When the Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. John Hall decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to introduce his beers. It turned out that John was right, as Chicagoan’s palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. New this year is their Goose Island Summer Ale.
The beer pours a rich honey color. The two finger dense white head shows decent retention. Once dissipated a generous lacing remains. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise in the glass adding the overall appearance.
On the nose, delicious aromas of fresh sweet oranges dominate. Pine, grapefruit pith and lemon zest appear next with aromas of bright coriander. Sweet malt notes balance help to bring the fruit, hop and spice aromas together.
On the palate this session brew proves to be extremely refreshing. Crisp citrus and bright coriander mix seamlessly with piney resin notes. Grassy notes are met with light malt flavors. Orange and black pepper spice hit on the finish and round out the palate.
Goose Island hit the nail on the head! They say the Summer Ale is a “crisp and endlessly refreshing session ale,” and we agree. This is definitely a crowd pleaser for the hot weather. Pair with Brie, grilled halibut with mango chutney or pineapple upside down cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Pints