25th Anniversary Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

25th Anniversary Ale25th Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
54.8%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 598 ratings
25th Anniversary Ale25th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
598
Liked:
328
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 122
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 5/29/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, and spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with orange juice and spicy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell but the flavors are clashing with one another in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell but seems a little more complex with hints of brown sugar and caramel sweetness, earthy and fruity yeast,and toffee along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops and isn't too difficult to drink considering that it is an "Imperial" ESB and rather fuller in body compared to other beers in the style.

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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If Extra Special is good, then more Extra Special has to be better- right? That's what the brewers at Goose Island have in mind going into the beer that is to capture the essence of their 25th year. It's the tried and true Honker's Ale, but more of it!

Caramel in color, the beer looks like dense honey as it slowly releases an ivory froth to cap the beer. Its strong retention retains its bead on the glass until the last sip, all the while speckling the glass with lace.

Malty-rich aromas are full of caramel, bread crust, pecan-type nuttiness and a decoration of fruit- apples, orange, and a tinge of earthy fig. And then there's the counter from earthy and spicy English-type hops with notes of wood, grass, and even citrus.

Substantially malty in taste, the sweetness of caramel, light toffee, nutty and woody character dominate the early palate. But a slow and deliberate fade during the middle palate leads to a transition to a lightly floral and spicy wood taste that balances the malts perfectly. And as the taste concludes, the taste trends bitter with the hop development of woody pine, fresh cut grass, mild citrus and wood spice. It's a broad and earthy bitterness also allows for an undercurrent of malt in support.

Medium bodied, the ale does carry an added weight that's odd for British Bitters. But this heartier and breadier texture remains creamy and pleasantly weighted. As the beer carries across the palate, it dries slowly and evenly and ends warm, spicy, and balanced.

There's a pleasant nature about this 25th Anniversary Ale- in that it pays homage to the roots of the brands, but it does leave the inner enthusiast in me wanting more- much, much more. When celebrating a milestone such as this- a tame beer is somewhat deflating.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear copper color with a modest head; decent lacing action, however

Smell: Caramel, rotting fruit and tobacco

Taste: The tobacco tones really dominate from the outset, buttressed by the caramel and stone fruit flavors underneath; earthy hops add bitterness, after the swallow, though there is a residual caramel sweetness that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well-constructed but far from my favorite GI beer

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/10/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, orange, grapefruit, toast, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and light yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, orange, grapefruit, apple, brown sugar, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and light yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, citrus, apple, brown sugar, floral, and light nuttiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice clean and balanced taste of malt, hop, and fruity flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice ESB style! All around nice balance of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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2.67/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, bottled on 24 april 2013, served in a snifter.

Cloudy, amber-brown with a tan head. Head has limited retention and leaves average lacing.
The appealing, malt-dominated aroma is perhaps a bit faint but has nice hints of dates and vague dark fruits.
Adequately flavorful for style, with a mix of sweet and roasted malts, some fruitiness (again, some dates), and a very mild bitterness. A touch of smoke in the aftertaste.

Exceptional feel, particularly in the markedly dry finish; Medium-light body. Good carbonation.

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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on May 29 2013.Wow GI has been around for twenty five years,that's a long time.Poured into a nonic a deep clear copper/bronze with a nice lacey slightly off white head,great rich clarity ro the color.Fruitiness and caramel biscuit malts are mild but stand out most in the nose.Very English in style on the palate with big fruitiness and bready tones,the hops are subdued providing some leafiness in the finish.It's a little bigger than most of the style but it's pretty good,would like to have on the hand pump.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts, nuts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out a mild caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly extinguished and followed by breadiness from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful beer to pound down for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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25th Anniversary Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 54.8% out of 100 with 598 ratings
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