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25th Anniversary Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

588 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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Pours a brilliant amber with a foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving modest lacing.

Toasted nutty malt and a bit of a fruity amber malt character form the initial aroma. Slightly sweet caramel and floral notes emerge.

Flavor reveals herbal, tea-like hops initially, which carry throughout. There's an underlying vinous character that distracts slightly from the toasted, nutty caramel malt backbone. As it warms, the vinous character becomes somewhat citrusy. The finish is a tad bitter.

Body is a touch heavy, with carbonation on the high side.

Very herbal, not overly bitter. The citrusy character is offputting.

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The taste is the most disappointing part. Is mostly just a sharp burnt hop taste. Its quite bitter - I would guess close to 100 IBU. The caramelization is definitely present in the malt body. The bitterness lingers and doesn't change much but looses the caramel content. Whats disappointing about this is not that it tastes bad, but its just a really simple and non impressive character. I get caramelized hops and thats basically it. Its like a darkened hop stoopid or huma lupalicious.

I'm glad I only got one in a build your own sampler at BInny's.

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25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.