Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
English Brown Ale
Ranked #49
Ranked #23,144
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Apr 03, 2022
Aug 08, 2001
Very Good
Notes: Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
12oz can, review from notes

This was a decent brown ale. Lots of hazelnut flavor, honey sweetness, and with little kick of pepper and tobacco. Kinda oily and overcarbonated, but not too bad overall
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Pours a cola colored brown shade with an off white/khaki colored head of foam. Excellent head retention, minimal lacing unfortunately.

Aroma: Tobacco, chocolate candy, caramel.

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate balanced against a predominantly dry and nutty flavor. Savory notes of toasted pecan and slightly peppery earthy hop note. Clean and easy drinking.

Feel: Mouthfeel is just right for the style, moderate carbonation. Refreshingly dry and bitter yet savory thanks to the malt bill.

Overall: I'm not the biggest fan of Goose Island but this one impressed me. This is a really nice cold weather beer, we were just hit with a blizzard a few days ago and I've been enjoying these while we were snowed in. There's just something about snow that makes a good Brown ale so much more enjoyable (or stout or porter for that matter). This is substantial and hearty enough to satisfy your palate and light enough so as to be refreshing. I've only tasted a handful of English brown ales but for what it's worth I think this is a good, although maybe aggressively hopped, representation of the style.
Feb 04, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From the can, it pours a clear brown with a modest, soon diminishing, light tan head. In the nose, it is light caramel and toffee. In the mouth, the caramel malts come through, with a slight bitter chocolate taste added in.
Jan 14, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can from Tony, best by 3/23/21, into label-less pilsner glass.

Body is a mild coffee color, with streaks of ruby and chestnut towards the bottom, getting slightly muddier towards the top. The head is off-white and 1/4 finger, receding to a stable creamy thin ring. Lacing does not stick to the glass when swirled.

Aroma from the can is piney and nutty, with hints of brown bread and damp pine needle. Aroma from the glass is nearly non-existent. I get a hint of brown malt.

Flavor is likewise piney and nutty. A little bit of chestnut lies underneath the grassy and floral assault, with some raw tobacco shreds and moldy brown bread. Faint suggestions of caramel and coffee lie underneath - but they're merely suggestions. You get used to it the more you drink it, and the moldy bread compounds on the palate into mustiness ad infinitum. This is also the first brown ale that I could see suffering from hop spoilage if you don't drink it soon enough.

Feel is starchy and clingy, with lots of carbonation and palatable alcohol heat. Dry, clinging finish with buzzing heat.

Overall, the English influence is present, with its floral and nutty notes, but the beer overall is not executed well. It's too hoppy, too musty, and nearly bizarre. You can finish it, it's not disgusting, but It's not something I'd be likely to return to.
Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 30, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Dark brown in color; ruby when held to the light.

Nice khaki head; decent lacing.

Smells like nuts & high quality unsmoked tobacco. Nice!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tobacco & nuts; truly a unique brew.

Not a complete home run but definitely one to try.
Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by ClintGoodman from Iowa

Aug 08, 2018
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: light grains, nuts... weak
LOOK: deep dark brown color, small head
TASTE: caramel first, then some Raisin and hazelnut. good flavor
FEEL: a bit flat

Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by weazle1334 from Alabama

Mar 25, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dark brown in color but not thick, heartier than most nut brown ale appearances, light brown head 1/2". Aroma hit those predictable nuts and bread kind of vibe.

Taste is ample for a brown ale. Very smooth mouthfeel, mild sweetness. Easy to drink. Good format, good price. Not my thing, but you know when its good for style and affordable.
Oct 02, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Richter525 from Michigan

Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Beric from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served on a mid-July brewery tour. This is a pretty solid brown ale and one that I believe represents the style decently. The malts are like somewhat darker, fresh baked bread with a pinch of instant coffee flavor and acidity. Subtle caramel notes as well. Muted hops. Very drinkable.
Aug 28, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Zylod from West Virginia

Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by kdevilliers from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by bryanzk from Canada (ON)

May 11, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by Laplander from New Hampshire

Mar 21, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

Jan 12, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania

Nov 29, 2015
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Reviewed by SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a sly hazy burnt orange to brown color with a finger's worth of white foaminess rimming the glass.
The smell had subtle roasty nuts playfully blending with some light toffee, and a little bit of caramel.
The taste, pretty much copied the aroma, nothing bad but nothing spectacular.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied, pretty sessionable. Carbonation runs light.
Overall, its a decent Brown ale, maybe again depending what else was served.
Oct 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by RichH55 from Illinois

Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 4 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by jrod79 from Iowa

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 3.66 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 07, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by tim007007 from Illinois

Sep 07, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by kinggimp from Wisconsin

Sep 03, 2015
Rated: 3 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 06, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Jul 12, 2015
Rated: 3.02 by dcbeers from District of Columbia

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by chossboss from Oregon

Jun 24, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker from Michigan

Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by Hypersomnia from New Jersey

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

May 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

May 28, 2015
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