Saturday, December 21, 2013

Goose Island Sixth Day

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1027) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass (as recommended by the bottle’s label). It was bottled on 10/21/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep, translucent shade of cherry wood brownish red. Pours to a large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: Rather unusual combination of alcohol astringency, some fruit and a general tanginess. Odd.

Taste: Goose Island’s "Christmas Ale" was one of my favorite beers of the holiday season. It’s since been retired and replaced by "Sixth Day" - a stronger brew of the American brown ale style. I’m not sure what to make of it since it doesn’t conform well to the style and seems to have some strange flavors to it. A weird combination of resiny, dank hops but generic astringency and a sour character. I don’t get it.

The palette here is an interesting dynamic of strong hops and an strange malts. Though interesting isn’t a synonym for good. There’s a subtle sweetness of the usual brown ale malt bill, but it’s completely overshadowed by the hops and alcohol. There appears to be some faint sour cherry or grape flavor, but it’s obscured by a surprisingly dank and resiny hop profile (which I enjoyed). But the finish contains a harsh combination of sour tang and alcohol booziness. The more I drink it, the less I like it.

Drinkability: Goose Island Sixth Day is one of those beers that’s comfortable in the mouth and smooth going down, but still not highly drinkable because the taste isn’t all that pleasant. The delivery process is at least comfortable, despite some alcohol warmth from the 8.3% ABV body. It leaves a slightly tangy, dry aftertaste which isn’t annoying, but isn’t easily ignored either. 
Grade: 4/10