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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,369 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,369
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 62
Gots: 289 | 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:
Bourbon color, grapefruit aroma, fruity hop flavor, dry body.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

The beer's color falls somewhere in between golden and copper in color. It's considerably lighter than most IPAs. There's a small white head to the beer that has some decent lacing but poor retention.

The scent is bursting with aroma hops. It's very sweet with a nice floral balance. Very pleasing to a fan of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The drink starts off a little powdery and light at the fore with mild bitterness. About mid drink the body develops a little more forte and the hops come through with some great floral and pine character with a pleasant sweet balance. The finish is predominantly clean with a minor rind or pine bitterness but it doesn't hang on much in to the aftertaste.

The bitterness of IPA is the only thing that takes away from what otherwise is a perfectly drinkable and refreshing beverage to me and this beer is a good example of that.

Bottom Line:
Straight up this beer is one solid well balanced American IPA which caters to both hop fans and the casual drinker.

Grundle20, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

A nice, standard American IPA. This one won't blow your socks off, but it's plenty tasty, relatively well-balanced and drinkable IPA. Reminds me off the bat of Wisconsin's Bitter Woman IPA as there's a little biscuity malt mixed in with the hops. Hop flavor is mostly pine with some floral. Worth a try if you like your IPAs on the less-extreme end of the spectrum.

tempest, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of pmatz2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Light amber color. A big white fluffy head that shrinks to a small head. Good lacing that lasts the entire glass.

Smell: Predominantly fresh piney hops nothing else was detectable

Taste: Prickly hop sensation on the tongue, there was a subtle malt in the background. Finish was very dry

Mouth feel: Thought this was a little thin and watery, however it was very smooth.

Drink-ability: A good solid IPA, not very complex,

pmatz2, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a nice clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice foamy head, some nice sticy lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, slight malts, and some citrus. The taste is nice and hoppy with a slightly dry bitter finish, I like. Medium body. Very drinkable, another great beer from GI. Thanks to jhammerly and BuckEyeNation for the trades.

Wasatch, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

A - Orangish-gold and a bit hazy. The head fills the top two inches of the glass and is just a shade on the dark side of snow white. There is also an incredible amount of lace on this thing!

S - A rich citrusy and floral hop aroma. Very strong but not overwhelming.

T/M - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Some great hop flavor that is suprisingly mild (in a very good way) when compared to the aroma. Pine with a hint of citrus on top of a biscuity malt base. All around very nice.

D - This is a very well made IPA. The hops are there but are at just the right level to make this the closest thing to a session IPA without it being a regular pale ale.

SuperSpy, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

This offering from Goose Island pours a foggy dirty blonde that leaves a thick frothy tan head that leaves a sticky residue that stays with this head. The aroma is honey, hops citrus, earthy west coast feel to this IPA. The taste actually starts malty sweet, folllowed by healthy dose of bitterness as not to forget this is a IPA. This IPA continues to take your palate on a herbal, honey, tea, ride and the finish is very nice. This is a quality IPA if it were distributed around here I would have this in my fridge all year.

Franchise, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear, medium-copper or orange color with a large head.

The aroma has a powerful citrus and floral hops.

The predominate flavor is a very smooth, mellow hops. Underneath that somewhere is a well-matched biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very smooth and well carbonated. Despite that, I did not find this very crisp. There seems to be something lacking in the aftertaste that would end this beer on an exclamation point.

Drinkability is also very good. This might be weird to say, but the only complaint I have is that everything about the beer is too middle-of-the-road. It has a predominant pine hop flavor - but not too much. With secondary flavors being too low on the list to register, there isn't much to distinguish this beer from others. I'm sure the problem here is just that I'm not a huge fan of IPA's, and enjoy finding resonating flavors to perk up my interest. So it is only a quible. An extremely smooth & mellow beer, I just wish it was more refreshing.

terrabyte, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a mug style glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: A very clear orange color that is fairly nice to observe. The only downside was that the beer did not have that much head when it was poured.

S: Very nice citrus like hops as well as a hint of tobacco as well.

T: The sip starts off with a fair amount of hops, almost kind of a rough, tobacco flavor. Towards the end, things are cleaned up nicely with a cleaner hop flavor that is kind of mild. I could taste the trademark citrus hops throughout the sip.

M: Good, nothing great for an IPA. About what I would have expected, not heavy, but by no means watery.

D: Very good beer to drink by itself and paired nicely with some good pizza as well. Not the absolute best IPA I have ever had, but certainly a solid choice. If you see it, give it a shot.

AustinBeerLvr, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of dickroop
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Scored a single of this on a recent trip to Illinois. Poured into a pint tumbler, it has a buff-colored head that goes fast, and the brew is cloudy (mmm, promising). Color is a light amber, yellowish golden. Now, lemme get some nose from this bad boy....

Aroma very promising, citrus hops (although there's a band-aid component that mystifies me). Hints of piney, resinous flavor, a touch of yeastiness, and some sweet vegetable notes. Taste is initially a bit disappointing, starts with a spicy, resinous hit, then f..a..d..e....s. Not enough hops. Finishes the same spicy, slightly piney, some grainy flavors, some annoying alcohol presence?. This puppy needs to warm a little before I pass final judgement.

Mouthfeel is medium, pleasant. It's got a little malt bulk to it, yet still light enough to stay nicely drinkable.

OK, so while I'm waiting for the ale to warm, I go check the bottle... OOOPS !!!, bottle dating sez: "Best when consumed by 042406". Man, that sh*tty store sold me some seriously overaged beer. So take this review and the ratings with that grain of salt. (Boy, this label sure is mighty full of itself: "Serve in a tulip glass" Gimme a break, man, an IPA in that?) When do ya suppose this stuff was bottled? If it was 6 months past "best by" date when I bought it... and it was supposed to be hopped so that it could go from England to Calcutta on a slow boat (maybe 6 months?), then this bottle mighta been filled well over a year ago. Caveat emptor.

Well, after allowing for a little warming, it's back to the brew. And whaddaya know, it's gotten lots better. This ale has a nice balance to it, fruity hoppiness with sticky and only-slightly-sweet malts. The finish is mildly and subtly bitter, very good actually. The warmed brew has more graininess in the aroma. And finally, the taste begins to speak of citrus mixed in w/ the hoppy, spicy pine.

Drinkability is OK. I'll go for this ale again, and I'll try to make sure I get it fresher. For best enjoyment, let beer warm slightly above fridge temp. Cheers!

dickroop, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.75/5  rDev 0%

GI IPA surprised me with its rather lackluster head and spotty lace. However, its image was saved by the pretty orange complexion it sports.

The nose features an intense hop/spice interplay with a bit of sap resin to boot.

The taste has great hop bite although there's a stronger than normal dry herbal aftertaste to this IPA. Must be the hop variety but unfortunately there is no note on the bottle as to what type that might be.

A very drinkable IPA with enough offered to ensure future purchases.

malcontent, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +6.7%

This beer is an above average ipa. This would make a nice session beer. The beer was a lighter orange with a fair head. There was a little lacing. The smell was hoppy and the taste was predominatly hops as well. There was a lasting bitterness common with the style. I could drink this beer again.

Enola, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.05/5  rDev +8%

Pours a honey color with a thin white head that has an average retention.
Smell is piney and somewhat spicy.
This IPA has a spicy twang that others don't have. This adds some complexity and depth to the flavor. There is a slight buttery flavor in the finish but it doesn't really detract from the beer. Other than that it's your typical citrus and piney IPA hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall a nice session IPA that I would probably drink often if it was available to me.

wcudwight, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of SMark
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Slight head pouring down middle of glass. Appears hazy. Slight lace work as it goes down the glass

Nice smell attributed to hops. I like hops.

Hops come through on taste. Not overpowering but definitely noticeable.

Pleasant and not too heavy. Stays a little on the upper palate.

Will be having a few of these later on today and then bragging about the special purchase of 24/$12.99.

SMark, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks to Jhammerly for the chance to try this brew. This is a very unusual IPA.
Pours a nice golden orange/yellow with a full finger head that melts quickly to a decent ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are fresh floral and citrus hops but with an undertone of toasted malt.
Taste is definately softened by the toasted sweet malt flavor making this one a very balanced IPA. Taste follows aroma...fresh floral and citrus hops with a balancing undertone of toasted amber malt.
Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice amount of carbonation.
Very nice...and the toasted flavoring in the malt makes this one unusual.
Thanks, Jimi.

IntriqKen, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Got it on tap at StoutNYC.

A: Light honey-amber with a 1-finger bubbly white head that left lots of clingy rings as I drank my way down the glass. Active carbonation throughout.

S: Not much at first, perhaps because of the temperature (my beef with StoutNYC once again is that their kegs are kept too cold) -- but it's hops and all hops; mainly piney hops but as it warmed the hops became a bit more fruity and citrusy in the nose. There was more going on, smell-wise, when I got to the last quarter of the pint than there had been at first sniff.

T: Predominantly hops: fruity and piney. The taste begins with a hint of honey sweetness, but that is quickly beaten down by the piney hoppy bitterness. Ends with a nice dry finish that encourages the next sip.

M: Slightly over-carbonated, I thought, but not too bad. Light to medium-bodied in heft.

D: This is a refreshing beer, especially if you're into hops. It's not over the top hoppy, but I think it's a nice version of an IPA and one that I could see myself sessioning.

Kendo, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev +4%

pours a bright copper with a nice pillowy head.
the aroma is malty with a healty dope of hopsack.
the flavor is first most a hopsack backed by a firm chunk of malt. the body is not to heavy or carmelized. lingering citrus flavor sticks with you long after the beer is gone.

plaztikjezuz, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Jimbo07
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

Amber red color. White head. Smell is superb. Do I smell hops? I think I made a good choice in choosing this for my first IPA.

Also, not like it made a difference in my testing, the bottle was well done in that not only did it show the best-by-date, but it also showed what glass it should be served in. Now that's classy.

Jimbo07, Oct 14, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

On tap at the brewpub.

Arrived in the glass as a hazy, golden colored liquid, with a large white head.

The aromas were just what I look for in an IPA. Grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of honey.

Taste was quite hoppy, mainly pine and grass. Malt was subdued at the start, but came on as the beer warmed. A bit of caramel in the center, and some pepper at the finish. Overall, nicely balanced.

It was fairly light for an IPA. Carbonation also seemed a bit low. Finish was dry.

In total, a good IPA, and one I would drink again. Not the top shelf, however.

, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head of off white bubbles. The head was pretty active for a few seconds, but then fell into the beer where it stayed. I can't tell how many bubbles are rising, but the head is gone. Even before drinking the beer, there is some lacing left on the glass where the head fell.

Aroma: Very assertive citrusy and somewhat spicy hop profile is in charge of this beer. There is also a very noticeable sweet light crystal presence here to challenge the hops...though I don't know how well they do at that. The hops have a very green character and make the beer come across as a bit more piney as it warms some.

Taste: The flavor has a significant amount of bittering hops. The hops are definitely in charge of this beer the entire time. There is some malt to give a bit of balance, but the hops run the show with this one. This beer is a little unusual in that the hops are in charge of the beginning of the profile all the way till the assertive bitter finish...but somehow in the end the finish ends up with a syrupy and almost cloying sweetness to linger with the bitterness on the back of the throat. The bitter wins, but this malt contribution is a little unusual for this style.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty decent beer. I am not a huge fan if Am IPA's, and this is no exception. I respect that the finish isn't chalky like so many of them are when the idiom is use more Gypsum. It is a clean and well crafted beer just the same...I just won't be partaking in it that often.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

9/28/2006 $9.00 6 pack 5.90% Best by 1/14/07 printed on back label.


Pours a crystal clear light brown with champagne style carbonation and roughly an inch of foamy white head that settles quickly.


Fresh cut grapefruit dominates the nose with a touch of breadyness.


Nicely smooth and chewy, bursting with vibrant fresh grapefruit flavor and a touch of sweetness. A very respectable IPA.

cbl2, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

I had this on-tap at the Goose Island in Wrigleyville before a Cubs game

The bartender tapped the hazy amber beverage into a pint glass. Floral hops dominate the aroma with some grain in the background. Tastewise it has less hoppy than I expected but very well balanced. The malt character rounded out the pine bitterness and finished it with crispness. Not knowing too many bars around the area, this was a great bet and this was the finest of the beers that I tried.

sloejams, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

This one is murky orange with a tiny cap of hard white foam and plenty of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Displays a good amount of lacing.

Oooh, nice scent! I smell strong pink lemonade and grapefruit aromas, backed by a malty and biscuity backbone. Fresh pine needles and sap remind me of climbing the pine tree in my front yard when I was a little kid. You could never get that sap off of your hands!

Firm biscuit malt is more prevalent that I would have guessed from the nose, but after the initial breadyness a huge hop train slams into the palate! Spicey and piney like an aspen forest! Hints of crusty black peppercorn and lemon rind too.

This one is full bodied and solid. Carbonation is decent and drinkability is pretty good, although for me any highly hopped beer gets a little overwhelmig after one or two. The aftertaste is a little too bitter and biting, but other than that, I love this beer.

pmcadamis, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours an amber color with a white head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a layer of lacing over the entire glass.

Aroma is of hops. Citrusy hops and mabe even a little piney. There is also a little spiciness. A hint of malt is there as the beer warms.

Taste is hops as well. Pretty citrusy and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little watery but ok. Carbonation is good.

Not a bad brew. I could drink a few more, but I think there are better on the market.

hckyfn9999, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Container Volume: 355ml

Container type: bottle

Fresh: y

Purchased @: cardinal

Cost: $8/sixpack

Head: 1/8th lasting

Lace: well

Reflected- orange
Transmitted- hazy orange

Aroma: sweet pine needles

Mouthfeel: full

Palate: rich

Middle- Soapy

Comments: Tastes like someone swept up after one took out the Christmas tree and made it into a beer...Slight banana taste also. Chill down a little and it is really quite nice. I think the Piney-ness is from the Chinook hop...G.I. uses this all over the place I think.

Mowing/Working on car- n
With Friends- y
Sipping- y
Get my buzz on- y

TechMyst, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.75/5  rDev 0%

12oz. Bottle marked with a "Best When Consumed By" date of 01.30.07 1334

Poured a peachy copper color with a thin half-finger head of bone white foam that slowly falls away to a skinny white ring of lacing. Aroma is light and crisp, grapefruit and big floral hoppiness, paired with a yeasty breadiness. Spicy and grassy undertones with notes of piney hops finish out the nose. Taste is much of the same, grapefruit and floral/grassy hops matched with a sweet caramel-toffee malt balance, appreciative hopping not too much. Slightly drying bitter aftertaste resulting from the hop oils. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium levels of carbonation. Light, crisp and clean are the words that sum up this beer for me, displays all of the characteristics I like to see in a lighter IPA. Drinkability is superb, easy to just kick back a few, less than 6% abv and decent complexity. Recommend trying, would purchase again.

danielocean03, Sep 10, 2006
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,369 ratings.