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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

3,485 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,485
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 69
Gots: 333 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon color, grapefruit aroma, fruity hop flavor, dry body.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Semi-hazy dark peach amber in colour with a foamy, patchy white laced head.

Malty aroma with a backing soft floral / citrus nose.

Quite hoppy, with a nice upfront hop twang, full of tingly spice, woody / herbal flavours, touch of salt and bitter grass ... and soap way back on the palate. Malt is sweet-ish and does a worthy job of providing some balance to the hops, but it's a one dimensional dextrin malt character ... it's only redemption being a faint toasted malt flavour and big, even body. Picked up some very faint phenols for a second. Light esters and alcohol make themselves known, but not as much as I would have liked. Finish is a bit oily, persistent and not very pleasant, eventually drying out some with some grain taste and feel.

Kind of thought this to be an mediocre, average at best, IPA. Hops are a bit out of place and the malts are uninspiring. Expected more from Goose Island.

Todd, Sep 10, 2002
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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

Iski100, Today at 02:41 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.24/5  rDev -13.6%

BillCheck, Yesterday at 12:40 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

mjfabian, Thursday at 11:42 AM
Photo of stickyb
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Drier than I expected. Ok but not great.

stickyb, Thursday at 02:29 AM
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3.04/5  rDev -18.9%

DuffMan23, Thursday at 02:28 AM
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

TWolff, Wednesday at 11:12 PM
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Smittyinde, Wednesday at 12:12 AM
Photo of kgammell1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: A nice, bright golden, tinged with burnt orange. Very nice ribbon like lacing that remained on the glass the entire time.

Smell: It smells fruity, fresh but slightly tame. The hops don't really reveal themselves that much in the initial whiff, they are subtle to be sure. Grapefruit, and dare I say even some lemon. Nothing special here.

Taste: Clean, crisp, the hop finish is lengthy and dry. First taste is fruity, almost too much so. My biggest complaint here is the lack of a solid malt base. The taste seems to jump straight from fruity to the bitter, dryness of the hops. It certainly didn't taste 55IBU's, the hops are not overwhelming.

Feel: Slightly oily, slick and it coats the mouth nicely. Maybe finishes a little too dry? Can't pinpoint what bothers me but something seems off. Too bready and not enough of the citrus remains.

Overall: I would say this is an average IPA. Maybe above average. It certainly looks pretty in a glass but the oily mouthfeel and the bready, dryness at the end prevent this one from being a GOOD IPA. I think it seems like Goose Island didn't want to commit in anyone direction so it ended up being somewhere between an American and English IPA. Decent!

kgammell1, Tuesday at 11:46 PM
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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

LoganMc, Tuesday at 12:44 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Srkolodn, Monday at 12:31 PM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Berg77, Monday at 02:35 AM
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3.6/5  rDev -4%

CGiusti23, Monday at 02:10 AM
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3.44/5  rDev -8.3%

Torreon10, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle data: none.

A thick, frothy, lasting white head sits atop a perfectly clear, solid gold colored body. A so-so mix of pine and citrus hops along with a small note of caramel malts. The taste comes across with a watery mix malt grains and hop bitterness with the bitterness building to a pretty bold biting bitterness into the finish; somewhat of a citrus orange hint. Medium bodied; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A rather bland and uninspiring IPA. Granted, it's supposedly an English style and shouldn't be expected to have the pizzazz of an American west coast styled IPA, but this particular brew still lacks any real depth or character. It does have a decent hop bitterness (for the style) but otherwise has little going for it.

beergoot, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Gilloran, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DLS168, Oct 23, 2014
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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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