Old Man Grumpy
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,165
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,388
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 6.84%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
134
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Notes: Inspired by our grouchy-yet-gifted brewmaster, Old Man Grumpy is a deliciously drinkable pale ale sure to lift anyone’s spirits. Exclusive to Chicago, this lighter-bodied ale is dry hopped with Huell Melon and Mosaic hops that give the beer a tropical flavor profile of pineapple followed by pine hop characteristics. It has subtle malt sweetness, balanced bitterness with a clean finish. Cheer up. Drink Up.

Style: Dry Hopped American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.8%
IBU: 30
Color: Golden
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Huell Melon, Mosaic
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel 40, Special Pale
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 134 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of vette2006c5r
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Old Man Grumpy pours a dark amber color, with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Earthy, vegetation aroma. Flavor is the same, very earthy, strange sweet vegetation, harsh aftertaste. Good feel. Overall, strong earth flavors, strange hops, don't really care fo this one.

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Photo of defunksta
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, but cloudy orange color with a white head. SRM of 11 (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dank and earthy pine, berry, mango, and completely ripened pineapple. Lots of dank berry aromas. Some grape and slight crushed red apple. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavors are more dank pine, berry, and then a lot of black tea. It's airy, but finishes with a slight berry sweetness that pushes out any bitterness. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Decent carbonation. It's got an airy body, but with dank pine and berry flavor. (3.75)

Overall: A pretty good pale ale. It's lighter, but has the dark dank flavors of pine and berry. This sort of washes out into an airy, black tea flavor. Nice flavor and pretty delicious. Nothing to stand out from the pack. It tastes like an airy & weaker mosaic IPA. (3.76)

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Photo of pat61
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light pine and mango aroma with some light biscuit, traces of bread crust and fruit. Pours gold with a slight haze under a 2" off-white to light beige cap with good retention. A moderately bitter palate balances mango, citrus, fruit and biscuit flavors. Some pine enters on the finish with a slight astringent note. Medium body with medium low carbonation. A full flavored beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderately dank, with bright green herbs, pepper, citrus, and a mild cracker malt backbone. This is a very tasty and full-flavored APA, really coming across as a borderline IPA.

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Photo of steveh
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a sale on this at a local, thought I'd quench a hop fix (for someone who usually doesn't drink hop juice exclusively). Looks like some info on the beer has changed since it was first added; now 44 IBU and not exclusive to Chicago. Malts are a little changed too; 2-row, Bon Munich (?), C 40, & C 20.

Best by July 24, 2019. Brewed and packaged by Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago. Hmm, is that a standard blurb, or is this brewed in town?

Poured into my Libbey Imperial Pint.

L -- Lightly hazy, bright gold with a dense, off-white head that holds up well and leaves good lacing.

S -- Picking up light pine and big citrus at arm's length. Mellow pine resin and peach notes with my nose pushed into the glass. Bright and appetizing. Light to somewhat earthy biscuit malt becomes more apparent with warming.

T -- Nice balance of pine resin and luscious peach to citrus grapefruit flavors up front. Mild biscuit malt fighting to be recognized in the background. Finishes with a spicy bitterness and aftertaste of bitter, resiny hops.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to lightly syrupy, then lightly dry, with a light-medium body.

O -- I guess if I was labeled as any sort of APA drinker, it would be the citrus hop crowd I follow. Whenever pine resin gets mixed in, my palate starts to shut down. However, the blend of the two in this beer is pretty balanced and fits my occasional hop jones. Worth trying.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel, malt and orange peel. Sweet caramel and a touch of bitterness. Not much else.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light, light orange with a slight haze, with a full and frothy all white head that shows very good retention and side glass lace.
AROMA: Orange peel and grapefruit peel, hop resin. Toasted malt.
TASTE: Orange, citrus juice effect most noticeable. Some sourness, bitter. Malts are present but rather weak.
Dry after taste that is not too my liking.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear light orangish amber with a thick cream colored head with staying power. Great lacing. Aroma is melons and peaches, only the slightest hint of pine. Flavor is a meld of citrus and tropical fruits, again only the faintest of pine bitterness in the finish. Feel is light and crisp, well carbonated. Overall a pretty good pale ale that's obviously no longer limited to the Chicago area.

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Photo of pkalix
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"exclusive to Chicago" ??? then why is it on the shelf here in SoCal? canned in March. we're almost into October.... figures... tastes not fresh.... i wonder what it would taste like if it were fresh? i love a good pale!!!

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of pillowy pearl colored head. Great lacing & slight better than average head retention

S: Citrus & grass, leafy hops once warm

T: Breadyness, grasssyness & dryness up front. Grassyness & a little white grape plus pear as this warms. Finishes dry, crisp, with bit of green melon

Medium body, crisp carbonation, decent balance

Drinks alright, over 4 months old but holding up well

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Photo of flaskman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from the bargain bin for $3.99. Almost 4 months new. Poured into a 16 ounce glass from a 12 ounce can. Looks golden yellow amber with a decent head that hangs around. Good lacing and carbonation. Smell very inviting. Maybe a little spicy with the hops making themselves known. First sip is delicious and well balanced. The malts carry the day and the hops balance it out perfectly. Just the right amount of sweetness with a nice spicy hop presence that is almost piney. Bitter but not too much. A very well made pale ale. Excellent.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale orange body, clear, with a short white head and lots of fine bubble lacing.

S - Pine first, a bit of grass, and a orange cream soda note beneath.

T - Pretty comparable to the nose, with orange more forward, pine below, a middle malt hitting honey and wheat bread, and a bright, bitter finish.

M - Brisk, pretty thin body but quite drinkable, with a dry finish.

O - A decent Pale, no particular stand out features, but a nice drinker for sure.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 5/4/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to large cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted bread, light honey/caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted bread, light honey/caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, toasted bread, light honey/caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is a delicious American pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Great Cascade, Chinook, Huell Melon, Mosaic showcase. Balanced vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hop complexity; with a nice bready malt backbone, and minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of dcotom
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very flavorful and easy-drinking pale ale! Poured from 12-ounce can into a tulip glass. Light copper-amber colored body, with an aggressive pour yielding one finger of spongy white head that settled rapidly without a trace. Big aromas and flavors as advertised: lots of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit, with prominent notes of melon. Good malt backbone without any overpowering sweetness, allowing the hops to take center stage. Dry, astringent finish, with some lingering bitterness. Excellent beer, great summertime quaff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an interesting beer from these guys, my favorite of the several i recently had from goose island. its a little malty for the hops it has, an obvious mosaic complexion sort of confused by a rather classic and hearty light crystal malt presence, we have seen grain like this drop out of american pale ale and ipa more and more in recent years, so its nice to see something this balanced come out by a brewer as large and influential as goose, but i welcome this kind of grain depth in almost any beer, its a nice change of pace from what all i have been drinking of late. i get a little orange in nose and taste here, juicy like canned fruit cocktail, a touch sweet from the grain, oily from the hops, and with a little pine bitterness in the finish, continuing the playful back and forth between the elements. like the other hoppy beers ive had from them recently though, the hops seem somehow muted and tired, not that they arent fresh, but like there isnt enough of them, or the timing isnt quite right, or the hops have less to them, a lower quality or something, not bad, but not as bold and distinctive as i know them to be. i still like the flavors here, the body is nice and so is all the carbonation, more lively than some of their others. its just a little cheap tasting, but i think its pretty good. definitely preferable to their main ipa, but almost all beers are. i will drink this one again. surprised to see its been out for a few years, i have somehow missed this until now...

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Photo of jzlyo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is floral, slightly spicy and a perfumed hint. The flavor is fruit, citrus, malts, grapefruit and a mildly sweet/lightly bitter Mosaic hop finish.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at O'Hare.
Gold color, two-finger white head, lace.
Not much aroma. Citrus, pine, sweet malt. Muted.
A little grapefruit, some late pine. Caramel background.
I guess the best description of this beer is innocuous.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is poured from a can, it is a pale amber-gold color. Very clear, with a thin, disappearing head. The aroma is fruity...with an earthy, herbal hop note. Plenty of malt in the taste, along with a solid bitterness. Full body and lingering hop finish. Good, but not great.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap the Goose Island brewery in Chicago. The best of the flight. Light golden color a little lacing. A nice solid Pale Ale. Very drinkable but still plenty of hops.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden color and small lace. This beer is moderately hoppy in taste and somewhat herbal.Not a bad beer and goes down fairly smooth for its hoppiness

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Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2018-01-11 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 12oz bottle.

A - Clear gold. Short head. Light lace.

S - Cracker, light apple. Very mild.

T- Lightly toasted white bread. Citrus. Herbal spice. Mild-moderately bitter.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - pleasant but insipid.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale with a creamy off-white head that slowly fades to a foam. Juicy orange, toasted grain and caramel for a nose. Nice balance between hops and grains with notes of orange zest, caramel malt, bready/toasty grain, and pine. Medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishing dry and bitter with some residual grainy sweetness, but pine lingers with orange zest. Overall, very delicious pale ale. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at Bar Siena in the Haymarket area of Chicago. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of tropical fruit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with hints of citrus peel. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love it when the Old Man Grumpy (OMG) starts showing up on the draft lists here in Chicago in late spring. A great light pale ale with tons of flavor. Plus I love the name, it suits me.

From Goose: Exclusive to Chicago, this lighter-bodied ale is dry hopped with Huell Melon and Mosaic hops that give the beer a tropical flavor profile of pineapple followed by pine hop characteristics. It has subtle malt sweetness, balanced bitterness with a clean finish.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Refreshing, crisp, clean dry hop finish. Pale malt and dry hop. Amber color, clear, with a big foamy head and lace around the glass. Medium body. Solid and drinkable American Pale ale.

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