Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Brianmerrilyn:
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I smiled as walking into Skibbo's tonight on East Tremont in the Bronx to get a beer haul that the owner asked me if I have ever had a Goose Island Imperial IPA. Why no good sir but I hope to soon enough. The keg has just arrived and my cup was less than a dozen before the initial tapping. Just the other night at McCoy's I put down two Goose Island IPA's, so why not take the next step up when offered?
A: While poured into a plastic cup, the color still revealed shiny backwoods orange with a 3/4 finger off yellow head settling to a thick creamy cap with big chunks of lace sliding down the side of the cup.
S: The nose was a citrus/ester interchange of bittersweet orange follow by grapefruit and a pine cone element in the background. Goose Island's excellent application of mutlple hops to enchance of the flavor with low key noble-Tettnang, bitterness-Simcoe and flowery aroma-Cascade fill out an impressive hop bill. Biscuit undertones are also present.
T: Flavor follows the nose in all categories. Upon first hoist, I was waiting for the hop bang, instead a section of malts (sweet pale malt and light crystal) of considerable strength were the first at the pallet door. The hops were chomping at the bit to show off and soon afterward the grapefruit element grww by the second.
D: When I hear the word "Imperial" I relate to strength and more additions of one or two components to a beer. Goose Island Imperial IPA will have you scratching your head initially because you get more malt at the front with the hops coming second and sticking around to elbow out the rest of the usual suspects. The beer gets hot with time and perhaps more tweaking of the malt hops ratio should be thought of and I would be proud to be the tester of the next batch.
Serving type: on-tap
01-16-2009 02:06:06 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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3.96/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are a little more flavors of caramel malts and a light to medium amount of bitterness. Only a slight amount of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA ages pretty incredibly as you can still smell and taste some of the hops after a decade. While the aging has rendered it closer to a barleywine, you can still get some of the hops in the smell and taste.
Note: Aged approximately 10 years.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 01:35:49 | More by metter98
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.