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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,132 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 1,132
Hads: 4,140
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 100
Gots: 879 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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: 1,132 | Hads: 4,140
Photo of gimmehead
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -20.6%
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 +12.8%
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 +6.3%
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 -6.8%
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%
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%
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 -6.5%
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 +17.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +13.6%
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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Photo of mkopera24
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of oracle
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of hero27
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of SteveP
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.