Cujo | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crimson color, pine aroma, toffee and caramel flavor, medium-rich body.

Added by TheBrewo on 04-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 21
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at the Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago, IL. It arrived in a tulip, showing a rich amber coloring, with flecks of golden-red throughout. It held a two finger head of beige bubbles, showing okay retention. Spidery patterns of lacing were left etched across the glass. Carbonation appeared low, and while a chill haze was noted, sediment was not. The aroma gave fresh piney hops, apricot sugariness, lemon iced tea, pale and lightly cooked caramel malts, faintly fusel booze, and warmed herbal hop bitterness on the way back. Our first impression was that the sip was quite drying and tannic, like an amber tea, while the flavoring gave nice hops, and great fruity balance. As we sipped, the tasted opened with pineapple rawness, herbal and nectary hops, and sweet honey sitting high against a decently pale malt base. The middle pushed to the peak with juicy fruitiness of apple, pineapple, and nectarine, with fresh mint leaf, mineral, fiery booze, and clovey phenolic pucker on the back to balance. The finish finally showed a further depth to the malts, with light caramels, toasted amber malt, herb, and redness. Mixing in were those big aromatic piney hops, lemon-lime sweetness, orange flesh, apricot, and red apple. The aftertaste breathed of black pepper, fusel booze, smoked coconut, pale malts, toasted caramel, pine cone, and grassy hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. A nice bittered pucker followed the oily hop coating around the mouth, with eventual light chalky dryness dancing down the hard palate. There was pleasant slurp and sip, and soft cream and froth. The abv was warming, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was aroma. There was such a unique mix of piney hops, tannic tea dryness, lemon, and general fruitiness. With warmth the blend, and no doubt the dryness, helped it to seem almost woody. The flavoring followed with ease, giving nice balance between the puckering booze, bittered hops, softer pale and caramel malts, and bright fruitiness. A little more fullness on the body would have put this one over the edge, but from our visit to the brewpub, this is the clear standout.

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Cujo from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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