Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Goose Island Harvest Ale
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Pours a clear copper with reddish/orange hues and a rich off white head.
Sweet caramel malts with a citrus and pine hop aromas on the nose.
Very nice ale; there is a nice malt sweetness up front, not much in the middle but the back end is very impressive dry hop finish. Make no mistake this is a very hoppy beer but it also has a nice malt balance.
This is a very good ESB, it may even rival Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady.
The head has diminished to a nice protective layer and it is leaving excellent lacing on the glass. You can see the level left behind from every sip.
Well not quite a Scarlet Lady; it is loosing some of its luster as it warms up.
At 64 degrees this is still a very good ESB. I really like the beer it’s a solid B for an ESB. Not quite sure why it’s marketed as a Harvest Ale seasonal this is a very refreshing beer that could be enjoyed year round.