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Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015) | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015)Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015)
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3.76/5
Very Good
80 Ratings
Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015)Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With hops grown for Goose Island at Elk Mountain Farms, our copper colored, extra special bitter has fruity hop aromas and rich toasty malts. Cascade and Columbus hops.

Added by Texasfan549 on 08-16-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
80
pDev:
9.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Eeroomnhoj:
Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a few of these and just finished my third one tonight. Enjoyed the second one the most as it was the coldest. It was definitely a bitter beer and seems to be a beer I would not want to drink several of. I'd drink it again and look forward to that day. Might be good after a long hike.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petewheeler
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuebs
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island "Experimental Ale Autumn 2015"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON DATE: 11AUG15 BF54"

I wouldn't exactly call an "Extra Special Bitter" "experimental", even with the use of Columbus and Cascade hops as the British have been experimenting with American hops for years. It is a fairly well done bitter however, and the Cascade lends a touch of sharpness that cuts through the malt easily.

In the glass it's a clear deep copper beneath a frothy and then creamy head of light khaki. Given the style, with its medium to medium-light body and lower carbonation level, the head retention and lacing are quite good.

Delicate spiciness with an herbal backing and soft citrus greets you in the nose, accompanied by a yeasty fruitiness that's reminiscent of sweet red berries, apple, and dull pear. If you swirl your glass the gently toasty and caramelish maltiness and some earthy mineral notes are released, and everything comes together in a beautiful mélange.

That blend is then carried over into the flavor where the malts, hops, and yeasty fruitiness form one solid, but with each component remaining distinguishable in its own right. It's a touch more earthy, spicy, leafy and mineralish than the nose suggests, which gives it a bit of an "English" authenticity. Seeing as how Columbus hops were derived rom Nugget, which was previously derived from Brewer's Gold and Goldings, it all makes sense. It's solidly bitter, and the balance is really quite perfect, leading to a dry, lingering, hoppy and malty finish.

In conclusion, regardless of how "experimental" it may or may not be, it's a quality ale in the English-style. I'd suggest sampling it slightly warmer than you might enjoy some other beers.

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Photo of MikeThumel
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date July 20, 2015. The new Autumn ale from Goose Island, acquired through the variety twelve pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery orange body. Semi-translucent. Two fingers of tan head that falls to a surface skimming. Some okay scattered lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Not terribly 'ESB' on the aroma. A fruity bubblegum-ish aroma permeates, with some minor floral alcohol notes. Subtle candied malts in there also.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp, fruity, & herbal. Some light brown bread malts noticeable on the finish.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Easy-drinking with good carb.

Overall, not the ideal English style bitter, but passable. A readily drinkable ale, definitely worth a try this autumn season. I might prefer this over the regular Goose Island Autumn Ale in terms of flavor and drinkability.

Goose Island Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015) -----3.5/5

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt, some caramel, malty mess.

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Photo of Southside830
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasty brew. This goose island variety pack has been the best option at my local HEB grocery store. This is the second 12 pack I've picked up.

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Photo of goodsuds
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a 3 finger head that slowly dissipates. A very clear beer. Leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is of toffee, sweet malt and a bit of the citrusy hops at the end. Taste is hop up front finishing to a good malty flavor with solid bitterness. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall a very good beer. Extremely drinkable. I was intrigued by the idea of an ESB with Columbus and Cascade hops and I have to say I'm very impressed with it. I'd like to see this as a regular offering. It's better than the Honker's Ale in my opinion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this in the back of my fridge must be 8 months old. Pours a deep amber red color with minimal head/lacing. Smells of hops and bitters with a touch of biscuit malts. Slightly herbal and dry but refreshing and has a nice hop bitterness to it that held up quite well for the age.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dvmel
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/7/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops, nuts and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character breadiness that is quickly followed by a good burst of earthy hops bitterness. Then some mild flavors of fruit and nuts come in to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on November 21, 2015. Look is copper with a thick tan head and light lacing. Smell is fruity hops and roasted malt notes. Taste is fruit with rich toasted malt flavors. Feel is light to medium in body with a smooth rich finish.

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Photo of atr2605
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours amber/copper color that is slightly hazy and has a foamy off white head with great retention
S-biscuit, toffee, earthy hops
T-toffee mixed with biscuit, followed by the earthy hop bitterness and caramel sweetness
M-medium bodied
O-reallt tasty english bitter. Well crafted, and a style that is highly underrated.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice.
Balanced, smooth, nicely hopped.

The problem is that it's so Goose Island and so USA, that it isn't reminiscent of an English bitter.
It tastes like so many red hoppy ales on the craft market right now.
Not that that's a bad thing. It's a very nice beer.

It would be nice to find some really English tasting bitters in the 3-4% abv range.
Great beer though, Goose.

Cheers

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Experimental Ale (Autumn 2015) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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