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25th Anniversary Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite a bit more plain than I would have liked. It pours a glassy dark caramel with a small head and an abundance of bubbles coming up. There is no lacing though. The smell consists mostly of really sharp and dark hops. You can even get hints of that dark caramelized goodness that sometimes comes with a beer like this.

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.

csparace, May 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Hallertau, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

BEERchitect, May 15, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island 25th Anniversary Ale

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English dimpled pint. Served chilled.

A) Darker amber with a finger of soapy head, which settled to a dusting. No lacing noted...

S) A little caramel sweetness, toast, butter, and some nice hop bitterness for balance.

T) Follows the nose nicely. Quite a nice blend of flavors, with the finish being most impressive in my opinion. It starts with earthy/roasty flavors, and transitions to a pleasant grassy, sweet citrus. Just the right amount of bitterness on the aftertaste.

M) Solid medium body with light carbonation. Very smooth... Easy drinking... Just the right amount of hop tingle on the palate.

O) This is most certainly a worthy anniversary beer. Glad to recommend this brew...

RoamingGnome, May 15, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received 2 bottles personally from John Hall as a 25th anniversary gift. John, your contributions to the development of rapid ascension of craft beer, not to mention the explosion of craft beer in Chicago, will be forever remembered and appreciated by the BA community. Cheers to Goose Island! This was poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 5/1/13 into a Vault 16oz tulip glass.

A: Clear ruby hue with about 2 fingers of creamy khaki head. Retention and lacing are solid.

S: Not the most aromatic, typical for the style. Pale malts and toffee are the predominant flavors.

T: True to style, a malty beer with some lingering hop bitterness leading to a dry finish. Toffee and caramel flavors are apparent, with a nice spicy and herbal character.

M: Medium body, crisp, more carbonation that I would have expected for an ESB, with a dry finish. Well-done.

O: John describes this beer as a "Double Honker's Ale." I can certainly see the comparisons, although I enjoy this much more than Honker's. A well-done ESB that, while not always my favorite style, hits the mark on the head.

MCain04, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Photo of Herky21
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Released this week, so bottle date seems unimportant, but it is April 24, 2013.

How it pours: It is amber, rusty copper, inch of a head maybe - didn't linger.

Does my nose like it? Can barely smell anything. There is slight malt, barely ascertainable spice.

Tasty? Here it gets better. Spice from the hops. Slight orange note, earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel - it has a lower carb, as an ESB should for the style. I think it would be improved with a little more, however, to perhaps improve the aroma. The mouthfeel is pleasant though. Slight hop twinge and the acidic feeling that comes from hop oils.

Overall - I love Honker's so I was very excited for this one. I'll update this one when I finish the 6-pack. I think it's definitely worth a try.

Herky21, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Hugonaut13, May 12, 2013
25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.