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Imperial IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 118
Gots: 13 | 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 joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler
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.

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of billyshears
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

billyshears, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of frosted33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

frosted33, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap in a tulip glass in a local bar.

Pours deep copper with a creamy white head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of tropical and citrus fruits. Hop spicing certainly comes through in a robust aroma.

The taste is citrus and tropical fruits (apricot, grapefruit and banana) mingles with a touch of caramel. It has a spicy, long finish.

It has a chewy full body. Smooth despite abv.

A wonderfully tasty hoppy brew that is dangerously drinkable!

jwc215, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Heavy-G
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Heavy-G, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of csustar001
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

csustar001, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of beardown2489
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

beardown2489, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Casterbridge, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mpayne5, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

IPAchris, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -4.5%

derkfromwi, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of bradleypatter
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

bradleypatter, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
2/5  rDev -52.3%

AngusOg, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of MrBuckHigh
4/5  rDev -4.5%

MrBuckHigh, Jul 05, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

WOLFGANG, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Shnanign, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Jas45678, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of pjkelley82
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

pjkelley82, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JimGlonke, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice clear orange color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is thin but has a very nice sticky lacing. The smell of the beer is packed with fruity pine-like hops. Very fresh and bright aromas on the nose. The taste is really good as well, lots of sweetness balanced with a great bitterness. The flavored of fruit and malt mix really well with a subtle resin finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied gently carbonated. Overall this is a very good IIPA.

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ale1
2.76/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

picked up a sixer at local grocer, served at around 60° poured into a pint glass
2-3" head with large bubbles , ok lacing , light amber colour

alright now down to the tasting , by nose possibly cascade hops ..dry hopped
it appears by the results that's ok if your in a rush and want to make a hopped beer however much better if done over time throught the wort boil 60 120 180 min's etc.
yea like Dogfish ipa' s ! this is not a real WOW IPA and wont purchase this one again. Another corprate blaaa ripoff brewer doing it as cheap as they can.

ale1, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

OregonGrown7, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Number3red
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Number3red, Jun 08, 2013
Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.