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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,790
Reviews: 1,117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 87
Gots: 522 | 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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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours dark gold and crystal clear with a small head.
S: Smell is actually pretty light, with hints of malts and citrus. 
T: Bitter sweet with citrusy notes and a nice hoppy touch; nice and dry too, just as a good IPA should be. Maybe a slight alcohol hint but  its hidden well. Not super strong or overpowering, a good session beer for lighter drinker.
M: I'd say a light to medium feel. The beer has great carbonation for an IPA, one that really compliments the style. The after taste lasts for quite some time; sweet and bitter.
D: It's balance of flavor and good mouthfeel makes for great drinkability. 

All-in-all, a good IPA, but let's be honest, it's pretty average. Nothing really seems to stand put about it, however, that's not to say it isn't worthy of drinking. It's a good beer and I enjoyed drinking it. 

Photo of bbkd3b
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out with a bright marigold hue and a fluffly, 1-finger off-white head. Deent retention. It's a bit on the hazy side, but the carbonation pushes itself enough to be visible. What's nice is that the side of my glass is doused with lacing.

S - Biscuity malts and a nice, subtle hop character. Seems to lean more towards the floral and earthy tones than the sharp, citrus hops. Really good balance here.

T - The floral hops step up to the front of the scene when it hit's the tongue, with the sweeter, grainy malts taking over in the background. Ends with a surprisingly bitter kick... It's definitely a balanced IPA. Not too strong, not to soft.

M - Light body, with a sharp carbonation to give it an airy character. It's... soft. I can't think of a better word. The aftertaste is a bit rough, but otherwise, nice.

D - A couple of bottles is no problem, but the bitterness makes the first one a bit of a sipper.

Overall/notes: It's pretty obvious that it's an English IPA. A much maltier character than its American counterparts. It's a really decent beer, good for small gatherings and whatnot. This is one of those brews that you don't drink because you want the end-all, be-all of beers, but because hey! You like it. Nice work.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color, straw-like with a thick white beautiful head that laces
The aroma is very lite malty with some earthy hops but hard to get.

The taste starts with carbonation on the tongue a sweet pale malt enters. the carbonation fills the mouth and cuts the sweet malt to show a earthy hoppyness it is pungent but finishes with a smooth bitterness.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

A Chicago beer from a Chicago glass. Good times. It pours a lightly hazed golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, pine, and some nicely sweet caramel. The taste brings more of the same, though the caramel is lightened a bit and a touch of mint is added. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a velvety feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one of the better beers I've yet had from GI.

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

In the aroma, hops predominate with a bit of pine needles taking the front...but there's also a good deal of breadiness to it as well. Well balanced.

I'm glad I saw that this is an English IPA before I took a drink, or else I'd have been seriously concerned that it wasn't a very bitter IPA. Now I see why. Upfront, there's a decent dose of pine and spicy hops that hit right away, fading into some bready, toasty malt that finish off the body. Finishes with a tight snap of hops with a faint lingering of toasted grain afterwards. A very good English IPA, which I will admit I typically enjoy more than American IPA's.

Photo of r3o
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: yellow-orange color, somewhat opaque, with a very thin head.
S: hops predominate, kind of bready
T: certainly the hop is the star, with some malt. Astringent to the palate, bitter-sweet I'd say.
M: light, with good carbonaton, feels coarse. Long aftertaste fades into sweet.
D: friendly beer, but not my first choice. However it kind of grows on you.

Photo of stimulus
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz (6 pack) bottle into a pint glass.
Bottled on: 9/13/10.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a one finger white head.
S: Bready, hoppy, and a little citrusy.
T: Begins with a blast of hop bitterness that fades to aforementioned citrus flavors and finally bready malts.
M: Light bodied, good carbonation, crisp finish.
D: Sessionable, but doesn't stand out for the style. Perhaps GI is going for the sessionable route here.

Photo of knowledge
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must say when you present this brew to your lips, a few things should happen, the taste and mouthfeel should be equivalent to the smell. As an India Pale Ale, the major drawback is the pronounced bitterness to the taste itself. I know of other brews that do not reside in this category, however, Goose Island need to improve the taste of this beer in order for it to become palatable to the experienced connoisseur such as myself. Therefore, I will not be entertaining seconds on this brew itself. There are many brews out there much worthier of your time and sessions.

Thanks, but I'll pass..

Photo of psuKinger
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired through trade with jchow79 and poured into standard curved shaker pint glass. Coming in, I know that I'm not terribly crazy about English IPA's as a general rule of thumb, but I'm going to do my best to keep an open mind and try to appreciate this beer for whatever it is.

A: Pours a very light orange, almost yellow shade, with a big frothy 1+ finger head that sits nicely on top of pour but dissipated more quickly than I would have preferred.

S: Earthy, piney hop notes are detectable but not overpowering.

T: Hop presence is readily detectable. Their is a sour earthiness to this initially, with a pine bitterness at the end. The malts are sweet-and-sour and more present that I am accustomed to for an IPA.

M: Thick and sticky in the mouth, with a moderately low amount of tongue-coating on the finish for the style. Carbonation is *close*, could be increased a tad in my opinion.

D: I may return to this beer if I ever find myself in one of the Goose Island brewpubs, but I wouldn't choose to crack open a 2nd one right now if I had other options.

Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange with a bubbly body which results in a decent sized tan head which doesn't fade as much as it sinks in the middle, which leaves a thick and short lacing behind. Oily hops at the nose initially with some malt, some orange peel and very faint citrus in the back. First pull reveals a very smooth drinking IPA with a pleasant hit of citrus and light fruits followed by a balancing hop bitterness and a malty, somewhat creamy core. Light to medium bodied and crisp when all is said and done. Not a hop bomb, just a well made IPA that hits the spot at this particular moment.

Photo of burgerandbeer
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ALERT-this is my first attempt at a beer review so take it for what it is.

Poured into a Pilsner type glass the color was a copper amber with a two finger almost creamy looking head that lasted a good while. The lacing was medium.

The nose was sweet and floral with strong hints of citrus and spice. If my eyes had been closed when smelling the beer I would have suspected there was an orange slice floating on top.

Carbonation was low.

The taste was sweet and fruity (again that orange slice floating on top that wasn't really there) with a distinct bitter metallic bite at the end. I personally do not like
the finish.

I would not turn one down if a host offered me one but it is not a beer I would buy for myself and keep in the fridge. But what the hell do I know?

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep, clear golden color with a thinner head with a bit of lacing.

S-Very balanced nose. A combination of floral hops and caramel malts. The nose is actually quite malty.

T-Quite a different flavor. Not accustomed to this taste. A balanced beer. Medium-powered hop flavors are blended with a strong malty profile. The hops do tend to stick around after the sip. Definately quite grassy. This beer takes some getting used to.

M-Slick, oily. Thicker body than I would have expected from the look of the beer.

D-Not its strongest point but not a fault either.

Interesting flavor, worth a taste.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

As a note, this beer is almost 4 months old. The beer pours a hazy golden orange with a coarse white head that leaves some lacing but not too much. The aroma is good, but not great, I blame the age. There is some bitterness to it, but it seems muddled. Though oddly I didn't expect to taste oak, yet I do. It feels good to me on the palate, and is pretty easy to drink. I would like to try a fresher one and re-review.

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

This beer poured a hazy golden amber with a two finger high off-white head. There was good lacing, however the head dissipated fairly quickly. The initial smell of the beer is pine and citrus, followed by spices. The initial taste of the beer was citrus, pine, spice, with a hints of barley for the finish. The brew has some nice bitterness to it. As well as a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA. What throws me off with it is the barley finish. I'm not fond of when my IPA takes on this persona. I'd recommend this to the IPA drinkers out there, as its definitely something good to try.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a moderately-dark copper color with a white head and some pretty decent lacing. The nose strikes a really nice balance for an English IPA, with a good amount of floral and lightly earthy hops along with a bot of caramel malt in the background.

The nose flows straight into the taste which is just a bit hoppy and bitter over a fairly complex malt base. As much as I love my C-hops, occasionally somethig like this just really hits the spot. Great feel and drinkability; this is a real winner.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-- poured a golden amber color. Off white head that settled to one finger. Good head retention on swirling and some thick lacking on the sides of the glass.

S-- Earthy hops, spice and Carmel. Very gritty smell to this.

T-- Once again very Earthy and gritty. Larger Carmel backbone but enough hops to say hello. More grapefruit centered hop wise I think.

M-- Pretty thick and chewy. The earthiness of it makes it feel heavier than it seems. More like medium bodied and medium carbonation. A lot of grapefruit tones with this as the main fruit followed by a lot of Carmel.

D-- Good solid summer beer. For the boldness of it, it is very drinkable. Well hidden ABV and very tasty beer. Good example of an EIPA

Photo of steve8robin
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried a six pack while in IA. 12oz bottle. Bottled on 09/29/10:

A: A nice clear medium copper / bronze with a huge tan head that fades very slowly. Very good.

S: I really cannot get much of a scent on this one. Just faint standard IPA scents. Eh.

T: Upfront is a earthy floral hop quickly blended very well with a nice sugary malt backend. Some grapefruit follows in the middle which sets up for some apple on the backend. Very good.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Very good.

D: Once you get past the floral bite, this goes down. Good.

All in all, this is definitely a solid, easily accessible, session beer. This seems like it would be great to sip on a summer afternoon to cool down your taste buds. Worth a try if you have the chance and like IPA's.

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Goose Island Pub in O'Hare, served in a shaker pint, Goose Island's IPA is gold with a tight eggshell head that leaves really nice lace. Bottle 9/24, so exactly 1 month fresh.

Smell is pretty hoppy, nice sweet floral as well as spicy notes.

Taste is ok, definitely a strong malt flavor, with modest citrus hop flavor and marginal bitterness. I like IPAs with little malt and huge hop flavor, and this one is clearly in the English style that I don't care for as much.

Mouthfeel is is only the drier side, some oillyness as well.

Drinkability is ok, not my favorite style, but I guess this is a reasonable enough example.

Photo of Agold
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a huge fluffy white head. It is clear light golden amber. The smell is sweet malt, and a bit of caramel. there is also some nice floral hops, kind of subdued even for an english ipa. Taste is mostly malt, some sweetness, and nice floral hops, with some citrus in the background. There is a nice bitterness as well, but this beer is very balanced. Mouthfeel a little thick, i would like it a bit drier, but its good.

Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of off white head. This brew is gold in color. The aroma is mild citrus hops. The taste begins citrusy and finishes with a dull bitter taste. I like the fact that this is mild. It is very easy to drink and I don't get "bittered" out after a few. I've used this as a go to beer before.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ate with a porterhouse steak and fries. Poured into a nonic glass with a 2-finger head clear and golden color with heavy head retention, and heavy lacing against the glass. There is a verrry small hint of dark fruit on the nose with a touch of pine (and I often smell pine on IPAs), but maybe the fruit is in my head. The aroma of hops is light and perfect for an IPA. I've had a few IPAs in the past few weeks in which the carbonation seemed to sting my tongue, but finally an IPA has arrived for which I can appreciate the flavor without the needle prick feeling on my tongue. This IPA is somewhat bitter, but not the kind of bitter taste that makes you cringe. I think this is the kind of bitter that makes this beer a good introduction into ~5% IPAs.

As the beer warmed up, the hops tasted fresher. I definitely shouldn't have opened this right out of the fridge. This IPA stands out as a great light-bodied session beer.

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Pours a clear gold golden color with a two finger, off white head that has outstanding retention. There is significant lacing that clings to the side. and a great amount of carbonation rising to the top. Perfect.

S - Not much of a nose on here. Some slight pine hops. Not much else.

T - Very nice balance here. There are some bitter pine hops with a bitter aftertaste. There are some very slight citrus notes. Not too over powering with the hops at all. For the price, a great, straight forward, staple IPA.

M - Very smooth with a great amount of carbonation.

D - Great session IPA. One of the best in that category. Quite easy to drink.

Photo of klikger
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured appropriately (and skillfully) into a Goose Island IPA tulip glass

A - Medium shade of amber, great lacing, and large head.

S - Floral and citrusy hops, a bit of spice, and caramel

T - Sweet caramel malts --> fruity citrus hops, vague spiciness (pepper or clove?) --> fragrant, earthy hops & piny, crisp bitter finish.

M - Medium-bodied, crisp, refreshing, good carbonation

D - Very drinkable - I'd session this for sure.

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in an imperial pint glass at Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL).

A: Slightly hazy gold with frothy 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and crusty lacing.

S: Herbal, citrus, and light pine aromas greet the nose but a sizeable pale malt base provides a nice counter.

T: Savory flavor with smooth herbal, pine, citrus, and minty hops combining with solid pale malt backbone. Solid round flavor all the way through.

M: Smooth medium mouthfeel with coating feel and solid herbal, minty hops aftertaste.

D: A solid all-around session IPA -- still wish I had tried Sofie instead as this is solid but a bit unspectacular.

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

One of my friends described this as an "exquisitely approachable" IPA, and I think that would be my assessment.

Dark gold with an impressive head and lace, grapefruit and floral hops in the nose and on the palate, with maybe a touch of pineapple or tropical hop juice. Very fresh tasting and zesty, it's a full-bodied but very smooth beer--nothing out-of-this-world, but no points of contention. A great beer to have around.

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,790 ratings.