Goose Autumn Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kmpitz2 on 12-05-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
207
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
18.97%
 
 
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5
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83
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 207
Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

A)
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of troyvar
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of MACrist
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ritwingr
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of jfairbaugh
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date July 21, 2015 printed on the label. Finally getting around to reviewing this autumnal seasonal from Goose Island. I have to say, I'm disappointed and upset at them trying to rebrand their beer names with the prefix of just 'Goose' instead of the traditional Goose Island. Anyway.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - A dark coppery ruby red body, typical of the style with two fingers of good light tan / khaki froth for a head. Good head retention for the moderate 6.70% abv. Good sticky fluffy lacing. Looks nice.

S - Aroma isn't 'spicy' per se, but it feels unrefined. Hot, astringent. Herbal & floral, with some alcohol fumes present. Subtle bready malt. Not great.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry, herbal, light bitterness. Slightly fruity & floral. Mild alcohol note. A dry bready bitterness finishes on the palate. Again, it's okay.

M - Feel is crisp. Slightly piney, bitter, resinous, dry on the finish. Not terribly easy-drinking or quenching. Medium-bodied with good carb.

Overall, a mediocre autumnal offering from Goose Island. I think I enjoyed their experiment autumn offering more this year. Worth a try for the wide availability.

Goose Island Autumn Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber with an easy two fingers of off white head. Great retention and fair lace.
Smell is sweet malty with some floral hop notes.
Taste is caramel and bready malt sweetness that is quickly subdued by a good amount of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Once the sweetness fades in the aftertaste the finish is medium bitter and quite dry.
Overall a big beer for the style. Very close to some India Red Ales I've had. Recommended for those who like big bold flavors and are not afraid of hops.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is pretty much a pale ale, with a hint of lager in it. It's pretty piney, slightly spicy, and definitely some citrus. It's really enjoyable and smooth with a nice hop profile. Fairly impressed by this one honestly.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A moderate pour from a longneck into a shaker pint yields about an inch of pale brown, frothy, somewhat creamy, and mildly sticky head that clings to the glass. The beer is a crystal clear amber color with medium carbonation.

The nose has notes of pine with an undercurrent of bready malt. The flavor is fairly bitter but balanced overall, yielding notes of leafy, piney hops, breadiness, a touch of brown sugar, and a bit of a spicy snap. The maple leaves on the bottle label make me perceive and/or notice the leafy qualities a bit more.

I'm finding brown ales hard to come by these days, and this red ale might form a partial substitute. The bitterness wears on my palate with multiple pourings, so I would not necessarily recommend this as a session brew unless you're a serious hop head. Altogether not bad but overly hopped for the style- like most craft beers these days. I see that one reviewer describes it as an IPA, which isn't far off except perhaps for the color.

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Goose Autumn Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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