Chicago’s Goose Island brewery is known for a number of beers, including their various pale ales and their Belgian style beers. The Ogden is Goose Island’s version of the classic Belgian Tripel style.
According to Goose Island’s web site, The Ogden is named after the man who opened Chicago’s first brewery, and also served as its first mayor. It’s brewed with 2-row malt and hopped with Brewer’s Gold, Citra, and Saaz hops. It’s fermented with a Belgian yeast to improve its complexity.
The beer pours a pale gold straw color with finger-thick white head that lasts for quite a while. The aroma is sweet, with citrus and hops notes.
The flavor starts sweet and mildly fruity, then the hops swell up to shut off the sweetness. The lingering finish is bitter. At 35 IBUs, it’s on the high end of the bitterness scale for a tripel (based on the BJCP Style Guidelines, which have the style in the 20-40 IBU range). It leaves a thick layer of lacing behind on the glass.
In the end, I like The Ogden, but not nearly as much as I like Goose Island’s Pere Jacques (26 IBUs) and Matilda (26 IBUs). I’m therefore rating it 7/10.
The Ogden is only brewed and sold in May. According to the Goose Island web site, you probably won’t find it at any Columbus area retailers right now.
Flavor Profile: Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour: Sweet with bitter finish Spice Level: Medium Hops Level: Moderate Dominant Flavors: citrus, hops ABV: 9.0% IBU: 35 My Rating: 7/10