India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

3,971 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,971
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 89
Gots: 694 | 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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Photo of HeadyHopHead
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I just do not understand how the brewery that makes BCBS can miss so much on an IPA. I choose it only when the other choices are macro brews.

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at a concert in Pittsburgh, poured into a tall plastic cup.

L: Poured a clear copper/golden color with 2 fingers of creamy white head.

S: Strong hops and malts. Evergreen and citrus. Delicious.

T/F: Very nice bitter hop profile. Pine and citrus with some floral notes. Great balance with the malts. Nice carbonation and easy to drink.

O: Overall a great IPA, with lots of flavor and hop character. It's a shame that Goose Island got bought out by the big boys but they sure didn't damage the product.

Photo of gardengurl71
1.39/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this beer has too much bitterness for me

Photo of Poljazz22
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack at Loblaws 17$ plus tax.
All in all a very nice IPA in the british style. Easier to drink than a full blown american style IPA. Nice to take as a thirst quencher with an extra zing of hops.
I tend to go for beer with a malty taste. My wife thinks its too bitter but I find the 55
IBU well hidden.

Photo of Cxrman
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA, gentle hoppy flavour.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/23/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, pine, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of big citrus/earthy hops, with moderate bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. All around nice robustness, complexity, and balance of big citrus/earthy hops, with moderate bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a decent sized white head, fades at a decent rate with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light piney hop aroma with a strong sweet malt backing.

Taste starts out with a mild piney hop kick which quickly gives way to the malt backing, strong crisp carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

Photo of DaveBar
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Store $25.50 for a 12pk. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Dark gold color and filtered clear.

S- Not a lot of hops here. Thinking this is a wet hopped beer

T- Not a wet hopped beer. Just a mild IPA and very uninspiring. Bland. Has a decent malt backbone but it's not going to save this beer.

M- Ok at best.

O- Not happy I had to buy 12. 11 more to choke back. Think I will bring this 12pk back for credit.

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew went ok with..... anything a mild IPA would go with such as sausage with sauerkraut and such.

Enjoy

Photo of SoulFroosh
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Before the USA hijacked the IPA style, overloaded it with hops and increased the abv -- this was how a good English IPA tasted.

Any negative review here will be from those who have tastebuds ruined by over-the-top American double/imperial IPA's.

Then again, this is an America IPA -- but it's a solid one that doesn't try to re-invent the wheel.

Cheers

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.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,971 ratings.