Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.96/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-03-2014 01:35:49 | More by metter98
3.94/5 rDev -6%
Came in a tulip at the Blue Dog.
Had a golden orange amber color with a medium white head. Lacing was spotted.
The aroma was fruity hops intermingled with pine. Malts had a ceral grain smell.
Taste was pretty good. Light in flavor heavy in bitterness. You could tell this was loaded with hops, plenty of thick sticky resinous hops. A subtle fruity hop taste came through the sweet malts and then finished with abold dry bitterness.
Drank thick and sticky on the palate.
A desent IIPA.
10-27-2013 12:54:01 | More by micromaniac129
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Goose Island (Clybourn)
The draft seems to be different from the bottles that I've enjoyed for a few years now. Goose Island's IIPA pours a mildly hazy orange that glows copper when backlit. A great looking two finger creamy white head grew on the pour and left incredibly thick, dense drink lines after each gulp. The carbonation is almost non-existent in the appearance which makes the body glow that much more. A great looking brew and the head just keeps on keepin' on.
The smell is a little muted when compared to the giant flavor present. Caramel maltiness creates a solid backdrop and the hops lay over the top layer upon layer. Thick dense resinous hops come up first and foremost along with a good amount of pine sap. There's a bit of bittersweet orange oils coming through here and there that just add to the complexity.
Goose Island's IIPA is one of my favorite styles of IIPA! I love the big resinous and deep forest pinyness that makes this IIPA what it is. A thick layer of caramel sets a great base for the big mouthful of resinous hops that quickly come into play along with hints of ready to burst pine needles. The bittersweet orange oils don't really come through here and there like the nose suggested but attempt to make a stand on the back of the tongue, they succeed only briefly. The Caramel and resinous hops make a final stand and stomp out the orange. A really great IIPA with a whole lot going on!
The mouthfeel for such a huge beer is right where it should be. The carbonation isn't very present but it doesn't need to be with such a nice body. The body is medium-full with a great silkiness that, even with the mild carbonation, makes its way through at a respectable pace.
Now! This beer goes down really easy but that can get you in big trouble. The big abv is barely detectable and keeps the glass tilted. This is a joy to drink but will, without a doubt, put you down for the night if you go overboard.
I look forward to the release of Goose's IIPA every year and from the tap there seems to be a bit of a difference. Both are World class! I'm really not sure which I prefer...I dig on both of them.
08-19-2013 01:25:18 | More by joe1510
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.