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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,846 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,846
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 89
Gots: 571 | FT: 0
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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: 3,846 | Reviews: 1,128
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy pale golden color. It produced a think 3 1/2 finger think white foamy head. Excellent Head retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is is very much dominated by malt and bitter hops- slight notes of citrus. The taste is malty, piney and hops spring out in the front and during the finish. The finish is a bit dry with an almost "oily" taste- The beer is very smooth. Overall, a very good IPA.

Photo of Looneybiz
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and it had a cloudy pale light bronze hue with 1 finger head and nice lacing.

The smell was exceptional. Hops come right to your nose and your expecting a very hoppy beer.

However upon tasting the hops are more subtle but only mildly bitter. They stick around for a bit but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel seems normal for an IPA.

A highly drinkable beer that also has a nice flavor. Could easily be a staple beer for those that like IPA's but dont want anything that leaves a strong after taste.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a orange-gold with a fluffy white head.

S: The hops smell delicious! There is a tropical sweetness and a mellow sourness that pop out and promise a good taste.

T: And the taste delivers! Honey and pineapple with a wave of dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Alcohol is hidden and the hops are toned down, making this very drinkable. This is a beer that will sneak up on you as you make your way through a sixer.

Overall: A really solid IPA all around. This is a nice break from the hop bombs and palate-wreckers that everyone is obsessed with brewing. Its an unpretentious, no-frills, damned drinkable IPA.

Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber, nearing the border with orange. Creamy head sits atop and disappates down to a finger, leaving some lacing.
S- Hoppy, with citrus and floral notes. Not overbearing, but pleasant smells all around.
T- Enough malt to provide a blank canvas for the sound hop choices. Grapefruit, lemon, and floral flavors. Finish is dry and grapefruity.
M- Dry finish. Smooth body. Moderate or a touch fuller bodied.
D- A sound IPA all around. Balanced enough, but definitely hop-centric. The 6 pack won't last long, which I say is testament enough.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that I'm in Maryland, get to try this pretty well known IPA. Pours a light yellow color, VERY cloudy. Appearance reminds me of a wheat beer, pretty Blue Moon-esque. Nice floral aroma.

Taste is more than medium bodied, one of the more thick IPA's I've ever tasted. Some good bitterness but doesn't really smack you in the mouth with hops. Pretty well balanced, tasty but not overpowering. Not the most spectacular IPA I've had but definitely above average and very drinkable.

Photo of Cummins9110
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I took bottle and poured into 12oz shaped glass,

A - looks like mid age penny (mildly sharp copper)

S - smells like a nice citrus then slight bitter smell

T - citrus hop taste, nice bitterness, and midly carbonated

M - mouthfeel of creaminess and carbonation then slightly bitter

D - my new favorite IPA, Its one of the best, I mean the Alstöm gave it a solid B+, like most craft beers 6 pack is blenty

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Cloudy, gold-orange. Not a lot of head. Nice lace.

S: Resinous, grapefruit.

T: Hops more subtle than expected. Citrusy, resiny. A little like orange juice, cava, and pine bark.

M: Bitey and full in the aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Maybe not the best but certainly not the most ridiculously flamboyant IPA either. Good.

Photo of kdpine
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA on draught at the long gong Tailgators in Clinton Ma. I think the best they had on tap. Very nice on the nose and a very nice mouthfeel. Depending on which bartender was working would lat you know how good a pour you would get. It's a shame the Gator is gone, a great bar to sit at and have a coupla brews

Photo of negroobserver
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A: Clear golden color with about 1 inch of white froth which leaves behind substantial lacing.

S: Beer has light hoppy quality. Smell crisp and fresh.

T: Light bitterness in the front. Flat in the middle and a strong bitter finish.

M: Smooth texture. It's light, but not watery. The carbonation is about mid level.

D: I'm not impressed. Overall the taste is a little disappointing. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that prior to opening this beer I enjoyed an excellent Sierra Nevada pint, which was much more hoppy and overall a much better beer.


Photo of Groomsy
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with "bottled on" date of 01/10/2011. Consumed on 3/11/2011 from a pint glass. Drank a couple of pints of these tonight.

Appearance: The beer pours an burnt orange/sunset gold into the glass and has a slightly cloudy complexion. The body is topped by a 2-finger ivory white head of foam which fades to a cap of bubbles and film, leaving behind sheets and strings of lacing. A very nice-looking beer with active carbonation staying persistent throughout the session.

Aroma: Definitely an IPA smell. As soon as I opened the bottle before I even poured out the beer, I was hit with highly floral and perfume scents from the hops, which helped stimulate my appetite. Once I poured the brew, I picked up lots of citrus and fruit (pineapple, lemon, grapefruit) as well as some slight background of piney/herbal hops. There's just enough pale malt backing for the sake of balance in this beer as well as hints of honey, and a very faint note of biscuits/toast. Alcohol lingers but is well hidden. Mouthwatering and appetizing. All aromas become more apparent as the beer warms.

Taste: Spicy hops hit the front of the palate and refresh the drinker's senses, preparing for the other flavors to come. There is a bracing sweep of citrus mid-palate with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon, subtly balanced by notes of bread and biscuit crust from the malts - very well done. The beer finishes on a note of more floral hops and some lingering from the citrus with some flavors of pineapple and light fruit. Very crisp and refreshing flavor. Bitter, but balanced adequately by the backing from the malt. The numerous hops used in the bill for this brew shine wonderfully, and the malt backing becomes little more rounded as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: At colder temperatures, this was actually a little rough on the front of the palate. But as it warmed, it was substantially creamy and smooth. Very natural feel, not overdone or harsh in any way. Even the lingering hop flavors are well-placed for the mouthfeel. Very soft in the mouth, slightly drying finish.

Drinkability: Slightly high ABV is well masked by flavors. The general well-roundedness of this brew make me want to come back to it again and again. Maybe this isn't the IPA for hopheads, but it's a very good beer all around and is a good introduction to the IPA style. Whether you're a fan of IPA style beers or not, this is worth a try. Drinkable, enjoyable, and easy to find. I could drink this with no problem through a session.

Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy gold, with large head of white foam. Impressive, detailed lace.

Appealing and mouth-watering aroma...sweet and fresh hops - light, earthy, floral...

Taste is at once spicy and heavy, then tailing off in to a nice bitter citrus. Excellent finish - sharp and crisp.

Mouthfeel is heavy, and definitely not light nor watery. This is a delicious IPA!

Photo of vfgccp
2.46/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

April 2010 bottle, drank 2/22/11.

A - Opaque apple cider. Low head. Little lace.

S - Mellow alcohol, light honey. Some orangey citrus.

T - Might have caught this bottle past its prime. Light breadyness. Some orange and orange pith. Somewhat unfinished - almost an unrefined homebrewed character. Some light booze on the backend. Slightly yeasty.

M - Light, somewhat watery body. Low carbonation.

D - Just ok flavor and body.

Photo of bierguru
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with hints of amber, atop is a thick frothy head which leaves wonderful lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity, orange-citrus hints come past the sweetness. Small bits of grapefruit and mint notes noticed as well.

T: Malty but with a strong feel of citrus/mint-like bitterness that overpowers the sweet malty character.

M: Strong coating of bitterness, that of which is not complimented by the malts in a good balance. Bitterness lingers, not too overpowering but not as pleasant as other similar brews.

D: Drinkable just notthing special

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for providing this one.

A: The beer pours a surprisingly hazy orange color with a finger of white head that has pretty poor retention.

S: Smells fairly sweet, but mostly of sweet citrus fruit such as orange and perhaps kumquat. Toasted grain and malt with a bit of bread and toffee to go along with it. Some mild grassy and floral hop notes, too.

T: Sweet just like the nose. Bread and caramel with some sweet orange and orange peel. Slightly bitter with maybe just a hint of pine. Some more of those floral and slightly earthy hop notes to it.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not what I'm really accustomed to with the American IPA being my weapon of choice for the broader style. Not awful, though.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/08/2011 - four weeks old at time of review.

Appearance -- Pours like amber waves with a thick cap of foamy lily-white head. As the tuft dissipates, cobwebs supernaturally appear. Impression: a charmer.

Smell -- Spring flowers and prairie grasses, cracker and blueberry muffins. For a beer so stunningly bright there is quite a bit of yeast and fermentation character.

Taste -- Floral hops and grassy bitterness greet , cracker and biscuit, golden toast, and plum-like fruity esters, Quite a bit of yeast-derived flavor as well, akin to a fine pale mild. Finish is drupe sweetness and grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Light on the tongue with medium carbonation, nearly fluffy. Incredibly easy-drinking and gentle on the tongue. The penultimate English pale mouthfeel.

Drinkability -- The more I consumed of this beer, the more I enjoyed it. There is so much to love: subtle and well-rounded, both quenching and engaging, plus the mouthfeel is impeccable. I feel foolish for not having tried this sooner. This is a beer even your Corona-drinking Dad can rally 'round.

Photo of AJacob81
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose's flagship (well, along with Honker's and 312 I guess). Finally getting around to a review. Poured into a cervoise glass.

A - Burnt orange/copper in color, a 2 finger white, slightly rocky head forms and recedes relatively slowly.

S - Hops. Not overpowering, but subtle notes of grass, grapefruit, earth, and pine. Reserved, but elegant, as a proper English IPA should be.

T - Smooth, caramel and fresh-baked muffins form the malt backbone, effortlessly balanced by the pine/citrus flavor of the hops. Finishes hoppy and a bit sticky.

M and D - Thin body, moderate carbonation, nice balancing act of resin and dryness on the palate. Very easy to drink, one of my go-to session beers.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with a thin white head. Very thin but manages to leave decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citric smell. Nothing is too overpowering. Everything is very balanced.

T: Very crisp with some nice floral and bitter notes. The only sad thing is that it is a little thin. The flavor is nice just not enough of it.

Very good brew. Very smooth and drinkable but lacked a little in the flavor department for me. There are better IPA's out there though. The plus of this one is that it's a bit closer to sessionable than some others. Good beer Goose Island.

Photo of peensteen
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with 1 finger of sticky, tight white head, good lace on the glass. Smells of citrus, hops, grapefruit, lemon and a pretty strong maltiness. Taste is of crisp citrus, hop bitterness, grapefruit and dry malt. Nice medium mouthfeel, served at a perfect temp. creamy and very solid. Drinks very well, solid IPA would gladly revisit.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Is this not the lightest, brightest domestic IPA I've gazed upon? It's done in the English style, and they nailed it. Sticky, off-white head, short and gluey on the glass. Deep-hazy sunrise yellow with a tinge of orange. So far, so good.

Firm malty base to the aroma with grassy, somewhat floral, fragrant hops - getting a good bit of the Styrian Goldings and Fuggles and of course Cascade (it does remind me of Sierra Nevada's general hop character).

Excellent hop spiciness jolts the taste buds immediately. This tastes like sucking on freakin' hop pellets! And I like it. I'm wondering if the basic one-malt grain bill has anything to do with such a naked hop flavor. I took the brewmaster's suggestion of pairing this with some strong blue cheese - a perfect match. Really brought out some of the sweetness of the malt in the finish. A lightly honey-kissed multi-grain cracker quality. Spectacular.

Believe it or not, I find fault only with the fact that this doesn't drink just a little more crisp. Still, I can't help but see myself drinking this year-round. Well done!

Goose Island, I think I'm falling in love with you.

(this ale was bottled Dec 2010, by the way)

Photo of Tartarus
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: One of the lighter IPA's I've seen, but very cloudy. About a fingers worth of head that dissappates from the center outward. Head clings to the glass.

S: Hops with a little bit of a fruity scent.

T: Hops hit you straight off the bat, at the end the fruitiness comes out. Not overly fruity, nor hoppy, a nice, tasty balance.

M: Medium bodied, not overly spicy. Good mouthfeel and warms on the way down.

D: Not too heavy, and the tastes are unique but not tiresome. I could see myself going through a few of these.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this brew was a cloudy, light-apricot color with one finger of off-white foam. The retention was decent as a small collar and it left consistent spots. The aroma was of spicy, noble hops, grapefruit zest, hoppy resins and light mustiness. The flavors were on-point; it was full and inviting with an enjoyable, lingering finish. The flavors were built around a crystal malt backbone augmented by some Caramel/Caramunich malt. The hop profile was juicy, rich, spicy and noble-hop-heavy. Not as musty as the aroma and pleasantly so. The mouthfeel was quite good, the body med/full and the carbonation appropriate.

Photo of Swedes21
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - clear pale ale, nice white foamy head, some amazing lacing, carbonation levels are decent

Smell - pine, hops, slight spice base, some earthy tones.

taste - pine not too strong, some spices, lot of earthy tones, very clean finish, not much bitterness.

mouthfeel - adds some good levels of pine to the beer, bitterness increased near the end. solid feel.

drinkability - overall a good beer, didnt find the pine flavour too dominant as in other IPA's. Would stock for future tastings and sharing.

Photo of phenry
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely clear. Thick off-white head from the pour about 2 fingers thick, great retention.

S: Incredible hop aroma. Spicy/citrus tones at a tolerable level for I'd imagine just about anyone.

T: From such an amazing smell, a bit of a disappointment. The hops are definitely present, but not in the intensity I was expecting. A touch more of finishing hops wouldn't hurt this brew.

M&T: Definitely drinkable, probably the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had.

Overall: A decent IPA, especially for those who aren't huge fans of IPAs in general. Hopheads will be left looking for more, which is the boat I'm in (did not know I was getting an English IPA from an American brewery). A good beer to experience nonetheless.

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet. It was the tap of choice at one of the bars in the new New York Yankee Stadium. I also recently had a glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side.

Overall, this is a very good IPA and is one of the many superior beers that comes from this brewery.

The color is typical of an IPA, golden/straw, very clear with a bright amount of good carbonation. Aroma is quite hoppy, with both citrus and pine notes. The flavor has great bitterness but you can also taste the floweriness of the flavoring hops. Overall,this is one of the most drinkable beers in a category that I find to also be the most drinkable. I'm glad to see that it's as available in New York as it is.

Photo of TheSarge
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had an English IPA in a while...

Poured this one into a 50cl grand pilsner glass, and it looks perfect. About three fingers of thick off white head that retains nicely, and has a clear golden colored body.

Aroma wise it has a nice floral, lemony, and tea aroma, just as I had hoped.

While drinking this brew, it comes up hoppy in the way of citrus fruit (lemon), and has that tea like middle, and finishes a bit like cooked veggies.

A little crisp up front and a little leathery in the middle. Finishes dry and leaves my mouth wanting more. Not too bad of the English IPA style!

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,846 ratings.