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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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1,120 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,120
Hads: 4,035
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 94
Gots: 759 | 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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Reviews: 1,120 | Hads: 4,035
Photo of lokicat444
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of mkopera24
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is for anybody who LOVES hoppy beers!!

I was able to enjoy this Ale at the Clyborn location in Chicago. The minute the aroma hits your nose, you know this is an IPA. The experience beer lover will automatically be able to identify the destinct fruity hints even before tasting.

I experienced this draft, although it is available in bottles. But it's yet just another winner from Goose Island.
The color is a very darkish golden.
During drinking, in the middle you will taste the malt usage in brewing. The aftertaste is quite better. (Again, the hop lovers dream) I would recommend it. Although, it's a beer that I do like having one or two a day. But not something I can consistantly drink on an all night basis. (734 characters)

Photo of oracle
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

growler purchased on Friday, consumed on Sunday.

Beer poured very clear light amber/golden brown. Nice heavy head left heavy lacing.

Smell was pretty good, floral hops and pine.

Tasted bitterly hoppy, yet smooth and creemy. Overall, very good.
Nice crisp finish.

Much better on draft than in the bottle. (317 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a medium white head that has good retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy with some slight fruits and a bit of malt. The flavor has a caramel malt backing with a strong hop presence. Well balanced. This was a pretty good IPA and easy to drink. (299 characters)

Photo of RedBaron
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Hops, Batman!

Appearance: Got the 'pale' right. Pale gold color. Good head retention. Good B-lace.
Smell: Hops, hops, and more hops. Yeowzah! I'm not sure which varieties they use (probably some heavy, West-Coast types like Cascade and Centennial), but they sure get this hop lovers attention
Taste: Hops up front get the bitter parts rolling, but a nice, though more subtle, malt (almost peat-y) characteristic takes shape in the middle. Wonderfully dry finish. Whew!
Mouthfeel: Remarkably well-balanced for such a hoppy beer. Good attenuation, though I would've preferred perhaps a slightly more full-bodied beer. Not a knock, just a preference.
Drinkability: At $5.99 a sixer at certain locales, this may be the best IPA on the market around Chicago (where I live). This stuff is simply divinely-inspired. Kudos to the folks who've made real beer a way of life for the past 16 years. (900 characters)

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

The beer poured a medium golden straw with a long lasting white head which laced the glass.

The aroma was malty and fruity with a strong hop presence and a deeply malty caramel backbone.

The flavor was a malty with a great hop bittering balance. The flavor was also fruity and long lasting.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. A well made IPA. (431 characters)

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

The Goose Island India Pale Ale pours out a goodlooking amber with a smallish off-white head. The aroma is of citrus hops and a good malt backbone. Nice lacing down the glass and an unstoppable citrus flavor. Nicely bitter with a bitter finish. Good drinkability and a solid mouthfeel from the ample carbonation. (312 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $12.49 even for the 'Pub Pack' Sampler...

The appearence was a nice amber/golden base with a medium white head, good retention and nice lacing efects to follow, a pretty beer. The aroma was a punch of hops to the nose and no other distinct characteristics.

The wonderful hop smell tastes even better going down. A relatively mellow beer for an IPA. The mouthfeel is nice on the palette, although the overwhelming hops may be a little harsh to the palette at times, but isn't noticeable enough. Very drinkable IPA, I really could drink a few of these of the course of a few hours and be highly content.

Final Thought: This and Magic Hat Hi.P.A. are in their own league when it comes to IPA's... outstanding beer and Goose is now 4 for 4. (751 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber color. Snow white head which sticks around for a while. Spotty lacing clings to the glass, and a respectable head stays throughout the life of the brew.

Smell: Well, you can definitely pick up the strong hops right off the bat. I was expecting more bitterness after smelling it, but i'll get to that in a second.. The aroma is mostly hops, but can pick up some citrus as well.

Taste: Good amount of flavor here. Obvious hops are the first sensation on the tongue, but there are definitely some dry malts in the background of this brew. Lemon, orange, and bready sweetness are some of the more mild flavors I can pick up. Long hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, little carbonation, but surprisingly smooth. Nice. Thirst-quenching and delicious.

Drinkability: This is one of my old stand-bys. A very solid IPA, and bitter enough to impress any hophead. At 5.9%, it's got a mild alcoholic bite to it, and still is highly quaffable. You can tell Goose Island puts a lot of work into their brews. This is one IPA I recommend anyone to try. (1,074 characters)

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

This is about as averagely hoppy as the Golden Summer Ales that British brewers are currently making as fast as the British can consume them. This does, however, have a very fruity malt base, which the Golden Summer Ales do not have. The fruity malt is a beautiful counterpoint to the citric hops, and tastes very English if just a little syrupy. The hops seem to be the main thing here, and they are very tasty. I assume the hops are American because we have no hops this sharp in Britain. Very enjoyable. (506 characters)

Photo of skybluewater
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand-carried from Illinois to Moscow by a colleague (thanks, Bev!), this brew comes in the standard U.S. 12 oz. bottle with a multi-colored label featuring a goose's head and a whole lot of hops buds. No ingredient information. Best before 12/19/04, I opened it on 9/26/04.

Pours an attractive hazy copper hue under a one finger white head that fades very slowly and leaves some good looking lace. The nose is almost caramel sweet to go with some nice flowery hops. The mouth is mildly carbonated and fairly heavy, although not sticky. There's some nice smooth malt to open, followed by a mild but insistent hoppy bite. Citrus and flower blend together well to give a smooth as silk impression to the hops, without a lot of bitterness and nothing overwhelming. A good middle-of-the-road IPA. Sure, I'll have another! (819 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 one...it has a solid flavor and a sixer is not too expensive...making it a good session brew. (637 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper with a small, bubbly head.

Big piney and bitter hop aromas, delicious.

Medium bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. Piney flavors show up first with a very faint malt sweetness. Bitterness follows up and then leads to a dry bitter finish.

Delicious IPA, very straightforward and while not especially comples, exactly what I expect when I think IPA. (367 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy apricot tone on the pour, not much of a head, but it forms a frothy ring and leaves some lacing. All hops on the nose, orange/lemon/grapefruit zest. The hops don't leave any room for malt in the flavour as well, this is a very citric IPA, starting with notes of orange and tangerine, and finishing more with grapefruit rind, with a sticky pine aftertaste. Still enjoyable for the hops alone though, if you're into that, they are not overwhelmingly bitter, but predominate the taste. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, but this is an easy drinker, I feel satisfied. A bit one-dimensional over all, or very lopsided. Yet I keep going back for more until the glass is empty. As it warms up some malt finally manages to break through the brick wall of hops, adding a little more character. Thanks to northyorksammy for holding on to this for me for so long. (852 characters)

Photo of profzoom
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite regularly available beer from Goose Island. I sorely miss my college days when I was just an El ride away from a Goose brewpub and could get this fine nectar on tap. But a sixer from the local store will certainly do just fine.

This ale pours a hazy golden brown with a thin head. The smell is divine, very sweet and hoppy, with almost a banana-like quality to it. The taste is refreshingly tart. While not my favorite IPA (Bell's Two-Hearted Ale probably takes that prize), it holds a special place in my heart. (544 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with some orange hues present. A billowing white head appears and laces the glass thickly. Aromas are very hoppy and citrusy but that's all I can sense in this one. For taste, this beer hits initially citrusy and tangy, with the hops dominating. Following there is a little bready malt followed by some caramel and a nice sweet taste. Finally this brew finishes resiny and piney with the hops leaving it a nice IPA. This beer is fairly light bodied and smooth with does make it quite drinkable, but unfortunately I would have liked a little more up front raw hops. A nice session beer though. (618 characters)

Photo of jvajda
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good orange color suggests a good shot of hops.
Smell: More hops and slight fruitiness.
Taste: Well, my friends say this one tastes like an ashtray, but I must protest. This is the finest IPA the midwest has to offer. Big fruity hops and bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Good thickness and carbonation.
Drinkabilty: A great IPA. I'd take this any day. (364 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright orangeish-gold color with a bit of haze and a good-sized foamy white head. The head soon fell back to a thin foam cover on the surface that left a little lace on the glass. Hops definitely dominate the aroma. Fresh, piney, citrusy, hops in abundance. The taste, as well, is predominantly hops. A bit of malt sweetness does peek through, but the main flavor is pine, orange/grapefruit, and spice notes provided by the hops. Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied and satisfying. A pleasant lingering bitterness with echoes of the hop flavors are found in the aftertaste. I haven't tried a lot of IPAs yet, but I like this one pretty well! My favorite Goose Island offering, so far! (693 characters)

Photo of jayb
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

orange-copper in color with an off-white head that settled quickly. moderate amounts lacing. respectable. smell was a faint citrus aroma, oranges and grapefruit, but moreso grapefruit. Taste, robust citrus fruits again, with a tid bit of a grainy taste. ha sa nice bitterness that makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. finishes rather bitter and very dry. An above average IPA i would say. (405 characters)

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

Appearance: Copper orange hue with a big fluffy creamy texture tan orange tinted head leaves fine intricate lacing great head retention, in short a very nice looking brew. Aroma: Strong upfront citrus scented hops with a mild earthiness with biscuit bready sweetness to balance. Taste: Flavors harmonize well but the hops seem to take a timid grasp on the flavor profile warming alcohol and biscuit bready sweetness from the malts take ahold with some shots of bitterness and hop flavor piney citrus notes. All in all nice IPA a bit reserved and more English than American in nature, and it's not like Goose Island tries to hide this fact with the Union Jack flying on the label. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied great texture grabs ahold of the palate nicely glides smoothly down the gullet with an even carbonation unoffensive yet not totally uninteresting. Drinkability: Smooth crisp more balanced IPA very enjoyable I'm a fan. (922 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber-orange, with a half centimeter of white head
Full, citrusy hop smell with maybe a slight roasty maltiness.
Full, malty flavor, with an impresssively balanced juicy hoppiness. Nice bitter finish.
Smooth, carbonated mouthfeel. Light on the tip of the tongue, but a nice, full-bodied swallow.
Very drinkable and available. Good combo!
Very refreshing, smooth beer, worthy of praise. (396 characters)

Photo of TheOtherMike
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark golden color with moderate to light carbonation producing a light head. Somewhat hazy.

Smell - Smells like an IPA - hoppy.

Taste - Like the smell - hoppy, although a little harsh or bitter. Aftertaste is persistent.

Mouthfeel - hmmm, yep, it feels like beer.

Drinkability - I'd get it again, as long as there was nothing else available that I know I like better. It is enjoyable. (411 characters)

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 daledeee
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering from the local beer store. Not a bad one either. Nice strong hoppy nose. Lace on the glass til the end. Yellow orange in color. Taste is quite hoppy and some malt also. Not as much citrus as other IPA's. Lots of carbonated bite during and after the drink. A little waterly finish. Overall a good and refreshing drink. (332 characters)

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.