Goose Island Beer Co.

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #309
Ranked #35,179
3.68 | pDev: 13.86%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: Brewed for the upcoming (hopefully) warm weather with a traditional Kolsch yeast, which lends toward a fruity and flavorful beer with a nose of floral and fruity hops and a soft malt body with a crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "SPF"
12 fl. oz. can coded "27NOV19 11:42" and sampled on 28OCT19 11:06
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well there must be some definite passion fruit in here because I could smell it as I poured it. Is it real? No, it's passion fruit flavor but that's OK. It's a hazy golden beneath a finger-thick head of creamy white foam. The aroma is definitely of sweetened passion fruit, and I'm not finding anything beyond it. The flavor, however, brings in some lightly doughy malt, and a mild bitterness. Ehhh, me thinks 'meh'. This isn't much different than so many of the raspberry ales that I used to drink back in the late '90s - except that it's passion fruit extract instead. It's OK, but it's not great. Let me finish up quickly: medium bodied with a gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation and some pretty good lacing and still a bit of a surface covering of foam to it. It's a little too 'passion-fruity' for me, and I'll say slightly off-balance in general but good for what it is. Take out any of that passion fruit essence and people would complain it wasn't fruity enough. Add more bitterness or acidity to it and they'd complain about that. We all have our preferences, and I'm guessing that for now at least this is what's selling.
Review #6,764

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Good clarity on a golden orange coloring. Lots of macro-bubbly activity within. Weathered white head, spongy porous texture, about 1/4 inch, has a moderate rate of retention. Small lace lashes on the vessel.

S: Watermelon, honeydew fruity nose, with some bubblegum yeastiness with a perfumy scent and delivery. Freshly sliced apples drip with juiciness along with white grapes, and sweet guava. Nicely blended, good awareness, very pleasant, fresh, fruity, and wet. Almost fruit cup like.

T: Flavor followed the nose, very fruity, fresh and wet. White grapes, tropical notes along with watermelon, pear juice, and some fresh apple slices. Sweet oranges, passion fruit with hints of pineapple all nicely blended and married as with the nose, with each having great distinction and individual character and easy to define. A tropical fade with some kiwi-strawberry.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation texture, good feel, wine cooler like.

O: Beautiful blend of tropical flavor and fresh breakfast fruit, showing a wide spectrum of flavor and strong individual content. Fruity, fresh and wet and very refreshing for easy drinking and pool side/beach consumption ideal for the hot summer time weather. Wine cooler like fruitiness high drinkability, very smooth and blended flavor.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drinking from a can. Aroma is sweet like passion fruit. Taste is nice and carbonated with good body but a bit too sweet. This might be better dranken on the rocks or in crushed ice. The idea is there but it is way overdone. If you want a good one of these drink Kona’s. Maybe that’s why Publix was Buy one get one. I’ll feed this to the guests.

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Photo of Calarice
1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Horrible. Like carbonated fruit flavored water that you get at the dollar store. I wouldn't even classify this as beer. I'm sorry to come of harsh but this was very dissatisfying.

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Photo of DanielAron
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

It's really trying to be good. But the fruit flavor doesn't really matter like passion fruit, butt it does State like artificial flavor, which I'm sure it isn't. Seems to fit into correctly into the kolsch family. As a previous reviewer said, it is a refreshing summer beer. But the flavor really falls flat. This is what happened to Good Island after ABInbev acquired it. It tastes mass produced. This from a Chicago native who grew up on How Island.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BS on some of these low scores....

This beer is fruity, clean, refreshing and hits all of the notes it meant to hit... perfect perfect summer beer..

Passion fruit is amazing and really well done... spritzy..


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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Slightly hazy light golden color. Nice white head that faded to a cap. And left good lacing. Quite effervescent.

S---Aroma is of passion fruit, obviously. But also quite citrusy, with lemon, orange & a touch of grapefruit.

T---Mostly the passion fruit shows through, but some light citrus also is noticeable. Slight bit of maltiness, but not enough to achieve proper balance.

F---Quite nice. Crisp & refreshing. Juicy, but not cloying. Very nicely carbonated.

O---I'd call this one a damn fine effort from GI. I'd get it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of sweet fruits, caramel and floral notes. Sweet fruity taste with toasted caramel and a very mild bitterness.

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Photo of roadhouse
1.34/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

This was on sale bogo six packs so I said why not, it can't be that bad. Well, I was wrong. Let me start off saying I've been a big passion fruit enthusiast for a long time, I was ecstatic when everyone started making beers with it. This, however, well there is no way possible could have real passion fruit in it. On the first smell I thought "oh no..." - it smelled like a slightly fruitier Robitussin. The taste was just as expected. Extremely medicinal and a weird fruitiness that is in no way reflective of the deliciousness of passion fruit. I don't know what happened here but I'd strongly advise passing on this!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SPF pours a hazy, brighter, yellow color, with not much head. Sweet aroma, lots and lots of passion fruit. Flavor is sweeter, a bit like fruit juice, lots of passion fruit, and a smooth crisp finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very fruity, but very refreshing.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can, date stamped 08JUL19. A thinner white head caps an effervescent pale golden body. Intriguing fruity aroma, but I'd say more like strawberry, peach, and apricot - not much for passion fruit; mild spicy yeast. Very fruity flavors as well - I taste Lucky Charms; peach, strawberry, apricot, apple, passion fruit, biscuity grain, pineapple, tangerine, spicy, grassy & earthy hops. Lighter body, higher carbonation, sweeter finish with some white pepper and fruit lingering on the dry finish. Not my favorite beer ever. Too sweet and fruity in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 8/26/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy passion fruit, fruit skin, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, melon, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of passion fruit, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy passion fruit, fruit skin, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, melon, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passion fruit, fruit skin, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, melon, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and fairly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is an excellent fruited kolsch! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink, with the mellowly bitter/tart/drying finish. Great balance between juicy passion fruit, fruity Kolsch yeast, and Amarillo hops; with a great clean pale/wheat malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on base style example. No complaints.

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown bottle, this beer is hazy and gold in color. Not much of a head, just a wispy white slim foam. The aroma is fruity...along with a faint grain and malt note...and a bit of grass. Light body, and slightly on the dry side of things. Drinkabl and interesting, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of cereal notes with crisp clean notes and light bready notes. Taste is a mix of bready notes with clean cereal notes and light dry German hops finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done for style with great drinkability and loads of nice subtle flavours.

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Photo of Redrover
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this one at the Wriglyeville outpost.

Served in a Willie, the beer is a chill hazed yellow with a really stick white head.
The nose is of lemon grass, grains and touch of spice.

First impression, incredibly fresh and refreshing. Slightly tart with a some citrus, ripe pears and grains.

The mouth is crisp with medium heft. Its an easy drinker that went well with the house made pastrami ruben.

I think this compares very well to any Kolsch I have had (domestic & import). Well done.

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SPF from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 50 ratings