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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale Ale
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3,847 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,847
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 89
Gots: 574 | 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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Ratings: 3,847 | Reviews: 1,128
Photo of bisonfort
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at Rocco's. Cisco likes

Photo of MattM
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grundsow18
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, maize color. Poured fresh (1/14/15 BO) bottle from Wegmans into pint glass and produced two fingers of foam. Citrus notes in the smell. Very balanced malt and hop profile which matches the advertised English IPA style. Overall, a great representative of the style,

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. A very fresh, drinkable ipa. I could drink these all night without an issue. It has a clean, crisp hop profile of slight bitter and grassy notes balanced by a mild malt. Just enough to balance this beer, without drowning out the hops.

Will seek out and purchase again.

Photo of MinisterCurry
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hophead723
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have only tried one Goose Island beer before this one so I look forward to giving this one a try. My six pack was bottled on Feb. 24, 2015 so it is very fresh. I poured into a claret class though I would normally use a pint glass for an English style IPA.

Look: This beer is stunningly gorgeous! Perfectly crystal clear with good of carbonation and a creamy white head. The color is a rich spot-on dark amber that evokes thoughts of gold and honey. Perfect, solid, and consistent rings of lacing adorn the glass until the very last sip. As I raise the glass to my lips it passes through the light making the beer look like a goblet of fire.

Smell: The smell is floral and herbal with a touch of fruity ale yeast combined with a subtle estery smell of the alcohol. Overall the aroma is fruity thanks to the hops as well which are Pilgrim, Styrian Golding Celeia, Cascade, and Centennial.

Taste: There is a flourish of grassy, hoppy citrus up front followed by a very rounded and pleasant malt character. There is plenty of malt to support the hops which are not very bitter but still expressive.

Feel: Silky smooth body at first but with a crisp finish. This is definitely sessionable and easy drinking with these characteristics. I do get a lingering coating as well from the hops but it isn't a very bitter beer at only 55 IBU.

Overall: I've always enjoyed English style IPAs but this still surprised me how good it is. It's very approachable for an IPA and is definitely a good starter beer for people just getting into craft beers but it also would easily be appreciated by passionate and seasoned beer drinkers. I am the latter. Cheers.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If one puts aside any AB bias, this is a solid IPA if you're wanting an English IPA with balance.

Photo of BigJace21
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best beer at my softball night bar. Not much to choose from.

Photo of amasow
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbakondi
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmy_Sprinkle
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Crystal clear with a nice three finger white head and mild lacing. The body is a beautiful light golden color accented with copper hues and contains very little carbonation. The head is fluffy and dense and stick around for quite a while.
Smell:
Light apples, oranges and mild grapefruit and hops. This seems like a watered down IPA.
Taste:
The taste is pretty great, light a crisp at first and filled with the apple and orange in the aroma. As it hits the middle of your tongue, a few malts come out along with some mild hops. The hops really become evident as it hits the back of your throat and leave a nice tasting aftertaste. It is well balanced and very smooth.
Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied and mild carbonation.
Overall:
The aroma had me a bit worried but this is a good tasting IPA, perhaps a breakthrough IPA for people getting into the style. Not bad, don’t pass it up.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REGreenBTRB
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: 4.25 - Pours a beautiful copper color with a finger of foamy white head.

Smell: 3.75 - It smells very well balanced between the hops and the citrus. Grapefruit is prominent, along with maybe some lemon. Not too strong of a scent, but a pleasant one.

Taste: 4 - Just like the smell, it is very well balanced. The hops are enjoyable yet not overpowering. It tastes like what a good, standard IPA should taste like. A harmonious balance between hops, malt, and citrus.

Feel: 4 - An easy IPA to drink. Not palate wrecking (ha, that one is coming up - thanks Green Flash), but just a smooth, enjoyable IPA.

Overall: 4 - A solid B beer, this is an enjoyable IPA. If you're in the mood for an easy drinking, pretty sessionable IPA, this would be a solid choice.

Photo of Shmoozen
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of justincourts
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fievel
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pep
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nmelione
2.34/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite IPA, smelled more like a sour than an IPA. Flavor was not there at all.

Photo of sengland70
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jshusc
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For whatever reason I bought a six pack with no high expectations. This IPA was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful golden color with a solid white head. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. Lots of floral, pine and grapefruit taste going on. Beautiful IPA that's not overwhelming hoppy and bitter. This is my new "go to" IPA when you plan on having more than a couple.

Photo of samtrillo
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of esiason14
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GMorgan
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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