312 Urban Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

312 Urban Pale Ale312 Urban Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
77
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 14.58%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
1,100
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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312 Urban Pale Ale312 Urban Pale Ale
Notes: We are from the city that invented the skyscraper. We constructed our Urban Pale Ale on a balanced malt backbone, so the citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor can stand tall.

Hops: Amarillo, Mt. Hood, Nugget
Malts: 2 Row, Crystal 60
30 IBU
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess this is a little bit less English IPA compared to their older recipe one. Pours golden, good clarity, soft 3/4" white head. Aroma is mild hops. Grassy. Maybe no dry hopping whatsoever.

Taste, light bodied affair despite heavier than average malt body, the high carbonation and hop choice seems to contribute to the levity relative to the malt usage and quantity. Bitterness is in the 50ibu range, the bitterness lacks flavor for the most part so it gets the grapefruit designation. Toasted pale and crystal malt keep this one chugging along. Its a major brewery's attempt at making inroads on the pale ale game, something they've never impacted market share with in any meaningful way. So this is the watered down, non offensive gateway pale ale from Budweiser essentially. No off flavors. Just mundane stuff, which is ok sometimes.

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Photo of EMH73
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer, however I'm quite disappointed. Minimal hop characteristics and too heavy on the malts for a pale ale in my opinion. Much better versions of the style available at the same price point. Unlikely to revisit.

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Photo of tomatediablo
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Toasty golden color.
S: Malty: Sweet, toasty, caramel and fruity.
T: Mainly caramel, with a lightly bitter aftertaste
M: Medium carbonated, smooth pale ale.
O: Just a good beer.... no more!. Refreshing beer, maybe to be considered during a more than one beer event.

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Photo of 48oen33
1.54/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

InBev bought Goose Island and took over brewing this wheat ale. It used to be good . Now it SUCKS. InBev or AB has totally ruined this beer. It tastes like a watered down boring kind of sugary piss ale. Nothing like its former self. This is proof that AB knows NOTHING about quality beer and can only brew sickly watered down garbage that is remarkably tasteless.
They ruined 312. DONT buy this beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Copper clear. Foam cream, low and short-lived, it leaves decorations on the glass.
Aroma: intensely sweet, caramel in the background too sweet fruit, malt, butter.
Taste: caramel, fruit. In the background buttery notes.
The sweetness is countered bitterness, which is very clear and intense. High saturation, little mind.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly clear gold with a medium head. Aroma is caramel malt and not much else. The taste is dominated by caramel/crystal malts and if there is much in the way of hops in the beer, they are obscured by the malt. No off flavors, just not very interesting. Trying to think of a niche in which this beer would excel but can't. Too many great APAs out here to ever try this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "312 Urban Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 26SEP15"

What stands out for me in Goose Island's 312 Urban Pale Ale is its perfumey floral and mildly citrusy hop character. Beyond that it's quite basic, but then again, shouldn't it be? It's an APA, not an IPA; and it's nicely balanced with a gently caramelish grainy-sweet maltiness, a solid bitterness, and some additional piney and grassy notes.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Was really feeling this beer. I guess it could be because it just had 312 wheat ale right before this 12oz bottle. There was really nothing about this beer that stood out to me and had me wanting more. Plenty more options from Goose Island that are quite amazing.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh... I see why this one is going away and being replaced by Green Line. While I have had Green Line and was not blown away there either, it is still better than this offering. This is just bland and boring. No other way to put it.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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Photo of davidperez
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served vigorously in a nonic pint, it pours an ambar orange, filtered, with a nice transparent look and a white foamy head of about an inch that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Not a lot of nose, but you get malty tones and a slight hint of herbal/citric aromas, and subdued diacetyl.

Taste is a bit flat, but you can distinguish the malty sweetness and just a tad of hoppiness, giving it a floral bitterness. Crisp upfront, it more or less balances heading to the finish. A bit of a watery sensation which is actually quite refreshing.

Overall this is an ok refreshing beer, but not one that you would seek twice.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber, hazy with a mild white foam head, medium retention. Aroma is malty, hops are there but mild too. Taste is well balanced and refreshing, very easy to drink and enjoy. Malts are dominant with some hops to balance. Nice beer, wish we could get it fresher in Mexico.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.50] Pours a transparent amber color. The beer is capped with 1 finger of white head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.4%) IBU (30) and the born on date (04/23/15). Goose Islnad gets it right with the easy to find and read info.

S: [2.75] Mild nose. Maybe a hint of caramel. I am getting very little nose at all. A waft of wet cardboard.

T: [3.00] Kind of follows the theme on the nose. Nothing stands out. Creamed corn, light caramel and toffee.

M: [2.75] Thin, drinks like water.

O: [2.75] This is a lackluster beer. Nothing stands out. It is completely forgettable. It is not "bad" it just has nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appears a light, clear, bubbly amber with large well-retaining foamy and rocky head the color of cream. Aromas are bread, resin, raisin or faint citrus, bubblegum, and iron. Interesting to say the least. Cracker or pasta-like maltiness with light fruitiness along the lines of orange I suppose, with mild rindy hops in the finish. Refreshing, I guess? And by refreshing, I mean it feels like drinking water, rather than anything to do with its flavor profile, which is fairly bland. It's not nasty or anything like that, and I certainly wouldn't say like at least two other reviewers that it is my least favorite Pale Ale. Just bland and watery, for an ale that is. Lighter end of medium in body, looks well-carbonated, but it feels like a low amount of sparse, weak prickles, almost flat.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter glass. This SOLID pale pours a super clear dark golden color with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and very nice lacing. Nose of light citrus, subtle bittering hops, and sweet pale malts. Flavors exceed the nose with honey touched biscuit malt backbone that mingles with a light citrus and bittering pine hop note. I am astounded. Moderate carbonation that is lightly lively yet edging towards the English side of the brewing tradition with a lightly dry finish.

An excellent session ale.

CHEERS

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Golden with clarity, filtered, and tiny bit of lacing

S - Bitter hops, some sweetness

T - Huge malty backbone with some bitterness on top. Pilsner-ish aftertaste

F - Light bodied and highly carbonated

O - An average pale ale

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. draft at Ford's Filling Station in the J.W. Marriott in downtown L.A. First experience with the beer, which the server described as being like a cross between a Blue Moon and a Stella. Now I see it's supposed to be an APA. Doesn't taste like an APA. No discernible hoppiness and little flavor of any kind actually. Doesn't taste "bad", which I guess gives it a leg up on plenty of other beers. Would not seek it out but would order it over any American Adjunct.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the only decent option at Wrigley field and I was not expecting much, but it hit the spot. Much better than I was expecting!! With the price point being so low, it is now a regular for me.

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Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What the fudge, Goose Island... Clear orange pour, smells of sweet boiled malts, tastes as the worst pale ale I have ever tried: boiled corn, caramel sweetness and... that's about it. No hop profile, no bitterness, no flavour of any kind except the sweetness.

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Photo of gatorlove
2.09/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Probably my least favorite pale ale ever. Very little hop character and just a lot of crystal malt. As the beer warms it begins to get more and more like vomit.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on 2015-08-10 in Chicago, IL from a 12 oz bottle from a 7-11 by the Midway airport.

A - Clear orange with a 2-finger white head with mild lace.

S - Biscuit, wheat, mild citrus and grass. Pretty tame.

T - Lightly toasted wheat bread, orange flesh, grass, mild herbal. Mildish bitterness for a Pale Ale (30 IBUs).

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Well brewed. No off flavors. Balanced but not memorable.

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Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 ounce can. It pours clear gold almost orange with a two plus finger head of white foam. Plentiful lacing that goes all the way to the bottom. Smell is light toasted malts with a good amount of floral hops.
Taste is malty with a good amount of floral hops. mouthfeel is good with just right carbonation and a medium bitter dry finish. An easy drinking Pale Ale with no over the top flavors but a fine APA nonetheless.
Overall i would buy it again and have no negative issues with it. Most likely brewed at Ft. Collins Brewery. A decent if not overwhelming APA that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Miller138
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of the bottle, just towards the end of the 180 day package date on the bottle.
Nice straw gold color with a healthy carbonation and head. Nose has a sweet yeast/bread character.
Nice balance between a biscuit taste from the malt, bread and fruity character from the yeast and a nice citrus finish from the hops. Nice body, but not heavy - As a matter of fact, finishes with a light mouthfeel. Solid Pale Ale

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Photo of matjack85
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Their back label says to drink this within 180 days of release and their bottled on date found on the neck label is Feb 13, 2025, so it's well within the freshness range.

Their website calls the color of this beer marigold, so I'll go with that. It's slightly hazed from the wheat and makes a ½-finger white head that dissipates quickly and barely leaves any lace. Not that great to look at.

Fruity, citrusy, smell.

While the beer smells citrusy it has more of a combination citrus/apple flavor with a mild sweet malt backbone. Hop bitterness is mild at just 30 IBUs, but is just enough to provide good balance with the fruit and malt. Simple yet delicious.

Crisp, light, and refreshing mouthfeel and body with really high carbonation that fits this style perfectly.

While not impressed with the look or smell of this beer, I am blown away by its flavor and feel. An excellent refreshing low alcohol beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruit, spices, very light citrus and a hint of vegetables. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, hop resin, malts, slightly rough in texture and a rather dry finish.

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Photo of BlacksMcNutt
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

EXCELLENT baseball, or beach brew! had this sitting at the Phillies Game in the hot stands on a recent humid (then stormy) night watching the Phils lose ...again . This beer really made the night. Please go out and try some. A very easy to drink Pale Ale. Great for the occassions i stated above or a hot BBQ or fishing at the lake on a hot day. Light but just ever so hoppy to let you know " hey I'm a Pale ale!" Wont fill you and Light years better than any big label stuff!

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312 Urban Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1100 ratings