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Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 117
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

11-16-2005 01:30:36 | More by beerinator
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

11-14-2005 00:49:32 | More by orbitalr0x
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

09-13-2005 15:27:06 | More by Rastacouere
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

11-08-2004 02:34:02 | More by silenius
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

05-21-2004 15:06:11 | More by Foxman
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

04-16-2004 22:30:20 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottle @ Goose Island Clybourne: This was another one that wasn't on the menu that the waitress told me about. This pours with a BIG frothy head. The color is a cloudy orangish one. The hop nose is strong, but not overpoweringly so. Hints of pine and mustiness to the nose. The taste has a citric sourness to it. The hops taste strong, but not overly bitter. Very Good!

04-11-2004 13:59:36 | More by Boto
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Then I got this, at first I thought it was a bottle of homebrew. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle with a plain white label with the words "Imperial IPA" hastily imprinted by some old dot-matrix printer, I was puzzled. The giveaway was the Goose Island cap and a quick beer-mail to CRJMellor, who really hooked me up with this tasty brew.
Poured into my trusty tasting glass, this I2PA had a translucent dark orange hue and a firm, compact vanilla colored head that never totally went away and left minor dots of lace behind. The nose was a pleasing balance of floral hops, grapefruit and spruce offset by the aromas of sugary caramel malts, navel oranges, and a touch of yeastiness. Also just a faint hint of phenolics.
The taste of this full, almost syrupy brew was, at the outset, quite sweet. Almost candy-like, with a caramel-dipped fruit flavor. The malt backbone was quite sturdy and had a bready character. Then the rush of citrus, first orange and then grapefruit rinds, washed over the palate. The flavor of resinous pine sap was prominant in the finish but not overbearing. The %ABV is unknown but if it's over 8.0%, it's very well concealed.
Overall, this was a real tasty imperial IPA. It's not as off-the-scale bitter as some of the bad-ass I2PA's but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Big thanks go out to CRJMellor for this preview of what I hope becomes a regular offering from Goose Island Beer Co.

04-02-2004 17:05:48 | More by Boilermaker88
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Medium orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is hops and more hops, citrus and floral. A full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet and sort of stand up to all the hops. The hops are prominent, grapefruit, piney and floral, and are quite bitter. Touches of orange and peach, yet there is also some mustiness and leather as well. Very smooth taste, thick and syrupy. Kind of different for an Imperial IPA. Beer #1500 on my personal list. Hides the 9.2% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter, with a touch of floral hops

03-09-2004 02:18:45 | More by beerguy101
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

This pup poured out with a long-lasting lacy, cream colored head slowly settling over finely carbonated hazy light amber/golden liquid. The nose is a complex mixture of bready aromas, yeasty fruitiness, sweety-sweet malts and finally, flowery hoppiness. The taste is a blend of fruitiness and then the piney and resiny bold hoppiness takes the stage, making a great impression upon the palate. Malty sugar sweetness lend a depth of body to this brew...great hoppy burps too, I might add! Finishes both big and rich in the flavor department, long and balanced. Alcohol is pretty much cloaked by the other flavor attributes of this bad boy.

Thanks to CRJM for "sweet talking" the barmaid at Goose Island into selling him a couple of these beauties!

03-07-2004 19:24:58 | More by beerluvr
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a slightly hazy orange brown color, head dies down but leavea a great trail of lace. High alcohol content evident by the alcohol imprints on the sides of the glass. Aroma is highly hopped, heavy on the citrus and dark ruit malts (dates and figs)came to mind. Taste is sweet, yet bitter, subtle yet overpowering. Really good beer that I hope they bring out again. I would probably actually classify this as a barleywine.

12-29-2003 03:35:26 | More by CRJMellor
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

The beer pours a somewhat bemused orange to amber color with the head mountainous in size, frothy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it slowly fades into the sunset the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet upon the glass. “WOO HOO”, hops, flowery and enticing, sweet malt behind, a real pleasure for the “Hop Heads” nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its carbonation, but as one would expect the hops win the day, pleasing in their robust spiciness, tart and refreshing to the palate, very dry and lingering hop bitter aftertaste, a real treat for this “Old Hop Head”.

12-04-2003 01:11:48 | More by Gusler
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

12oz Bottle with plain white label stating Imperial IPA. Pours a hazy orangish amber with a thick head that is lacing nicely. Big sweet hop aroma that has Imperial IPA written all over the place. Is this really a midwest brew? Has a smooth medium body with a nice fullness to it. Flavor is sweet and hoppy without being too bitter. Orange and peaches come to mind. Good malt presence to balance out. Finishes a bit dry and a good bitter kick at the end. Every bit as good as the west coast Imperials.

11-28-2003 22:20:27 | More by BierReise
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Ok, I usually don't comment on a beer's packaging, but this has got to be the worst labeling I have ever seen on a commercial brewery's product. This is part of Goose Island's F.O.A.M. series of special, high-end brews available only at the brewery. The label is the white backside of a Honker's Ale label with the word's "Imperial IPA" printed on it in black by a cheapo printer. I'm sure the beer will be much better than the packaging though.
Now, to the beer. It pours a hazy yellow-gold in color leaning towards orange. A solid, dense head fades to a even thin layer leaving no lace.
The aroma hits as soon as the bottle is popped open, once it is poured, you just can't escape it. Syrupy sweet and citrusy hoppy. Juicy grapefruit with floral notes accompany a malty back.
The flavor profile is on par with the aroma. A balance of sweet malts and generously dosed hops. Almost sticky sweet though. Alcohol becomes more apparent by mid-glass taking a little of the edge off of the syrupy sweetness.
Slick, oily, medium-full body with appropriate carbonation. A really nice example of the style. Make it a regular release please and put a real label on it & I'll like it even more.

11-24-2003 03:55:14 | More by cretemixer
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Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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