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Endless IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Endless IPAEndless IPA

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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 811
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 190 | 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: 90 | Hads: 811
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 (376 characters)

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. (482 characters)

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. (346 characters)

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. (690 characters)

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. (555 characters)

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. (351 characters)

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 (978 characters)

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. (286 characters)

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. (309 characters)

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. (941 characters)

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. (265 characters)

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. (1,060 characters)

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. (349 characters)

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. (1,367 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The taste is of a basic, kinda-poor-man's session IPA. It has a solid dry hop flavor. Some grassy taste underneath. Some watermelon and grape fruitiness in the back. It's a light beer. Very carbonated. Very easy to drink.

Gold color, extremely bubbly throughout. It has a thick foamy head and a good deal of lacing. Completely clear. It has a very aromatic hoppy, weed-like scent. (381 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of lemon and grapefruit in a good mixture.
The taste has pine and grapefruit bitterness with a good balance of malt.
The texture is great; a nice fizz but not too carbonated.
A great tasting IPA. (270 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Bottled On: 3/28/14)

A: A nice white head that froths up evenly on a swirl. Has decent retention and a bit of lacing. Clean and transparent, light copper body.

S: Light, floral scent here that has just a tinge of hops to it. There is lightness to the scents here that just tickle the senses, which you can tell from when you first open and get faint wisps of hops.

T: Weird hop flavors here that are odd. Strange maltiness that doesn't help the hops. Decent enough for a session IPA, but it benefits from having a decent body that isn't watery/

M: Smooth and even a bit creamy. Even carbonation that is subtle and pleasing. It gets a slight crisp to it if you leave it in your mouth.

O: Ok, but just another entry into the session IPA category that is mostly just mediocre IPAs. A difficult beer to pull off, and this one does an ok job at it. (896 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.56/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

---Guest review by my brother---
Appearance - poured into a nonic pint glass, the beer showed a light golden amber color and nice persistent head. Nice lacing while drinking.

Smell - Smells strongly of what I can only call 'weed smell.' Earthy smell with some grass and pine scents.

Taste - Starts with a wheat-like flavor that quickly changes to that 'weed hop' earthy taste finishing off pretty quickly with some flowery notes. Has a sort of 'echo' of the wheat flavor after the finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer is pretty light carbonated and medium-light bodied. Mouth feel is great, doesn't have that particular feeling hops can leave on your tongue that turns many off of IPAs.

Overall it's a very refreshing beer. Light and crisp this is a beer that could quell a summer thirst with a taste that doesn't bore after a bottle or two. (839 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/28/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop presence that leans more towards the herbal side of things in both the smell and taste. (582 characters)

Photo of exposd
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had to try this Goose Island limited brew Endless IPA because Goose Island was the first India Pale Ale I ever drank and fell in love with IPAs after that. The green label original IPA is a great beer and this is a lot different in comparison. This brew is a session IPA which makes it much easier to drink a few of them and is also a little less alcohol than a regular level IPA, so it gives the beer a slight "watered down" version of an full flavor IPA. This beer is crisp and clean with lots of hop, pine, and bitterness... the aftertaste really bites you and is almost a bit spicy as well. (594 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Very small amount of white/slightly off white head which did linger as a small amount around the edge of the top of the beer in the glass. Clear golden color which allowed for sight through the glass.

Scent is lightly hoppy/citrus with a very minor amount of malt in the background.

Light Citrus flavor, possibly grapefruit and orange. Very easy on the tongue and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste which fades quickly.

This is light for an IPA and is very close to a session beer. If this is around in the summer it will be on my short list for day to day drinking! (602 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Nice clear yellow gold with just shy of two fingers of white soapy head, a nice fine wall of lacing.
S - Fresh cut grass, cracker malt, key limes, some piney dankness, orange juice. Its all there, but isnt pungent.
T - Follows through on taste, light grass, very floral, nice cracker malt base, citrus juice, a little sweetness hiddent. Maybe a little pear in here too. Very nice.
M - Super clean and bright, really refreshing.
O - Awesome session IPA, probly one of the best things I've had from Goose Island in recent times. (553 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this on 4/19 with a brewed on date of March 14 (so about 4-5 weeks old).

Very light and clear orange with lots of carbonation. Head grows over first couple of minutes from 1 to 2.5 finger head. Retains very well.

Smells very fresh and dank and fruity.

Taste is very refreshing, light, watery to some degree yet some light to moderate citrusy hop flavor is there. Some slight lingering bitterness in finish as it was cold but as the beer warmed slightly the bitterness in finish diminished some.

Mouthfeel - Watery, but for a session IPA that is pretty much the expectation.

Overall - This beer did good. Had it after spending 2 hours doing yard work so it went down fast and tasty. This is a decent session IPA but I've had a few others lately that I may have liked a little more. Depending on freshness and the competition on the store shelves I would buy this again. (883 characters)

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

This session beer pours to a light golden color with a body that is completely see- through and perfectly clear. The nose on this beer combines floral notes, grapefruit, pine, and light spice and is certainly appealing. The head of foam looks nice and leaves some lacing as you consume.

With the taste, this Goose Island beer emphasizes the hops, but not by much. The flavors of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and other citrus are obvious, but there are other flavor contributors like caramel malt and light pale malt. The finish of the ale gives way to the flavor of tropical fruit and the light to medium body makes it easy- drinking and pleasant.

Goose Island Endless IPA is the latest session beer offering from a larger, established craft brewery and it does have some good things going for it. I like the emphasis on fruity/floral hops, even if they are more subdued, and I like the beer’s refreshing characteristics. You don’t usually associate an IPA with refreshing qualities, but this beer certainly has them.

Session beers seem to be trending at the moment and Goose Island Endless IPA is a nice, solid entry in this growing field. It might be pushing it to call this a session beer, but this is certainly a more agreeable version of an IPA that is lower in alcohol and bitterness than the standard IPA and broader in its appeal. (1,348 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 14 Mar 14

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of pearl white head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Floral notes & hay

T: Grassyness, hay, floral notes & a light touch of lemony hops, A little bit of what tang, grassy & floral hops as this warms. Finishes with flinty dryness, grassyness & a touch of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, & nice balance

Drinks very easy, I would buy it again as a summer time tipple if fresh. At least GI is very up front about freshness dating (517 characters)

Endless IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.