Goose Summer Ale

Reviewed by on August 6, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.

  • Origin: Chicago, IL

  • Rated On: August 6, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled April 8, 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Goose Island is a Chicago-based craft brewery that came under the ownership of AB-Inbev in 2011, which has led to much greater distribution of their products, and to the predictable, and often justified outcry.  At any rate, their Goose Summer Ale is self-described as a ‘session ale’, among other things.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered tacky cloud lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale and caramel malt, zesty citrus, muddled tropical fruit, pine and a few of its less-common arboreal friends, and further herbal, leafy hop bitters. The taste is rather hoppy up front – orange and white grapefruit citrus flesh, mostly – grainy, bready caramel malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, still indistinct tropical fruit esters, and additional spicy, herbal, and floral hops. The carbonation is rather low-fi on a high-fidelity beer network node, what with its wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops quite polite in their visiting demeanour. It finishes well off-dry, mostly from the fruitiness, though no one in particular stands out, and a demurely supportive malt.

I have never quite grokked the exact nature of the ‘summer’ ale, beyond fruity adjuncts and typically bland blondes (ale, that is). Here, we are presented with more of the former, but via hop schedule instead of actual fruit. I gotta say, this one works as a thirst-quenching, no-brainer summer tipple, which I suppose is the underlying point, after all.

Brady White

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