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Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 118
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of silenius


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
Photo of 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
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


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

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 13:59:36 | More by Boto
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 17:05:48 | More by Boilermaker88
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 19:24:58 | More by beerluvr
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 03:35:26 | More by CRJMellor
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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”.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 01:11:48 | More by Gusler
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 22:20:27 | More by BierReise
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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