Item Purchased: Goose Island Nut Brown Ale (1 pt. on draft)
Location Purchased: Goose Island Brew Pub / 1800 N. Clybourn / Chicago, IL
Price: $5.00 w/tax
Review: Could it be? Another Goose Island beer that I can tolerate? Most Goose Island beer is disgusting because regardless of the initial taste, it still has that awful Goose Island signature aftertaste. I don’t know what it is. Maybe they have a special barley that passes through a goose’s intestine, like kopi luwak coffee. Maybe Goose Island uses water straight from the Chicago river. Maybe I am just a natural beer snob since I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Whatever it is, I simply don’t understand how so many of my Chicago brethren can honestly say that they enjoy Goose Island beer. Of course, I also don’t know how they can whole-heartedly get behind a sports team like the Cubs, Bears or Bulls year after losing year.
Goose Island’s Nut Brown Ale is one of the few brews from this brewery that doesn’t leave your mouth wanting a tooth brush and a Schlitz. It tastes slightly creamy, slightly bitter, slightly dark and extremely refreshing. Unlike most nut brown ales, this ale doesn’t leave a bitter hops taste in your mouth and its coffee undertones are mild. Where I can only mildly tolerate Goose Island’s Honker’s Ale, I have to admit that I really like this beer. It is a bit absurd that the brew pub where this beer is made charges $5.00 a pint, but if I ever see it for sale in the grocery store, I will more than likely pick some up.
Rating: 4 / 5