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August 1, 2010 / Chris

Goose Island – Clybourn

Goose Island - Clybourn

I had a meeting at a customer location last Monday, lucky for me it was only a short distance from Goose Island – Clybourn, so I could stop for dinner after the meeting.  They had a decent amount of people for 3:30 in the afternoon, but plenty of space at the bar or at tables.  I started with a beer I had been wanting to try for a long time, ok, for as long as I heard they were going to do it (Link):

Congratulations to Romie Gibly for naming our hefeweizen “Hefe-Hawks-Win“. I had a lot of great suggestions but this one was just too good to be true for this beer. Hefe-Hawks-Win is perfect for Chicago and Goose Island Clybourn. I love the Blackhawks and think this Chicago beer is perfect for Hawks fans to enjoy while celebrating their win this summer.

The tall golden brew was nice and refreshing for the warm day.  The sweet base was not overpowering.  Actually, it’s been a while since I have had a hefeweizen, but I remember that one being more flavorful.  This one was actually a little bland.  I was disappointed, it just didn’t push any flavors, drinkable yes, but if you need a refreshing summer beer, there are better ones out there that are easier to obtain as this is a brewpub only offering. 6/10.

Hefe-Hawks Win

Next up after finishing my pulled pork sandwich, very good by the way, I ordered a Black Imperial IPA which was on hand pump from the cask.  It was barely lower than room temperature at serving, and was a nice dark brown/almost black color with khaki head.  Looks like a stout, smells and tastes like an IPA.  Good offering of the style, 7/10.

Black Imperial IPA

Lastly, I ordered a Golden Jet, which is part of Goose Island’s chef collaboration series.

Golden Jet – 5.3% ABV
Brewed with Chef Paul Kahan and crew from Publican. A refreshing and complex Belgian session ale with a subtle fruity and floral nose from german Sphir hops.

Very good in the Belgian style, finishes as it warmed up to be very fruity.  Plenty sweet and light on the alcohol to be very session-able. 7/10


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