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Endless IPAEndless IPA

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Zaphog on 03-21-2014

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Photo of justintcoons
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
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 -16.9%
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 -22.2%
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 +14.1%
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 -3.6%
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 -0.6%
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 -6.4%
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 +3.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking, clear and golden-tan with lots of rising bubbles, a monster head that didn't want to go away at all, and plenty of lace.

Aroma and flavor are a bit on the different side, like maybe they were shooting for a little dank in their hops, which I do detect. Earthy and floral notes accent a good citrusy component and a decent malt background noise. A bit more orange comes through in the finish.

Body medium, carbonation smooth and medium, overall very enjoyable and different. A bit more like a pale ale, but no problems there.

The IPA category is too broad and needs to be broken up into about 3 sub-categories. This just isn't the same style as the extreme west-coast IPAs or several others I can think of.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very clear golden color with a large snow white head that fades slowly and leaves a lace
S-hops is light but there with a lemon citrus aroma, and yeasty
T-at first the malt mixed with citrus hits you then you get the hops that stays with you for a while
M- light body and medium carbonation
O- It seems more like an Pale Ale instead of a IPA, but was very drinkable and good

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Photo of HuskyHawk
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from bottle. Aromatics are very strong here, even in bottle and only two words are needed to describe it, orange juice. That carries forward into the taste, where you end up with a mildly hopped IPA that tastes like and IPA/shandy combination, but with orange juice in place of lemonade. Definitely not for everyone, and probably not for die hard IPA fan, but quite tasty for what it is. Despite labeling as an IPA, I think this is a decent substitute for a summer fruit beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear yellow, well carbonated, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Some sharp pine and grass with a mild citrus note.

T-Not a lot of powerful flavor but nice light ones. Grass and pine mixed with mild tropical notes and slight bitterness.

M-Lighter and slight carbonation.

O-Another session IPA that is not as good as the real thing.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into an IPA glass to a clear and deep yellow with a two finger rocky white head that is slow to fade and leaves good lacing
S: smells of floral and herbal hops with a bit of pine
T: taste is floral and herbal hops with some soft grainyness, a little pine and some slight sweetness. swallow is more herbal and floral hop bitterness that lingers for some time
M: this beer sits on the lighter side of things with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a clean refreshing finish
O: Overall it's a pretty solid session IPA. I'm not really a fan of this style because it lacks the balance the additional malts provide in a full blown IPA. I could see drinking a few of these though.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not nuts about this sub genre of AIPA - the session AIPA. Most of them taste a lot like this one, and this one is pretty much middle of that pack.

It looks great in the glass - yellow with some head and lace. The aroma is the typical hoppy affair, which goes right into the piney, dry, hops taste. That's pretty much all the taste does too. The finish is also typically crisp and clean.

These easy drinking AIPA's are getting a little boring. This was a really nice deal at $15 for 12 plus $5 back on a rebate. Gets it down to cheap beer territory.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - orange color into a goblet glass.

S - fruity/citrusy

T - fruity/citrusy as opposed to hoppy.

M - eh.

O - a very mild IPA, not hoppy whatsoever. Would be a good introduction to someone wanting to try an IPA but is put off by excess hops. Unfortunately it fits the pattern of Goose Island beers being very average, not bad but not great either.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Has a solid inch of head that fizzes out a bit making for not much lace. Color is more of a pale ale than an IPA with yellow and mild orange tint.
S - Tried to really "dig into" this beer but I couldn't smell much. It seems they skipped most of the hops on this IPA. Mild sweet malt fumes but faint. Disapointing.
T - A very distinct hop profile like minty hops. Not very bitter or piney they kind of just fade into obscurity and leave a chalky taste on the mouth. Kind of sweet malts I guess but a very bland taste.
M - Light to medium even though their is not much flavor I could drink a six pack with ease.

Overall I have had a lot of session IPA's and this one has to be one of the most uninspired ones I have had to date. It's not even bitter enough to classify as a pale ale and its super watery. Granted I got this beer 2 months late but in no way hops should fade this much and that fast. Possibly the worst beer I ever had from goose island. I blame Anheuser Busch

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Photo of dar482
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma has a light tangerine and candy sweetness and cantaloupe flavor.

The flavor has a malty grain quality with sweet sugar candy and some melon and white grape. There's a strange bitterness on the back.

The beer in the end is quite disappointing for an attempt at a session IPA.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear gold in color, with a nice head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Herbal, lemon hop note
Taste-a bit dank, rather strong note of green onion that is a bit off-putting. In need of a spicy or bold -flavored food pairing to match up with the herbal oniony hops.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled April 10th, 2014

Appearance: Pours with a transparent clean orange color. About a finger of crisp white bubbly head on the pour which settled in to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Good amount of active carbonation, about right for the style.

Smell: Orange peel and saturated citrus lead on the nose. Light lemony citrus with a heavy syrupy caramelized malt backbone. Pine, resin, and grapefruit round this one out.

Taste: An undistinguished front of light fruits greets the drinker. Slight buttery malt body but I am really surprised how uneventful this is after the aroma. I expected for heavier saturated citrus tones but mainly a watery undistinguished session.

Mouthfeel: Some citrus notes on the front with a primarily watery body. Slight lingering malt on the finish.

Overall: This one gets left in the dust by many of the high quality session IPAs being made today. Uninspired, uneventful, undistinguished.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a 16 oz. serving. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is bursting with grapefruit, good bitterness, touch of malts at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color with a 1 finger white foamy head that faded very slowly and left great lacing with rings as it went down. Smells of lemon zest, citrus hops, grapefruit, coriander, pine cone, mint, grains, hay, fruit like apple skin and candy. Nose is sweet with a lot of fruity notes, almost like a cross between an IPA and a Belgian. Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, red grapefruit, orange peel, coriander, pine cone, caramel, grains, hay, butter, fruity candy like Skittles or gummy bears, graham cracker and mild spices. Citrus is the strongest flavor, with nice malt accents and some fruity sweetness that is all tame and spot on for a session IPA. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very mellow carbonation, a medium body and a finish on the dry side with grainy and slightly bitter citrus notes. Overall a good beer that was refreshing, easy to drink and a definite session beer; I had 3 tonight and they went down pretty quickly and kept my attention with the solid flavor. Not a hop bomb and on the basic side, but a good, quenching session IPA.

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Photo of fx20736
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, April, 2014. Poured into a pint at fridge temp.

appearance: light amber with a one finger offwhite head, nice lacing.

smell: white grapefruit predominates, detect some eucalyptus as well.

taste: tastes like it smells.

mouthfeel: solid, slightly spritzy.

overall: a decent beer but not noteworthy.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 5%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. Very bright hoppy aromas, but the taste wasn’t nearly as vibrant; but otherwise very smooth and nicely enjoyable.

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Endless IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.