Wednesday, March 12, 2014

312 Urban Pale Ale Released on "3-1-2 Day"


Goose Island will be releasing its first pale ale not brewed exclusively for the Chicago market today, "3-1-2 Day." That would be 312 Urban Pale Ale. This was sent to me to try by the brewery. Taking the 312 theme further, Brewmaster Brett Porter will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit at 3:12 pm Central time. Grab a six pack and check that out. Oh, and here is a preview...

The label has a green color scheme and a skyscraper motif, as this beer was "constructed... on a balanced malt backbone, so the citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor can stand tall." This bottle was bottled in Baldwinsville, NY or Fort Collins, CO on 20FEB14. 5.4% alcohol. 30 IBU.

Lemony citrus aroma, nice but not that strong. Bright lemon citrus flavors start first with a tangy and fairly bitter bite. A faint malty backbone is present but this beer easily leans bitter and is in fact on the bitter end for beers in the style. The finish has a light hoppy cleansing type of character. Crisp and refreshing. I liked it though it's certainly in a competitive powerhouse category. Check it out.

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