25th Anniversary Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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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
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
3.59/5 rDev -2.4%
Goose Island's 25th Anniversary Ale is brewed in the style of an Extra Special Bitter. Released in May 2013 as a one-off release, this beer was available in 6 packs and limited draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours an earthy copper-white head of a crispy froth consistency over a moderately hazy copper-orange body. Carbonation is limited and relaxed in appearance. Retention is average at best and lacing is light and speckled. 3.25
(Smell) Aromas of biscuity grain and sweet bready malts with a slight note of buttery toffee and a delicate pinch of chocolate. Hops are limited to mild earthy and herbal varieties with a slight bitterness to balance. The yeast and water profile has impacted the aroma the most with a mild fruity body and a hard water profile reminiscent of the style. Potency is medium-high. 3.75
(Taste) Bready, fluffy malt up front with hints of raisins, figs and a mild toffee sweetness. Hop presence is very mildly bitter earthy and herbaceous hops, a bit faded in presence. This is a bit fuller-flavored than my average ESB with some potential Europe-wide influences, as if the beer has qualities of both German and Belgian ales despite its classification as the English ESB. Drinkable and unique, perhaps a bit dated and or grossly impacted by yeast. Finishes with a biscuity bread malt and a side of light grain alcohol. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is very slick and smooth. Carbonation is mild, adds a touch of crispness and a pinch of froth but leaves the texture largely untouched. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is light/medium. Balance is excellent, with both sweet and bitter aspects coming through with neither overburdening the next. Finishes with a moderate dryness. Great mild carbonation and texture makes this telling as an ESB. 4
(Overall) I'd place 25th Anniversary a notch above Goose Island's year-round releases and seasonals, but certainly don't find it remarkable as a silver anniversary release. I am glad that they went with a more quaffable and lesser-brewed style stateside. A good deal more flavorful than their other English styled beers, there is a good deal of yeast and malt character that brings a lot of subtleties to the table. Wish I had had it fresher to see how the hop profile impacts, if at all. I wouldn't mind trying this again, but you only turn 25 once! 3.5
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25th Anniversary Ale
12-17-2013 00:59:07 | More by Jadjunk
25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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