05:11:08 | More by AJ01923
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2013 22:38:47 | More by ackeeper
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-25-2013 20:40:06 | More by DerekQXQX
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dannycohen62

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-25-2013 02:53:52 | More by dannycohen62
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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mepenete

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-19-2013 03:48:55 | More by mepenete
25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.