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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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2,855 Ratings
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Ratings: 2855
Reviews: 1048
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%

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 Auraan


3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice clear amber with a half finger white head that dissipated leaving some lacing. It looks pretty nice, true to form for an IPA, but nothing standout. Scents of orange, grapefruit peel, some tropical fruit, peach, slight floral aromas and extremely faint pine resin. A very fruit forward aroma, yet also quite muted in its overall intensity for an IPA. Still very nice and appealing. Flavor begins with faintly bitter citrus, moving into strong floral hop notes and faint pine resin. Finishes with a nice hit of floral hops and citrus peel, with some slight pine. Aftertaste is floral with some hints of bitter citrus peel. A very floral IPA flavor and not as bitter and hop-forward as many American IPAs, but a good English IPA flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a resinous feel. A good, true to style IPA mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty good IPA, with a nice aroma and flavor combination, that while not the most pronounced and bold, are well balanced and pleasant. It's not the greatest IPA out there, even for an English IPA, but it is nice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 06:50:21 | More by Auraan
Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely a better-than-average IPA. Hops are prominent but yet restrained. Moderate carbonation. A little malt and sweet fruity flavors too. This is an easy-drinking, flavorful beer that doesn't cross the line into pure hop-bomb. Nice in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 23:26:41 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Photo of CtephanieCimone


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden-Medium golden body,medium head,visably carbonated

Overwhelming hop scent

Great in your face bold hops, strong and in your face, just the way i like my IPAs.
Still has some fruit and malt notes,but over all a strong concentration on having a fully hopped.... boldy hopped brew :P

Smooth and crisp sips

First Had: May 27th 2013

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 18:37:58 | More by CtephanieCimone
Photo of Kenee

United Kingdom (England)

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip glass

Not much head but ok lacing with the little there is.

Beautiful orange colour. Very clear. Deep fruity citrus aroma. Not grapefruit but something less sharp.

Tastes great. Not aggressive but strong flavour. Rounded, fruity, little malt but nice soft finish. Medium bitterness, not very astringent but refreshing and moreish.

Good solid reliable mainstream American ipa.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 22:26:13 | More by Kenee
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly pristine and transparent brass hue with a faded khaki head that starts out fairly large, approximately 2 1/2 fingers. It does dissipate rather quickly, but a creamy cap retains for a good long while and there's some significant lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is a little on the weak side and nothing really jumps out of the glass. Big whiffs detect some citrus zest—grapefruit primarily and not much else. Little bit floral. Some grassy bitterness.

T: Unlike the nose, the flavor comes through in full-force. Much of that grapefruit comes through, this time it's piggybacked by some mellow caramel malt. It's not overly complex by any means, but it's well done and balanced perfectly with the hops being the star of the show, but it never becomes lopsided. The finish is a bit rustic with some pine resin and grass. Lingering aftertaste is a really nice mesh of the initial citrus, a touch of malt, with a background bitterness. A great example of the style.

M: Medium-bodied that feels like it's bigger, but never quite reaches the "full" plateau. Crisp with a touch of silkiness. It's definitely not light, but at the same time it's definitely not too clunky and it makes drinking numerous pints a breeze.

O: Goose Island IPA is not an amazing beer. It's just not. It's a bit on the "safe" side. Hop-forward, but never bordering pungent. Nothing out of the ordinary in any department. What Goose Island IPA is, however, is an extremely approachable example of the style. It's perfect as an introduction to IPAs as well as a session IPA, I think. There's nothing overwhelming going on here, it's not sitting on an obnoxious ABV, and it's certainly not a polka dotted unicorn that's only found once in a blue moon. It's simply a middle-of-the-road IPA and I happen to love that. This always has a place in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 02:18:05 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of thecheapies


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coating lace from a temporary half-inch of head. Golden amber with a flat tone.

Seasoned nose with prickly hops, an English stale bread malt, golden citrus, herbal pine, and flowery cones. Scaled back for the overseas version. The hops aren't particularly American, either. Traditional approach, and a successful nose to carry it.

Tea cake malts and bitter English hops. Pine, herbal, and floral notes with a bitter citrus finish. Spiny. Bristled carbonation makes for a chewier, grizzly drink. Pleasing mouth-swish of liquid. Lighter body.

Solid. All business in the re-creation of a classic style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 22:33:23 | More by thecheapies
Photo of TexasRedskinFan


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at dinner last night. This beer is very "in the middle". Kind of an AAL of the style. Not bad but definitely not great either.
Mild pine and citrus hops profile.
Warm malt.
Smooth dry finish.
Moderately carbonated and fairly thin for the style

Overall this is good beer. I could see drinking this on tap or at a party. You could probably drink this while fishing or doing outside work.

I only had one and it was very close to being out of date. If I see this at the store and its fresher I will buy some to try again. I'm sure this beer is better than my first encounter.


Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 12:42:07 | More by TexasRedskinFan
Photo of HaroldPE


3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing exceptional, but a very good drinking IPA. In the middle in so many ways - Pleasant aroma, taste and bitterness. Not over-hopped, like so many craft IPA's have become. Definitely a brew that can have one after another, and it will stand up. Certainly a beer to have when you're having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:26:34 | More by HaroldPE
Photo of Retroman40


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass (I don't have a thistle glass as recommended)

A - Golden amber with a loose, but lasting head.

S - Pine hops with some malt background. Very pleasant.

T - Pine hop dominates with some fruity malt background.

M - Actually a little thin for an IPA.

O - An ok beer, but a bit of a disappointment considering all the good things I hear and read about Goose Island. There are a lot of better IPA choices than this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 21:19:49 | More by Retroman40
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BOTTLED ON DATE: 21NOV13.

Appearance: Very thin light golden body. Thin white head which disappears quickly. Subtle carbonation.

Smell: Light and fruity. Apple juice aroma. Not very hoppy.

Taste: Light caramel notes. Very malt forward. Subtle spicy bitterness in first sip.

Mouthfeel: Clean and light. Not overpowering.

Overall: More of a pale ale than an IPA in my opinion. Not bad, nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:45:21 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date November 21, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. I was surprised to discover that I hadn't yet reviewed this offering from Goose Island, so I figured now was the time. Acquired as part of a Goose Island variety pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice coppery amber orange colored body, with some nice clarity and some fine flecks of light sediment floating about. Three big fluffy fingers of white head that leaves behind excellent thin rings of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of some soapy, piney, grapefruit, orange hop presence, with lots of pale bready malts to balance things out. Lightly floral / vegetal. Definitely a malt bomb.

T - Taste follows the nose - citrusy grapefruit / orange / pine hoppiness, and lots of bready malt. Imbalanced in the way of the malt, for sure. Lightly herbal / floral / dry. Average in flavor.

M - Goes down smooth, crisp, and clean. Feel is sticky, lightly resinous, bitter, bready, and dry. Residual hops and bready malt. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall, an enjoyable offering from Goose Island, but it is average at best when compared to the ever expanding selection of IPA's nowadays. Not the greatest, but highly drinkable with moderate 5.90% abv. I could definitely see it pairing well with a meal, and I would have it again.

Goose Island India Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 01:35:31 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of dar482

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It comes with golden brown color. It has a decent aroma of hops, but nothing something crazy like American style IPAs.

The taste has a good hops flavor in the front and then ends soon into a malty finish. It ends a bit too fast for me, but it does a good job as people something different from American hophead IPAs.

I would recommend it as a very drinkable. It's crisp, smooth, and has a good maltiness that would not be offensive to many drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 05:33:05 | More by dar482
Photo of bdion


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very smooth IPA, not a lot of mouth-feel. Crisp, not a lot of aroma when compared to many mainstream IPAs.

I'd suggest this IPA for folks that are new to the idea of hoppy ales versus lagers, because of the lower IBUs and lack of aroma that is usually associated with IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:52:00 | More by bdion
Photo of FLima


3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of sweet toasted malts, peaches and grapefruits. Initially had got a lot of mint.
Bitter flavor of grapefruits, sweet toasted malt, pine, mango, flowers and tea bags. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Classic and reliable IPA, it may have been the first IPA, I drank.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 14:09:49 | More by FLima
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 14, 2014... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk thistle...OCCASION: in between storms--with another of Dave's Super Bowl leftovers... APPEARANCE: massive, mountainous white head that begins as an iceberg peak; consistently active, orange amber body; glass lip to beer top lacing... AROMA: aromatic floral hops; slightly malty; piques the interest...PALATE: creamy, active and warming at the throat; the modest alcohol is properly situated--a balanced mouthfeel...TASTE: powerful,, cutting, arresting--any siege-like hyperbole aptly fits; wonderfully sprucey and citric without being overbearing... OVERALL: kudos to Dave for his Super Bowl selections--both Honker's and the IPA play well as samplings or sessionables; a big IPA that remains accessible and relatively affordable...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:43:02 | More by dacrza1
Photo of charlzm


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed December 25th, 2013 at some generic eatery in Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Beer is a clear, light-to-medium golden. Plenty of active carbonation. Creamy, one-finger off-white head that provides excellent lacing.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit.

Not much malt flavor. Just a touch of sweet caramel, mainly at the end. Hops are barely-perceptible and then only as indistinct bitterness. Well, some pine throughout but really, not much flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is decent due to good carbonation. Lively and smooth.

Looks good, smells okay, feels good: shame the flavor is so watered-down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 20:50:18 | More by charlzm
Photo of TheMirrorOwl


3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

That balance!

Appearance: Light golden brass in color, clear, thin head that lasts, laces moderately. A good bit of carbonation is visible.

Smell: Citrus fruit and mango from the hops, a light malt scent.

Taste: Floral grapefruit, pine flavors, fruity caramel sweetness; nicely balanced by a moderate bitterness. Sweet, piny aftertaste. Halfway through one, the balance strikes me as pretty divine, especially for an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost sticky feel that coats the mouth after a good sip; the carbonation comes as a pleasant afterthought that lends a nice liveliness without being a distraction. The carbonation dissipates as the beer sits, and I like it even more once it calms some.

Overall: This is definitely an American IPA (the pronounced hop-forward grapefruit taste, notable bitterness). I appreciate the modest balance of hops. In all, a flavorful, easy-to-drink, and nicely balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:26:15 | More by TheMirrorOwl
Photo of LagerCognoscenti

United Kingdom (England)

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA widely available here in the UK. I would say it should be considered as an American IPA.

I gave this to my sister, who is not into beer, to try and she said it "tastes like mango beer". This is not a bad description. Theres tons of fruity hop aromas and tastes here... mangoes, oranges, pineapple and a bit of pine.

It's not the most pronouncedly hoppy USA IPA and may disappoint some aficionados for this reason but considered simply as a beer to enjoy drinking it really is excellent. Tons of flavour, quite a bit of bitterness but a well balanced dose of malty sweetness. Drinkability is high for an IPA and the abv is not dangerously high (though it is a fairly strong beer). It looks good with plenty of lacing and a nice golden orange colour.

Good stuff. A go to for IPA fans living in Britain.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 12:27:50 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Copper body, oatmeal flake head. Good retention, light lacing.

Aroma: Floral, fruity, hoppy.

Taste: Floral, fruity, bitter. A woodsy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: A very solid IPA that hits all the marks.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:25:35 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BeersIsTheName


3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold and poured in a mug.

A- Dark golden, with modest head.

S- Hoppy with tones of citrus.

T- Clean and crisp with fruity aftertaste.

M- Somewhat dry, but not overwhelming.

O- It is a fruitier IPA than most, however the taste is not overpowering and only really noticeable in the aftertaste. It is one of the best IPAs that you can expect to find in a large grocery chain store.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 00:27:58 | More by BeersIsTheName
Photo of BierJager89


3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a white head.

S: Orange, grapefruit peel, citrus in the nose, maybe a little pine.

T: Malt, orange, grapefruit peel, pine. Somewhat bland for an IPA, especially for a brewery as good as Goose Island.

M: Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth for an IPA.

O: Not what I was hoping for, but good for an English-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 05:32:00 | More by BierJager89
Photo of brewskifan55


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear golden with a white half finger head that dissipates fast. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Piney, resin-y. Grapefruit. Slight malts.

T: A well balanced hop/malt combo. The low bitterness makes this a very sessionable beer. A smooth, clean finish.

M: Medium with medium/frothy carbonation.

O: Not bad. I was expecting an onslaught of hops, but was pleasantly surprised by the great balance of malt. I bet this would rock on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:58:06 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of TheFizzinator


3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty decent IPA from Goose Island. There are tons of Grapefruit notes in the nose and in the taste of the beer. There's not a whole lot of complexity going on here though. Overall a very pleasurable and easy sessionable beer with a pleasant mouthfeel and some nice carbonation. Very little bitterness. Lacks the real heavy hop character in most IPAs brewed today.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:39:45 | More by TheFizzinator
Photo of TheMarkE


3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold/orange, with good head and lacing and noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with a hint of malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrus fruits, caramel, pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly sticky, with the typical IPA bitterness.

The Verdict: Not bad. A solid, balanced IPA with everything you expect. I may not go hunting it, but I won’t turn one down either.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:09:21 | More by TheMarkE
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent IPA but i did expect a little bit more from Goose Island. The flavor was good out of a bottle or a glass but i tended to prefer a bottle because it caught most of the dry flavor from the IPA. Good as a casual drinker or to have after a light meal, but not up there with my favorite IPAs. However, I would recommend it as a beer you absolutely have to have after eating pumpkin seeds

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 10:51:04 | More by Owl-Head
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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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