India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,118 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 1,118
Hads: 4,013
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 94
Gots: 730 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (519 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

well, I guess this is going to be everywhere now since its corporately owned now. I had it on tap at the stadium inn on evans. the pour revealed a amber tinted golden color with less than in inch of thick soapy white head. English malts and mild hop bitterness are well balanced in the nose. hops in the pine family, but nothing aggressive, and actually smells more like a pale ale than an ipa. the flavor is also well balanced, but sort of generic. more malty than most, even of the English variety. there is a huge bready body, its like taking a bit of sandwich in a lot of ways. the hops don't really present themselves until the end, where some bitterness appears against the caramel malt sweetness. lots of body, good carbonation, just a funny aftertaste holding this back. overall I am not super impressed, but ill take it over most everything else coming from Budweiser these days. it will have to work in a sports bar setting for awhile im afraid. (955 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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). (1,712 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at the teensy Goose Island bar in O'Hare, which ameliorates layover hell rather nicely.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, pale bronzed amber hue, with one finger of chunky, foamy, and kind of rocky ecru head, which leaves some vapor trail lace around the glass as it casually slinks away.

It smells of caramel cream, sweet domestic grocery aisle citrus, a hint of stoney flintiness, and some pleasant leafy and piney hop bitterness. The taste is sweet biscuity and nougaty caramel malt, somewhat bitter generic citrus flesh, mild piney hops, and an extra dose of booze that stays well hidden.

The carbonation is average, and a bit zesty in its fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a stolid medium weight, and perhaps a tad clingy in its workaday smoothness. It finishes with a semi-sweet malty and floral citrus denouement.

A decent American-slanted English IPA, the stunted mouthfeel being the only thing holding it back from attaining a well rounded profile. If my flight back home was any later, it would provide me with a dilemma - more of these, but at inflated airport lounge prices? Hard to say. (1,123 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (2,796 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a rich, copper color with a foamy, white two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - It smelled hoppy and malty.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with a powerful bitter hop quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good American IPA. Another great GI product. (333 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body with excellent clarity. The head slowly settles and leaves very nice lace on the glass.

S - Lots of sweaty pine hops with a little bit of orange and some bready caramel malt in the background.

T - Moderately sweet, bready malt up front with a little bit of spicy pine hop flavor. Some more peppery hop notes in the middle with a hint of toffee. The beer finishes with moderate hop bitterness balanced by thick, bread and caramel malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Pretty nice, this is not an over the top IPA, but it is an easily quaffable beer and quite sessionable by American standards. The hop aroma is quite nice and while it pokes through the malt in the flavor profile, it is a bit more subdued than I would like. The malt manages to be thick and bready without becoming overwhelming and it finishes just dry enough to keep the beer drinkable. (989 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) orange-amber body sits beneath a frothy head of ivory that slowly settles into a creamy 1/2" cap of foam that holds lasts and leaves sheets of lace throughout the first quarter of the glass. The nose delivers citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and spicy, piney hops over a delicately sweet malt. Bright and refreshing! It's similar to orange marmalade. The body is medium and it's very fine, natural carbonation leaves it gently crisp and then smoothing in the mouth. Citrusy hops return to dominate the flavor with its honeyish malt acting as a springboard. Some piney/spruce hops appear as its solid bitterness rises. It's really well-balanced and it finishes dry and lingering with some piney hops that last. Quite nice! (754 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a nice release of carbonation that yields a solid 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Sturdy thin layer of retention that produces big swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral hops, pine, citrus, and additional underlyng sweetness.

The taste is subtle resinous hops that are extremely well balanced by citrus character and caramel sweetness. Finishes nicely with a dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of an oily feel at times.

An extremely well balanced and tasty IPA from Goose Island. I just wish that I had better access to this, as it would be a staple in my fridge for a quick, hoppy, fix. (744 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with citrus & caramel sweetness and a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are some others in the style that I would pick first, but this is still a good beer that is worth drinking for a while. (819 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The large rising head slowly catches up with the pour and leaves a nice 2 finger fluffy head in my La Chouffe tulip glass that leaves a nice lacing. Brilliantly clear golden orange color.

N: A nice spicy fresh hop aroma. Some pine, but mostly earthy spicy fresh almost wet hopped aroma. A little bit of a hop oil to add to it. No real malts.

T: The hops don't hit as much at first. It has a slightly sweet and toasty malt flavor at first surprisingly. A nice smooth malt. Then some pale hops start in, English style bitterness. It adds some light earthy chewy hop flavors and a little juicy hop undertone. Slight musty hop flavor, but very light.

M: Decent body with a ton of carbonation.

F: It get more bitter as it finishes but never really gets very bitter. Some earthy spicy hop flavors linger a bit, with that pale flavor. It actually finishes very clean too. Overall a pretty nice balanced IPA, doesn't seem very English style, but has some parts of it, perhaps more of a marriage of English and American basic IPA. (1,029 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that I'm in Maryland, get to try this pretty well known IPA. Pours a light yellow color, VERY cloudy. Appearance reminds me of a wheat beer, pretty Blue Moon-esque. Nice floral aroma.

Taste is more than medium bodied, one of the more thick IPA's I've ever tasted. Some good bitterness but doesn't really smack you in the mouth with hops. Pretty well balanced, tasty but not overpowering. Not the most spectacular IPA I've had but definitely above average and very drinkable. (479 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Al's of Hamdpen, par of a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is golden clear with thick white 2finger cap w/ ultra fine bead and thick lace clings. The smell is fruity, pine and floral from the hops with tons of caramel to bolster the citrus hop scents. The feel has a good balance of sweetness and bitterness with moderate carbonation and subtle spice with semi-sweet finish and light alcohol tinge.

The flavor has hints of orange zest with pine and light tangy yeast with subtle herbal hop flavors which go well with the light malt which tastes less sweet than expected with mild toasted grain elements and light pepper mixes with subtle grapefruit tinges in the semi-dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, I enjoyed the flavor with plenty of hops to dwell on while quaffing this -well balanced w/ a nice malt backbone. (858 characters)

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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