Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #679
Ranked #41,266
3.59 | pDev: 11.7%
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States
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4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum. The aroma is rather understated with a nuts and toffee approach. There are also some hops in there as well. The appearance is deep amber with an average head. The flavor bursts with caramel, chocolate, toffee, nuts, butter, and some grassy hops. The palate is smooth from carbonation. Overall this is even better than I expected.

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nick76 from Florida, Jan 09, 2009
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4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i have to disagree with the other reviews of this beer: working as a beertender here in Florida, i have never once recommended this beer and had someone not like it.

It is a great replication of an english mild or amber ale by Wild Goose, probably the best beer they make (that we can get here in FL).

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teletype1 from Florida, Nov 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a variety case, this pours a clear amber into my glass.

This tastes and smells a lot like an ESB to me, but that's ok, it's still good beer. The aroma is a little plain with vanilla cream and roasted toffee. The flavor expands more with caramel along with the toffee, a roasted note, and then a long spicy hops not at the end that fades slowly in the aftertaste.

Overall it's very tasty and and very drinkable. Not world-class, but still a good ESB and worth sessioning.

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tempest from New York, Sep 30, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Beer Express in Harrisburg

A- pours a nice clear and fresh looking amber color. Light lace and light head.

S- no defining smell on the beer but i get malts and caramel.

T- caramel and roasted malts. Tastes like bottom of the barrel maltiness. bitter and somewhat sweet.

M- dry and weak on the alcohol flavoring. Somewhat like malt water.

D- Easy to pound back and not half bad in flavor but i have had much better english style amber ales. Nugget Nectar to name one!

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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of three brews I haven't had, brought back by my inlaws from a friend that is 'not into fancy beers.' An appreciated gift!

A: A deep reddish amber... nearing a brown hue. A little on the dark side, but still rather nice. An aggressive pour brings quite a creamy head with a decent retention... some even latticing around the glass edges.

S + T: A light and subtle aroma & flavour... a nice kiss of malts, with a very light balance of hops. Fairly straight forward, but certainly decent on both.

M + D: A nice, creamy and chewy medium body - carbonation is about bang on, and the flavours are complemented beautifully. Very suitable, though the aroma and flavour would do well with a little more oomph or complexity - either route would do it wonders. A solid 'B' beer, and one that would be welcome in the fridge.

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Proteus93 from Virginia, Aug 11, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber color with a small but dense cream colored head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is very faint, I pick up some bready slightly buttery malt, not much else. The taste is of a bready malt, with some stale grassy hop bitterness, that balance each other out. There are some hints of chocolate and metallic notes (rust). The feel is light and fizzy carbonation; finishes astringent. A run of the mill amber ale. Not a big fan of the style as it tends to be ho-hum, so take it for what its worth.

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Gmann from New York, Jul 27, 2008
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with a 'best before' date of "195FX08" (a stupid, stupid method of freshness dating, whatever the hell it means) poured into a pint glass yields a clear copper-amber body capped with a finger of fine-bubbled pale ivory foam that retains at a broken sheet and leaves wispy lacing.

Smell is malty and lightly sweet with just a touch of caramel and earthy, floral hops.

Taste is rich and malty, with a nice dry biscuity character overlaid with syrupy semi-sweet caramel and spicy, floral notes of Fuggles hops. A dryly-sticky chocolatey malt persists in the aftertaste, leaving a podium for the hops to linger a bit, still putting out savory, spicy essences of edible flowers and a clean note of bitterness.

Medium-bodied with good flavors and nice carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable and refreshing.

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cvstrickland from North Carolina, Jun 18, 2008
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3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color, although with just a little head (that goes away very quickly) and no lacing; it also has an extraordinary amount of carbonation. Nice scent, very heady, a nice deep malty scent. Excellent taste, a nice amber ale with a bit of sourness reminiscent of an Irish red. Goes down well, with just a bit of roughness from the over carbonation.

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JamesS from Indiana, Jun 04, 2008
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3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A small tan head forms and then quickly falls without leaving much lace behind. Swirling increases the head a bit, and a little bit of foam is left behind. The beer is a translucent light brown/amber hue, and sort of reminds me of a pumpkin beer.

S - Grassy hops figure prominently in the nose, and some nice toffee malt tones back it up. Could be a bit more assertive.

T - Lightly hoppy and tangy. This reminds me quite a bit of SA lager, and it has some characteristics of a pale ale too. Some nice hops are the main source of flavor, while the malt notes provide a good deal of balance. I can taste some mineral well water notes, and that's a bit of a let down for me.

M - Light bodied with a crisp carbonation and a hoppy midpalate. the finish is slightly dry and barky/woody.

D - Not bad. This is one of those beers that while tasty, will fall into the crowd as just another plain old amber ale. This one is notable for it's lovely hop bouquet though.

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pmcadamis from Illinois, May 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a slightly darker tint. Flavor is tanged and bitter. Kind of a bit much. Slightly too much caramel character there. Feel is okay. A lower carbonation. Overal this is an okay beer. Nothing crazy really. Not something to rush to the store to grab.

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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania, May 23, 2008
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3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass...

A- Red/amber color with some dark parts. Very thin off white head- no lace.

S- Smell was metallic and sweet, maybe some berries.

T- Taste was malty with a small hop presence. Caramel, fruits, biscuits...Unbalanced and bland.

M- Thick for a red ale- syrupy going down.

D- Not amazing, but I wouldn't pass it down. Might be worth a try.

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DavidSeanNJ from New Jersey, May 19, 2008
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3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and glassy reddish-orange color. Puffy head. The top of the glass is nice, with fluffy foam and lace.

Smooth and buttery aroma. Sweet and biscuity malt. Only a hint of butterscotch. Honey and a mild sweet grape. Really good. As it warms, more roasted.

Nice balance of very bitter roasted amber malt flavor and some sweetness. Bready yeast. Tiny hint of chlorine in the pale malt, but not bad. Like a pale amber. Not overly burnt or too sweet. Appears to be ringwood yeast. Sweeter as it warms.

Thick and milky feel. Leaves a bitterish mily film. A nice sweetish ale; ringwood and roasted malt make for a nice combo. A good, solid beer.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out more copper than amber, slightly murky, with a small white head that left quickly with a small white ring kept behind.

Scent is of toasted malts, some sweet caramel, some light hops.

Tasted is toasted malts, nutty, a slightly sweet taste or sugar cane, very little hops.

Fairly clean mouthfeel, light on carbonation, medium/light body.

Overall, a drinkable yet unimpressive, uninteresting brew. Not something I'm in a rush to pick up again.

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Drewcifer from Pennsylvania, Mar 10, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear bronze with well formed but small white head that was gone quickly with no lace left behind.A bit of herbal hop presence shows itslef in the nose mixed with light toastiness and sweet caramel and brown sugar notes along with a touch of roasted nuts,mouthfeel is light to medium with a bit of grainy quality.Not overly sweet on the palate just some caramel and vanilla flavors up front with a bit of drying herbal hopsmack in the finish.Pretty basic I like the hop tones and the out of the ordinary vanilla notes but still nothing to seek out really.

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oberon from North Carolina, Dec 23, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a nice and very clear deep copper colored amber. A nice three finger head of white frothy lace rose up above it and was slow to recede, leaving behind amber side glass lace and a very nice film across the top. Some good carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass to replenish it.

S - Aroma was full of malts. Lots of bread like characteristics and a decent amount of earthy and grassy tons mixed in. There was the slightest bit of hop in the back of the aroma, but nothing to really get worked up over. Just you typical amber smell

T - The flavor was actually quite nice. The first thing you notice was the deep bread like malty flavor that started from the first sip. This started to blend with a bit of a more grassy tone as it warmed and rolled together to offer a very nice balance between the two. There was a touch of a dry hoppy like finish, but it was more fresh cut grass like then citric in nature. The sugar was very well mixed in and gave it a nice little touch of sweetness towards the end.

M - Very smooth and even a touch on the creamy side. This one offered excellent carbonation and this kept the flavor rolling along and kept it from feeling dull in any way.

D - Very good session ale. Did not have anything really extreme as far as flavor and was of course light on the abv. Good carbonation an cold serving temperature just added to it wonderfully.

Overall this was a fine, albeit a touch abobe average amber lager. The flavor was nothing extrordianty, but at the same time was pretty good. It made for a fine choice with dinner and a good call I would say.

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mikesgroove from South Carolina, Dec 10, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear sparkling amber with a big sturdy coarse off-white head. Fresh clean aroma of toasty malt, very inviting. Taste is crisp and bitter, light in body, very easy drinking. The malt and hops are nicely balanced.

I'm biased -- English amber bitter is more or less my favorite all around style of beer. This is a simple but very nice one. Solid, unpretentious, doesn't let you down but not trying too hard.

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alexskovan from New York, Nov 28, 2007
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4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to leftmindedrighty for sending some exellent brews up my way!

Amber orange ale with nice off white head that laces nicely to the glass. Aroma of fuggle hops and crystal malts, taste quite refeshing, a very convincing example of a common english style ale.

Simple, and delicious, I'd have a couple around to show folks what beer really is.

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bloberglawp from Quebec (Canada), Nov 06, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, crystal malt scent along with a slightly dry roasted malt aroma. The yeast offers up some fruity esters. The taste is good as well. I'm not sure why these guys are getting such poor reviews for this beer. It's got a solid malt bill of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. The hops are of the English noble variety. It goes down easy and finishes a bit dry with some Ringwood yeast fruitiness, (tastes like Ringwood). The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine English amber ale. It's nothing special, but it's an easy drinker; well done.

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WesWes from New York, Oct 30, 2007
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3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this and the Blue Ridge Amber Lager (also a Wild Goose production) at the same time and, like the Blue Ridge, I really wanted to like this one. It's from a local brewery and so I knew it would be fresh. The color was OK, with a nice foamy head (1/2" or so). Carmel notes in the nose and a rich, creamy mouthfeel. The taste, however, was just too much sweet for me. Monodimensional sweet carmel with a strange bitter aftertaste (metallic?). I think someone called it a "twang." Wierd, but I can't explain it. A bit cloying, however. Not as refreshing and drinkable as I had hoped; but fresh and tasty nonetheless. Wild Goose Brewery does make some great products. And some of their others are phenomenal... so I guess you can't do it all.

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BackMarker from Maryland, Jul 05, 2007
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2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber. Small whitish head that is gone quickly but leaving a lasting and covering lace. Smells... Gasp! I just snorted some. Ew! OK, well, weird. Smells like rice beer. Bleh. Tastes, um, weird. OK, there is an odd twang to the odor and that odd twang comes through very clearly in the flavor. Maybe a bit cidery. Weird. Haven't seen that in a long time... Doesn't blend well with the caramel notes or the light citrus hops. Definite citrus aftertaste. A bit on the unpleasant side, there, as well. Bummer. Maybe it's just this bottle. Oh, I hope! I like the feel in the mouth... A bit sweet, a bit thick. Decent for a hot or cool day. Fine. And drinkable enough. I suppose, much more so for a hot day, eh, where you're less concerned about sipping and intricacies of flavors...

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charlesw from New York, Jun 09, 2007
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of "14907FX"?) in a classic conical pint glass

Aside: While I like the fact they have a Best By date, requiring a DaVinci code like key breaker to decipher whatever "14907FX" means is not cool.

Poured loosely, with some energy and a crackle to it. Soft, dull malts up front, a little bit of pepper, chewy orange caramels (like circus peanuts), faint cherry and black currant, a nice, rich sweetness to it. Head was a fat finger of loose, lively, snapping almond hued foam that faded rather quickly to a dusting of some cover and a thin glass ring that didn't lace one stitch or perl. A beautiful, slightly hazed, ruddy-brassy amber sunset hue in color, its rather striking to the eye...too bad the head completely disappeared. Occasionally a bubble rises but otherwise nothing.

Mmm.. this is nice. Its definitely more to the sweet side than bitter, but not sugary. Semi-dry on the tongue, the caramelized malts have a pleasing, rich, faintly buttered sweetness along with some nice fruits qualities like dark cherry, golden raisins...very nice. There is subtle hop bitterness in the background playing a supporting role to the sweet malt's lead, which adds balance and accentuates the dry quality.

It gets more bittersweet on the palate, a little dryer with a faint crunch, balancing out and growing very even. Faint tea tannins & leather qualities emerge before it finishes with more of the same, perhaps a little more bitter even, leaving a (surprise) orange-esque, slightly chewy, somewhat filmy coating that is nice....not overly pleasant, but nice.

This was rather enjoyable, easy to drink, and would make a great session beer, especially if you enjoy ales that are more sweet than bitter. This would pair well with some simple pub fare, potatoes in any form, a good deli sandwich on a rye or pumpernickel, or some mild cheddar. A very nice, easy to drink beer, which is a very good thing. Definitely recommended and would drink again in a heartbeat.

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3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Newport, KY.

Appearance: copper color with a 3/4" white head (thin) that disappears quickly
Smell: cider smell (kind of a turn off)
Taste: unique (a little bit spicy); slight cider taste; cinnamon maybe; slight hop taste
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: decent

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Applesauce1 from Virginia, Mar 11, 2007
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3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a very nice dark amber rust color to it with good bubbly head that fades into a skim layer of bubbles. Smell is primarily malt with some caramel sweetness and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is all malt up front, but then a little kick of hoppy bitterness, ending in good balance. Light to medium in body with not too much carbonation. A very good amber ale, easy to drink.

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HopDerek from Pennsylvania, Jan 03, 2007
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3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy bronze with little head. The aroma is quite sweet; mainly malt with a little apricot. I like the flavor quite a lot. Again, quite malty with just a slight bitterness. There is quite a bit of carbonation and a good amount of body. A good beer from a brewery I had never heard of before today.

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beakerboy from Kentucky, Nov 27, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Deep copper color with an orangish background hue. Two fingers of tan head with a little lacing throughout.

S: Clove, malt, very mild hops (I think). Not overpowering, somewhat soft.

T: Immediate clove taste, more powerful than the smell led me to believe. Sweet and sugary, but in a good way. A fruity taste appears near the end of the beer. Sweeter than I expected from an ale. Not much hop taste.

M: Thin to medium with a sweet clove aftertaste.

D: Good sessionable beer after the sugary clove taste. Once I got used to this, I had a few more.

Overall, a good beer. I am not sure if it is true-to-style, but who cares ?

EDIT: Just read that it is an English Ale more than and American. That makes more sense.

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guinnessfan from Pennsylvania, Oct 09, 2006
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