Goose Autumn Ale
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #383
Ranked #41,222
3.68 | pDev: 9.78%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle - review from notes

Tastes like rusty old dry leaves. I don't know what causes this flavor in amber and red ales, but when it's present I cannot fully enjoy the beer. And this one is full of that flavor

Not my bag

Jul 31, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/21/15; drank 9/7/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

See-through ruby red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Caramel, pine & apple cider notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild apple cider & caramel flavors up front; a bitter, dry pine finish. Drinkable but not enjoyable; not much flavor & a harsh finish.

Nov 25, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose does most things right, and at scale, including this autumn ale.

Pours a deep amber body with a one finger dense foamy white head. Reasonable retention and lacing.

S) best part. The smell features a bright malt, fall feel (wet leaves, grass, decay, spice) and a lasting hop.

T) The taste follows smell and is balanced between sweet, yet clean malt core and a piney/ grassy hop finish.

F) mouthfeel is toward the chewy, fall, fatter spectrum.

Easy going, but one is enough because of the sweetness, and a tasty and an easy drinking ale.

Jun 17, 2016
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with solid clarity and very minimal head.
Aromas are toffee and some lightly roasted malts.
Flavor is ok, pretty one note with toffee and mellow roasted sweetness.
Mouthfeel was ok, a touch sticky as expected,.
All in all, an ok beer.

May 20, 2016
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jaypaul522 from Iowa

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color. Smells like malt and slight hops. Taste is very clean, and strong. This is a medium bodied ale with big flavor that is very satisfying to drink.

Mar 26, 2016
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DJChaseTheBase from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 pack of bottles. This was a fun beer for the season, but had quite a rough after taste to it. Great tasting caramel flavors with way to many hops. I won't scoop this up again next fall. Way to many better seasonal beers.

Mar 07, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this marked down at local beer store for $4 6-packs, so I bought a case of it and took a chance. Pours a beautiful burn orange/ amber color with as much head as you want on your beer. Light carbonation and plenty of lacing as well. The smell is definitely marzen/Oktoberfest like and maybe hints of citrus and caramel. Initial taste is also Marzen like and smooth. There is a developing bitterness at the end with a dry finish. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. It is an honest full flavored beer.

Jan 26, 2016
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troyvar from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass, shows light carbonation and a creamy head that doesn't last long. Lacing doesnt hold up on the glass but the pine/hop nose is very nice and the red copper color is clear and clean. Medium/light mouthfeel and dry finish make this a beer one I'll buy again, good seasonal.

Jan 02, 2016
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 12 pack variety. Amber color, medium carbonation, floral smell, slight bitterness, nutty malty taste, smooth, overall a pretty good beer from Goose Island.

Dec 13, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer looks like a red ale through and through with great carbonation and lacing. Smell is hops and caramel sweetness and taste is as advertised with a spicy hop note that is both smooth and tasty. Mouthfeel is excellent it clean and hoppy with a medium body similar to an IPA.

Overall I may get this again if I find it quite good to sip on a Monday Night.

Dec 08, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Breing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy khaki head that hangs around for a while before settling to a nice layer and leaving a little nice lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, a bit spicy, toasted malt, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine, some peppery spice, toasty malt, faint fruity notes, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Is this anything to go out of your way for? No. But it is a very solid straight forward amber.

Dec 07, 2015
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 12 oz bottle on November 20, 2015. Look is amber and rounded with a creamy head and thin lacing. Smell is caramel malts with citrus and pine. Taste is sweet malts and spicy hops. Feel is medium in body with a clean crisp finish.

Nov 27, 2015
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matcris from Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking red, clear ale. Slow, small, streaming bubbles. 2 inch head aggressive pour.
The aroma is slightly astringent. (Ammonia like), grapefruit rind, mild background pine note.
Taste is buttery caramel sweetness, some bitter grapefruit rind.
Mouthfeel is nice medium body, perfect carbonation (medium), dry finish.
Overall, not what I was expecting. Similar to a Killian's Red but with that bit of astringency plus rind. Ok beer, much better options out there.

Nov 10, 2015
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, but pretty boring. Looks nice, pouring clear copper with a finger of lasting bone foam. Aroma is hoppy with a sweet malt too. Flavor has some hops up front, then kind of fades. Finishes a little dry with a bitter aftertaste. Not really my thing.

Nov 07, 2015
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ritwingr from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks beautiful. Deep copper pour....a couple inches of cream colored head that leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Taste pretty standard fare. Pleasant enough. Faint hop notes on the finish. You could do worse.

Nov 07, 2015
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jfairbaugh from North Carolina

3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average. Nice Amber color. Smell is slightly understated but very hoppy. Alcohol comes out strong, hops on the back end, and a fairly dry finish, as advertised.

Oct 26, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: Clear copper or deep rust colored body. Light cream colored head, a nice even film remains after dissipation. Light random patches of lacing.

Aroma: A strong spicy hop aroma mixed with sweet caramel.

Taste: Heavy of spicy hops with a more watered down malt bill. The caramel sweetness is rather thin. The finish brings citrus bitterness with grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body.

Overall: A better malt presence would have been preferred for me, but I did enjoy the spiciness from the hops.

Oct 25, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
A - deep amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head
S - earthy and spicy hops, some pine and citrus in there as well; caramel malt and bread crust in the mix for malt
T - burnt caramel, bread crust, toasty grain, earthy pine, grapefruit & orange zest, some spicy hop flavors adding more bitterness
M - fuller side of medium for body, finishing dry with a spicy, citric bite
O - this surprised me. I drank most of it before I read the label and description. This is my style of beer - Red IPA if you will - I always enjoy them. I will probably revisit this one again soon.

Oct 25, 2015
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reading the description more closely, I would likely have avoided this one, but I found it to be a pretty interesting pour and nice deviation from the many pumpkins / marzens I've tasted this month. Dark amber in color, with a decent head. Surprising amount of lacing that stayed behind in the glass. Has a slight sweetness upfront that immediately transitions into some pronounced citrusy hops - bitterness and closes fairly dry and clean. Pretty decent mouthfeel also. Would like to revisit to ascertain if I truly liked it for its own merits or again, if it stood out as a result of being entirely different from what I've been drinking. Would enjoy tasting a few others in this style. Paired with a fish sandwich.

Oct 22, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a style of beer that is in serious decline in popularity, Goose Island's American-style amber ale captures the essence of the fall season while showing their appreciators that this is a beer style that shouldn't fade away easily.

Medium amber and rounded with a creamy foam cap, the beer's bright clarity carries a handsome appearance while caramel malts and a bright citrus bouquet swirl toward the nose. Malty-sweet flavors greet the early palate with caramel, cashew and mild bread crust.

And as the ale opens up across the middle palate, it does so with tightening malt flavors that exhibit as much toasted grain as it does simple caramelized sweetness. This opens the door for hops to deliver their grapefruit, orange and bright herbal balance. And as the ale nears finish, its balance is even-keel and somewhat of British bitter character.

Medium-bodied and soft on the palate, the beer trends semi-dry, crisp and clean with an aftertow of malt in finish, a soft resinous pine-like bitterness and the evaporative cooling of mint. Its simply a beer that's well suited for all things autumn.

Oct 20, 2015
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. Dark Amber, and a nice balance of Malts and hops. Good bitterness with the 60+ IBUs and a fall warmer at just under 7% abv. Solid beer, very drinkable.

Oct 19, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is one of the few main goose island releases i still care much for, its still really good, although i am understanding it changes a bit year to year? a really nice malty brew here, perfectly seasonal, with an english and german grain bent, it sort of fuses a few different styles in a lighter than auburn colored amber body. frothy head on it, soapy looking and lingering, but it doesnt take me long to drink one of these. its all the flavors of fall, fresh baked bread, fresh picked hops, warming alcohol. its all there. i like how sturdy it is in alcohol, not that this is big, but the trend for mass produced seasonals seems to be going down, and i think this is right on for the time of year. i like the oktoberfest vibe to the grain, its almost like a marzen ale, but darkened up a bit, and thats pretty cool. fluffy bready yeast, fresh but european i think. overall a well rounded, fairly sturdy, not too sweet, malty autumn offering that keeps goose island relevant outside of bourbon county stuff, at least for one more season. ill buy this again this year.

Oct 13, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at America on Tap
Deep copper color with a decent off white head. Rich toffee and caramel maltiness with a hint of toffee offset with some solid pine and earth. Nice cooler weather beer.

Oct 11, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a reddish copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Good, malty background with some nice spicy and lightly fruity hops. A bit on the toasty side

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the malty and toasty notes and goes into some lightly spicy and fruity hops. Finishes with some lingering light bitterness and more toasty notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid Fall seasonal with good drinkability and a solid balance, leaning towards the maltiness. Wouldn't turn one down if offered

Oct 11, 2015
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atr2605 from New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours reddish amber color with an off white head with good retention
S-earthy hops, some pine, biscuit, toffee
T-biscuit and toffee, followed by the earthy hops and a bit of caramel sweetness
M-medium bodied
O-pretty tasty english style red ale. Nice sessional beer for the fall

Oct 11, 2015
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