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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale Ale
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3,848 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,848
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 90
Gots: 575 | FT: 0
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly pristine and transparent brass hue with a faded khaki head that starts out fairly large, approximately 2 1/2 fingers. It does dissipate rather quickly, but a creamy cap retains for a good long while and there's some significant lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is a little on the weak side and nothing really jumps out of the glass. Big whiffs detect some citrus zest—grapefruit primarily and not much else. Little bit floral. Some grassy bitterness.

T: Unlike the nose, the flavor comes through in full-force. Much of that grapefruit comes through, this time it's piggybacked by some mellow caramel malt. It's not overly complex by any means, but it's well done and balanced perfectly with the hops being the star of the show, but it never becomes lopsided. The finish is a bit rustic with some pine resin and grass. Lingering aftertaste is a really nice mesh of the initial citrus, a touch of malt, with a background bitterness. A great example of the style.

M: Medium-bodied that feels like it's bigger, but never quite reaches the "full" plateau. Crisp with a touch of silkiness. It's definitely not light, but at the same time it's definitely not too clunky and it makes drinking numerous pints a breeze.

O: Goose Island IPA is not an amazing beer. It's just not. It's a bit on the "safe" side. Hop-forward, but never bordering pungent. Nothing out of the ordinary in any department. What Goose Island IPA is, however, is an extremely approachable example of the style. It's perfect as an introduction to IPAs as well as a session IPA, I think. There's nothing overwhelming going on here, it's not sitting on an obnoxious ABV, and it's certainly not a polka dotted unicorn that's only found once in a blue moon. It's simply a middle-of-the-road IPA and I happen to love that. This always has a place in my fridge.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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