Goose Summer Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,879
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,227
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 10.75%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
257
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color with a soapy white head. Smells citrusy and piney. Tastes of orange citrus and piney hops. Very bitter for an IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Overall, good summer beer.

Jan 12, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, a really good one, exceeded expectations. Not too overbearing with the hops, smooth taste, golden color, goes down nicely and perfect for the Summer months.

Jul 04, 2016
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BethanyB from New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale gold body with a head which is quick to vanish but still manages to leave a thick ring of film on the glass. The scent and flavor match up nicely, but are too malty for my taste. Dense breadiness is accompanied by honey and light orchard fruit esters, just balanced enough by moderate hop bitterness. For a summer ale, the body is thick and the carbonation is light. I wanted crisp, flavorful citrus with a light grain backbone. I got soggy French bread dipped in fruit juice. Okay, not that bad. Still drinkable. But not something I'd order again!

Jul 04, 2016
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date 4-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark gold color with less than one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin nearly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: very pleasant to the nose, sweet caramel, pine, grapefruit, oranges and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then a nice piney hop profile with an grapefruit and orange citrus flavor.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a great smelling beer, it tasted more like a good session IPA to me than a pale ale and just 5% ABV so you can knock back a few, I would buy this again no problem and would recommend to anyone who enjoys session IPA's or pale ale.

Oct 05, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack from Southtown Beverages on 9/25/15. Poured cold into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Peachy copper, thin white head, lots of bubbles

Smell: Tropical fruit like mango, papaya and pineapple

Taste: dry and fruity with a touch of earthiness

Feel: clean and dry

Overall: an excellent beer in every way

Sep 29, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A warm spell this weekend prompted me to give this beer a try. I was not disappointed.

Golden copper color, decent creamy head, nice lacing.

Smell is lacking. There's simply not much to it.

Taste is great, however. But I will admit, I like hops. And this summer ale has more hops than most. Crisp, dry. Some citrus, pine. I thoroughly enjoyed the taste.

Fittingly appropriate feel. Medium to light, which is preferred with a summer ale.

Sep 28, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of a mix 12-pack produced by Goose Island, Goose Summer Ale should be perfect for a summer day. On to the beer:

Brass colored and topped with a soapy head. Good sturdy retention on top leaves a good first mark. It smells floral, lemon grass, weeds, and chamonelle. Coarse. And its taste is strong with herbal and floral notes. Honey and tea play tag-along. It's a light bodied beer, somewhat crisp, and overall is rather coarse in character, especially for a summer beer.

Aug 13, 2015
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zinklesmesh from New York

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not what I expected for a summer ale, but it's growing on me. Strong dry hop character. Tastes like lemongrass, pine, earthy, almost oaky. Decent malt body mostly hidden by the hops. Smell is nice and floral. Crisp all the way through.

Aug 06, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a random grocery store in Sandpoint, Idaho last week.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered tacky cloud lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale and caramel malt, zesty citrus, muddled tropical fruit, pine and a few of its lesser-known arboreal friends, and further herbal, leafy hop bitters. The taste is rather hoppy up front - orange and white grapefruit citrus flesh, mostly - grainy, bready caramel malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, still indistinct tropical fruit esters, and additional spicy, herbal, and floral hops.

The carbonation is rather low-fi on a high-fidelity beer network node, what with its wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops quite polite in their visiting demeanour. It finishes well off-dry, mostly from the fruitiness, though no one in particular stands out, and a demurely supportive malt.

I have never quite grokked the exact nature of the 'summer' ale, beyond fruity adjuncts and typically bland blondes (ale, that is). Here, we are presented with more of the former, but via hop schedule instead of actual fruit. I gotta say, this one works as a thirst-quenching, no-brainer summer tipple, which I suppose is the subtle point, after all.

Aug 06, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While this was very drinkable and had all the characteristic notes of a standard Summer Ale, it was actually much hoppier than most summer ales. Which was a good thing...actually great thing! I can't complain because I love hops, but for those that do not care for the IPA/APA styles, this may be too much for you. It definitely took me by surprise. It had all the notes of wheat and lemon and a very drinkable profile. It was also backed up by a noticeable hop bite though, which really makes this one stand out from the rest.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

Aug 02, 2015
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yemenmocha from Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Inferior to the retired Goose Island Summertime, by a large margin. If there's a campaign to bring back the old Summertime (the Kolsch?), then sign me up.

Good color and head on the pour with substantial creamy head. Nose is rather one dimensional with a sort of Tang citrusy note, or other fake orange drink sort of aroma. Maybe some cleaning soap citrus, and no, it isn't my glassware. Some sweet malty flavors on the palate but they're rudely interrupted by an unpleasant tangerine like BITE from the hops. Then the flavor focus is inescapably focused on this citrusy quality that dominates the whole flavor profile for me, again all tangerine-ish, and it's just not scoring well for me for drinkability (which I strongly prefer in a summer seasonal).

For goodness sake, please bring back the Summertime Ale. For nostalgia, maybe add the multicolor beach ball on the logo too.

Aug 02, 2015
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Nick_Lucas from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't pinpoint the smell or flavor until I read other review...but definitely a pine & citrus smell & flavor. A bit dryer than most others I've had.

Jul 23, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Date: July 10, 2015... Glassware: Weihenstephan wheat... Occasion: a warm summer evening that demands a summer ale ... Unfortunately, the ipad upon which I was transcribing this review lost the review--not once, but twice... the above ratings are from my notes, but on principal alone, I refuse to rewrite them...overall, spritzy, light, somewhat flavorful and befitting the night, but a few all-too-predictable taste profile elements...a decent beer, but not in my "very good" category...

Jul 21, 2015
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tobbar2000 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For about a dollar a beer and readily available it is pretty darn good. I bet if you took the label off the bottle and had some taste challenges this would come on top a lot. Zombie dust wannabe.

Jul 20, 2015
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TheMarkE from California

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper gold with a huge head of foam, good lacing, and a great big swirl of carbonation.

Smell: Herbal and citrus hops, grass.

Taste: Grassy, citrus hops hops up front, followed by grains and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, with a little bit of citrus bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. I wasn't expecting much but this makes for a tasty and refreshing summer ale. It's fairly well balanced and a bit on the mild side, but not every beer has to be a hop bomb or taste like a cup of coffee/cocoa/milk/whatever to be good. I like it.

Jul 15, 2015
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden color with a slight amber tint. tall, frothy retained head. moderate carbonation. 3.75/5

S - citrus, pine, and herbal hops. hop centric. peachy and orange. white bread. 3.75/5

T - more pine than citrus (opposite of nose). light on malt but some white bread present. 3.5/5

M - smooth. medium body. drying. carbonation noticeable but not over the top. 3.5/5

O - decent session beer but not one that I will seek out. 3.5/5

Jun 30, 2015
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mike20 from Idaho

2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Would be a nice golden ale but ruined by way over dry hopped. Its disgusting.
if you cant dry hop right the DONT DO IT. THe only dry hopped golden ale that is
worth a damn is Southern Tier(NY) HopSun.
Dont bother with this Goose Island crap.

Jun 24, 2015
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TurboBrew from Michigan

3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light golden color with small 1/4 finger head. Light buscuit aromas mixed with small amount of crystal malt going on here. Very minor hop presence on the tongue and no aftertaste. A nice refresher beer on a hot day but nothing to write home about

Jun 17, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Bottled on FEB 26, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head which slowly settles into a thinner layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of grass and citrus. Earthy and herbal hops with some hints of damp grass. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Lie it smells, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with notes of grass and citrus fruit. Upfront earthy mix of hops with notes of grass. Citrus fruit notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Pale malt background notes of grains, caramel, and cracker. A solid Pale ale like taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy and very smooth.

Overall: A solid lighter session ale. Nice hop presence with a smooth light body.

Jun 14, 2015
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far333 from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear Apple juice colored with a low white head that dissipates quickly.

Low aroma of tangerine and citrus pith. Flavors of honey malt, tangerine oil, grainy malt, grapefruit rind, hints of mint and tea. Full mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Good beer.

Jun 13, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle.
This has a surprisingly rich and hoppy aroma but the flavor is weak and mild.
Still, there are more hops than expected for a light "summer ale".

Jun 13, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown longneck poured into my trusty Blackhook Imperial pint glass. The beer is a bright gold with a slight chill haze. There is a white sticky head.

The Amarillo hops are showcased in the aroma and there is a bit of cracker in the background.

This is a pretty nice APA. It reminds me a bit of a slightly hoppier Fullers Summer Ale and that is not a bad thing! There is some grains and caramel that are subservient the hops. Citrus fruit (is it lemon or orange..) at mid glass. I see it is 35 IBU, smells like more but that’s about right for the taste.

The mouth is medium light with midlevel carbonation. It is an easy drinker that will pair will with burgers, dogs and sausages off the grill.

I like this beer but do miss the Goose’s Summertime Kolsch!

Jun 06, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Lucid, clear orange with fine, white head of medium retention. Strongest smell is mango, fainter citrus and raisin-like aromas. More mango on the tongue, but pine, resin, herbs, and — especially on the finish — rind and black pepper. Grapefruit and pasta if circulated around the mouth a bit, also present in the finish. Nice wet, refreshing feel, light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Not quite crisp of a finish, not too astringent. Great beer to consume during the heat of the day.

May 31, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cram colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, good lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & floral, not much else; fades after a while

T: Orange hops notes, grassiness, lemons, slight bready notes. Grassy, floral citrusy as this warms. Finishes dry, crisp, nice citrus flavor with a bit of grainyness

MF: Light/Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, pretty nice balance

Drinks easy, pretty drinkable, but nothing too special; would drink it if my options were limited

May 21, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally someone understands how to make a summer brew. The slogan reads, "Crisp & endlessly refreshing session ale," and I agree. Clean and delicious hop bill but stays true to its summer smoothness. Grab these if you got some yard work, it's definitely worth it.

May 18, 2015
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