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Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2010
Lightly dullish pumpkin amber hue with a beige crown of firm, creamy foam that sits at a good medium height, no more no less. A drifted skim is left behind and keeps well once the crown dwindles down. Moderate lacing in some broken sheeting that lends some connect the dotted strings.

Nice clean and fairly bold nose with some buzzing dull pine sided citrusy hops and a load of caramel with a dusting of cardboard-like wood notes.

Taste is ample with a simple display of dull apple, cedar wood chips, lightly toasted toffee, and some leafy hops puffing about in the finish with just a pinching squeeze of dryish orange oiled bitterness mixed with more woody notes. Nice malt carraige underneath always pulling in a light bready, caramel/toffee tinted sweetness to balance it out.

Dead on light/medium body with a clean profile overall. Nice smooth grab of carbonation and subtle hops tones thoughout. Malt base seems to keep it just bready sweet enough. Allowing for a nice ESB balance of the hops into play.

A very solid ESB. Quite quenchable and for the style is just Americanized enough by GI to make it worth drinking more then two or so. Sure, its usually a fairly boring style, but sometimes the basics are well worth establishing.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$13.99 12-Pack
Binny's Orland

Goose Islands Harvest Ale comes as a little bit of a surprise to me as it's not a wet hopped IPA or PA like the harvest ales I'm used to seeing. Anyway, on to the review. Pours a faded copper that has a slight chill haze and tiny particules throughout. A two finger soapy off-white head formed on the pour and fell to a skim coat with a fatter collar. Leaves decent lace lines after each sip.

The aroma starts and ends with a moderate hop presence along the lines of sweetened grapefruit, grassiness, a hint of this and that. Maybe some lemon. The grapefruit is most prominent but all the hops are seamless to the point its hard to tell where one begins and one ends. Don't get me wrong this beer smells surpemely balanced with an earthy caramel maltinees that balances things out.

Flavor is along the lines of the aroma. Great balance between the fresh vibrant hoppiness and the caramel sweet maltiness. The flavor sports sme of the sweet pale maltiness and it's very welcome. It's one after the other over and over until this beer ends up down the gullet.

I find all of Goose Islands beers to have great mouthfeels. This is no exception. Mild carbonation keeps this beer smooth and creamy while allowing every flavor to work its way through nicely.

This is a good easy drinking very sessionable brew from Goose Island. The balance makes it one to pick up and drink the day away with.

This is a surprise of a harvest ale from Goose Island. Not the resiny one sided hoppiness like you might expect from a harvest ale but more supremely balanced and subtle making it highly drinkable.

Reviewed: 10/17/07

Price: $13.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 3 7 0
A - Pours a clean copper colored body. Bright white head sit atop, about a quarter inch tall and made up of tight bubbles. Good retention.

S - Deep caramel malts with some sweetness. Some red fruit notes. Almost like there is some spice added in too.

T - Starts with bigger red fruit flavors than I expected. Sweetness extends for quite a while going down the tongue. Along the way some spiciness comes in with a bit of pepper and all spice. Fairly simple flavors, but pleasant none the less.

M - Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is a tad biting.

D - Not a bad beer really. Sure beats all the crappy pumpkin beers out there. Worth a shot for an easy drinker.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 8 15 2 7 0
A: Really minor his when the cap came off, signifying low carbonation. The onset of the pour produced a ΒΌ inch off white head but it died quite quickly. The remaining film hugs the side of the glass. The body is almost a pumpkin color with watermelon highlights.

S: Coffee, toffee with floral and spicy hops. Perhaps some apricot and sawdust.

T: Starts bitter and almost dry at the tip of the tongue. Some green citrus fruits offer zesty flavor while dry grainy flavors work from the other side. Almost immediately, minor caramel aspects go to work with simple yellow apple and some redwood around the front sides of the tongue. The caramel continues to slide down the center of the tongue, bringing with it the only sweetness that is offered. Finishes mildly bitter.

M: Thin with a hard mouthfeel.

D: Simple, straight forward beer. Good flavor and quite drinkable.

Served In: Tulip

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