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India Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,144 Reviews
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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

55 IBUs

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Reviews: 1,144 | Ratings: 4,216
Photo of bozebus17
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. A half inch head holds on for the entire ride. This beer is not overly aromatic but has a good smell. For me floral hops and citrus come out in the nose. The flavor is refreshing. I can detect citrus along with the bitterness from the hops. It finishes well balanced. The beer feels medium bodied as it should but it also seems to feel a bit acidic which can take away from the enjoyment. This is a highly drinkable and all around well crafted session beer. I could see getting this again in the future. It is a good brew to relax with when you feel like something simple yet tasty. It also went great with the New York strip steak I grilled up for dinner.

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Photo of mentor
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label on this is different from the label in the BA photo...I wonder if it's a new recipe.

12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed the same evening (May 2005). Pours a 1.5 finger off-white clingy head over a light rust-orange liquid. Just a hint of chill haze. Smells co-ho citrus hop during the pour. Rich Amarillo hoppy. Citrusy and cotton candy. Orange and tangerine, not grapefruit. Sweet is quite below the hops. Pear and apricot. Tastes bitter hoppy carried later by a malt sweet then arises a floral hoppy from the back and concludes withe a delightful toasty & nutty. Really a nice progression. No single flavor is over the others and the flavors overall are pleasant. Great, as so many IPAs are 'in your face' hoppy. The middle, after the inital hops had some pear and apricot (not quite apricot...more honey-like, as if it was apricot jelly). This beer is tasty quality and highly quaffable. Md-light mouthfeel that has a creamy quality about it and is mildly carbonated with fine bubbles forming on the entire flat of the tongue and making an acrid burn in the aftertaste on the sides of my tongue.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Darker orange, good head on the pour. Very nice.

Smell: The usual IPA punch. Fruity , but a little "bottled" rather than fresh.

Mouth: Above average with a nice alcoholic finish

Taste: Taste of orange and licorice. Deep malt flavor. Complex for a bottled IPA with only a slight detraction because it is in a bottle. Otherwise very good.

Drinkability: Gimmie. Lots. I'd say this is better than the regular goose pale. If I could get this rather than Goose pale, I'd get this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a nice amber crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a small creamy head that lasts.

S- Floral almost perfumy hops with a faint citrus hops.

T- This beer has a nice hops flavor balanced with a slightly roasted malt. Very well balanced but the hops stand strong as the lead player. The hops are almost a pine flavor with some citrus mixed in.

M- medium-full body with a hint of creaminess. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a well built beer. It has good hops but not huge hops and the malt is caramelized enough to give it a nice base. Very good for a session beer or a summer grilling' brew. Goose Island really hit a strong beer with this one.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice looking light orange with a decent white head. There is some lacing on the glass. The smell is very good. Lots of hop aroma. The taste is pretty good. There are hops and not much else. The hops are not balanced well and the mouthfeel is too thin for my taste. Although I like hoppy beers, this one is just missing something.

It is growing on me now that half the glass is gone. It is very drinkable and since it is not real expensive it would be a good beer to stock up on for the summer.

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle and into the glass. Head cascades to the top and sits atop the beer for most of the ride and leaves some impressive lacing. Body is a clear, dark gold. Smells of floral, mostly a floral aroma with citrus following behind, and then behind that too is the malt that does not want to be pushed aside by the hops. First drink, I'm surprised by how much of the malt comes through, but lets the hops come through too. Sweet malt over your tongue, but before you can get sick of the sugars, butter and caramels, you are greeted with the citrus, deep bitters and earthy tones of the hops. Nothing too hopped, too light or too malty. Will probably revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot color with an off-white foamy head that does not rise too high, and sinks quickly to nothing. Aroma is bright and fresh, sweet citrus hops, and a bit of pine. Mild flavor, initially malty, not too strong upfront, but moving to citrusy hops, some bitter orange peel, and some bitter pine. Finishes crisp, a little carbonation tingle, and a sweet tangerine aftertaste lingers long around the mouth.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with best when consumed date of 7-19-05.

Poured a clear light copper/straw color with a large, white, clingy froth.

Slightly sweet upon initial smell, followed by grapefruit and conifers from the hops.

Nice, light, citric, bubbly smooth at the top. Resinous hops are assertive in the back, fade into a tasty malt finish. Mild hints of peach come out after a time.

A kick ass beer! Big hops and tasty malts equal a great drinking beer.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hue with a generous amount of head. Note quite crystal clear, but close. Aroma of piney and citrous hops, leafy and floral. A little malt in the nose as well. I'll have to admit I was a little let down by the taste. Although by no means was it bad, it was simply a middle of the road example of an IPA. The trademark hops were there in the usual fashion, as well as a faint presence of toasted malt. Decent mouthfeel, easily quaffed. Dry hoppy finish. Not a bad beer to have at a bar or sitting with friends, but it is nothing remarkable.

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Photo of pootz
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium lightly hazed gold with a fair tight cap. Soft carbonation. Aroma of grapefruit, apricots and sweet malts. Viscous mouth feel...good malt spine gives a sweetish biscuity taste where mild hops and the yeasts add an apricot taste that turns bitter in the finish...very nice.. I like this IPA... wasn’t expecting this from GIB.

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Photo of ypsifly
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no readable bb date. The label was ripped.

Bright orange with a 1 1/2" light tan head that has decent retention and lacing.

The nose has a nice balance of malt and citric hops.

The taste is also a balance between malt and hop. Not as much hop as other IPAs, but enough to satisfy. Nice dry finish that lingers like it should.

Good medium mouthfeel to this very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden colored brew.

Smell is malty but not strongly so with a sourdough bread smell. Faint citrus hop scent.

Taste is malty with a solid earthy hop flavor that hits your tongue. Faint sourness in here and the after taste is hop bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable balanced IPA that isn't over the top and tuned to please a hophead. This is brewed closer to the British version of the IPA than the American version. Very drinkable

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Photo of gimmehead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold, thin white head, little lacing. Aroma is hoppy and floral, a little nutty. Tastes pretty good, but not the hop bomb that I look for in an IPA. Grapefruit, pine resins, good malt presense becoming more noticeable as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin and a little oily. As I mentioned this is not a hop monster. I find it to be a little lacking if this is a single, but because it is not overhopped it makes for a pretty tasty session brew.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Honey colored, clear. Medium white head with fantastic lacing.
S: Sweet citrusy nose without much depth. Even letting this one warm a bit didn't help anything.
T: Mildly bitter hop flavor, more smooth than anything. Malts are bland and barely there.
M: Carbonation felt way too high. Alcohol was nicely done.
D&N: Not bad, not great. Too fizzy for me to like, sort of a Unibroue feel to it.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head over clear amber gold liquid. Rich, super hopped nose with sweet background. Fresh floral hops wash over the palate, leaving a pleasant bitterness behind. The finish is long and bittersweet. Nicely bitter without the over the top hopping seen in other IPA's.

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Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange, like a nice IPA, and there's a nice head, too, but it doesn't stick around for very long. This is the very definition of an "okay" pour.

Smells very nice. Compliacted hops ranging from bitter to floral to sweet. Not too powerful, but very nice.

It tastes like a whole world of hops against a solid malt backbone. Incredibly well-balanced. Bitter hops up front, cascading into a dryer potpurri blend of fruit and floral hops, falling against a sweet chocolate malt that kind of tastes like a marzen with a strange, creamy finish that I'm not used to with Pale Ales.

This is not an IPA for strict hopheads, but it is nice if you're in the mood for a change. The key here is variety over strength, and this very interesting blend of hops works great.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Goose Island Pub pack. Before I even opened the bottle I noticed a murkiness to it, visable under the lighting conditions in my kitchen.

Appearance: Light amber very similar to the Honker's ale, perhaps slightly darker, but definitely hazy. Almost can't see through. Not as large a head, less than 1/2-inch. Quickly shrank to a small cloud on the liquid, and left little lacing.

Smell: All hops, floral notes on the outset. Deeper breaths lead to a hint of forest smells.

Taste: Again all hops from start to finish, but seemed only slightly more hopped than the Honkers ale. Definitely not a hop monster as I expected from reading the label.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little greasy going down. Slight alcohol "burn".

Drinkability: A good beer, nonetheless not quite what I was hoping for. I had hoped for more hops, yet felt if only slightly more hopped than the Honkers. Will I purchase this one seperate? Only on sale and if the Honkers is out of stock.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was quite a pleasant surprise. This IPA was probably the least hoppy I've tasted, but nonetheless it was still wonderful. The beer pours to a dark golden color, resembling more of a Pale Ale than an IPA. The head is moderate, and doesn't last long, but neither will the liquid if your experience is like mine. The taste is of hops, but not overly hoppy as some IPA's tend to be. The Pale Ale taste still shows through in the aftertaste. I will definately drink more of this, particularly during the change from Winter to Summer when I will still be craving hops, but won't quite want such a heavy brew.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Goose Island pub pack, always had pretty good brews for the price. Their IPA pours a light amber colour, with some haze and residue in the bottom of the bottle, I think probably from dryhopping. Lots of white head and lots of lacing. Smells very hoppy, kind of like Cascades with a little bit of maltiness but majority is hops. Tastes hoppy as well, with a very pleasant bitterness, a bit of a toffee smoothness to it as well. Very good taste, and quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is very high, good for any time of the year, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown long neck.
in appearance this is a slightly murky orange, with a large bubble white head, that goes fast but does leave substantial lace.
The aroma is quite subdued for an American IPA, but all the usual aromas are present.
This is quite malty for an American IPA, its all malt at the very first sip, but soon the hops take over.in the middle and back of the tongue. Quite spicy and citric. good bitter after taste.
Quite nice on the palate, maybe just a touch on the thin side.
Its a nice enough beer and drinkable..but not very exciting.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island India Pale Ale pours a light copper from a 12oz brown glass bottle. A poplar white head goes to over two fingers and is persistent with fine bubbles and lace.

The aromatic floral hops with some pine notes, are pleasant, inviting and herald what is to be found for the palate.

The palate is a firm bitter floral followed by a generous amount of sweet malt with the pine coming in at the last and with some staying power... a persistent pine aftertaste.

Goose Island India Pale Ale is a rock solid IPA, if this is your fair you will be right at home.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden pils color with some orangy tinges to it. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Subtle sprucy hops and a honeyed malt profile with some underlying fruitiness. Rather balanced and soft, easily drinkable and not very aggressive compared to some other monster-of-an-IPAs that are out there. This is my first Goose Island beer I've tried, and it's pretty good IPA. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one doesn't scream "American IPA" as do many other micro IPAs these days. I can't quite place the hops, but they sure don't seem to be the typical American 3Cs. More a Target, Chalenger, or Northern Brewer-type, to my untrained taste.

The beer poured with a healthy, but not overabundant head. The head didn't last long, but did lace the side of the glass. The color is remeniscent of new brass Ever so slightly hazy, but still transparent.

The smell is almost all hops. I didn't detect a note of malt in the smell until the last trailing instant. Good earthy (but not "dirty) aroma, not the citrusy scent of American hops, which again leads to me wonder what hops they use.

Initial taste is hops as well. Many American IPAs use bittering hops out the wazoo, and aroma hops as well, but don't do the flavor thing. This is a different approach stylisticly, and I like it. It's a flavor you feel all the way up the back of your throat into your nose from behind. Good hop flavor, with just enough malt in here to remind you there's beer in this hop concoction.

The mouthfeel is a light to medium. It's a fairly well attenuated, dry beer, not at all heavy or sweet. Not watery, by any means, but you're not going to have to slap a viscosity rating on it either. A little lighter than you might expect for a beer of this nature, but not bad at all.

Overall, it drinks remarkably easy for a beer of this strength and hoppiness. It comes in at about 5.9% ABV, but doesn't taste it. No alcohol burn to be found, here. Just good, clean hop and malt flavors. It would be far too easy to overdo this brew.

Just a really, really good standard IPA, proving again that a beer doesn't have to be 15% alcohol to be good, and also proving that the folks as Goose Island know what they're doing. I'd heartily recommend this one.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy and carmel/peach in color with a white head. The head doesn't retain well but leaves some stringy lacings throughout.

Smell: orange slice, some malty sweetness, and fresh pine leaning toward the orange side of things.

Taste: pine bitterness blended well with a sweet citrus backbone. Flowery and bitter hops dominate this brew but there is a nice sweet finish to each sip. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy. Not overly complex but a finely crafted beer.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable IPA. Very good. Enough to keep the palate interested and aroused but not so much that it blasts your tongue into oblivion for the evening. If someone is looking for a nice, hoppy crossover, I would definitely steer them in this direction. Good stuff.

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Photo of lokicat444
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great slightly cloudy, orange color. Big head that slowly goes down. Smells very strongly of citrus.

Taste is a great blend of citrus and a good hop bite- this is like a more challenging verison of Goose Island's flagship, Honker's Ale. Hops are very well balanced, and there's no lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rich and satisfying, with the right about of carbonation.

Very drinkable, one of my favorite IPAs, can be paired with any food at any occasion. Can be found anywhere in Chicagoland at very cheap prices. ABV isn't too high, so you can pack these puppies away and not worry.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.