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Beer review: Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale

by Nick Trougakos Published: March 10, 2014
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Goose Island Beer Co. has announced it will add a beer to its year-round lineup, and it will be the company’s first year-round pale ale.

312 Urban Pale Ale is set for debut on Wednesday.

I was able to score a preview bottle and thought I would pass along a quick review.

For starters, the beer checks in at 5.4% ABV and 30 IBUs. It was bronze in color and displayed a slight haze, most likely due to the wheat malt included in the grain bill. It had a restrained head that dissipated quickly after pouring. I would describe the aroma as thin, or subtle, with just a hint of citrus fruit in the nose. The beer displayed very little lacing. I thought the flavor was nicely balanced between the hop and malt, with neither playing a dominant role. I felt this left it lacking any kind of distinctive punch, however. Bitterness seemed hard to find — definitely below the bitterness level of most of today’s pale ales. The flavor did provide some citrus or maybe even pineapple-like qualities. In summation, this beer did not knock my socks off with flavor, but I wouldn’t call it a bad beer. In fact, the balance between hops and malt was nailed quite well. As someone who typically favors a hop-forward pale ale, it perhaps was just not my cup of tea in that regard. Overall, I would call this an easy-drinking session beer with a crisp, clean finish.

Pints and Pins

-The weekly Monday pint nights today at the McNellie’s pubs are: Guinness at Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Tulsa-South; and Anchor Bock in Norman.

-I was browsing the beer social media feeds this morning when I came across a mention of someone trying to turn their non-craft-beer-drinking friend onto craft beer. What beer did they select to begin this initiation process? A whiskey-barrel-aged imperial stout from Prairie. Now, I’m sure this is typically a fine beer. But as messengers of the craft beer gospel, we have to be smart, people. We might think a whiskey-barrel-aged imperial stout kicks ass, but let’s remember that the palate of the non-initiated can be a fickle thing. As a general rule, let’s start them out slowly, and then bring them along to the more complex stuff. OK, PSA for the day complete.

by Nick Trougakos
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Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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