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Rambler IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Rambler IPARambler IPA

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 633
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Breyton on 08-14-2014

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings after my first 2 choices they were out of. Typical IPA, nothing special. Smelled of hops and fruit. Tasted of a combo of oranges, grapefruit. decent

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Photo of stevoj
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Spokane airport. Can't believe the high ratings, kind of weak, even for an East Coast IPA. Looks like a lager, hops offer a bitterness reminiscent of a German pilsener, alright, but inappropriate for the style. Was expecting better.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper with thick, foamy, well-retained, well-lacing tan head. Smells of hops, floral with hints of candied fruit. Beer is citrusy (both rind and fruit), as well as spicy (but not as pungent as black pepper) on the palate, it's quite good. Aftertaste reminds be a bit of a pineapple-infused chili sauce, the flavor aspect more so than the spice heat. Decently carbonated, medium-bodied. A good offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/5/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, wood, mint, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, wood, mint, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, wood, mint, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice red IPA style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This one really grew on me as I finished the glass. The earthy hops give it unique character, while still having plenty of citrus flavors; and the malts never overtake the hop flavors, but still have good presence. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(Bottle, Nov 2014) Hempy/Earthy smell and taste. Decent but not very complex. Finishes the same as it started. Gets a tad repetitive by beer's end.

IPA (favorable)

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep red with a two-finger off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is citrus, caramel malts, and earthy hops.

T - Flavor is heavy caramel malts upfront with some citrus - orange & grapefruit - and lots of earthy hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy with a crisp finish.

O - This was a decent red ale/ipa. The amarillo hops are a nice addition.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves thin sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is earthy, herbal, citrus & a hint of resinous pine hops with malt tones of caramel & grain. Taste is leafy floral (heavy) & citrus hops backed by caramel malts. Spicy. Finishes bittersweet with leafy & resinous hops developing into a resinous pine bitter hop bite aftertaste. There is something almost rye-like about this brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy, slightly slick, with bitter, drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of JWU
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A: a crystal clear amber, heavy on the red tones. FANTASTIC lacing from the light khaki head.

S: caramel, brown sugar, toasted malts, and some earthy hops.

T: a very nice red ale base, with some earthy, floral hops. I don't find it to be an IPA as billed, but it's a good hoppy red.

M- fairly creamy in it's medium body, amble carbonation.

O- A good red ale from the Goose.

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Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The body is on the lighter side of medium, and the mouth feel is light albeit not thin.

The flavor is heavy on caramel, and there is a balancing mix of earthy hops and rye as well. Early on, there are also some hints of "green" hop flavors that are a touch vegetal. The malt carries through strong toward the finish, and the less desirable hop flavors subside.

The lingering flavor is earthy and herbal, and hints at sweet spices.

Overall, a decent beer, but a bit thin and lacking heft for me. Also, the chive-like and plan like flavors that hang around early on and mid-sip are a bit outputting.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear reddish amber in color with a creamy off white head. About a fingers worth of foam that left a sticky lacing. Very nice amount of carbonation rising up in the glass

I was detecting a more sweet malty aroma over a low hop aroma.

Fair bite of hops at the onset of the taste with a fruity background. The finish is all hops and it lingers for a while.

Medium light body with a dry lingering finish

This was a very good beer to drink anytime. Sorry it was a limited release. Glad however that ABInbev is not messing with these recipes.

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Photo of mjurney
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Citrusy, orange, grassy, herbal, sweet bread, a little caramel.

Malt forward, bready, caramel, some brown sugar, a bit nutty. Citrus, grassy, herbal hop bitterness. Finish is bitter, crisp and dry. Body is medium, a little oily, crisp, a bit refreshing, dry, smooth.

It's a very good American IPA.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I'm still no fan of India Pale Ales, despite my persistency to become one; I find them too ubiquitous for their own good, frequently too indifferent with every craft brewery coming up with their own variation, and their taste to be that of soapy water and intolerable bitterness. They just don't appeal to me on any level.

Rambler IPA, Goose Island's latest bottle/can offering, is an interesting brew because it crosses the IPA style with that of a typical red ale making for something that is at least somewhat different. Nonetheless, it's a bitter beer that violates my number one rule about beer - if you have to make a face to down it, it's not a good beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored liquid..I like the smell of this beer. It has a nice toasted malt scent. The taste is sweet, with some spicy hops in the background. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Full in body. Nice beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : nice fluffy head, 2 fingers. Body is copper-orange.

Aroma : typical amber-red smells with hop aroma. Malt presence is apparent, lots of toasted grain, some almond sliver.

Flavor : a Scottish-inspired malt comes out immediately, with a polite rush of hop and toasted grain. Some faint hints of kidney bean. Ends slightly floral with a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel : mostly light bodied, venturing into medium bodied territory a little. Reasonably creamy; inoffensive carbonation, generally good.

Overall : a good cross between an amber/Scottish ale and an ipa. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Mrbseward
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice amber color, leaving a thick, creamy colored head with lots of lacing after settling. Smells of a nice warm, winter beer then boom, hops. Tastes fairly bitter, sort of smooth, and leaves a bit of dryness afterward. Overall ok, not a fan of IPAs, so a bit skewed

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Photo of zfw
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has more malt flavor versus Stone or Sierra Nevada, similar to Sam Adams Rebel IPA, but leans more toward hops than the Rebel. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island Rambler IPA has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a clear, rust-red appearance, with heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong hop resin, fruit (apricot?), tannin, brown tea leaves, bread crust, and sweet & sour sauce. Taste is of all that, with straightforward and balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Goose Island Rambler IPA finishes semi-dry and highly drinkable.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Alpine Liquor in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Dec. 12, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 13, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on Sept. 24, 2014; Label read “This beer will remain brewery fresh for 180 days after the bottle on date”

Poured a reddish, caramel, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white, frothy head. Small amount of bubble streams coming up from the bottom, but pretty serene overall. Good amount of uneven, spiderweb, foamy lacing. Good retention on the top all the way down. Good looking beer (Sight - 4.50)

Nice mix of malts and hops on the nose. Got caramel, roasted nuts, woody notes, light floral hops, honey, light herbal hops, faint menthol and wood chips. (Smell - 3.88)

Taste wasn’t like I thought it would be. More rich and earthy for sure. Got herbal hops, honey, caramel, menthol, earthy rye hops, unsweetened iced tea, bitter Citra hops, woody notes and lemon. (Taste - 3.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Just an OK beer. Nothing made me say I want to have another, but that won’t stop me from finishing this 6-pack. (Overall - 3.50)

3.51 | 80 | B-

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Kenny Rogers' new song about The Gambler finding himself annoying his grandkids with the same old stories 'bout his glory days of holding 'em and folding 'em. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise rust topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light ruby red grapefruit zest, caramel, lightly-toasted biscuit, and pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, the hops taking the admittedly strong malty backbone to task, the two never really getting along. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an alright beer, but the clashing and lack of balance balance between the hops and the sweet-ish backbone keep it from being warmly embraced by my tongue.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle: Poured a nice red/copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops notes with earthy flavours and lightly sweet malt backbone is interesting. Taste is also dominated by citrus hops with some light earthy flavours with a sweet caramelized malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed even though I’m not really into sweeter IPA.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Color- amber red. Full head.

Aroma- hoppy with hint of roasted malt.

Taste- Reminds us of a tamed down, watery version of Arrogant Bastard. Starts hoppy but not big then turns mild in the mid-body finishing hoppy but with a hint of grapefruit seed. It doesn't taste like 65 IBUs.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml. Little served cold into a Flying monkey's pint glass.

Appearance - bright clear copper color, with many bubbles and topped by two fingers of white head. Decent retention and some splotches of lace let behind.

Smell - a little bit leafy and a little bit citrusy. Kind of green tea meets some orange rind and a touch of lemon.

Taste - like the nose, but goes through the different flavours one at a time. Starts with the leafy green tea and sweet flavours, then turns bitter, before returning to its leafy roots.

Mouthfeel -well carbonated, smooth body,lacks the punch that other IPAs have though.

Overall - definitely reminiscent of endless IPA for me, with the same leafy persona, however this beer definitely has a healthy citrus hop presence and was rather enjoyable. Would try this more frequently if available in Canada.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 10/07/14

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear and brilliant red copper with a khaki colored finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, consistent layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves a consistent sheet of lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Caramel and woody/cardboard-like aroma with light hints of citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel, woody/cardboardy flavors and with a spicy herbal and citrus hop bite. Finishes with a nice, mellow balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Smooth, slightly silky texture with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Commendable brew. Nice melding of flavors. Reminds me a bit of Deschutes' Red Chair, though not nearly with the depth or beauty of the former. Still, it could make for a nice placeholder until Red Chair hits the shelves in January.

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Photo of Florida9
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber in color. Forms a moderate sized light tan-yellow colored head. Some moderate lacing. Aroma is a blend of caramel malts, citrus and pine. Taste is similar with an equal balance of malt and hops. Overall there is an earthy, "autumnal" quality to the beer. Caramel, wood, pine, and orange-citrus zest. Medium body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.
About what you'd expect from a "red IPA" (apparently that sells better than a hoppy amber). Not bad for the price ($13/case), but nothing outstanding either.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured into a tall chalice with a ruby red body. A large head forms to over two fingers with a thick creamy, frothy consistency and good retention. Plentiful, thick patches of lacing.

S- Citrus hops but less of the juicy ones and more of the bitter orange and tangerine peel ones; overall reminds me of candied orange peel due to sweet malt hints. Also floral and pine hop notes in there. Somewhat toasty and a hint of caramel.

T- Certainly hop forward here but plenty of graininess in the base to remind you of the Amber side of things. Piney, woodsy, herbal, bitter orange peel, floral and spicy grassy notes from the hops. Toasted, caramel, fresh cracked Crystal malt, earthy, bready and a medium sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a substantial creamy, foamy texture. High end carbonation results in a puffy, slightly chewy feel on the palate. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

A nice mix of hops and grains here without much clashing of flavors but plenty of character from both represented. The caramel malt sometimes doesn't settle perfectly but overall this is a solid brew.

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Rambler IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.