PMD Mild Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by robbyc1 on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with reddish hints - it looks an awful lot like a strongly brewed iced tea. Head consists of large bubbles in a froth making a desparate attempt to cling to the glass.

Smell is very light with a slight maltiness and no hint of a hop aroma.

Taste is mildly bitter like unsweetened tea with a slight twang of acidity at the end. Darker toasty flavors linger.

There is very little carbonation in this cask-condition brew. and it is very drinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown body that is pretty dense with a thin creamy head that is the color of oatmeal. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that I can see at the bottom of the beer glass but they get lost in the body on their way up.

S- The smell is a faint smooth chocolate malt that is pretty neutral with a faint dry pale to lightly toasted hint.

T- This beer has a light malt flavor of dry toffee with a note of brown malt that has a note of nougat or pot caramel. There is a light sour note in the finish with no really hop character. As it warms the pot caramel note taste a bit more like coffee malt and there is a chalky taste to the malt.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that is a bit watery with a faint fizz kick in the finish.

D- This beer is a little to thin and watery. The flavors are a bit off with the malts not having the fresh taste.

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/10: Having this again, it really hits the spot for the style. Toasty, bready, simple uncomplicated session mild.

On tap 6/11/09 at the Clybourn brewpub.

Although it wasn't on cask, there was a cluster of big bubbles resting in the center, much like the head from a hand-pulled ale. It had a reddish copper glint when held to the light. Some light carbonation was visible under the surface of the foam, but not much. The head itself was tiny, and became a swirling pinwheel of foam after a few minutes.

Aroma was faint, some toasty malt and lager-y skunk. Flavor was better, more malt presence and some light astringency. The toasted malts were very far in the background, and didn't make a big impression. The body was thin with low carbonation, which is par for the style. At 3% it was very drinkable and a good thirst quencher.

One more obscure style down, 2 more to go...

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robbyc1
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an average drinker, no helped much by the cask treatment, which I find assists hoppy beers more by evening out the flavors.

Dark tan with no head to speak of. Mild malts with hints of dark fruit, well balanced but nothing stands out. I know it's hard to make a 3% beer taste good, but this needs a bit more heft to it, or more hoppiness. It is well made, just a bit light and maybe the style doesn't appeal to me, but I could think of a better one, maybe the Anchor small beer would give this a run. Good for a quick dinner accompaniment, otherwise leave it for better choices here.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the options at the Wrigleyville outpost. The PMD was served in a standard pint. It is dark brown with a nice tan head.

The beer has a malty nose with undertones of plums and raisins.

When drinking the beer, I get lots of mildly roasted malts backed by some dark fruits and a bit of molasses. Taste becomes more complex as it warms.

The mouth was a bit thinner than expected but still managed to be soft and a bit silky.

This is a nice stab at the style, but there are better options, still sesionable once it reaches cellar temps.

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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the dark reddish/brown colour belies its strength, at 2.9% ABV. Smell off white head and spots of lace. Smell is malty, light, some caramel and roasty chocolate. Taste is very mild, caramel and roast, some citrus and grass, very light, but very smooth. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, nice for the style.

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Photo of tapman
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a mild ale, brown or not, its pretty dark with a brown/red hue. 1 1/2 finger head coupled with decent lacing. Looks tasty.

Baker's chocolate and licorice. Roasted malts in the back. Sweet hops, a little floral, to match the sweet malts.

Hmm, tastes like bagged pretzels, Rold Gold I believe. A little bit of light chocolate in there, but not much. Hops are a little tangy, almost as if they are inimtating the saltiness that generally accompanies a pretzel. For 3%ABV I give it kudos for trying to be as big as it is.

Thin and watery. 'Nuff said

There's just not enough going on to keep drinking this one. Sure it imitates a big beer pretty well, but its too watery with not enough bready malt characteristic, only pretzel. Not for the one who considers themselves an advocate of beer. Still beats BMCs however.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown color with a small white head.

Scent of brown sugar, bready malts, and dark fruit. Not too strong with a nice bit of complexity.

Taste of grain, bread, and brown sugar. A nice crisp flavor, perhaps a bit too weak, but good.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very light bodied.

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Photo of cproioi
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled From the Cask at the Wrigley Brewpub.

A: Dark reddish brown color with a tan head.

S: Little malts with no hops aroma at all, but I did not expect any hops due to the style. However, there was something missing in the aroma. It had an aroma that kind of reminded me of the way a big glass of water smells like. I don't know passing the cup for my friends to smell they all responded the same way. The aroma was very lacking.

T: Like the smell it was very weak. I was hoping for atleast a little more malty backbone but there was nothing.

M: Very thin and watery not impressive at all.

D: Pretty drinkable due to the fact it was very similar to water.

Note: Maybe I had a bad one. Possibly the cask had been open too long and it was spoiled and no one changed it. I'm not sure however I was not impressed at all by this beer at all.

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Photo of drpimento
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a half pint with a tan head that quickly disappeard completely. No lace. Nice mahoganey color. Aroma was malty, a bit toasty, a bit of caramel and toffee, and a bit of hops. Flavor's about the same and true to style. The body was very watery though and that took it down some for me. It'd be too watery for a session beer for my taste. Finish was ok.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with ruby hues around the edges. One finger of tan head has a lot of staying power through the course of the beer. The nose was really roasty, wtih lots of chocolate and hints of caramel sweetness. Yum. The taste was full of chocolate with a coffee finish. As one might think, this beer was very mild, without flavors that overwhelmed me, just enough there to let me know there is flavor. The feel was moderate to thick, overall filling my mouth well and going down smooth. There was justa hint of carbonation on there to let me know I was drinking a beer. Overall a damn fine beer. Really mellow and smooth. Try this one if you can find it on tap!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving in a pint glass from cask. Leaves a one finger head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is an opaque medium brown.

Smell - apples, figs, caramel, toffee, diacetyl, butterscotch, plums, malt vinegar, and hint of malt bread.

Taste - as promised by the nose. An interplay between sweet such as caramel, toffee, apples, butterscotch, and sour such as plums and malt vinegar, with the sour coming out on top about 75 % of the time, and especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good but not great, so that lowers sessionability, but I'd go for two pints now and then.

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Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As per the website:

One of the few British-Style dark mild ales brewed in the United States. PMD is a light-bodied brown ale with a low alcohol content. Its rich mahogany color comes from the use of chocolate and caramel malts plus a hint of Black malt, which impart a light molasses flavor. Served in an Imperial Pint glass

Ho-Ho did Goose Island nail this one!

Starts with a gorgeous pour, very dark brown with a large, soapy and retentive head.

Smells of incredibly rich bread, almost like a bran muffin but in a good way, blended with very strong but mellow spicy english hops.

Tastes like a perfect blend of chewy, sweet dark malt and mellow spicy English hops. How can something be so mellow yet so strong at the same time? It's like a wonderful high.

Huge flavor from a very small beer. Grab one while you can.

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PMD Mild Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 14 ratings