India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

3,932 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,932
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 87
Gots: 648 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

Bourbon color, grapefruit aroma, fruity hop flavor, dry body.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,932 | Reviews: 1,143
Photo of Imperialjake
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More or less this is a weak watered down ipa. It looks a lot better than it actually taste. I see no reason to purchase this beer again.

Photo of lbf
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fruity light pleasant aroma low alcohol

Photo of lincoln44
1.29/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Use to be an exemplary IPA, very bland on this tasting.

Photo of BohemianBomber
4.79/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is absolutely amazing. Goose island did it again with another great beer!

Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle from a 12-pack picked up at The Beer Store; bottled Apr 2 2015. This is now being produced for the Canadian market at one of Labatt's breweries. Simply called 'Goose IPA', but since GI only has one IPA listed on their website (and the abv matches up), I'll assume it's just a re-branding issue. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy orange-amber colour, generating one inch of soapy, white-coloured froth on top. Retention is unremarkable; the head is mostly gone by the three minute mark, leaving behind a wide, foamy collar and a modest curtain of lace. The nose is rather citrus and pine-forward, with the resiny aspects mingling alongside aromas of grapefruit pith and orangepeel. The malts also manage to make their presence known, offering up some caramelized sugar sweetness and some light, biscuity notes.

A well-made hoppy pale ale, but fairly pedestrian - the hop profile leans American, but it lacks the inherent aggressiveness of that style of IPA. Caramel and toffee, along with some crackery, grainy malt, manage to provide a stable backbone which remains well-balanced with the hop flavours that follow. Citrusy orange, grapefruit and lemon zest soon give way to a more earthy, resiny bitterness that lasts through the finish, but only briefly into the dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that prickle the palate, producing a relatively smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of crispness.

Final Grade: 3.78, a solid B+. I've made my way steadily through this 12-pack of Goose Island's IPA over the last week or so, and this was the final bottle. This IPA may not be anything too special, but I'm not exactly inclined to turn it down in the future. In fact, I'll almost certainly be buying another dozen at some point down the line. This is a serviceable, no-frills IPA that falls somewhere halfway between the English and American interpretations - which is probably why it doesn't seem to evoke many strong opinions, good or bad - it's just... there. But sometimes, that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Photo of Bungo
1.71/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

One of the worst IPAs I've tasted, unfortunately.

Photo of heliocopter
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I h d j f

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the Yankees-Mets Subway Series. This is a well-made, nicely balanced beer. I couldn't care less that GI has been taken over - they still produce quality beer. Even better, it's more widely available. To me, that's a win.

Photo of IPA_Ray
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer. Fruity and hoppy without being overdone.

Photo of Garys1
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

AWESOME BEER! One of my faves!!!!!

Photo of Mercarood
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA good smell with a soft a taste

Photo of pianoguy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden brown body with a one inch white head, decent lacing

A citrus smell, not overly prominent

Taste is not like it smells. No citrus, more of a malt with a slightly bitter hop finish

Feel is full and even

Overall not a bad English style IPA

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice IPA, great flavour and aroma. I felt it more like an American IPA than an English IPA as the label states.

Photo of dbtossi
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love IPAs and love Goose Island. This beer gives the right amount of hops and the right amount of spices

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: An earthy and fruity hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and fruity hop forward taste with notes of grass and citrus. Upfront notes of floral, grassy, and piney hops. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Backing pale malt notes of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A decent take on an IPA. Nice citrus and grassy hop notes. Nothing great but a nice lighter take on the style.

Photo of hotpauko
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 months past exp date so I will not do a thorough review. I remember it tasting a bit better previously. Very good example of the English IPA style. The English malt is not too strong and the hops are not overwhelming and little bite.

Photo of founddrama
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A serviceable IPA. A vaguely fruity note in there, but it works. Otherwise well balanced -- mild but discernible hop bite on the finish.

Photo of bisonfort
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Rocco's. Cisco likes

Photo of grundsow18
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, maize color. Poured fresh (1/14/15 BO) bottle from Wegmans into pint glass and produced two fingers of foam. Citrus notes in the smell. Very balanced malt and hop profile which matches the advertised English IPA style. Overall, a great representative of the style,

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. A very fresh, drinkable ipa. I could drink these all night without an issue. It has a clean, crisp hop profile of slight bitter and grassy notes balanced by a mild malt. Just enough to balance this beer, without drowning out the hops.

Will seek out and purchase again.

Photo of hophead723
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I have only tried one Goose Island beer before this one so I look forward to giving this one a try. My six pack was bottled on Feb. 24, 2015 so it is very fresh. I poured into a claret class though I would normally use a pint glass for an English style IPA.

Look: This beer is stunningly gorgeous! Perfectly crystal clear with good of carbonation and a creamy white head. The color is a rich spot-on dark amber that evokes thoughts of gold and honey. Perfect, solid, and consistent rings of lacing adorn the glass until the very last sip. As I raise the glass to my lips it passes through the light making the beer look like a goblet of fire.

Smell: The smell is floral and herbal with a touch of fruity ale yeast combined with a subtle estery smell of the alcohol. Overall the aroma is fruity thanks to the hops as well which are Pilgrim, Styrian Golding Celeia, Cascade, and Centennial.

Taste: There is a flourish of grassy, hoppy citrus up front followed by a very rounded and pleasant malt character. There is plenty of malt to support the hops which are not very bitter but still expressive.

Feel: Silky smooth body at first but with a crisp finish. This is definitely sessionable and easy drinking with these characteristics. I do get a lingering coating as well from the hops but it isn't a very bitter beer at only 55 IBU.

Overall: I've always enjoyed English style IPAs but this still surprised me how good it is. It's very approachable for an IPA and is definitely a good starter beer for people just getting into craft beers but it also would easily be appreciated by passionate and seasoned beer drinkers. I am the latter. Cheers.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If one puts aside any AB bias, this is a solid IPA if you're wanting an English IPA with balance.

Photo of BigJace21
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best beer at my softball night bar. Not much to choose from.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Crystal clear with a nice three finger white head and mild lacing. The body is a beautiful light golden color accented with copper hues and contains very little carbonation. The head is fluffy and dense and stick around for quite a while.
Smell:
Light apples, oranges and mild grapefruit and hops. This seems like a watered down IPA.
Taste:
The taste is pretty great, light a crisp at first and filled with the apple and orange in the aroma. As it hits the middle of your tongue, a few malts come out along with some mild hops. The hops really become evident as it hits the back of your throat and leave a nice tasting aftertaste. It is well balanced and very smooth.
Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied and mild carbonation.
Overall:
The aroma had me a bit worried but this is a good tasting IPA, perhaps a breakthrough IPA for people getting into the style. Not bad, don’t pass it up.

Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: 4.25 - Pours a beautiful copper color with a finger of foamy white head.

Smell: 3.75 - It smells very well balanced between the hops and the citrus. Grapefruit is prominent, along with maybe some lemon. Not too strong of a scent, but a pleasant one.

Taste: 4 - Just like the smell, it is very well balanced. The hops are enjoyable yet not overpowering. It tastes like what a good, standard IPA should taste like. A harmonious balance between hops, malt, and citrus.

Feel: 4 - An easy IPA to drink. Not palate wrecking (ha, that one is coming up - thanks Green Flash), but just a smooth, enjoyable IPA.

Overall: 4 - A solid B beer, this is an enjoyable IPA. If you're in the mood for an easy drinking, pretty sessionable IPA, this would be a solid choice.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,932 ratings.