Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
12oz. bottle compliments of kmpitz2. Bottled 11/03/05.
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thing fluffy head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet and oh so hoppy. Citrusy with a very peachy scent with just a slight spiciness, just a great blend of hops.
Tastes just like it smells. Sweet and a mild malt taste upfront and then whoosh - hop city. Citrus and peach flavors and a sneaky spiciness that washes in with a big hop bitterness. The malt still overcomes the bitterness at the end and it finishes slightly sweet with that amazing hop flavor lingeirng.
Big thick body with plenty of carbonation. Leaves a resinous feeling on my tongue.
This is a downright delicious double IPA. My first Goose Island beer has made me an instant fan. My day is complete.
02-28-2006 02:29:29 | More by MaltyGoodness
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Appears copper orange with a bright white head leaves thick chunks of lacing around my Stone IPA chalice, nice look it. Aroma contains big layers of citrusy and pine scented hops along with lucious bready malt tones finishes with a cinge of alcohol. Flavor is up front bitter with loads of hops bringing citrus, pine, and some earthiness to the equation wrapped with semi sweet biscuit malts and alcohol tinged finish @ 9% abv. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied oily resinous textured even smooth carbonation flows very nicely. Drinkability for this hop head what a delight gret double IPA in todays beer world of extreme pushing the envelope on each style this one finds itself as a staple of what Imperial IPAs can and should be like unique and tasty.
02-15-2006 22:23:33 | More by WVbeergeek
4.4/5 rDev +5%
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance: The beer poured a hazy golden coloration. The head was tall and fluffy off white colored. The beer left mad amounts of lacing on the glass.
Smell: The beer is a sea of hoppy goodness combining with oceans of malt. The beer has a very pleasing spicy herbal floral hoppyness. Citrus combines with the hops and malty sweetness.
Taste: Delivers on the smell. The beer has a kick ass bitterness. As the waves of bitterness begin to falter the sweet citrusy malts charge.
Mouthfeel: The beer is meduim bodied. The alcohol is nowhere in the taste or smell.
Drinkability: This beer was a joy to drink. I had to smack myself down to prevent the beer chugging. If you like a hoppy treat this one is for you. I am going to pour another.
02-14-2006 14:42:51 | More by nlmartin
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a clear lighter amber color with a smaller white head that falls to a ring and leaves some lace behind.
Aroma is nice, sweet and fruity with some caramel malt. Loads of fruitiness though big on citrus apricot, tangerine, and orange mixed with some floral hints also and some good old fashion piney ones too. This one is loads of hops from the whole spectum it smells like, ahh heavenly.
Taste is like the smell nice sweet and fruity mixed with some caramel very nice hoppy floral flavors mix with the malt moving to sweet fruitiness tangerine mostly but other citrus as well but sweet almost but it soon turns to bitter grapefruit flavors that linger into pine sap. Very nice IIPA wish I had more one not enough to sort this baby out its wonderful.
Mouthfeel is a big medium almost chewy which is good considering hops flavors dominate the light malt flavors.
Drinkability is great very enjoyable very drinkable no hint of the 9% many thanks to merlin48 for this baby.
02-12-2006 00:56:49 | More by mntlover
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
Pristine, glowing, rustic orange with butterscotch edges. The cap is thickly creamy and is an especially appealing shade of buttery pale yellow-pastel tangerine. A rounded, melty mesa of cream occupies the center of the glass and a fair amount of lace occupies the glass itself. It isn't the hop oily glass-coater that I was hoping for, but I'm still confident that it'll be nicely hoppy.
The aroma is outstanding. Bittersweet orange is uppermost, white grapefruit isn't far behind and fresh evergreen brings up the rear. I love the hop bill (Tettnang, Simcoe, Cascade). The Simcoe give it that extra something that makes it stand out from the DIPA pack. Thankfully, very little caramel maltiness is evident.
The flavor follows the nose directly. There's a huge malt load that tastes almost exclusively pale malty. As a result, the flavors that it contributes don't get in the way of the hop love. It's also fairly sweet and is, therefore, nowhere near a tongue shredder. Candied orange peel is still king, candied grapefruit still plays second fiddle, and sticky pine sap is still trailing in their wake. As I said, just like the nose.
Goose Island Imperial IPA is neither the balanced, caramel malty, quasi-barleywine style of DIPA (which I don't like as well), nor is it the supersonic, incandescently hoppy style of DIPA (which I prefer), but is somewhere in the middle. I still love it, though I wish that the malt:hop balance was tweaked just a shade more in favor of the good guys.
Asking for an ABV of 9.0% to be completely buried borders on the unreasonable, but I see some room for improvement in that department. I can appreciate a (minor) hotness that could stand to be toned down a tad. The mouthfeel is top-notch. It's medium-full, supremely smooth and heavily silky.
Imperial IPA is my favorite Goose Island beer to date; no surprise given that American Double IPA is my favorite style. Actually, now that I think about it, their standard IPA is just as good. I can think of ways in which it could be improved (more hops!), but it's still an outstanding beer that confirms Goose Island's place among the best breweries in the Midwest.
02-07-2006 22:29:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
Beautiful beer. It poured a mildly hazy copper color, topped by a thick, long lasting off-white head. This is a real citrus bomb. Loads of grapefruit rind, fresh mown grass and mild caramel sweetness on the finish. The flavor is surprisingly mild. Grapefruit and orange up front, fruit character seems to be accented by the yeast that is used. Nice sweetness to balance the bitterness of the beer. Mandarin orange, caramel, toffee all blending beautifully with the hops. Slick mouth feel with just a touch of alcohol heat. Surprisingly drinkable.
02-02-2006 23:06:13 | More by carln26
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a bright, hazy, orangey amber color with a one finger head that settles slowly to a soapy head that leaves behind sheets of lacing.
Smell; wow, this has a very floral piney smell, with lots of citric aromas. Grapefruit and oranges stand out along with some malts, as well as bit of a spicy background. This beer smells great.
Taste; the grapefuit and oranges show up first trailed by a bitter pine flavor. The bitterness is nice, and is perfect for this beer. The finish has a good spiciness, and is full of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium to slightly full bodied, and way to easy to drink. Another great "reserve" beer from Goose Island.
01-29-2006 02:29:56 | More by RedHaze
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
Lightly hazy, coppery amber in hue with a peachy infusion; I love the brightness of the liquid. It is sunshine in a glass. The foam was slightly off-ivory in color, the sticky foam created two fingers worth of head. Head retention was excellent; it slowly faded to a sticky cap and then slim a collar. The subsequent lacing was spotty but very widespread; while not quite tattered wallpaper the quantity of the lacing is impressive. What a splendid looking beer!
The bouquet is classic. A modern classic if you will. This is a textbook DIPA. I love it! High potency, even if this beer screamed at me it would not be enough. I smell concentrated resinous hops, pine sap, wild flowers, grapefruit flesh, citrus flesh, some orange rinds, and even a spicy undercurrent. At the backend is a great blast of dank marijuana. The malt is noticeable but secondary with faintly sweet honey notes and caramel candy. I only get suggestions of alcohol. The bouquet is on par with Hercules. I am bitter (no pun) and a bit jagged towards DIPA; there are only so many ways to skin a cat and yet, this one is unique enough or brewed well-enough to standout in a crowd. To call this inviting is an understatement.
The palate is piney I think I swallowed some bark or was that a pine needle? It is a bit harsh in spots but I like the pain. The alcohol was hidden in the nose, not so much on the palate; I found the booze hot and sticky in the middle of the flavor profile. The burn lingers awhile. Pleasantly fruity, some berries, something tropical, and even a little melon. Hoppy but well-crafted for the style, it is aggressive but it doesnt distract from the taste. Citrus flesh notes, grapefruit zest, wildflowers, orange candy, and plenty of dank marijuana. It is a solid dime sack worth. Long aftertaste, it is sticky and sweet with a bitter underbelly. My god does this beer deserve painfully sharp cheese, grilled meat, and/or a refilled glass! This is a very good DIPA.
A tickle fuller then medium, the carbonation is low but natural; the mouthfeel is soothing and relaxing with just enough fizz to scrub the tongue. I am happy the mouthfeel induces me to sip and savor. The abv snuck up and smacked my brain.
Dangerously drinkable; it is a hopheads best friend. I know a beer is tasty and hoppy because I would recommend it to my girlfriend. She will love this beer! And she is the pickiest drinker I know! Id love to session with this beer it might kill me but Im game for a little risk. One drawback, the cost; I paid $16 for a four-pack. However, I was able to buy it in Omaha. Score one for a beer poor state. Highly recommended!
01-24-2006 15:36:10 | More by bditty187
4.65/5 rDev +11%
I've already been through the Wiggles once with my first daughter. Reckon I could make it through a second time with my new addition if I had several of these on hand.
Sweet smell. Smells like...fruit salad. Orange and grapefruit dominance...then lots of other light fruits...apricots, dried cherries, papaya, white grapes, pineapple, bananas, watermelon (? think that's a first for me in a beer)...then a slight pine and malty undertone.
"You'll smell the hops from about a yard away..."
Nah, wish that was the case but actually, it's pretty weak. Really have to get your nose in there and inhale hard but when you do there's a lot to it.
Taste buds picked up on most of what I got from the aroma. Has a nice, very pleasant grapefruit flavor and lingering bitterness. Well balanced and under control.
This is 9%?!?...holy cow! Very well hidden. Overall, a great beer that I wish I had more access too.
01-24-2006 00:45:30 | More by Vipsanius
4/5 rDev -4.5%
12 oz bottle pours a hazy glowing amber-orange color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering bitterness, very nice.
01-21-2006 20:48:44 | More by maxpower
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy medium amber golden with a white and frothy head which fell slowly and lasted well to coat the glass.
The aroma was strongly citrusy and malty with a strong caramel malt impression coupled with the grapefruit and orange hop characteristics. The aroma was deeply malty and the alcohol in the aroma added to the complexity of it all.
The flavor was nicely balanced with a strong malt showing which contained a sizeable amount of caramel. The malt and hops were much more balanced than expected and the hops were resinous grapefruit and citrus, but not over the top at all. More muted and well blended with the malt profile.
The finish was dry with a lasting and sizeable bittering of American hops well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and nicely creamy. The alcohol only really made it's presence known a slight bit in the aroma and later in the warming that occurred after consumption.
12 ounce bottle, 9% ABV bottled on 11-03-05. Thanks beerinator!
01-18-2006 23:16:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
It's been a while since I've had this one, but I still remember it pretty clearly. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is juse pure hops. All US west coast hops, citrus, and citrus. The flavor followed suit. Lots of citrus hops with a faint caramel malt backing. Seems slightly unbalanced, but still ok. The body is on the thick end of moderate and the drinkability is good.
01-17-2006 16:01:48 | More by clvand0
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
Yum. An impressive example of an IPA here.
Pours a reddish orange with a thin, slow forming head that slowly bubbles to the surface.
The aroma is a delicious blend of hops and citrusy notes.
The taste lives up to the nose - loads of hops, hints of orange rind and some more mellow citrus as well. Nicely balanced in the mouth as well - it's got body that suits the intensity of the beer.
I don't think that you'd want to drink more than one or two of these in a sitting - especially given the price tag. But enjoying one or two slowly is well worth it.
(I also had this beer on tap at Goose Island while they were serving it, but not with a review in mind. It was equally stellar served from the brewery...)
Highly recommend this to anyone on the quest for the perfect IPA.
01-13-2006 03:10:05 | More by jvonkluck
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Are we in Dogfishead 90 minute IPA territory here? I think so....I am very happy with this IPA, ehm, Imperial IPA
Rusty red and clear with the right on lacy thick head that hangs on all the way through.
Smell is sweet first and then hops...like its supposed to smell.
Taste is first a bit of fizz...good too on an IPA, after all this really is a summer time brew...then a bit of citrus, a bit of malt and a bit of hops. Clean all the way through with a bitterness that cuts through it all. Great taste. No way do I get a sense of 9% alcohol here. This is serious danger territory, light body, light refreshing taste and heavy alcohol...WOW, come game day I could be sleeping by the 4th quarter.
Mouthfeel is fizzy and smooth...light and dry. Just like an IPA should be.
Drinkablility...say no more.
01-07-2006 00:02:46 | More by Brodirt
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearence - Pour's a golden amber with a 2 finger head.
Smell - Wow, nice strong hop smell, also quite fruity, hints of orange and grapes are present. Really great smell.
Taste - Pretty darn good, starts out with a hoppy citrus taste that makes way for a powerful hop bitterness that sticks with ya.
Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth, really really bitter, a bit more then I really like, but the smell and taste compensate for that in the overall of the beer.
Drinkability - I dunno if i'd drink more then a few in a sitting, but this really hits the spot with the hamburger I am having with it.
01-03-2006 01:25:57 | More by Iguana
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a brilliantly clear, full copper color that is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is intensely laden with citrus-like notes of American hops. Sweet citrus including orange, and grapefruit as well as ample notes of lychee, apricot, peach, and intense fruit notes similar to tropical fruits like pineapple and bits of papaya and mango. The aroma is quite a heavenly melange of heady sweet fruit notes, including a ripe fruit sweetness to it. The Simcoe really seems to dominate the aroma on this one, and I really like what it is doing.
The beer has a medium to full body to it as well as a sweetness, which only helps to accentuate the hoppy fruit notes. The flavor has lots of hops coming out all over the place. Predominant is the sweet fruit character which is reminiscent of lychee fruit, peaches, and apricots. Secondarily I get notes of sweet ruby red grapefruit, tangerines and sweet oranges. The malt character is not noticeable in and of itself, but it plays a big role in accentuating the fruit-like hop character.
I must admit, I am a sucker for the upfront, intense, hop derived fruit notes in this beer. They pair perfectly with the malt sweetness and make this quite the decadent after dinner treat. The alcohol is quite well integrated in this beer as well; it is barely perceptible in either the nose or the flavor. What can I say, this had definitely lived up to the long wait for me to procure a couple samples of this brew; I definitely recommend it.
01-02-2006 04:00:06 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
It poured mostly clear with a bronzed orange colour. The short, off-white head reduced quickly to a thin lace, leaving behind a bit of foam on the glass. Sugary sweet aroma balanced a lot of hop character - tangerine, pink grapefruit, pine resin and a bit of chalkiness. Bitterness was quite strong and was balanced by plenty of sweetness that ended up being a bit syrupy. Orange and pine fill out the flavour profile and there's a bit of alcohol that shows up towards the end. Lingering bitterness was accompanied by a mellow malt sweetness. Significant alcohol warmth. Medium body with lots of residual sugar, making it a bit sticky. This one sure has a full hop flavour and decent balance, but a less syrupy sweetness would really improve it. Thanks for the pick-up Viggo!
12-25-2005 23:47:45 | More by DrJay
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
I find this style on a whole counter-productive. Way too much hops, and then to be drinkable, perhaps malted down. I find I am ranking regular well-done IPAs significantly higher. This one is no exception, its fresh, its got some grapefruit aroma, it looks nice, and i taste the cascade, bu the additional megadoses of tettnang and simcoe and then lots of malt..well its a one-time effort. In any case, thanks for delivering Viggio.
12-25-2005 02:09:40 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
12 ouncer, informative label, including bottling date. My bottles were filled only 6 weeks ago. Fresh brew from a fine brewer. This DIPA is a tasty offering to the hop gods. Pouring Glittering, clear orangy amber, almost white head that is long lasting and leaving respectable lacing. Nose is loaded with juicy hop notes. Full bodied and immediatly bitter and crammed with waves of grainy, oily and citric hop notes. Balanced by a bed of semi-sweet malt notes. Big, bold and complex. Alcoholic strength is quite evident. Hop lovers/big beer lovers rejoice. Even more world class brew from Goose Island. Well done!
12-21-2005 03:43:24 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Had this gem on tap at the Barcade Friday night...
Arrived in a goblet a golden copper color with a full finger of bright white head...disappears fairly quickly with a fine layer remaining.
Producing some decent lacing...
The aroma was very inviting...a citrus hop punch with plenty of malt to back it up.
Taste was fantastic...a boatload of grapefruit in the flavor with just enough malt to balance it out. Alcohol was very well hidden and the finish was very clean...no lingering flavors.
Mouthfeel was nice...not thin and by no means cloying.
Carbonation was perfect for the style and highly quaffable for a double...I belive the menu stated 10% for the abv, but you would not know it from drinking it...very dangerous.
12-18-2005 13:32:52 | More by warriorsoul
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
(Served in a broad mouth chalice)
A- This beer pours a shinny coppery color with a crystal clear body and a thin off-white head that soon fades to a faint ring around the edge.
S- The big hop smell of skunks, pine and a hint of pineapple make a complex hop aroma. A nice hint of cat pee in the hops as it warms. There is only one or two tiny bubbles of carbonation in the beer.
T- The faint hint of pale malt is quickly kicked in the face by the bold chewy delicious taste of hops. The flavors of pine, grapefruit and a slight orange note make this hop flavor very big and very complex. The hop finish is more floral that bitter with a faint watermelon hops note.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- This is a great big juicy hoppy beer. The malt and alcohol are faint in the background and so is the hop bitterness. This beer is all about aroma and flavor of hops. Very nice beer and it justifies the price.
12-15-2005 02:51:55 | More by rhoadsrage
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
On draught as my last beer that I will ever have at the Blind Tiger before it closes 12/27/05.
Poured out with a beauteous golden peach glow topped off with a dense ivory headcap that leaves a full soapy lace residue.
Aromatic blast of bright juicy fresh orange juice and grapefruit sizzle.
First swigs: Acidic bright orange peel sizzle that is active and alive. Bright is putting it mildly. This is radiant. Piney resinous and tacky. Thick with hops.
Feel became a bit hot towards the end but that didn't stop me from enjoying the heck out of this. Pure burnin' orange sizzle. A touch hot.
Last swigs: Website says simcoe, tettnang and cascade. This is a hop head's burning dream beer.
12-11-2005 02:46:34 | More by blitheringidiot
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance: This beer looked amazing in the glass. It was a wonderful deep copper that really seemed to glow. It was crystal clear and had two thin streams of bubbles rising up to the top. The off-white, slightly orange head rose up easily to two fingers. It was dense and, while it slowly dissipated, clung strongly to the side of the glass. As the beer disappeared, thick rings and solid sheets of lace decorated the side of the glass. In a word, beautiful.
Smell: The hops on the nose were strong, citrusy, and spicy. Nice and juicy. However, they were not the only game in town. A nice malty backbone with a roasted, cracker-like quality provided a nice balance on the nose. Some lemon zest rose up to linger with the hops on occasion.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with a soft carbonation developing as the beer lingered in the mouth. Slightly oily.
Taste: Sweet malt on the tip of the tongue was immediately joined by a huge amount of hops. Tons of both hops flavor and bitterness were present. They came across as piney, citrusy, and zesty. Very complex; always changing and transforming into something different. However, through all this, the malt stuck it out and provided a nice attempt at balance. The malt became slightly roasted and woody on the finish. In the aftertaste, the pine and citrus in the hops transformed into apricot and peach. The alcohol just danced along the edge of my awareness.
Hoppy, zesty, spicy, and malty. A wonderful beer in my opinion. What impressed me most was the complexity of the hop profile. A little pricey at $17.99 a four-pack, but definitely worth it on occasion.
12-10-2005 03:22:13 | More by Quaffer
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
I've sampled 3 bottles of this one over the past 10 days and my notes consistently bear out the conclusion that this is a "hop monster" of a double ipa. Pours a slightly hazed, apricot body with a small, almond hued head that leaves some attractive waves of lacing.
Aroma is assertive and brash, with a powerful note of fresh spruce pine, backed by grapefruit and a kiss of tangerine. A hint of sweet caramel lurks underneath and barely comes through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with appropiate active carbonation and a resinous hops sting. Nice feel to this one.
Taste features a bigtime grapefruit hops bitterness, accented by the aromatic spruce pine resins. Fresh hops are brisk and dominant, and seem to permeate all your senses with leafy goodness. A bit of caramel malt sweetness is hidden away underneath and never becomes a significant player. The big alcohol isn't apparent, being swept away by all the fresh, leafy hoppiness. Finishes with a pine cone bitterness with a hint of citrusy grapefruit that follows into the aftertaste.
Excellent double IPA, but a bit too brash for my senses. Very dry and bitter, and reminds me of something between a Stone Ruination and a Victory Hopdevil. I wish the tangerine notes were more prominent here. Amazing, how the big alcohol is so well masked in this one. This is an enjoyable challenge for me, as the hops are very bitter, yet fresh and leafy. Can't wait to try this one in a few months.
12-06-2005 11:13:41 | More by merlin48
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
This is a very good and very fresh IIPA. Looks beautiful in the glass. Pours very pale and clear with a great carbonation and a nice fluffy white head. Leaves a lovely layered lacing.
I love the smell. The hops are very bubblegummy and citric. The malt smell is sweet and matches the hops quite well. This is the smell of hop bliss (like fresh whole hops).
The taste is very well balanced. Has a huge bitterness, but the caramelized malty sweetness is quite formidable itself. Very similar to the nose but even more intense and blissfully blended.
The mouthfeel is intensely sweet before the swallow and almost ashy bitter in the swallow. The body is medium to thick, and not too syrupy. Moderately dry in the finish.
Drinkability is good, but at 9% I couldn't put down too many of these in a night. I will definitely be get more of this before our stock runs out.
12-02-2005 04:38:32 | More by neonbrown82
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.