Friday, April 12, 2013

Goose Island Brewery's Kilgubbin Irish Red Ale

Hey there. This is another beer from Goose Island Brewery. We first reviewed these characters in this review. Living in Chicago, or anywhere else these days, it's hard to avoid this stuff. And you know where it's real hard to avoid it? The Wrigleyville Goose Island Brewpub. If you're looking for this beer at your local watering hole you might have a pinch of an issue, as this is brewed in the brewpub, one of the dozens there, and I'm pretty sure these jags don't serve it at your parent's dive bar.

The name itself does have some Chicago history. Kilgubbin itself is a part of Ireland and when Irish immigrant came to the States, the loaded up around Goose Island, which was the only island located in the Chicago River, formed by a canal from some old dude who was trying to achieve something or other. So, long story short, Kilgubbin was another name for the island Goose Island. Did you know that? Probably not. Do you care? Even less likely.

As far as flavor, its pretty tasty.  It's got a slight bitterness and hop to it. Sweet caramel flavoring with a slightly sour snap to it. It's got a medium body to it, which I don't entirely like. I prefer a heavier, malty consistency; something you can enjoy with a nice stogie. This left a little to be desired.  Though, I've been pretty unhappy with my red ales as of late. It's as disappointing as when you buy rechargable batteries and they go back after like 10 recharges. It's like "I know I've changed these out way more often than regular batteries" and you end up buying the 18 pack of Rayovac for $8.00 because 18 batteries will outlast your own life, unless you're really into radio-controlled cars.

You can tell my the head in the picture that it's not going to be a malty pleasure. It's certainly cloudy enough to fool even the most experienced aficionado (boozehound).

The beer itself is 5.1% ABV so for $6 a pop, it won't be throwing bricks through their windows in the middle of the night to get my filthy mitts on it after hours. I mean, do you know how many batteries you could buy with that? If I go back, I'd probably try one of their many other offerings. Don't hate it; don't love it.

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 4/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 4/10

Overall: 4.75/10

Other Goose Island Reviews:
Goose Island Harvest Ale
Goose Island Sofie Belgian Farmhouse Ale
Goose Island India Pale Ale
Goose Island Mild Winter Ale
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Hefeweisen

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