Lamar St. Pale Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

Lamar St. Pale AleLamar St. Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
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3.32 | pDev: 11.14%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lamar St. Pale AleLamar St. Pale Ale
Notes: Craft-brewed for a perfect balance of flavor and refreshment, Lamar Street Pale Ale is a full-bodied brew with a crisp, clean finish.
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Reviews by hopsaplenty:
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, best consumed by 010707

Clear lemon gold. Short, bone white head of small and medium sized bubbles that lingers briefly relaxing to a thin skim coat. There were no carbonation streams and not a single spec of lacing. This looks rather blah. Aromas of faint, thin citrus rind and a touch of sweet malt are detectable, as well as some Juicyfruit gum and even a bit of Hi-C fruit punch. The taste is a little better than the aroma. There is a slight citrus bitterness up front, but it is not overly sharp and is quickly overtaken by the medium body malt which washes any trace of them quickly through the finish. The barely seem to hang in during each mouthful. Medium-light body with a relatively slack mouthfeel, the carbonation was minimal, and the hops were light as well. Overall, this was an average pale ale. The organic angle gives a little feel-good boost perhaps, but there are better APAs available.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy reddish amber color with a half inch white head. Aroma of hops and cracker malt. Taste begins with a sting of carbonation, and strong pale malt flavor. A surge of tart grapefruit hops appears in the middle of the taste, finish is dry with mild lingering bitterness. Body is light and insubstantial. Refreshing and very easy to drink. I suspect that with some tinkering by Goose Island, this could be made a great beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't realize this was the Whole Foods line. I wondered why I hadn't seen it outside of a Whole Foods or a Harry's Farmers Market. It's not a bad little APA. A bit on the dry side with only a moderate bitterness representing the hops. It's just missing something that's keeping it from being a good APA, it could use a little fuller malt flavor and more hop aroma and flavor than just the bitterness.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a store brand. Hazey pale orange-yellow with slight creamy head that goes to a thick lace. Hop oil and flower nose with slight malt hardiness. Strong fresh, whole hops and oil and crystal malt with slight non-citrus fruits. Tastes are a bit of for a pale. Too oily without malt back up. Gets grainy with warmth. Smoothmedium body with rough finishing edges and slight carbonation.

Drinks best when mildy cool. Tastes vary much with warm and cold temperatures. Nice body with off flavors. Not bad for a store brand, regardless of its organics. Cheers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven’t had Wolaver’s Pale yet so I am not sure how this stacks up in the organic Pale genre. It’s alright as an APA though. Dark golden color with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing. Hoppy and woody aroma. Medium body and dry with spicy hops malt and fruit flavor. The finish is mildly bitter floral hops. Straightforward and exceedingly average overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This inviting, deep golden ale delivers a fairly long-lasting head of frothy white foam; and a grainy and leafy nose. It's smooth across the palate with a decidedly medium body and delicate carbonation that's more reminiscent of an English-style pale ale than an American. The grainy/hay-like/mineralish malt dominates the flavor as it does in the nose, but it's very nicely balanced with a firm bitterness and grassy/leafy hop flavors that become apparent across the middle and linger in the finish. Again, it's more English than American in its hoppiness. Except for the intended mineral character derived from the yeast, this is a very clean and well balanced beer that offers a good amount of drinkability. It's certainly approachable, even for the most uninitiated imbiber; and the fact that it's organic is just a bonus!

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Photo of freed
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this to try - it has a rather attractive label - simple but not amateurish. It pours brightly, fizzily into my glass, quickly thinning head. There's ample carbonation in the glass, which is slightly hidden in its hazy golden orange facade.

The aroma hints at malt, but that's it.

The taste is dominated by a mixture of barley flavors. There's a solid pale base, but also an aged bread compliment. There's very little hop offering in this beer, which I often forget isn't necessarily the main point of a pale.

The mouth-feel is very old world, with even a slight off carbonation that suggests a unique yeast. Not bad, and a solid organic entry.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber with a nice small head of off-whiteish foam. Aromas instantly bring SNPA to my mind, with a great hoppiness and some excellent malt aromasin the background. The hop aromas are distinctively fruity and cascade-like as well. The taste is not as good as the aroma lets on. In fact this tastes like SNPA-light to me. It's still solid with a nice mix of cascade hops and biscuity malts. The mouthfeel is medum bodied and drinkability remains good as well. Just an easy-drinkin' good pale ale to swig on a hot day. Nothing more, nothing less. Thanks Ev for the Florida treats!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, white-tan, noisy head. Clear, deep gold beer. Lots of carbonation. A little stinky, flowers, sourish malt, fruit. Sour, nutty front; full bodied but light tasting middle, finish a little inky, sour, lots of nuts. It's not bad. Fruit and mash, some decent nuts, a little too cheesy.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is Whole Foods' store brand, contract-brewed by Goose Island. Certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Pours a pale golden hue with a light foamy head that disappears amazingly quickly. Faint aroma of hops and yeast, with elements of citrus and bready sweetness. Taste is more of the same - bready sweetness (kind of like a donut) at first, developing into a slightly hoppy finish with a touch of bitterness. I have to agree with other reviewers, this one leaves a lot to be desired. It's like the Applebee's of beers - better than the cheap stuff, but very run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp and refreshing pale malt scent that is light and a bit lemony. It has a grainy scent as well as a slight citrus hop aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a light, pale malt and wheat flavor that goes down quick and finishes clean and lemony. It has little hop flavor, but it sure it refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker for those hot summer days.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle
Bottle says all ingredients are organic. There is something missing from this ale. It is almost really good. It will have to settle for pretty good.

The appearance is a pale hazy gold. Not much head. The scents are hoppy with a buttery malt. Plenty of carbonation.

As pale ales go this is definately a pale ale. The flavors are citrus with a dry grapefruit taste. The mouthfeel is crisp with a refreshing end. It drinks okay but is does have an unappealing edge to it. The body of this ale is weak.

The reason I give this ale an average review goes back to taste. The flavors are there but they felt muted. The bitterness is there it just feels shy. The flavors just do not command attention.

An average crafted ale. If this ale is organic did I just get my vitamins?

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Photo of granger10
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Whole Foods but it's made by Goose Island. Hazy golden color with about an inch high head. Decent lacing. A bit of a toast aroma, some iced tea, rather weak. Flavor is weaker and more balanced than one might expect in a pale. Not much hop character at all. Sweeter toasty caramel, a touch of honey, some orange comes at the end. Drying finish but still a touch sweet. Meh.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep golden with a big fluffy head that dissapeared fairly quickly, leaving only little specks of lace. Aromatics were fresh and mildly spicy and offered a hint of ginger, sweet malt and soft, fruity hop. The moutheel is ok, yet as the beer warms it turns to all cloying fruit that sticks to the mouth and does little to refresh. Taste is also a bit cloying with sweet malt coating the palate and hops doing little to counter balance. An ok beer if it is ice cold and drunk fast. I'll take a different goose next time.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a nice, darkish-orange in color with a pretty darn good head that even left a little lacing on the inside of my Great Lakes Brewing Co glass.

Smell – The smells of very light, tea-like hops and biscuit give way to a monster grain nose.

Taste – The grain is huge at the taste and is mixed with a little bit of rock candy sweetness. The hops are, again, leafy like a tea with maybe a squirt of lemon or orange rind.

Mouthfeel – This one is shy of medium-bodied but very well carbonated.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t my idea of an APA. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a thick, creamy, ivory head. Lots of sheeting lace. Smells lightly of pale malt but mostly of herbal English-style hops. (Goldings?)

Taste is much like the smell. Pale malt imparts a grainy sweetness, a nice bed for the prominent herbal hops. Hops impart a British character to the beer. Medium bodie but crisp and refreshing. Tasty stuff, a nice surprise. Decent pale ale, very good for an organic.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local Whole Foods in the "singles bin". Didn't know it was a Goose Island brew until after the pour.

Pours a bright, clear light honey color. 1" off-white head with good retention and decent lacing left behind.
Smell is very well-balanced and much more complex than I'm used to in this style. Notes of hops, malt, honey, floral, clover all present.
Taste is slightly less balanced with the hops a slightly stronger presence and the malt less so but both clearly noticeable. Honey, citrus and floral present as well. Touch of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Slightly tingly on the tip of the tongue, medium body. This brew reminded me, pleasantly, of a weizen, especially in the tasting. The citrus and honey flavors and their sweetness balanced the hop bitterness nicely. Easily quaffable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear filtered amber golden hued well beaded with carbonation bubbles topped off by an ivory spotty uneven craggy ¼” head cap, leaving modest spotty lace benind.

Leafy grainy aromas and a touch of hay. Slightly adjunct or macro like.

First swigs: Well balanced flavors that do not directly reflect the nose. Slightly grassy hops front the flavor and a touch of minerally malts round out the palate. A short soft twinge of dry citrous lemony aftertaste.

Medium body with some crisp carbonation. Not a whole lot of flavor and a decent taste lends to an easy drinkability.

Last swigs: Delicate grassy hop APA followd by a grainy base. There are a thousand better beers out there. Nothing special about this one. Picked it up to try something different. Contract brewed by Goose Island. This is Whole Foods' House beer as it turns out, contract brewed by Goose Island. My ABV guess is 4.5%.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Luigi
2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a golden color to it. The head is nice and sticky. I don't know if I like the smell to much. Has a odd sweet smell to it, kind of like syrup. The mouthfeel is a light medium body. The taste has the same odd sweetness too that keeps bugging me. I can taste some hops though, which is good. This is not what I look for in a good Pale Ale. Over all this beer is average at best.

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Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled, comes with best consumed by dating. Pours pours moderatly cloudy soft orangy light amber. This one carries a long lasting off white creamy head, and leaves middle of the road lacing. Nose is of soft orange peels and some light spicy hop notes. This is a squarely in the middle of the road P.A. Fairly light body wise, lacks the solid malty belly and hop crunch of higher rated ales. Some citrusy hops picked up. Nothing special but respectable at the same time. Quite drinkable and worth a try, but not worth seeking out. A crowd pleasing, beginner friendly brew. Respectable sessioner

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Photo of arguemaniac
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, crystal clear amber with a creamy, off-white head that leaves a sporadic lace. The subdued but reasonably balanced aroma features both floral hops and fruity malt. The watery flavor includes caramel, faint pale malt, grain, and some mild citrus hop bitterness (very mild). Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Very bland, I’m afraid; none of the flavors have any strength behind them and the mouthfeel is thin and runny. Not terrible, but not recommended either.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep golden color, with initial good head. Somewhat hazy, and some lacing.

Smell - Floral hops seem to be mixed with an almost soapy smell st first. This eventually fades into more of a grainy character. I would have like something a little more aggressive, malt-aroms-wise. There is also a slight citrusy (orange or maybe grapefruit) smell.

Taste - Bitter, with a good dose of fizziness. The beer also has a grainy sweetness, which is a good counterbalance to the bitterness. Citrusy hops come to mind. if that makes any sense at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium-high carbonation, which might be just a hair too much. Body is kind of gritty..

Drinkability - Finish is crisp. A grapefruit flavor lingers for a while, which is nice.

Comments - Not too bad overall, and worth a try. It has a "rough around the edges" feel to it.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours out a pale orange color that is a little cloudy with ample carbonation and rising bubbles. I poured a thick white head about an inch thick that left thick sticky lace.

The smell is buttery and somewhat biscuity with a mild citrus smell underneath. The taste is mildly hoppy especially in the aftertaste. The beer is nicely carbonated but sort of reminds me of club soda with lemon. This beer is not great, but, I would drink again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lamar St. is light copper in color with a thick head of average height. Retention is good. The aroma is of mild (for an APA at least) piney hops with an underlying malty sweetness. Taste is much sweeter than the standard APA. Hops contribute a mild piney character, but malty sweetness dominates. Finish includes a sweet herbal tea-like flavor. Overall the taste is pretty good, but still pretty far from great. The hop flavor isn't what it is supposed to be and the sweetness is too much for the style. Still, this is very easy to drink and not too expensive.

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Photo of deBeers
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of all, thanks goes out to BlitheringIdiot for the chance to try this.

Best if consumed by 020206 :0

Ingredients consist of :water, organic malts, hop, yeast

Certified organic and brewed and bottled by Goose Island Beer Company of Chicago. This was drank at cellar temperature.

This looks a medium copper in color w/minimal carbonation showing just after the pour. Copious amount of head (initially), creamy white in nature, which thinned out to to a nice concentric ring. Very enjoyable in a wine glass once it warms a little. Watch out though because the longer this sits around the flatter it gets, i.e. it's tastier right when opened.

Smells of caramel malt and cloying honey as it warms (in a good way) with a touch of grassy hay.

I could see how people might not like this but there's something subdued about it that I like. A mediocre APA but unique in itself and enjoyable. Sadly the thin mouthfeel and lack of carbonation brings the drinkability way down.

This did go well with some spicy food I ate but make sure you don't let it set! This could be a much tastier brew if it was a bigger beer with a little more carbonation.

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