Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Oct 01, 2020
Apr 07, 2009
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 3.64 by Lukass from Ohio

Mar 08, 2018
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Reviewed by DaverCS from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Labeled Aug 26, 2016

Aroma is a pale yellow color with a quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is of bright citrus, Belgian yeast, and green grape. Relatively similar to Sophie without the same intensity.

Taste is on the thinner side with not enough carbonation for my palate. I get a ton of pear and peach character which is very pleasant. Lots of yeast character with a mildly bitter finish. I consumed this out of the fridge, which was perhaps still a bit too warm. If the flavors don’t dull with the cold, this would be an excellent food-pairing beer.

Overall, the beer was a bit thin and under-carbonated. I liked the base flavors, but the aggressive American-style hopping did detract from the pleasant yeast character. I paired this with spinach and ricotta-stuffed jumbo shells in a meat ragu. It gets a 79/100.
Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by BarrelAgedG from California

Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

May 01, 2017
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Rated by Beerucee from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Taste 2, nice
Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by FreeBeer_Score99 from Washington

Mar 11, 2017
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
4oz sample pour in a 6oz taster

It is a bright, yellow gold with a bright white soapy head.

Smells yeasty with some banana, a little bit of citrus, and semi peppery.

There is a decent amount of banana, but not like a Hefe, some spicy white pepper and coriander, and a subltle crisp bite of orange- lemon with a lot of grainy backdrop. A bit of bitterness at the end.

Not sure about Belgian Pale necessarily, but a good Belgian beer either way.
Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Dec 14, 2016
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Taste: yeast bread, banana notes with subtle coriander, peppery ,piney hops. Mild spice bread nose. Gold, slight haze, with a white head and broken lattice of lace on glass. Medium/full body. A meal in a glass. 40 IBUs
Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by MurphDog14 from Illinois

Nov 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Hadn't seen Demolition for several years. Glad to see it back. Bought as part of GI's sampler pack for Costco.
Looks to be the same, a nice Belgian Blonde. Smells subtle, but not distinguishing.
Had it a bit cold so the flavors (mostly spices) didn't emerge until mid-bottle. About then, appetizers started and this Pale went well with a food medley... in part because it was dry enough in the finish. Re-rated upward slightly on 3/5/17.
Overall, Have it again when you can find it.
May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2010 vintage. Rating set to current average.

Aroma is pear ester dominant, with notes of clove and banana. There's a fairly strong cardboard character that fades and really lets the esters shine.

Flavor has really held up well, very pear ester dominant, with clove and green apple to accent. Impressive.
Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Mar 14, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Hazy, golden beer, 1/4" white head. Aroma was muted belgian spice rack, but plenty of toasted pale malts too.

Taste was more pale malt, a little bit of coriander, black pepper, banana. Definitely a yeast driven beer flavor wise. Carbonation appropriate for the mouthfeel. Nowhere near as much citrus as Sofie.

Its alright, nothing groundbreaking.
Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by tsauce2 from Indiana

Jan 01, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by JimmyShaker1 from Illinois

Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by kidzord from Illinois

Aug 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

May 26, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: This pours hazy orange to amber under a thin cream colored film of foam.
S: this has esters and bread in the aroma
T: Yeasty with some peach and faint biscuit.
F: The body is medium and the carbonation is low for the style.
O: This strikes me as a little uninspired which is suprising because Goose Island can do better than this.
Apr 17, 2015
Rated: 4 by ovaltine from Indiana

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by NappyB from Illinois

Dec 31, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 17, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Aug 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by wrightst from Maryland

Jul 18, 2014
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Reviewed by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
1 Pint, 6 oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: Cloudy yellow color, thick head.

S: Smells mostly yeasty, some alcohol scent.

T: Strong yeast taste but there is definitely some fruity hints to it as well. Not as good as I'd hoped from a Belgian Pale Ale.

M: Fairly smooth, not overly carbonated.

O: I'm not big on yeasty or wheaty tasting beers but it was definitely drinkable.
Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

May 25, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by PappyVans from Wisconsin

May 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by 77apm from Illinois

May 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mattafett from Iowa

Mar 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by RusImpStoLuv from Michigan

Feb 23, 2014
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was a cool one - picked it up last week and it had a bottled date of May 18, 2011. That seemed like it was intentional - that they held them back for a while, but maybe it just sat somewhere. Either way, I'm sure the taste was effected by this, and here's how:

It pours a nice golden color with decent head and lacing. The aroma is uniquely pungent and slightly yeasty - like and unusual wheat beer.

The taste is also unique. It tastes tangy and yeasty and a bit fruity. It's definitely something different. I'm not sure it is true to style, but it is very pleasant. The aftertaste lingers a bit funky too. I'm not sure if I want to drink this with dinner - I think I'll polish it off while cooking.

The pre-aged Belgian I thought I had here was maybe an over the hill Belgian that was still very interesting and drinkable.
Feb 06, 2014
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Reviewed by Mike_Moe from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Yellow beer, a little bit of chill haze to it, thin white head.
Aroma: Aroma was Belgian, but some more American smells as well.
Flavor: The first sip is a light body with fine fizzy carbonation with toasted malts. Texture is a little thin but that just makes the beer easier to drink. It’ medium bodied, with a slightly hoppy finish.
Overall: Good toasted malt flavor, a pretty good drinkable beer. A very good beer for the price. They probably retired this beer to concentrate on the brews that could demand a better price point.
Jan 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by cjohns73 from Delaware

Jan 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by ToddGingerich from Indiana

Dec 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Brenden from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This was a random pickup; there are still some on shelves here and I hadn't tried it yet. Now I feel lucky.

This pale ale is that, a bright pale yellow with even brighter medium yellow highlights. It's extremely bubbly, and the head it forms is very frothy and dense, situating on top of the beer at higher than one finger. Lacing is chunky with some webbing, and generally quite plentiful.
There's lots of fresh white pepper, some greenery and raw young wood, and softer fruity esters on the nose with plenty of zest, citrus and spicing. There's a strong but gentle yeasty (mustier) undertone with lots of bread to the malts, too.
The flavor brings lots of nicely spices orange and lemon, some gentle rind-like bitterness, with a sort of dryer quality to the malts on the tongue, more crackery than bready. Pepper is still strong, along with sweeter spiciness, and the raw greenery is added to by an earthiness in the hops.
The carbonation in this beer is very nice, plentiful but soft and not too filling, velvety smooth without giving up the crisp bite. Dryness is forward but isn't allowed to dominate too strongly, as some candi-sugar sweetness works on the palate to keep this beer even.
Dec 03, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 23, 2013
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