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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,456 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,456
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 68
Gots: 322 | 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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Ratings: 3,456 | Reviews: 1,071 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice Gold color, dissipitating foam. Lace. Grapefruit citrus hoppy floral aroma. Grapefruit taste with some bitterness. Light creamy texture. Dry aftertaste with bit of burn. Distinctive American hops, bit aggressive and tongue still numb, though very drinkable.
Had again March 2005 and smoother, had only slightly cold, thanks Viggo. Had 4 years later on tap at Mahaffey's and noticed lace dots, like that grapefruit.

Sammy, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

t0rin0, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20%

djrn2, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a moderately-dark copper color with a white head and some pretty decent lacing. The nose strikes a really nice balance for an English IPA, with a good amount of floral and lightly earthy hops along with a bot of caramel malt in the background.

The nose flows straight into the taste which is just a bit hoppy and bitter over a fairly complex malt base. As much as I love my C-hops, occasionally somethig like this just really hits the spot. Great feel and drinkability; this is a real winner.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev 0%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down and left rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors of caramel malts are a bit stronger in the initial taste. The hops are well balanced by the underlying malts and only contribute a light amount of bitterness, yet this lingers in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because the taste is very balanced; the relatively low alcohol content makes rather sessionable.

metter98, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a sturdy head that turns rocky but leaves a decent pattern of lace on the way down

Smell: Blended aroma of sweet malt and citrusy/piney hops

Taste: Biscuity up front with a developing earthy bitterness; after the swallow, the hops dominate, as expected, adding a bit of a citrusy and tropical fruit character to the earthy tones

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent, balanced IPA that satisfies both the hophead and the mainstream

brentk56, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amberish orange that is medium on the darkness scale for an IPA. The cream colored crown is large in size and looks both soft and creamy. It displays good persistence, staying at a thick one finger for quite a while. Small sheets and ragged rings of lace look just fine.

The aroma is nicely hoppy. It's primarily citrus zesty and is floral as well. I'll guess Cascade and... something else. The flavor is all kinds of delicious. GI IPA didn't taste hoppy enough to start, but with a little warming the hops have come into full flower.

Just as in the nose, they're grapefruity and floral with a clean, vivid bitterness. The back end is long, hoppy and dry. The mouthfeel is medium-full, without being heavy, and is as smooth as silk.

American IPA might be my favorite style. Goose Island's version isn't the best that I've ever had, but it's a lovely drinker all the same. The world needs more hoppy (yet still approachable) IPAs like this one.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This IPA holds a special place in my heart as it is the one single beer that has taught me the most about craft beer, not just IPAs. My first impressions were extreme bitterness and grass, yet I was oddly compelled to take the next sip, then open the next bottle, and then buy the next 6pk. It is a fantastic beer that is overtly hop forward and makes no appologies for it with it's crisp flavors of freshly cut grass, citrus, assertive piney bitterness and with cracker-like, dry maltiness. Only a hint of sweet caramel is the only attempt to balance the beer- allowing the hops to be showcased very, very well; all the while extremely easy to drink.

Its that basic ipa that holds true to style. Looks copper to golden with ample carbonation. High proteins yeilds off white carbonation that mixes dense carbonation with loose. Retention is terrific.

Floral aromas of nutty malts with high pine and citrus notes fill the nose and then a boquet of perfumes and fruits evade closely behind.

Flavors overwhelm with mid-sweetness of maple syrup and honey that are quickly balanced with sharp citrus, grassy, pine, hop resins, and slight rustic earthen character and broadly bitter flavors.

It's body is medium but hides behind carbonation. Finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing. Mild alcohol flavors and feels are revealed. Not overly complex, but doesn't need to be. Lacks transition. Ok to be agressive and out of balance.

For me, the return to this IPA is like a surprise visit from an old friend. It fits like a glove and is as comfortable as a worn pair of shoes. It's comfort food in a glass and immediately brightens any day. Every sip takes me back to my first day of kindergarten (at least beer-wise).

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kjkinsey, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep hazy beige color ale with a nice foamy head and good retention. Aroma of bitter and floral hops is dominating and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel malt with some floral hops and a medium bitter finish. Good carbonation with full body and well balance for the style.

Phyl21ca, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I finally get a hold of the Goose Island IPA. Now I have had the double, which was great, but to be honest I am more of a fan of an IPA then a double, just purely from a session standpoint so, I was thrilled to be able to try this one, and to have a couple of them just made it even better. So after the kids are asleep I cracked one open and decided to try it out...

A – Poured a nice hazy amber color, not overly dark, but not super bright either, right about in the middle. Cloudy though, no sedimentation evident. Decent carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass, and it for med a decent two inch head on top. Retention was good allowing it to hang around for five or so minutes before finally settling down and just leaving a good layer of side glass lace around it. Overall pretty nice looking IPA.

S – I have to admit the aroma was somehat lighter then I thought it would be. I was expecting a bigge punch more in line with their other styles, but this was just a light whiff of citrus hops mostly. There was some maltiness detectable in the back, but other then a touch of sweetness, rather unremarkable. Nice hop profile, good orange mixed with some light grapefruit on the nose, however just a bit too light, wasn’t going to knock anyone over with the smell from this one.

T – The taste picked up right from the smell. It was nice, light, and somewhat bitter, howver it was just not nearly strong enough. It was a good bit of orange, tangerine, some grapefruit and pineapple to give it the bitter punch, however it just was too light. The flavors were not nearly as pronounced as I had thought they would be. This is not to say it was bad in anyway, rather it was quite tasty, just not very big for IPA in terms of IBU and strength of flavor profile. Just seemed as though it was missing that big punch to let you know it was there. Decent dry finish, again though not as what I would have expected, I like when it can zap the life out of your mouth it is so dry.

M – Very nice. Great carbonation hear and a light smooth profile. This was a very smooth brew. Not watered down or oily just a good solid drinking IPA. Nothing fancy

D – Really nice. It was very light so you could easily put down a few. The bitterness as I mentioned before was not very strong so this alo lent itself to be a very easy one to put down. Overall drinkability has to be high as it has low ABV and good carbonation and light flavors.

Overall this was a tight little IPA. Nothing to scream about and there are actually some local ones that I can get that I actually find a bit tastier. Again not to say that this was bad, just not really impressed with it overall. I would not turn it down if it was offered, but there are better ones out there. Still worth a try though.

mikesgroove, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jaydoc, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for providing this one.

A: The beer pours a surprisingly hazy orange color with a finger of white head that has pretty poor retention.

S: Smells fairly sweet, but mostly of sweet citrus fruit such as orange and perhaps kumquat. Toasted grain and malt with a bit of bread and toffee to go along with it. Some mild grassy and floral hop notes, too.

T: Sweet just like the nose. Bread and caramel with some sweet orange and orange peel. Slightly bitter with maybe just a hint of pine. Some more of those floral and slightly earthy hop notes to it.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not what I'm really accustomed to with the American IPA being my weapon of choice for the broader style. Not awful, though.

womencantsail, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Clybourn location.

A: single finger head with little retention and great lacing on a slightly hazy golden amber body.

S: very full nose with citrus, mint, light floral note and some candy sugar.

T: flavor is a little malt forward with herbal and earthy hops dominating although some citrus and light floral bitterness comes in and out.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a nice very drinkable and well balanced IPA. Nothing incredible about it in anyone way, just complete and flavorful.

kylehay2004, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice clear looking yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is floral from all the hops in this beer. It smelled very refreshing to me. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet up front with a nice citrusy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little on the heavier side which I liked a lot. There is a nice crisp carbonation to it. Overall I though this beer was very good, I would probably buy this in larger amounts if I ever come across it.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 in Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a bright, new copper-colored body, nearly clear, with a slim, near white head.

Smell: Pale malts, a bit bready, a bit biscuity, and with a lightly sweet-scented hint of wildflower honey. Hoppy hints of citrus, particularly grapefruit, along with spice and flowers.

Taste: Biscuit-toned pale maltiness with a honeyish sweetness to it. Zesty citrus fruits with floral, spicy English-minded hops. Moderate bitterness. Drying with a touch of citrus blossom on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very light creaminess.

Overall: I found it to a pleasant IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

oberon, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -46.7%

largadeer, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

A Chicago beer from a Chicago glass. Good times. It pours a lightly hazed golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, pine, and some nicely sweet caramel. The taste brings more of the same, though the caramel is lightened a bit and a touch of mint is added. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a velvety feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one of the better beers I've yet had from GI.

TMoney2591, Dec 19, 2010
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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,456 ratings.