Goose Island Mild Winter
Brewery: Goose Island Brewery [Chicago, IL]
Style: Rye Beer
Mild Winter is Chicago brewery Goose Island’s main winter brew. As a resident of Chicago, I have had many of GI’s beers, most of which have been quite good. This seasonal offering is no exception.
The Mild Winter’s claim to fame is its use of rye as a main ingredient, and this sets it apart from most other seasonal ales. This beer is also more, well, mild than others released around this time. While many companies focus on stouts and/or beers loaded with holiday spices, Goose Island labels this one as an “American Mild Ale.” While I am rather fond of darker beers, this is a welcome change of pace during these cold months.
When poured into a glass, Mild Winter has a toffee appearance. Its taste brings roasted malts to the forefront, with rye obviously noteable as well. It goes down smooth — it would be easy to have a few of these in one sitting.
I like this beer; it is the right balance of not-too-strong and not-too-light. If you’re looking for a good brew for these last few cold months of the season but don’t want to go for the traditional stout, you could do worse than Goose Island’s Mild Winter.