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. One of their seasonal beers is Brown Ale called Festivity, brewed to celebrate the holidays and the recipe changes slightly from year to year.
The beer pours an opaque amber brown color with dark ruby highlights when viewed against the light. The two finger light brown head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves behind an ample lacing.
Aromas of sweet fruits, malts and spices leap from the glass. The fruit notes in combination with the spice is reminiscent of fruit cake. Notes of sweet toffee, caramel and creamy vanilla are backed by a toasted nut aroma.
Nice toasted malts up front along with sweet fruit notes. Roasted nuts, brown sugar, toffee and caramel notes follow on the heels of the fruits and malts. Piney hop notes hit around the mid-palate and carry through to the finish adding a slight bitterness.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints