Fulton Street Blend
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #39
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,183
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Ratings:
343
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 27, 2021
Added:
May 05, 2015
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  83
SCORE
86
Very Good
Fulton Street BlendFulton Street Blend
Notes: Goose Island is proud to introduce Fulton St. Blend, a coffee ale aged with House Blend beans from our neighbors at Intelligentsia. Named for the street in Chicago that we both call home, Fulton St. Blend is a golden ale infused with rich coffee flavor and aroma.
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3.71 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden amber pour with a finger of white head. Decent lacing.

S: Light coffee and toasted grains.

T.F: Crackery grains and mild espresso. Caramel and bread. Some earthy/herbal hops with modest bitterness. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: An agreeable beer... light coffee on top of a Belgian style blonde. The flavors work well and it's very easy drinking. Not one I'd want regularly but made for a nice change of pace.

Apr 07, 2020
 
3.75 by craigbelly from Iowa on Sep 17, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 4/24/15; drank 5/10/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

Fluffy white head; a curtain of lace.

Bold notes of freshly roasted coffee beans in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh roasted coffee flavor; faint yeast notes on the finish.

More coffee flavor this go-round, which worked better for me: one-note but drinkable.

Mar 29, 2019
 
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
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3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by SB2017 from Iowa

Almost horrific at first. Tastes a lot like paint. Mild coffee notes on the nose, roasty and nice. Several sips in and it starts tasting better, but still bitter and unbalanced.

Jan 03, 2019
 
3.93 by ScottyB515 from Ohio on Dec 04, 2018
 
3.71 by BeerBeast from Florida on Nov 25, 2018
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3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by h4ger from Connecticut

Maybe a 'coffee ale' should maybe taste like coffee? Just saying. A drinkable brew but if you want coffee go elsewhere.

Nov 24, 2018
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3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle from Florida. 28 November 2017 bottling date. Review based on several bottles from early 2018 to today.
Pour is a clear copper colored body with a rather weak head.
Moderate strength coffee flavor and aroma, but a lingering, mildly bitter, coffee aftertaste.
Overall: more than competent but less than exceptional.

Nov 03, 2018
 
4.8 by dtmusser from Florida on Oct 21, 2018
 
4 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Oct 14, 2018
 
3.51 by Dantefire from North Carolina on Oct 07, 2018
 
3.5 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Orange-gold with a decent white head.

Smell: Malt, a bit of citrus, very faint sweet coffee.

Taste: Mild but somewhat complex. Malt, some hints of earthy coffee, and a small amount of hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than average with minimal carbonation.

Overall: While it's a nice beer, I do think this needs a much stronger coffee flavor and scent to really live up to the name.

Jul 29, 2018
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3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
by timobkg from New Jersey

"Rich coffee flavor and aroma" is what the label claims. This is why people distrust marketing.

The beer pours a light orange color with a thin head that quickly dissipates but never entirely vanishes.

The aroma is of light malts and grain, between a light blonde ale and a lager. The "rich coffee aroma" is nowhere to be found.

The taste is similarly light, sitting between a pilsner and a blonde ale. There is a hint of coffee flavor, but it's so subtle that I might miss it if I wasn't looking for it. It does become more prominent as the beer warms, but nowhere near approaching "rich".

Are you looking for a blonde ale with a subtle coffee flavor? If so, you've found it.

But if you're looking for "rich coffee flavor and aroma", as the label claims, you'll have to look elsewhere. Founders' coffee ale is pretty good, I'd start there.

Jul 24, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KTCamm from New Jersey

4/1/18...bright copper, some white foam, but thin. Malty nose, hints of coffee but faint. Earthy bitter nose. Taste is a coffee infused blonde ale. It is faint at the start but builds into a stronger bitter of sorts. Otherwise a fast finish. Adds edge to a blonde, but unremarkable.

Jul 09, 2018
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2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the back label: "BOTTLED ON DATE 28NOV17 BG0805"
The bottles were purchased in a refrigerated room.

Appearance: The body of the beer is an amber color with very good clarity. It has a short white head with pretty low retention. It leaves only a small white ring in the glass.

Aroma: There is a very light aroma of what smells like toasted caramel and a nondescript herbal hop scent.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of a toffee flavor with just a light bit of buttered caramel. There is this slightly bitter undertone of herbal tea which is nice.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a light body with a nice bitter bite at the end.

Overall: It is a tasty beer that has a nice toffee flavor and an interesting hop flavor that is paired with it. The label on the beer states that this beer has a "RICH COFFEE FLAVOR AND AROMA IN A BRILLIANT GOLDEN ALE." This beer doesn't really work well as a coffee beer; t doesn't taste or smell like coffee. It's a good enough beer to drink but it is misleading.

Jun 24, 2018
 
3.75 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Jun 10, 2018
 
3.79 by Vandelay1863 from Florida on Jun 07, 2018
 
3.75 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Jun 01, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by djembeist from Virginia

Pours light brown with thin head. Smells of bread, coffee and caramel. Taste is caramel with hints of coffee. Warm sticky toffee with little bits of lemon. The taste is mind-blowing, sweet but not too sweet, coffee but just the way you want it, bitter but not two bitter. Amazing beer. Cheers.

May 29, 2018
 
3.74 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York on May 24, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

Poured into a clear glass. Has a bright, clear bronze color and creamy white head. Moderate carbonation, minor lacing.

Has a grassy sort of smell. Notes of caramel, some mild coffee notes. Other bread malt notes. Smells somewhat metallic.

Tastes mainly consists of espresso. Subtle caramel and toffee notes, toasted malts, and sweet apples and pears, other citrus flavors.

Feels creamy smooth. Bitter aftertaste.

May 24, 2018
 
4.44 by Vylo from New Jersey on May 20, 2018
 
3.71 by bb-magic from Florida on May 20, 2018
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3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent bronze with a thumb+ of pearl colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Some Coffee notes, a little grassy

T: Pears, breadyness & a touch of green apple skin, plus some dryness, where is the coffee? More dryness, pear, a little grassyness along with more green apple. Finishes dry, grassy with green apple

MF: Light/medium body, firm carbonation

This was pretty boring and the coffee was a no-show, thank goodness I only purchased a single! I now see it was bottled in January, did not hold up

May 13, 2018
 
4 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on May 05, 2018
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2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

A: Bright orange, very good clarity, with a soapy, off white head that didn't last to long. Lots of macro-carbonation bubbles adhere to the vessel walls. No signs of lacing and overall pretty lackluster in appearance and ordinary.

S: Disappointing nose, was expecting a bigger coffee presence. Very muted impression, watered down grounds, with some earthy brush and sticks. No distinct maltiness, weak aromatically in terms of strength and nothing really stood out.

T: The flavor followed the nose in terms of disappointment, it did have a sliver more of presence in terms of coffee. Earthy light, but very watered down with no bite. Some earthy metallic notes on the finish, the malting again, weak and uninspiring.

M: Sparkling carbonation, lager like, probably one of the few highlights of the drink, but really doesn't say much.

O: This was a disappointment for me, can not understand how they can brew BCBS, a monster of flavor and fresh aroma, and feel good about offering this. The coffee aspect was very disappointing, lack-luster, I have had coffee pale ales with pale coloring with a huge roasty palate, this comes up way short, As for as being a golden ale, the spicing was also as muted as the coffee and comes off very uninspiring, a bet boring, but not necessary bad, just very forgettable.

May 02, 2018
 
3.75 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on May 02, 2018
 
3.36 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Apr 30, 2018
 
3.85 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Apr 27, 2018
 
3.26 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Apr 20, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dewsby from Kentucky

L) Pours a clean amber hue with a creamy white head. A smidge dark, but still looks lovely.

S) Smells clean, a bit of toast, lots of caramels, and some coffee at the end.

T) Clean malt, lovely toasty brown ale notes, caramel, toffee, and an espresso finish, this actually is a really solid, easy profile.

F) Light bodied with a medium-high carbonation. Honestly perfect for the flavor profile at play, keeps it drinkable all throughout.

O) Easy recommendation to amber and coffee lovers, its just a great porch-drinking sixer of bring to a brunch kind of brew.

Apr 20, 2018
 
4.07 by mnine from California on Apr 14, 2018
 
3.6 by uncleotis from Illinois on Apr 12, 2018
 
3.5 by stakem from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2018
 
3.73 by tjb27 from Minnesota on Apr 09, 2018
 
3.75 by trdtercel92 from Ohio on Apr 08, 2018
 
4.39 by Csm5150 from Missouri on Apr 07, 2018
Fulton Street Blend from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 343 ratings