India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,978 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,978
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 89
Gots: 697 | 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.
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Ratings: 3,978 | Reviews: 1,155
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Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of interzen
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Dark golden yellow with a fluffy white head which diminishes to a nice, even foam cap and some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Hoppy right out of the gate - the fruity aromas were noticeable during the pour, and having let the beer sit for a little bit I was getting a lovely combination of hops, resin and grapefruit aromas.

Taste: Cor blimey, the hops hit you right from the word go but at the same time they manage not to swamp the other flavours present, and there are some. There's a nice balance between hop and malt in the middle, with the hops coming through again in the finish. Surprisingly complex.

Feel: Hops up front, a nice hop/malt/fruit combo in the middle and a dry, astringent finish. I finally feel that my palate is getting used to this sort of beer.

Overall: Goose Island has been a bit hit and miss for me - on the one hand I loved their 312 Wheat beer but Honkers was a bit of a let down. This, I feel, hits the bullseye for me - for sure, there are more aggressively hopped beers out there but this is a good introduction to the more bitter side of things.

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

Pours a deep golden color with light to medium head that leaves some nice lacing,the aroma is somewhat grassy with a light sweet smell that lingers.First taste I get is malty and sweet but the hops come in and make this beer have a nice dryer finish.A real nicely balanced IPA,very enjoyable.

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

Appearance – This one poured a hazy but bright orange in color with a good, white head that showed some retention.

Smell – The huge biscuity hops here are awesome! It smells like Amarillo gone wild but is kept in check with a nice malty backbone. It’s still very biased towards hops, but I like the mix.

Taste – Hmmm. The Amarillo steps back a bit, and the hop profile shows some nice resin and leafy citrus. The grain too comes on a bit stronger. All together it’s an excellent flavor make-up.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is a little lighter than medium-bodied and is very refreshing.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed downing this 12 ouncer. It’s different, that’s for sure, with the big biscuity Amarillo and strong husky grain. Me like. Me drinky. The Law is good.

Update – The big biscuity hops are really the story here, but it’s still a well-balanced AIPA. It was nice when I had it and rated it in 2005, and this 2006 vintage is more of the same.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear copper color with a bubbling 3 finger head that slowly falls but never departs. The nose is very nice. A balance between spicey, fruity, sweet hop and caramel malt base. I like the hop profile on this. Not too strong in any one direction, but with a lot going on in it. Flavor is not as nice as the nose. The hop is mostly spicey to a touch earthy over top a solid caramel base. Good balance, but not popping enough in the hop. It could shine, but it is a slight disappointment. The feel is moerate, with a light to moderate carbonation. The slighly light carbonation is probably from my aggressive pour. Overall, a very solid brew.

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

A tulip of deep opaque glowing orange beckons to me from beneath a quickly-fading orange-tinted head. Lacing is minimal. The boquet of this beer is damned amazing. I smell something new everytime I have one I think, but this time around I get wet grain upfront for just a second before pungent hop perfume hits me with spicy, floral, and citrus hop aroma.

Rich sugary-sweet malt hits first but is pushed out totally but a very spicy, I would almost say hot, hop that turns citrusy for just a second before going to a deep acidic bitter and a finish/aftertaste thats like licking the inside of an orange rind. Barely noticeable alcohol chimes in here and there. As you sip and the beer warms, things mellow out alot and the orange flavor comes out more with cinnemon notes. Damn.

Mouthfeel is light, slick, and vapory. The intensity of this beer along with a heavy feeling in the gut makes it hard to rate drinkability high, but I have to since I usually go for two. This beer rocks.

Photo of sgoodship
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice straw amber color. Clear with bubbles rising. Easily delivers a creamy yellowy off-white head. Great stalagtite lacing and great head retention.

S: Big bold floral nose with a hint of citrus. Lively and invigorating. It's also a bit grassy and resiny. Just a really intense hop nasal experience.

T: Smooth and simple beer. Refreshing with a zest and grapefruit. Some caramel balance. Finish is a nice bitter bite which goes with you into a dry hoppy aftertaste.

M: It's a clean but creamy mouth. On the light side of medium body with a high side of medium carbonation which is pretty active in the mouth and adds to the refreshing nature of the drink. It is surprisingly creamy for a beer that feels thirst quenching.

D: Substantial, refreshing and poundable. Got to love that in an IPA. I originally had this as an A- but upgraded my review because I have been spending some quality time with it. A really delicious brew.

Photo of skybluewater
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from a Pub Pak, freshness date "012205". Pours out an average amber color, some lacing. Smells of citrus and pine-I'd say this is the typical IPA smell. Taste is quite nice (almost Hercules Double IPA's little brother), grapefruit, pineapple, and melon.

Man, I wish I had a sixer of this, as opposed to only one more bottle. Darn good IPA here, very flavorful, but not so overwhelming that it couldn't be a good session brew.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice clear golden orange with a small head that lingers only for a few minutes. Has a piney hop aroma to it along with some maltiness. Upon first sip there is a enjoyable hop flavor that tastes a bit piney as well. Pleasently bitter with warm malt undertones. Seems to be a bit lacking in body, but overall the mouthfeel is good and allows for easy drinking. After a few sips the bitterness comes through on the back of the palate a bit stronger...but not overwhelming. IPA is one of my fave styles and drinkability is high on this has a solid flavor and a sixer is not too expensive...making it a good session brew.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color, straw-like with a thick white beautiful head that laces
The aroma is very lite malty with some earthy hops but hard to get.

The taste starts with carbonation on the tongue a sweet pale malt enters. the carbonation fills the mouth and cuts the sweet malt to show a earthy hoppyness it is pungent but finishes with a smooth bitterness.

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

super fresh, bottled less than 2 weeks ago.

pours a pretty clear orange color with a nice frothy, white head that retains very well. smells of resiny hops, citrus, pine, ruby red grapefruit, some tropical fruit notes. Taste is very balanced but full of different layers of hop flavors which im sure the freshness has to do with. Pine, resin, citrus, grapefruit, backed by a sweet malt presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, semi dry finish. Quite drinkable, even better burps.

Photo of Duster72
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color into pint glass. Decent head and decent lacing. Aroma is overwhelming hops. Very strong aroma. Taste starts bitter than envelops you with a sugary sweetness and then the hops come back in for a bitter bite as it goes down. Finish is a little cloying. Definitely gets better closer to room temperature than fridge temperature. Very drinkable IPA, up there with Bells Two Hearted for very sessionable IPAs.

Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Great lacing effect down the glass with a faintly hazed amber colour, the haze is most likely from the large amount of hops this brew has in it.

Smell: Big sweet hop oil aroma, very flowery with a mildly pungent rind. A touch of malt and alcohol in the nose also.

Taste: Medium body with a moderate carbonation that adds some crispness. Flat out there is a lot of hop flavour going on, lots of fresh hop to narrow it down a bit. Bitterness from the hops in not overwhelming but it makes its mark. Again lots of fresh hop flavours, flavours that would come from dryhopping or the use of a hop back. Maltiness is solid enough and leaves a modest dry malt character that gives a quick flash of lightly toasted malt in the mild. Alcohol is present with a clean estery flavour. The finish is long, dry and certainly hoppy.

Notes: Damn good IPA to be had here, clean on the tongue with lots of hop flavour rather than going overboard with bitterness which rests at a substantial 65 IBUs.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in appearance. Nice malty smell with hints of ginger. A bit stronger than most American IPA's, very full bodied. Malty mouth feel, with strong hop signature as it goes down. Very sweet after taste with bitter hop characteristics. Excellent beer , not just for type, but overall.

Photo of macbethkid84
4.84/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Give me this bird anytime!

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, bronzy gold, with an offwhite head that is short lived, but leaves coats of patchy lacing all over the glass. Aroma is all hops, with spruce pine and sharp citrus assaulting the nose. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and has a sharp hops bite. Taste is grapefruit rind and pine, with hops resins coating the mouth. This has a fresh green hops sensation all the way through, but there is a hint of sweet toffee and honey that attract a bit of notice and lend a little bit of balance. Finishes with a piney hops twang that is dry and crisp. Very refreshing and nicely drinkable. A good American IPA.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one still available at the Blind Tiger in NYC, on tap.Poured a light-medium shade of amber, slight haze, off white head and nicely developed lacing. Floral hoppy nose, also plenty of piney hop goodness. This is a well hopped IPA, but its not over the top. The hops are punget and taste very fresh and flavorful, but they do not over power this beer or your taste buds. Well hopped yet still nicely balanced and highly drinkable brew. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Nice quaffer, seek out and enjoy this one on tap.

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops

Taste: some citrus hops, big pine hops, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly bitter with sweet elements

Drinkability: Very good. Simple yet nice and piney. I sort of see this as a comperable and cheaper version of some of the west coast pine ipas that I like. The hops are not overpowering. A good brew.

Photo of puertobrewing
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice golden color with 1/2 inch head.

S - Great fresh hop smell with a hint of sweetness. This is one great smelling IPA.

T - Well balanced front taste that leaves a punchy but not overwhelming hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The taste blends with its smell creating a twofold sensorial experience while drinking it.

M - Carbonation is right at the first sips but goes away faster than other beers as you finish the glass.

O - Refreshing beer that can be drunk by the six-pack without getting bored of the taste. In my opinion this is a great example of an India Pale Ale.

Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Semi-hazy orange with moderate head that dissipates a little too quickly. Some nice lacing.

Smell: Relatively mild (for an IPA) floral and citrus hops, with some grainy malt. Smells more like a Pale Ale to me.

Taste: Fairly grainy, slightly fruity malts with some citrus and pine hop taste. Bitterness at the end is relatively low for an IPA. However, there are some very strong persistent pepper notes at the end that are a little distracting.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation for an IPA, with a light to moderate body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty light American/English hybrid IPA that is easy drinking for a summer day.

Not as good as I remember from in the past, but I think my IPA tastes have changed, as I used to think Furious was too bitter.

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

The cheapest craft brew at my local thirst quencher. Nice.

Appearance: Nice orangish gold, decent head with solid lacing, hop oils doing their thing.

Smell: Hops all the way.

Taste: A little weak malt tries to come through, and the sweetness plays it's role, but it's the hops story, bitter aromatic hop oils where have you been all my life.

Mouthfeel: Healthy, rich as I would expect from the style.

Drinkability: A chicago classic, a very sessionable brew, good intro to the love of the hops.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ale came on-tap in a tall glass. It looked slightly hazy and amber-gold in colour with a hint of creaminess to the head. Smelled of mellow floral and citrus hops, with a hint of sweet malt. It tasted slightly sweet and malty initially, but then transitioned into flavour of mellow floral hop. Hops were very present, just not overwhelming. Flavours then transitioned into a medium bitter finish. Ale had a lingering bitter aftertaste. Crisp and light.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

Photo of Swedes21
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - clear pale ale, nice white foamy head, some amazing lacing, carbonation levels are decent

Smell - pine, hops, slight spice base, some earthy tones.

taste - pine not too strong, some spices, lot of earthy tones, very clean finish, not much bitterness.

mouthfeel - adds some good levels of pine to the beer, bitterness increased near the end. solid feel.

drinkability - overall a good beer, didnt find the pine flavour too dominant as in other IPA's. Would stock for future tastings and sharing.

Photo of djwilson
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a nice creamy off white head. Head lasted quite a while leaving a nice Belgian lace on the glass.

aroma was a light citrusy, slightly piney fresh hop with maybe a hint of grapefruit.

Taste has a smokey carmel quality, with a nice hop bite hitting the back and sides of the tounge. Thought the hop flavor would be more up front but it is a nice balance of flavors that many IPA's seem to overlook. Very traditional representation of the style.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky with a long lingering finish that stays with you for several minutes.

I could have several of these any day of the week, not cloying on the palette like many other IPA's comming on the market just to try and make hop heads happy

Photo of jondeelee
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island's IPA bears a nose that emphasizes hops and malts equally, the former coming across in typical grapefruit and pine fashion, the latter bearing notes of freshly-baked baguettes, brown sugars, and flowery aromas.

On the tongue, the hops are the largest flavor, bringing strong grapefruit notes, with subtle hints of pine resin around the edges. IBUs are dialed in at 55, providing a medium-strong, but palatable beverage. The malts provide loads of bread-like and toasted grain notes, along with hints of brown sugar and light fruit esters (apricot and pear, mainly). The aftertaste is mainly hops, and lasts for a good half-minute or so. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the flavors and craft of this brew are good, and the balance between hops and malts is fair enough to allow both flavors to play on the tongue. However, I found myself wanting something extra from this beer, as the flavors, while good, are fairly standard for an IPA, and thus there's little in here to set this brew apart from many of its peers.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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