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Beer Review: Goose Island Old Man Grumpy

A review of Goose Island’s Old Man Grumpy

Ah, the sound of a beer being cracked open. Next to the crack of a baseball bat and and the goal horn at the UC, I’m not quite sure there are many better sounds in this world.

The beer that was just cracked is an Old Man Grumpy Pale Ale from Goose Island. Pale ales are one of my favorite styles of beer. Most of the time they are fairly easy to drink, but still give you some of the kick and feel of an IPA.

I’ll admit, I haven’t been drinking much Goose Island beer ever since they got rid of the 312 Urban Pale Ale, which was one of my go-to beers. For those unfamiliar with 312 Urban Pale Ale, it was the green version of 312 Urban Wheat, which is a staple in many Chicago establishments.

When I saw this brew the first time on shelves a few months ago, I added it to my mental list of beers to try on a rainy day. Well, it’s been a rainy week so here we are.

Weighing in at a decent 5.8% ABV and advertised as “Pine-y” and “Mango-y,” also two things right up my alley, I was certainly impressed but not completely blown away. The pine notes, for me, were a tad stronger than the mango, especially during the finish, which I particularly enjoyed as a fan of a more Pine-y Pacific-NW style IPA drinker.

The Old Man Grumpy also has a clean and somewhat of a lighter feel to it, which gives this brew a pretty decent drinkability. They go down really easy for a pale ale, so you can knock back a few quickly and the 5.8% ABV will have you feeling good in no time.

I’d definitely purchase this beer again or grab one if I happen to pass by The Goose Island at the Rate and hang with our buddies down in Section 108. I advise you to do the same.

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