Goose Island is celebrating their 25th Anniversary, and has brewed a special beer to commemorate the occasion. This beer – their 25th Anniversary Ale – is Goose Island’s take on the ESB style. What results in this Anniversary Ale is something that is a complex and intricate experience. The bottle pours nicely, with a large head that sticks around; the beer has an orange / copper hue that makes the head pop brightly. An initial sip will tie together a sweeter opening note with a slight bitterness. Subsequent quaffs will yield hints of caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts. A second facet to the Anniversary Ale will bring forth floral and citrus elements; the beer is tied together with a toasty, malty demeanor.
The 6.4% ABV of the beer provides the perfect amount of warmth to this complex effort. This beer is a taut release, and will appease fans of a great number of styles. Goose Island has made something that is an utter delight to drink, something that is unique while being eminently drinkable.
Goose Island 25th Anniversary Ale can be purchased at well-stocked stores; make sure to purchase a bottle before it becomes hard to find. A six pack of the 25th Anniversary Ale will set one back about $8. Check out the Goose Island website for more information about the 25th Anniversary Ale and the rest of the brewery’s releases through the year.
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