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Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 118
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Draft only as of 2008.

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 11-24-2003)
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 20:48:44 | More by maxpower
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 23:16:55 | More by GCBrewingCo
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 16:01:48 | More by clvand0
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jvonkluck

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 03:10:05 | More by jvonkluck
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Brodirt

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 00:02:46 | More by Brodirt
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Iguana

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 01:25:57 | More by Iguana
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 04:00:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 23:47:45 | More by DrJay
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 02:09:40 | More by Sammy
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 03:43:24 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2005 13:32:52 | More by warriorsoul
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 02:51:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2005 02:46:34 | More by blitheringidiot
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 03:22:13 | More by Quaffer
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 11:13:41 | More by merlin48
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 04:38:32 | More by neonbrown82
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like chewing on a pine cone that's dripping with citrus fruit juice and candied with caramel, this strongly hopped ale shifts the balance decidedly toward the hops in their most glorious fashion.

The highly hazed ale settles in with a burnish gold, amber color that looks much like grapefruit and orange juices. A creamy foam settles upon the beer with an off white blanket that's firmly retained and clingy with lace.

Grapefruit, oranges, and pine aromas provide an intense and fragrant scent while the supple malt sweetness picks up on the citrus character with light caramel and honey. Grassy as well, this is a testament to the sheer amount of hops employed to deliver this strong of aroma.

Citrusy as hell with white grapefruit pulp, freshly zested oranges, passion fruit, and apricots gives a sense of the resiny, tropical and pithy flavor of fruit. Seemingly candied in nature, the mild caramel malt sweetness is thin gives the fruit flavors a candied effect. Quite bready, the starch of dough takes over for the timid sweetness and gives the hops a firm pillow on which to rest. Followed by a grassy and deeply resiny bitterness and mild vegitable taste, the dryish beer opens itself to the rewards and limitations of reckless hopping rates.

Starchy to texture as well as the bready malt feel gives the dry hops a creamy (almost chewy) mouthfeel and soothes the high alcohol warmth and rounds off the astringent hop matter. Finishing dry, bitter, and gripping on the back of the throat, a linger of sharp citrus carries the palate into the next sip.

It's a dangerous beer that causes such resiny dryness that it's easy to reach for the next sip to quench the thirst far sooner than the nine percent beer should. Sneaky, that one.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 20:49:45 | More by BEERchitect
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Brent

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle date, managed to get this only a few weeks old. Poured an enticing, slightly hazy apricot. Head was slow to form, but had some staying power. Aroma was juicy-fruit hops. I know that the taste buds which register bitterness are at the back of the tongue, but I swear the bittering registered as soon as it hit the tip. Not quite sticky malt, a needed and well balanced vehicle to carry the hops. Fresh hops flavor that faded surprisingly quickly with a bit of acidity, rather than the expected blunt finish. For all the hops, perhaps one of the most drinkable of this style I've run across.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 15:49:52 | More by Brent
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear deep copper wtih a finger of solid head maintained by a small cascade of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. Even before I got the beer poured, the aroma hit me, and hit hard. This is all about the hops. Sweet grapefruit and almost bubblegum notes blend with a mild pine, but sweet is the name of this game. The background is caramel, but hops take it hands down. Flavor is actually very well melded. Initially I get piney hop resins bolstered with very nice chunky caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a very nice peppery hop bitter that stays but does not linger. Burps are all about hops...like you find in a freshly boiled wort. Very new tasting. I really like it. Feel is thick with a moderate carbonation. Definately one of the more drinkable IIPA's I've had in a while. I really like how it finishes strong with the peppery hop, but fades before too long. Keeps me coming back for more faster than I should with a beer of this caliber...not that I complain. I will be grabbing more of these while they are fresh. Damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 03:08:45 | More by kmpitz2
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beerinator

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle: 11-03-05
Appearance: Copper penny clear beer. Off white head leaving loads of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Bam. Very hoppy in a piney and vegital way. There are hints of citrus sneaking in as well. But mostly it's sweet notes of pine. Very pleasing aroma if you are into the hops. This is much much hoppier from the bottle than I remember it on draft at the brewpub from just last week.

Taste: There are at least four levels of bitterness on the tongue. The piney notes carry through, but there seems to be more grapefruit here. Maltyness is there, but unbalanced in reference to all these hops (not that this is a bad thing). The finish is a bit sweet, but lingering bitterness will leave you thinking of geese for a while. Bitterness is what this beer is all about and it seems to do it well and with vigor.

Notes: I think this is quite a bit hoppier in the bottle than on draft. Both are enjoyable, but this is much closer to the big hop monsters like Dreadnaught and Ruination when served from the bottle. Very tasty beer. Not for pregnant women or the faint of heart.

Thanks autumnaldave!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 01:30:36 | More by beerinator
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-3-05...cheers to Goose Island for super fresh beer and clear bottle dating! 9% abv per the label. Pours from the bottle a vibrant golden orange with hints of amber and a creamy bubbly inch of head that lingers atop the brew. Fresh, citric, grapefruity, piney, spicy hops attack my nostrils as I near the top of the glass. A sweet crystalline caramelly backdrop works its way in. Imagine standing in a field of various hop vines...grabbing cones, rubbing them between your fingers and inhaling the green, resiny aromas. I really enjoy the hop profile here as it begs me to take that first sip.

First sip brings a brash wall of herbally resinous, citrus, piney, spicy hops. A nice melding of hops that are quite green. Malts work their way in nicely with a caramel sweet, slightly bready flavor. I get a touch of cotton candy on the way down. Well balanced between sweet malts and hoppy bitterness. A really tasty DIPA that does not fail to impress me...in my stomach only a mere 10 days after it was bottled. Finishes clean with a mellow lingering hoppy bitterness that just makes you want to come back for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess. I could see this being a little bit fuller in the mouthfeel but I'm just nit picking really. Steady carbonation is quite well placed. This brew goes down super easy and will delight any lover of the mighty hop. Brewed with Tettnang, Simcoe and Cascade per the label. I took Greg Hall's adivce and paired this with some gorgonzola which was quite a nice combination. This and the Bourbon County are my two favorites in the Reserve line so far...I'll be on the lookout for more. Well worth your time and effort to snag some of this. Kudos to everyone at Goose as well! Thanks to autumnaldave for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 00:49:32 | More by orbitalr0x
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy apricot hue is crowned by a light off-white film. Big barleywine-like aroma with plenty of rich sweet malt backings to accompany the time mellowed various hops. Oldish apricot fruitiness is bathing in a maple sauce, oldish and not without madeira undertones. Well developed aging, displaying an excellent balance right now. The hops are mild, highly herbal and give an old english feel in their floral soapiness. The malt is chewy, almost smoky, port-like in its strong fruitiness. Oily texture, light carbonation. Splendid specimen which must have close to a year an a half I believe. Atypical and one of my favorites. Worth another round of thanks to my buddy Jeppe.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 15:27:06 | More by Rastacouere
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silenius

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy glowing orange/yellow color with a nice fluffy off-white head that sheets down the glass like crazy. A beautiful beer.

Smell is more floral and lightly pine scented than citrus. Honeysuckle is in there with some other sweet smelling flowers backed up by a hint of pine.

Taste is very yummy. The more Goose Island beers I have, the more I understand that this brewery can really balance hop and malt flavors when they make hoppy brews. The sweet honey-like malt is nicely offset by the hop bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is great. It really slides down nicely and is carbonated to feel thick but not prickly.

Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2004 02:34:02 | More by silenius
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy orange-gold, like bubbly honey. A healthy two fingers of white head swells then settles gradually to thin sculpted rills of foam. Splatters of lacing grace the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers an almost honey sweetness laced atop fresh sliced grapefruit. the malt lurks beneath with a hint of toffee, and a spicy, almost minty aura disperses at the close.

Upon sipping, the malt gives a sweet, caramel glimpse of itself before the perfume of pine and dry citrus hops holds strong sway. Toasted grain walks the middle, blurred a bit by a vague note of what seems to be anise, as well as a more strident tide of alcohol. Berries come out to play toward the end, as well as an earthy grain undertone and more hops resins. The finish comes with a fleeting tart impression quickly followed by a lingering dry hoppy bitterness. Overall, there's plenty going on, but it's not at all hard to sort out and enjoy very well.

A touch south of medium bodied, the elements blend to coat like a thin, savory oil, and a dry glow lingers to remember it all by.

Oh yes, some more Midwest hoppy happiness! Sure, there's some measure of balance, and the malt even makes somewhat of a name for itself, but here, the hops rule the roost. It's full and gutsy, and in spite of an obviously healthy ABV, if hops are your bees' knees, then you're going to want another, just as I did, and still do. This one's welcome in my DBF anytime, but it won't be there long before it's in my glass.
Thanks be to Jahred for bringing this one my way!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 15:06:11 | More by Foxman
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, hoppy bo boppy... no, wait a minute. An amazing and massively hoppy brew. I don't catch the citrus the others hove noticed at my tasting at the brewery, but maybe I've been through too many beers already. Lighter brown color than normal for an IPA, but that doesn't belie a big malt profile. That's all I got from a wild night of tasting at the Goose's Fulton St. brewery, but I got some bottles as a souvenir, so I can submit a fuller review later.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 22:30:20 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.