Midway IPA - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Midway IPAMidway IPA

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jahred on 02-02-2004

Brewed with Pale, Pils, and Maris Otter malt, hopped completely with Amarillo hops. As an homage to our loyal patrons, served on Nitro taps.
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub. Pours a light hazy golden color with two fingers of tight off-white head that has solid retention and leaves moderate lacings.

Aroma is of a light citrus hop note up front with some spiced hops mixed in as well. The citrus is a bit yeasty right along side a note of bready malt that does well to contrast and balance the brew out in the nose.

Taste is more of the same with a more distinct hop spice. The hops here are nicely concentrated while the base of malt does just enough to keep the overall profile honest.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth hop character and a finish of semi-dry residual slickness.

Drinkability is great. A wonderfully hoppy IPA with a smooth character and a supreme finish of pleasant residual. An all around solid IPA on cask from GI Clybourn. Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer emerges from the cask a cloudy brass color with a thick, creamy, guiness-style head that sticks around for the whole beer and leaves a thick, stick, rippled lacing. It smells of faint grassy hops.

This is a simple, but masterful beer with rich light malt backing a big herbal and slightly grassy hop tase. This beer is amazingly smooth and soft for an IPA. Must be the cask. I sucked this down fast, the only thing that keeps drinkabilty from being a 5 is the high ABV which I could feel going to my head quickly, though I didn't taste a hint of booze in the beer.

Photo of mully
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NeuBrewM for hooking me up with this one

Fluffy white head settles to about a quarter inch with plenty of lacing left behind a little hazy tan color warm tones - a good rich gold hue

Citrus zest - grapefruit oil -- balanced by a bit of malt my wife says it smells like summer.

citrus/ apricot, special-b malt, a little biscuit and roasty-ness full of delicouisness

smooth velvety not over powering very well crafted.

Awesome session beer very drinkable

A beer worthy of the fancy botteling to be sure.

Thanks for the bottle Ted

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at the Clybourn location. Reviewed from notes.

I waited a while for this to actually make it into the rotation at GI (it kept showing up on the menu, but they were always out of it). Finally, I got my shot.

Bold red-orange in color with an airy, white head. Strong hops in the nose, with citrus notes.

Taste is somewhere between a regular IPA and an imperial - hence the name Midway, not just a nod to the southside airport. Juicy, big hops with some malt elements and a nice, lingering bitterness.

I'm a sucker for IPAs of all alcohol levels, so it's no surprise I'm a sucker for this, too.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white foamy head. This retains with some creamy bunching that throws a good bit of spotty frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is bright and hoppy feeling in the nose, with a lot of sharp sweet citrus notes (orange and apricots abound) that are undercut with a touch of dank earthiness and gentle spicy notes. Grainy malts offer some support but mostly stay in the background, allowing the citrus notes to contribute a lot of the sweetness that is present.

The taste has a strong hop bite to it up front, being quite bitter with spice, pithy citrus, and some dank gritty notes. Fruit and the graininess of the malts keeps this mostly well balanced, as a LOT of orange flavor (both sweetness and more bitter peel character) emerges as this warms. The finish on this sticks hard on the palate with a deep feeling of dryness and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with crispness to the carbonation that matches up well with that strong hop profile. This is pretty darn smooth though for 6% and ends up being a little more refreshing feeling than I initially would have thought.

There's a LOT of fruity sweetness in this IPA but I think that the bitterness levels sufficiently backed things up enough to keep this well balanced and deep enough to hide any stray alcohol flavors from the body. I had been eyeing this one up the last couple of trips to the brewpub and am glad that I finally gave it a shot.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fancy cellar collection bottle shared by Jay23. A local IPA named after an airport...

Deep opaque orange pour, constant head, good retention. Spotty bits and wavy lines of lacing. Clean grapefruit aroma, leafy hops, with a touch of pale malt in the nose. Clean bitterness, plenty of hop character paired with a good malty backbone. Dry resiny aftertaste. Nicely balanced standard IPA from Goose Island.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island Clybourn 2/15/07. Listed on the menu as 7.4% abv.

A: Rich golden color with a beautiful cascade. Creamy 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S: Big juicy citrus. Grapefruit can be smelled from 18". Nice balancing malt, too.

T: Grapefruit and orange flavors from the hops. The hops are kept in check by a great, slightly toasted, kinda nutty malt profile. Also, I detected flavors of peach and pear.

M: Wonderful creaminess from the cask pour. Very thick and very balanced in the mouth.

D: This could be MY session beer! It's great on draft, but on cask it's out of this world. I really like how all of the different fruity flavors are kept expertly in check by the solid malt backbone. Fantastic!

Photo of sweethome
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery and took a growler home.

Pours a dark red, with a white fluffy head. Huge hop attack on the nose - lots of cascade hops. Bartender described as midway between their ipa and imperial ipa - hence the name. I think this is a very tasty brew.

The malt profile is more substantian than their regular ipa - a fine beer. Nutty malts linger in back but are dominated by a juicy citrus hops flavor.

Very long bitter finish. The citrus stays with you for some time. This is an IPA by the way!

The mouthfeel is just slightly watery. Not as dese of a feel as their ipa.

Reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale in some respects - though not quite the malts of that beer.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head above the very cloudy amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal, relatively balanced maltiness and fruity hops. Taste is somewhat sedate as well, moderate sweetness coupled with lightly fruity bitterness. Closes with a light but noticeable warming numbness. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Interesting brew, but not so sure I'd label it a Double IPA. Worth checking out on its own merits though.

Photo of samie85
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviwed from notes. Originally consumed at the Clybourn Brewpub on 1/29/10.

A-Pours a hazy yellowish, orange with a white, two finger head.

S-Crisp grapefruit and pine aromas with some caramel malt.

T-Pine, and grapefruit bitterness with some sweet orange and caramel malt.

M-Really smooth and the mild, but still there carbonation helped this. Medium bodied.

D-I would really like to see them bottle this one. It's like a more complex, and slightly amp-ed up version of their India Pale Ale. Very easy drinking for almost 7%, where's the alcohol?

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the Clybourn location on December 29, 2010. Oddly, I'll say that I didn't get too much from the nitro, but the menu said this was nitro and cask and I was told the cask had kicked.

Also, judging from the previous reviews, this is a different beer than was previously bottled and is also different than what was available a few months ago, as the menu indicated that this was done with Amarillo hops. To the review.

Poured a moderate golden color with a single-finger white head and not too much lacing. The nose brought forward a light amount of the typical Amarillo character--a bit of floral and citrus, through these components weren't overpowering here. The malt in the background was a bit strong and tended to overwhelm the more-delicate character of what the Amarillo brought here. Taste was quite plain with really mild hops and a strange bit of malt character for the style. Mouthfeel was light to medium with moderate carbonation. While nothing really stood out about this one, it went down smoothly and I was pleased to have gotten to try this.

Photo of AgentZero
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber colored beer, no haze, with a bit of a white head that had some good retention and left a decent bit of lace on the sides.

S - Floral and citrus hops in a standard smelling IPA with a fairly strong malt backbone.

T - Really not a whole lot going on here that is very distinguishing. Lighter taste than expecting for 6%, with some citrus and floral hop flavors. Strong malt backbone.

M - Ligher bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Fairly easy to drink, not great, but can get it down and don't mind it.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Did I miss the O'Hare IPA? Daggum it. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly dusty cream-white foam. The nose is fairly light, comprising grapefruit, pineapple, red apple, and caramel (which comes through a tad denser than the other elements, though not by very much at all). The taste holds notes of pineapple, red apple skin, light pine sap, caramel, and lemon zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, fruity IPA, but nothing to rave about.

Photo of Lard_City
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very pretty beer that tastes OK

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what my fellow BA bretheren have been drinking that suggests that this beer is only worthy of a 3.2 rating, but I wish they would share their IPA's with me. This beer is much better than they suggest. At FoBAB recently, I tried the American Oak aged Midway IPA and thought it was fantastic. Some comlplaints were that it wasn't balanced enough. IPA's aren't supposed to be balanced; they are supposed to be over intensely hoppy. Having said that, this beer is well balanced, yet the spiciness, floral boquet, and bittering shines through the medium malt flavor and texture. Very aromatic, smooth and creamy. Delicately aged and rounded, allowing all beer characters (even yeast) to contribute while allowing the complex hop additions to dominate. Finished dry, sweetly alcoholic, and modestly cloying. Overall, a great Double "I".

Photo of gskitt
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on Tap. This was a solid IPA, but nothing crazy good. POured a golden amber, dark honey. Limited head, limited lacing. Scent was more sweet than piney, had some fruity and honey in the scent. Taste was more hopped and resiny but the overall taste was not of hops but of a balanced sweetness and bitterness. Very drinkable. Overall, a solid offering and not one id turn down, yet wouldn't go out of my way.

Photo of jahred
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this stuff at Goose Island to share during the Super Bowl. Pours a medium brown color, but with no head (less than 24 hours after I left Goose Island, and about 5 minutes after I opened up the growler). The scent is pleasant - primarily grassy hops.

The taste is as expected - more grass, more hops. But it's kind of sweet at the same time, in a surprising way. The taste doesn't change much as it warms, but it continues to be easy to drink. Quite hoppy, but no bitter, and well-balanced.

Photo of Viggo
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange, thick white head and lots of lacing. Smell is floral hops and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, with some caramel and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Way too alcoholic and almost no complexity, pretty disappointed with this one. Makes drinkability a bit tougher.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back on tap at GI Clybourn. OK, so here's the deal... GI gets its share of grief on this board for alleged hop-o-phobia. To be sure, some of this problem is self-inflicted. Between Greg Hall's misunderstood blog post about over-hopped beers and the fact that Midway and Imperial are no longer bottled, hopheads seem to feel foresaken by the Goose. Lest we forget GI's previous efforts, the return of Midway to the Clybourn taproom serves as a reminder that GI knows how to make a well-balanced, hop-forward IPA (billed as "midway" between the traditional English-style IPA and the IIPA).

Pours lightly veiled gold with a resilient smooth head. A lot of pine and citrus on the nose with a light caramel note. The taste lacks some of the hop complexity suggested by the smell, but there is still plenty for a hopaholic to chew on. Plenty of pine comes through along with a deep, lasting bitterness to satisfy the beast within. As this is GI, balance is still key: there is a very pleasant honey flavor that supplies the backbone and keeps this beer from falling off the rails. All in all, a welcome return of a Chicago classic...Now bottle the sucker!

Photo of paco1029384756
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had no intention of reviewing this beer as I expected an aged IPA to taste terrible. Fortunately I was wrong and what I got was almost the polar opposite. I knew that aging this beer to begin with was probably not a good idea, but I decided to age it for the hell of it.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with two fingers of dense foamy head with some great retention.

Scent of citrus, light bready malts, a hint of caramel, and a light tartness. I was expecting a malty mess, but this lightly soured citrus is quite pleasant.

Taste of citrus, yeast, a hint of earth, funk and the same hint of sourness. The finish is very bready with a faint sour citrus flavor lasting. This beer is nothing like it was when it was fresh, it tasted almost like a completely different style; age has been kind to this one.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and oily with a big bite of carbonation, leaving behind a bit of a slimy feeling in the mouth.

Drinking this makes me wonder if aging this beer was intended upon it's release. Other beers in the 'Cellar' series are certainly not candidates I would consider for aging, such as a Pale Ale, Pilsner and Marzen, but I am completely taken aback by how wonderfully this has aged. I have most of the other 'Cellar' beers aging as well, and I can only hope they turn out half as good as this one did.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed an Imperial Pint Glass of this stuff straight from the source! Awesome!

A: A dark orange/copper body that support a fairly large cream colored head. Really impressed with the head retention, as well as the lacing this beer left behind.

S: A ample amount of citrus fruits to go along with a strong malt backing. Both worked in harmony to create a very well balanced IPA aroma.

T: I could have sworn this was listed as an English style IPA, but the flavor profile resembles more of an American IPA. Complex and somewhat bold malt body that balances out an evenly distributed hop bitterness.

M: Light and creamy...all at the same time! Hard to explain, but this place does "CASK" right!

O: A great freaking beer! Nothing really stood out in particular, but the culmination of flavors, smells and mouthfeel made this brew ever so easy to drink. A must try! Cheers!

Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask Conditioned at the Clybourn pub from notes, consumed Dec 24.

A: Amber color, somewhere between copper and honey. It has a really nice big creamy head, no apparent carbonation. Not quite opaque but not transparent either, no noticeable sediment.

S: Mild hops, biscuity malt. Citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon zest from the hops, toasted biscuit from the malt, hints of something else, like coriander, but overall the nose isn't very powerful or overly intriguing.

T: Juicy citrus right away, very pleasant and unexpected, nice resinous pine flavors as well, big finish of sweeter malts but still has a nice bitter kick at the end. Nicely balanced and the juicy citrus was really wonderful.

M: Nice creamy full body from the cask. The head stays around for a long time and adds another layer of creaminess. The juicy citrus flavors are really brought to life by the cask conditioning and the lack of carbonation takes away from any fizzy bite it may have had.

O: Really nice on cask, my dad had the non cask version at the same time and in my mind the cask took the cake. The cask texture really aided the hoppy elements that were a bit lackluster in the draft pour. This is a pretty darn good IPA that if you can try it on cask, try it, if you can't, just get a growler of the regular stuff!

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Clybourn location.

A: Poured a clear, harvest orange-brown color, with a slight head that retained itself for a good while.

S: This was a total fruit bomb, without much pine presence at all. No bitterness either... Sort of like a melted Popsicle.

T: I'll take that back: Sort of like melted orange sherbet with a few hop notes. This was fruity as hell, and the bitterness grew the more I sipped, but still not too much.

M: This was measly carbonated and a good bit of lacing was left on the glass, and orange peel left on the palate.

O: True hopheads might be turned off by the upfront fruitiness as opposed to hop sizzle, but I dug it overall.

Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Clybourn. Described as "midway" between an IPA and a Imperial IPA.

A: Served with 1 finger of thick off-white head. Very good retention and superior lacing. Hazy amber in color.

S: Surprisingly muted nose, though it opens up as it warms. Aromas are mostly floral with some citrus. Of what can be smelled, hops predominate.

T: Sweet maltiness. Pepper and spice flows over the tongue. Very mild bitterness.

M: Medium weight with medium carbonation. Creamy.

D: Fun and very easily drinkable. I question whether I would consider this one as being an extra IPA or anything approaching a DIPA, but still a very good beer. Hops are the focus, one of the hoppier beers I've had from GI. But this is not a 'big" beer and is not a hop bomb by any means. Had the opportunity to taste this against the regular IPA and compared to the regular IPA, Midway was far less bitter and aroma was quite a bit more muted. Midway offers more in the way of hop flavor without the bitterness.

Photo of quasimoto
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured cloudy amber from the tap and a came up with a nice hite head. Teh smell of it was of roses, lavender, and citrus. The taste was of grass and grapefruit. COMPLETLEY ONE SIDED!!! Very little malt in there its sweet but so overloaded by the aroma. It wasnt enough to stand out. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with bitter grassy after taste.

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Midway IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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