Rambler IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Rambler IPARambler IPA

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%

The Rambler is a nice hopped up red ale The beer pours a clear amber with frothy white head that is leaving a lace. The scent has fresh hop leaning a bit towards floral with hints of spice. The taste is starts malty then a bitterness hits in the middle then finishes with a mix of sweet malt and bitterness. There is touches of pine and herb. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a resin finish. Has good carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering and can be sessioned.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with moderate off-white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel and spicy, herbal notes.

Taste: Nice malt backbone, mostly consisting of caramel. The hops are clearly driven by amarillo, with a tart grapefruit profile. Moderate bitterness, with some spicy, herbal and earthly notes at the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: This is a very nice Red Ale that is both hoppy and balanced. Underrated IMO.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic reddish amber hue with excellent clarity. A fingernail of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of tropical hops are blending well with caramel malt and a woodsy note. The taste is comprised of sharply tropical hops with mango and passion fruit. The hop bitterness is tempered by earthy and peppery malt flavors. The mouth is moderately carbonated and chewy.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled 27/AUG/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber ruby red with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which settle into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy, floral, and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Upfront earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Also some hints of wood. Malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A nice earthy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy, floral, and juicy hop driven taste with notes of grass, pine, citrus, and caramel. Floral, earthy, and herbal hops upfront with some notes of wet grass, pine resin, and wood. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, and melon. Sweet malt notes of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A solid take on a Red IPA. Nice mix of earthy, floral, and fruity hop notes with a solid caramel malt background.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

Other than the outstanding appearance, this is a rather unexceptional but solid IPA.
Moderate bitterness.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%

Pours a finger and half of head on a dark straw colored body. The aroma is blunt lemon. The taste is malty with brown sugar and some mild lemon bitterness. The texture is crisp. It lacks a good aroma and the taste is okay.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Don't see a freshness date, but I know it's a Fall release, GI seems to get their stuff to the store fresh almost always...

Pours an effervescent crimson/amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, citrus, graininess & toastyness

T: Woody hops, a little toastyness & grainy astringency. A little toastyness, woody hops & a little astringency as this warms. Finishes with a little pear, herbal & woody hops, & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, maybe a little too much, okay balance

Drinks fairly easy, but not one I would seek out again. I applaud GI for throwing a bunch of stuff to the wall & seeing if any of it sticks...

Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BWW, Barboursville

A- pours a clear, deep amber color with a foamy and creamy white head that has great retention and leaves thick lacing behind as it settles

S- grassy and leafy hops with a sugary sweetness, lightly toasted malt

T- fruity hops up front with some melon and cantaloupe, fresh leafy flavors, candied sugar sweetness mixes with a lightly bready malt, eventually finishing dry with some grassy lingers

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- fresh and leafy, easy drinking

Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty deep amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is piney hops, some citrus, a strong caramel malt backbone, glass is getting empty fast. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Clear amber with one finger of white head. Retention was average and it left rings of lace.
Smell is dank hops and sweet biscuit malts.
Taste is herbal woody hops with a bit of leather. Some light fruity pine notes also. Biscuit malts were probably more than you find in an AIPA but I found this quite enjoyable for a change. Mouhfeel was medium and good carbonation.
This beer had a dry bitter finish and was quite tasty.

Photo of Suppa07
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Better than expected

Photo of gtermi
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red body with a thin white head. The smell is strong on the pine hops and a tiny amount of sweet malt. The taste is of bitter piney hops and as the beer lingers, the hops become less bitter and the malt starts to come through more. The beer goes down really smooth and the body is really thick. This is a very solid beer.

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pours a crystal clear amber color with lazy carbonation and a fat yellowish head leaving clusters of lacing behind. Aroma is oily and resinous transitioning to more woody, grassy hops, apple, and bready malts. Flavor is smooth and somewhat balanced...hops continue to be more resinous, wooden, and piney than fruity, though some orange shows up amongst the spicy and earthy bitterness. Crisp and dry with mild carbonation. This was fine - a little raw feeling overall and not my favorite hop mix, but fine.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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.


Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date August 22, 2014 printed on the bottleneck label. Another new IPA from Goose Island - this one described as a red ale on the label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark burnt coppery orange colored body. Two fingers of thick fluffy khaki head that retains nicely and leaves behind some nice fat rings of lacing. It looks very nice.

S - The aroma is very fresh and appealing - aromas of citrus grapefruit, blood orange, pine, and some nice caramel malt to keep things in line. Smells very citric and juicy. Very nice. 4

T - Taste follows the nose - caramel malt, and lots of juicy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, blood orange, pine.

M - Feel is crisp & smooth, mildly resinous and piney on the aftertaste. Very easy drinking for the moderate 6.70% abv. 4

Overall, very pleasantly surprised by this one, especially after the last few IPA offerings from these guys; I would say this one impressed me the most. Definitely looking forward to more, especially at $7.99 a six pack.

Goose Island Rambler IPA -----4/5.

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A: poured into an IPA glass to a clear and deep amber with a two finger rocky off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of oily floral hops with some toasty caramel malt presence
T: taste is floral and herbal hops with some toasted bread and caramel sweetness. swallow is oily and floral with a little pine
M: not too heavy but not light either on the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing and oily finish.
O: Not bad but not the greatest either. lots of nice malty flavors with some good hop balance. a better American amber ale than IPA but it drinks well and the flavors are solid.

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A-Clear ruby amber in the glass, not much carbonation or head

S-The nose is an overly red ale, caramel, dirt, pine combination with some hops but the red ale flavor dominates.

T-Similar to the nose the beers starts out with caramel, toffee, dirt, pine and a tad bit of spice. The hops provide a mild bitterness but not much in the way of flavor.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, a tad bit of stickiness.

O-A boring, Red IPA with poor balance.

Photo of slusk
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours crystal clear and nice deep red. Not a lot of hop aroma, but does have some piney, dank notes.
Not an overly impressive IPA. Good bitterness but low hop flavor and aroma. Has a musty, dank flavor with a bit of pine. Not overly exciting. It's OK but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours hazy amber red color with a creamy 2 finger eggshell to light tan colored head, that faded slowly and left very good foamy lacing with rings as it went down. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, graham cracker, piney hops and roasted grains. Mostly malty nose but nice hoppy accents to give it a fine balance. Tastes of citrus hops, caramel, lemon zest, orange peel, roasted grains, toffee, brown sugar, cherry, dry grass, piney hops, pepper and light yeast. More bready and malty tasting, but the hops give a zesty bitter zing that adds balance and more complex flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average to mild carbonation and a sweet bitter finish that trailed off grainy. Overall a tasty red ale that was smooth and easy to drink. Definitely not an IPA, but a real nice red ale so that keeps the score hight since in my view this beer is misclassified.

Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

Photo of Genuine
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass. A off white tan head sat upon a beautiful ruby red body that pleased the eye.

Aroma - lots of grassy, earthy hops are detected on the nose, maybe citrus. No notice of any pine aromas.

Taste - Has a nice sharp hop bitterness to back up the malts used to turn up the hue on this one. Great competitor with Sn Flipside red ale.

Feel - carbonation is spot on with the style, brings out the hop flavor and aromas.

Overall - Great IPA, would purchase again, although nothing really jumps out at you about the beer.

Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 9/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by some mild caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a very earthy hops presence comes in, but there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter (but not hoppy bitter).

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely other beers in the style that I would chose first.

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Rambler IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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