Louisville | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel Aged India Pale Ale with Raspberries. Light rose color, bourbon and raspberry aromas and flavors, full body. Aged in Elijah Craig 18 year barrel.

Added by jegross2 on 11-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at GI Clybourn 11/29/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn and pops for the assist!

A: Served a hazy caramel-brown/autumn orange color. Slightly lifeless with just the slightest suggestion of a foamy layer on top.

S: Loads of vanilla and bourbon (like a killer bourbon vanilla icing) with some earthy tart berry.

T: Close to above with an odd see-saw between the bourbon and the berry. One sip it's all one, the next one it's all the other...

M: Suprisingly abrasive as it warmed. It actually gained alcohol heat as the glass wore on.

O: I felt this to be a bit raw and unfinished feeling. Probably wouldn't get this again unless they aged some in a different barrrel.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Louisville from Goose Island Brewing Company. No picture is available for this beer and I forgot to snap a pic with my camera.

Score: 82

Generous-sized draft pour served in an over-sized goblet (because they ran out of snifters) at Goose Island's Black Friday release of King Henry.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy red-orange sunset color. Served without any head. Very similar in appearance to the Lucky Leiah, but a little darker red in color. 3/5

Smell: Very similar aroma to the Lucky Leiah, but heavier in flavor with more pronounced vanilla aromas. Has a sweet brown sugary whiskey aroma, but little, if any, booziness in the nose. Some faint floral notes, and hints of hop bitterness. 3.5/5

Taste: Oaky vanilla. Sweet whiskey and grapes. Some raspberries. A little caramel. Light, mapley bourbon and butterscotch finish. A little more complex and heavy than the Lucky Leiah, but the Louisville lacks all characteristics you would expect in an IPA. No bitterness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Surprisingly sweet. 3/5

Overall: I was expecting a more IPA-styled beer, given the beer's labeling on the menu, and thus was kind of disappointed. The pricing is even more disappointing. Decently balanced for how bourbon-flavored this one was. Can't say I would order this one again.

Recommendation: Nothing worth seeking out. This one is more forward with the vanilla/bourbon flavors than the Lucky Leiah.

Pairings: Grilled chicken sandwich.

Cost: $10 for a "10 oz snifter" (actually served in a larger-sized goblet) at the bar.

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Louisville from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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