25th Anniversary Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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25th Anniversary Ale25th Anniversary Ale

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 05-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goose Island 25th Anniversary Ale poured into shaker pint glass, reddish amber, two and a half finger head.

Smells of minerals, bread, and dark fruit

Taste: Dark fruit, minerals, hop, biscuits, and a citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect!!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer! I wish it was year round, and in all honesty I can say this is the best ESB that I have had!

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4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown, like dark rum. Raisin colored. Murky and dense. Nice color gradation, the bottom body is cedar red. Manila colored head. 2 finger thick quick head. The head is thin, but lacing has good retention. A foamy skin thin top layer remains throughout.

S-Super caramel. Toffee. Dark berries perhaps. Can't name specific ones. Dark and golden raisins. Brown sugar. Damp, earthy, muddy aromas. Smells are potent, strong and alive.

T-Taste follows nose to a T. In addition to: bread, pecans, walnuts, pecan pie, burnt bread, dark rye, bourbon, sweet malt, gentle hops.

M-Low to medium body. Touch of thickness, more fluid. Low to medium carbonation. Decent gentle feelings. Spicy hops in there. Slight delicate burn. Astringency. Bitter metallic aftertaste. Some sours. I enjoy the range of feels here. Spritz-y. Negatives: the beer doesn't thin out, it's just too thin overall. If it had some chew it would rank higher for feel.

O-Very sessionable. Quality. Goose Island has mastered the English Bitter & ESB styles with ease. 25th Anniversary is another notch in the belt. I do wish the taste was more adventurous and pronounced, like the smell is. A memorable beer regardless, that could be a year round effort if Goose wanted. I would buy again. Cheers to 25 years Goose Island.

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4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, 25th year, a nice job on this one, surprised I was. I haven't bought a Goose in awhile. Kinda lost track of them with only Honkers and 312 in my area. Saw this and wasn't sure with only 6.4% and the BA inventory is quite full, G I has been busy.

It pours a nice amber orange from a April 23rd bottle into a anniversary tulip. A full tannish head that maintained well and laced even better. Rings of happiness.

The aroma is more malts, sugars and baked breadness then hop.

Taste carries that bread like biscuit with malts, toastyness, brown sugar and a good hop bitterness as balance.

The mouth is pleased for as a ESB, it's not over bitter.

Overall a very nice job on this one . Not a Big ABV for an Anna-brew but rather one to sit around and just enjoy a couple, perhaps to just talk over the past 25 years. Cheers Goose Island!

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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this cask-conditioned at Goose Island Clybourn and it was, in that form, a wonderful strong English ale.

Copper, it has a big, creamy off-white head slowly shrinking.

Aroma was full-bodied, appealing fruity, flowery, and with tea, but a bit subdued.

Taste was nice flowery tea (hint of Earl Grey), caramelly, toasty, a full-bodied, excellent English ale character.

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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack from Beers of the World on 6/21/13 for $ 8.98.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at fridge temp.

appearance: beautiful dark copper with a thin Manila head. Very nice Lacing.

aroma: orchard apricot with a nutty pancake batter maltiness.

mouthfeel: solid, full.

taste: sultanas with thick pale malt and bitter,earthy hops.

notes: has an Old Ale feel to it. This is a supremely tasty brew, pretty to look it

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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Maris Otter malt and dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, 6.4% ABV. Purchased a 6-pack of this for $10.99 @ BevCo.

Pours out to a clear medium amber with ruby accents, forming a tall whipped yellow head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~ 2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is wonderful...fruity English yeast, delicately floral and fruity English hops, and a nice grainy and bready malt backbone with a clean fermentation and a slight degree of toast. No fusels/DMS or other off aromas. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant grain and hop astringency in the finish. The flavor is great as well. A wonderfully balanced amalgam of the above aromas with a pleasant bitterness. This is one of the very few American brewed ESB's that I've had that provides the classic orange marmalade on toast that the very best ESB's display. Exceptionally balanced and nuanced yet exceptionally easy to drink.

A Wonderful ESB. Comparable to the very best English ESB's but with a bit more oomph. I would definitely buy this again and would highly recommend it to friends.

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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon tumbler.

a: Deep clear amber formed an inch thick tan head which dissipated to surface foam and some lacing.

s: Light malt.

t: A malty ESB delight. Malt balanced by hops just enough without overwhelming the dominant caramel maltiness,

m: Medium and smooth. Substantial.

o: Though perhaps a tad sweeter than other ESBs, this is one of the best I've had, reminiscent of some of the best of the many pints I've tipped in the UK in my travels there over the years. I'll be looking for more of this.

On reviewing the GI beer list, I see four or five other ESBs, including "Harvest Ale" and several which were probably issued only once. I'll be on the lookout for Harvest.

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