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Endless IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Endless IPAEndless IPA

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91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 819
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 41.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zaphog on 03-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Long days and warm nights awaken the city. The list of neighborhood festivals is endless. As is the great music that brings us together in parks and parking lots. We brewed our Session IPA to be easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore. Bright note of fresh oranges and other citrus fruit with a mild body that is crisp on the palate.
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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 819
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden yellow color, not much head at all nor lacing on the glass, no cap on top.

Smell has a fairly strong sweet malt presence, hops are quite mute to the nose, almost has a corn aroma.

Taste is primarily the sweet malt with a subtle hop finish, body is on the thin side but carbonation is nice and high that lends a crispness to the finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled April 27, 2014

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing, mostly clear golden honey pilsner colored, many streaming bubbles.

Nose brings big musty resinous hops, grassy wet hop like aroma with hop oils and slightly piney resin, a nice dank hop with floral mild grassy spicy hops, and touch of a passion fruit guava like tropical fruit, faint malts underneath.

Trade brings more dank resinous hops, very musty fresh wet hop like, piney and floral, grassy and just a touch spicy. In the background the hops bring mild tropical notes again, the musty passion fruit guava like fruits, and a touch of a general fruity bubblegum. Mild sweet toasted malt underneath. Finish is dry and fairly bitter, nice long lingering bitterness with more dank spicy piney resinous hop flavours and mild hop oils lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy effervescent carb.

Overall pretty nice. Nice hop profile, enough malt to back up the hops without getting in the way. definitely tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of ToGoodCompany
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer is single hopped with Amarillo, and the grain bill is very simple (2-row, Cara 60L, Carapils). It has decent mouthfeel, holds a good head (thanks carapils), and there's nothing bad about it. I would recommend it if only as a showcase of Amarillo hops. Very drinkable (it's a session after all).

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Photo of ahommell
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Goose Island will never be the Goose Island of old. I tried this thinking... hey... lets pretend this is still made in Chicago. It isn't. Moreover... this beer isn't something the old Goose Island would put out.
A: Straw clear golden like BMC. Big head that Dissipates like BMC.

S: Citra, Light Malts.

T: Unfortunately bland. Obviously it is an "ending IPA." No word on how "Endless IPA" is created by adding Citra and Cascade. (Or so my tastebuds and sniffer detect.)

M: Light.

O: Find something else. This is not what Goose Island is all about. I rarely leave negative posts... but this one just pisses me off.

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Photo of Bill69
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

the only thing really memorable other than this is a fairly accessible session PA is the wallop of sesame out of the gate. If you don't enjoy toasted/sesame then this would not be a session ale for you, as for me, it works but not in the true sense of an "endless IPA".

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with a head that trails easily. The smell was full of citrus and floral notes from the hops and made me excited to try. The taste was my favorite part by far because I got all those great hop notes, but underneath all the bitterness from the hops was a toasted caramel flavor that kept the beer balanced and very delicious. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of dippy
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice lacing on the glass
Head was light and fluffy like a cloud.
Smelly was citrusy. A little toast.
Golden color.
This was perfect for a summer session.
Not too hoppy which was refreshing even for a hop head like me.

Give it a try at your next bbq.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: hazy dark amber color; yeast residue at bottom; very nice head + retention
S: pleasant light hoppy aroma
T: very nice light, sweet hoppy flavor; grapefruit overtones predominate; aggressive but not bitter

Remarkable for its ABV, a well-balanced IPA. Definitely worth repeated visits.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with a nice 2 inch foamy head, good sticky lacing.

Smell - Dank hops, orange, some lemon, and a odd, fruity aroma at the finish.

Taste - Another session ipa on the market. This one starts off with piney hops, orange, some lemon. Very weak, watery and tame. A odd fruity flavor comes out at the finish, which I cant figure out what it is.

Mouthfeel - Light faint hops hit the tongue and provide minimal bitterness. Palate gets some fruits, and a light sweet note. Aftertaste is weak and watery.

Overall - Next please. This aint cuttin' it for the session ipa kick going on right now. Too weak, forgettable. Pass on this.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright clear pale gold beer with a slight head. Nose features good old fashioned citrus hops, though it's a little light. Moderately high bitterness to taste, with hmm, perhaps not as citrusy as I thought--they're a little pine resiny in the flavor, maybe a little nutty. Pleasant enough, with a dry finish. Medium-light body, neutral texture.

Eh, it's an ok session IPA, but with the wealth of really, really good ones lately, not worth rebuying.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a 12oz pilsner glass. Bottled on 09APR14BF94.

Pours coppery, clear, small white head, medium carbonation. Smell is very mald -- all I can detect is a vague fruitiness.

Taste is slightly piney, with some odd bready or fruity thing in the background that I can't quite make out and don't quite enjoy.

Mouthfeel is nice, dry and fluffy. Overall, it's not terrible, but I'm glad I only bought the one bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: attractive medium-golden hue with no haze and a rather light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Boy howdy, do I love the color.

Smell: dusky, dank and spicy hops. That's about all I get, but I rather like it.

Taste: dusky, dank and spicy. Overall it's rather dry and, while bitterness is low, it is balanced in this session-type IPA. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly robust carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Kudos!

Overall: I quite like this beer. It is highly drinkable and the hop character is not something I encounter too often in other beers. Great stuff.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm always hesitant to try the Goose Island stuff brewed in Baldwinsville, NY/Fort Collins, CO. I saw this Endless IPA, and realized it was new to their lineup along with the Rambler red IPA. Appears a pale copper with a beige off white head, leaves behind evenly dispersed lacing. Aroma has some citrus notes, a bit of dankness, pale malt bready qualities and more pungent grapefruit peel. Flavors have a tart citric note, light airy malt backbone, ample sweetness actually quite refreshing and easy to drink. Clean hop bitterness, a bit funky, floral, citric I'm game for a few glasses of this. Mouthfeel is light bodied even flowing carbonation goes down great slightly slick hop oils. Amazing one of their lowest rated offerings, I find quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light bronze-hued body with a finger's worth of whitish froth. Meager lacing.

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruits and a bit of shredded green herb. Minor base maltiness allows these hop flavors to rule the nose, for better or worse.

Taste: Biscuity pale malts, frothed toasted pils, topped with a pinch of table sugar. Sweet orange and melon juice fruitiness and a little sourish kiwi and mint. Medium-light bitterness. Drying, tangy finish with some herb-flecked fruitiness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Thankfully, it ended. This was when I pulled the plug on the twelve ounces about two-thirds of the way through, but still!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date of June 04, 2014 printed on the bottleneck label. Yet another new IPA creation from Goose Island; this one a proclaimed 'session ale' with a moderate 5.00% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice golden orange colored body; semi-hazy, semi-clear with just over two fingers of fluffy doughy white head. Leaves behind some decent fluffy lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell is nice enough, for a 'session' IPA. Herbal, floral, lemon zest, some grapefruit, pine, and a bready honeyed malt backbone. It's noticeably 'lighter' smelling than your average IPA, and more in the line of a pale ale, but it still smells very fresh and appealing.

T - Taste follows the nose - herbal, floral, lemon / grapefruit / orange fruitiness, piney hop resins, and a bready honeyed malt backbone to keep things in good harmony.

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Light-bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking, and certianly what I would describe as sessionable.

Overall, a nice take on the session IPA from Goose Island. A nice easy drinking beer, perfect for hot summer days and as a companion to food.

Goose Island Endless IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of justintcoons
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Crystal clear straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Tangerine, orange, honey, papaya, mango, and candy sugar.

Tangerine, navel orange, and juicy grapefruit. Bready malts, honey, and honeydew melon. Light notes of papaya and mango.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, juicy, and refreshing.

Mellow, easy drinking, and damned tasty. This is a very underrated session IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Lumpy, slowly receding head. Good lace (rings). Dark gold color with nearly no haze.

Earthy and off are my first impressions. I smell band-aids. Not attractive.

The flavor is darker than many IPAs but it is hard to overcome the smell. The hop is dominant but the swallow brings out the awful smell. The body is neutral as is the carbonation.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated 4/7, so it's within the 90 day window;

A: clear; golden in color; stream of bubbles rising in the center of the glass; 2 finger white head that receded to a thin film; minimal lacing;

S: hops, but also an offputting sourness;

T: not sure how to describe this; it's sour, but not like a sour beer; sour like it went bad; one note; this can't be what they were going for;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I'm not a big fan of session IPAs to begin with, but this was still a let down;

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Photo of SpecialPatrolGroup
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this beer is criminally underrated. As far as single hop beers go, it is one of my favorites and every bit as good as a Hill Farmstead Citra. They used Amarillo hops masterfully well and balanced the malt profile with the hops perfectly. This is a great session beer and the flavor never gets boring. Great summer beer and unfortunately, it's a limited edition so I suggest going out and buying some because if i get there before you do, there won't be any left

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Photo of GPHarris
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a nonic glass. the body was a bright golden-orange color.
s - muted grapefruit aroma.
t - piney and bready with a spicy finish.
m - slick mouthfeel.
o - decent beer in what's becoming a popular category. most of what i've had has been more flavorful than this though.

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Photo of Beric
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 21 June 2014

Appearance: Had this one at a party, so I had it from the bottle. Good bottle art and I love the unique bottlecap to add to the collection though.

Smell: Lots of floral hops with some sweet citrus notes as well, overlayed on a sweet malt.

Taste: Much like the nose, though the malt profile was not as sweet as I was expecting. This one is actually quite bitter for a session IPA based on the others I've had, which is not a bad thing. Obviously the floral hops are the biggest flavor in this one, but the semi-dry finish makes you want to keep drinking more of it.

Mouthfeel: Started very carbonated, but quickly lost much of its carbonation. I would have liked to see a more uniform carbonation throughout.

Overall: Not a bad sessions IPA, especially for the price point. However, if I were to go with a sessionable, hoppy beer from Goose Island, I'd probably have to go with the new 312 Pale Ale, since this is significantly more well-rounded than the session IPA, a result of a significantly softer malt base.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with vibrant carbonation rising up to the top. The head is three fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. The texture is frothy rather than creamy, and retention is decent considering how tall the head is. Nice webs of lacing are left behind.

S: This one takes on more of a grapefruity hop tone, rather than a piny/herbaceous/tropical one. The primary note is grapefruit zest/peel, with lesser hints of orange and pine. A touch of biscuity malt comes through - there seems to be something a bit peculiar about the malts, if not exactly offensive. Still, the citrus zest notes are pleasing.

T: It opens up - just like the nose indicated - with a healthy citrus peel character. Malts come through with some mild biscuity sweetness on the back end. After a few sips, the finish becomes somewhat herbaceous. It's not complex, but it could certainly pass for a 6% or even 6.5% pale ale at times.

M: While slightly sweeter than some of the session IPAs out there, it still has nice crispness and dryness. It's also full-bodied enough to feel substantial without being flabby or bloated. Carbonation is powerful, but gently lifts off of the palate.

O: At 5%, it isn't really a proper session ale, but it drinks every bit as easily as the other (slightly smaller) examples. Even if it isn't stunning or great, I wouldn't be averse to drinking multiple bottles of it. And after all, isn't that what session ales are all about?

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Photo of scotorum
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/9/14. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger-and-a-half white head which receded to patchy surface film and spotty lacing.

s: Slight light fruit

t: Metallic tinge immediately is followed by a bready malt nicely balanced by hops which vary from vaguely citrusy to piney.

m: Light to medium, good body.

o: A curious session IPA which actually becomes more pleasant as it is consumed and warms. Once the hop flavors kick in it is more enjoyable. Ultimately one of the best of the new session IPAs.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a. Light yellow in color, see thought. 2 finger head in a tulip glass.

s. Complex, or all over the place, not sure... Get pine/hops, citrus orange, and there is the sent of tomato in there - which I have never experienced before.

t. Taste was good, citrus orange/grapefruit on the front and pine/hop no the back. as time when on, the tomato was present.

m. Smooth well carbonated beer.

o. I am not a big fan of session beers, but this one was good. Would revisit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 07APR14-BG72. Sampled on June 13, 2014.

It pours pale yellow mostly with maybe a little orange amber leading up to a short-lived fizzy white head. Carbonation keeps going through to the end.

The hops introduce themselves quickly in the aroma with a slight pale malt toastiness. The hops have a tangerine or orange feel to them.

Light to medium body and almost smooth.

In the taste those citrus hops seem to evolve into a peppery, burning sensation but they are not overly bitter. Pale malts are in the background more. Fairly quick drinking.

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Endless IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.