Midway ISA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Midway India Session Ale”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild tropical fruit, melon and some sweetness.  The flavour is of mild tropical fruits, melon, herbal and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 30.  Much like many ISA’s I wish this beer had some malt presence but it was pretty tasty.

Commercial Description:  Paying tribute to the city we call home, Midway IPA is sessionable and refreshing, or as we like to refer to it – easy drinking. With a lower ABV, balanced IBU’s, and a tropical fruit aroma, make Midway your new go-to, have more than one, easy drinking IPA.

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Goose Four Star Pils – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Four Star Pils”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, fruit, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 38. This is exactly what a Craft pilsner should be. Grainy with a good little hops bite. Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB-Inbev and their standard lineup is brewed by Labatt in Canada.

Commercial Description:  Goose Island has taken the traditional Pilsner beer style and made it uncommon with a unique blend of German and American hops. The result is an immensely drinkable and refreshing beer with a crisp hop aroma that will have you reaching for another one in no time.

 

Gillian 2016 Release – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Gillian” a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from the 2016 Release.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold colour with a white head much like a champagne.  The aroma consists of strawberries, honey, spices, pepper, sweetness and some tartness.  The flavour is of strawberry, honey, spices, pepper, wheat, honey, mild earth, tartness and a mild brett funk.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 20.  I was really excited to give this beer a try!  It is a very good beer with an amazing mix of flavours and there might still be a chance to find it on tap in Vancouver.  Hawskworth had a keg at one time.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.

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Goose Rambler IPA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Rambler IPA” a Red IPA.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, citrus and pine.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, grassy hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 65.  The hops bitterness is not as high as many IPA’s and it is also a bit sweeter but it is quite refreshing regardless.

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Goose Endless IPA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Endless IPA” a Session IPA is the latest seasonal to reach Canada.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grassy hops, hay, grain, grapefruit and citrus.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, grain, grapefruit, orange, herbal, grassy and mildly bitter hops.  the alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35.  While not a complex beer it is an enjoyable summer ale although probably closer to a golden ale than an ISA with a low bitterness.

Commercial Description:  Long days and warm nights awaken the city. The list of neighborhood festivals is endless. As is the great music that brings us together in parks and parking lots. We brewed our Session IPA to be easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore. Bright note of fresh oranges and other citrus fruit with a mild body that is crisp on the palate.

Food paring as per brewery:  Room temperature cows milk cheese, grilled chicken Caesar salad, seared port chop with orange marmalade sauce, oven-roasted white fish, creamy panna cotta with tangerine sauce.

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