Rye You So Pale? | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TheBeerAlmanac on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by dlello2:
Photo of dlello2
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Deep Red/Orange. Glowing, looks clear and thin. Not all that much carbonation.

S - Citrus and hops, very fresh and nice.

T - Dry and not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Malts are nice.

O - Not super special, but easy to drink. Rye comes through in the aftertaste. Lingers. This beer needs better balance and carbonation to work well. Could be the fact that it was on tap though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AgentZero
3.57/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish brown color with a little bit of tan head that left some moderate spots behind.

S - Smells of tropical fruit, little rye, sweet light caramel.

T - Taste is about the same, with some light tropical fruit sweetness. There's some spice toward the middle, dry on the end. There's actually a bit of a semi-tart bight on the end.

M - Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Good, refreshing, little watery, not bad, very light. Had this right after a work out, and it was light enough to be a nice post-workout beer. Not mind-blowing, but it's got some things going for it.

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Photo of RHCP313
3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass on draft at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub.

A: Garnet amber pour, with gold and copper highlights when held to the light. A full finger of thick, off-white head (almost a lighter tan) sits heavy on top. Nice webbed lacing left on the edges of my pint.

S: Very nice ripe, rich, juicy tropical fruit in the nose. Citrusy hops with some peach and apricot aromas.

T: Big, sweet tropical fruit flavors. The peachy, mango and apricot flavors swirl with slightly bitter but citrusy hops, letting the perfumy rye come out a bit, supported by some sweet malt.

M: Medium body. A little low on carbonation, but still allows for a nice drinkable mouthfeel. A light crispness makes it pretty approachable.

O: I have to admit–when I pulled up the search results for this to review it, I noticed it had few reviews and an overall lower score. I'm not one to question peoples subjective opinions, especially when it comes to personal beer reviews–but I believe that a few people may have been served this beer improperly somehow. That, or the pour I had may have had a little more time to develop in the keg before being served. I thought it was a very nice, drinkable session rye. Granted, the rye didn't get the opportunity to really shine because it was masked by the bigger, more pronounced fruit notes. Still a good, interesting offering from GI Clybourn. I wish I had the time to stick around and drink this one on cask.

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Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
1.85/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Draft poured into a mini pint glass

Rye You So Pale? Ale is apparently a new rye ale and had just recently acquired its name in a Facebook contest. I was really excited about this one, but was immensely let down. I’m about 95% certain that the beer I was served was either a beer that was mispoured from an earlier order, left out, and then given to me to save costs, or could have been a bad batch altogether, but a review is a review.

A: Pours a copper/amber hue with a larger white foam head, very tight bubbles and a really nice retention.

S: Aroma is grainy along with grapefruit citrus notes and subtle floral hoppiness. Pretty good so far.

T/M: How did it taste? Flat and warm. The lack of carbonation is what really surprised me, since the head was so much more prominent than on the other beers, but the temperature was a dead ringer that it might be a bad beer. I’ve had non-carbonated beers before, I’ve even had beers recommended to be served at room temperature, but this didn’t seem the type. My waitress seemed busy so I neglected to ask for a replacement. Regardless, I would hate to think I might be served an old, stagnant beer and if it truly was a spoiled keg, then someone should have pulled it long before it got to me so I went on with the tasting. There was some more of the grapefruit citrus and even some light watermelon fruitiness, but it was really hard to keep it down with the lack of carbonation and warm temperature.

I imagine it would have been very refreshing had it been cold and fresh, but if this WAS the intended condition, then I’d advise strongly to steer clear.


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Photo of barczar
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a one finger cream head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam and leaves short legs.

Aroma is grapefruit, caramel malt, fresh cut grass, and a hint of rye at the finish.

Body is medium, medium high carbonation with a crisp finish. There is a slight slickness present.

Flavor begins with a bang of citrus tartness toward the back of the tongue. Malt is fairly restrained and does not balance the hops. A rye bitterness accompanies the light peppery finish.

Overall, the citrus hops dominate and overtake the rye flavor. There is a soapy flavor evident in the background that is slightly offputting. Probably won't be having this one again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Served in a taster glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a nice cap and plenty of glass-coating lace. Transparent light copper body.

S - Somewhat muted aroma, but as it warms up there's some light citrus and tropical fruit aromas, along with a kiss of rye malt.

T - Taste is a little more bland. There's some caramel malt, a bit of rye zesty, and not much in the way of hop flavor. Minimal bitterness.

M - Medium body, pleasant active carbonation, and a super dry finish. Fairly clean and easy to drink.

D - Solid beer, but with a fairly middling flavor profile that disappoints compared to the other facets of the beer. That being said, it's much better than some of the other reviews suggest.

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Rye You So Pale? from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 7 ratings