1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

3,462 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 69
Gots: 327 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,462 | Reviews: 1,071 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cooncat
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample was a 12 oz long neck bottle, poured into a 16 oz. chilled tall glass.

The pour produced a nice, white head, which disappeared a bit too quickly, I thought, but the lacing was present all the way down to the final sip. The color was golden amber, and very clear.

The nose is very light, but with a definite hop presence. Not over powering, but exactly what I expected of the style.

Taste brings forth ample hoppiness, with a very light malt background. I found the beer very "bright, light, crisp and refreshing" in its flavor. Drinkabiltiy is way up there .. I can see a long session of these going down quite smoothly.

The finish is dry and crisp, and leaves one thinking of seconds. I find this beer an excellent example of its style, and will put it right up there with some of my other favorites. You will not be disappointed in bringing home this IPA. (and I hope you will get a nice fresh sample, as I did - mine had a "best when consumed by: 01-14-07" on it, so I know it was well within its fresh period).

Edit: just revisited this beer 9-7-08. Still an awesome beer. Great clarity in the apricot colored brew. Nice floral/citrus hop nose and taste. Hop twang is balanced by the sweet malt background. A medium mouthfeel with good carbonation makes this one to enjoy again and again. I modified some of my original ratings to reflect my latest sample. Highly recommended

cooncat, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer while in NYC. Glad Goose Island distributes here.

A: Pours an amber color with a nice one finger white frothy head. Good retention on this guy.
S: Aromas of pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit is the most dominant citrus notes. Slight grassyness also.
T/M: Tastes of citrus and then pine hops. Sweet citrus notes. Bitterness that lasts. Slight earthyness in there too. Not too carbonated with a slightly less then medium body. Great tasting ipa.
D: Highly drinkable. I could drink these all night long. A great session IPA as the abv is quite low. Goose Island has great offerings.

bjohnson, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember (vaguely) trying this at a recent brewfest and decided to give it another effort. Pours a solid inch of wet head atop a brownish red body and and features decent lacing. Smells mostly of tasty round hops, similar to an English Pale.

My first mouthful is pleasantly but moderately hopped, mellow and tasty and exhibits good balance for an IPA. Very English tasting. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. This is what a proper IPA with quality ingredients and craftsmanship tastes like.

Probably not extreme enough for some hopheads but this is textbook IPA. Nice product by Goose Island.

daliandragon, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a cloudy super carbonated dull amber with little head. Nose is very roasted for an IPA with little hops apparent. Taste is ok with hops up front. Mouthfeel is carbonated at first with some malt finish. I was not impressed by this one, hopefully a bad bottle in which I have more off which I will review if better.

WeymouthMike, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of beerphan
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle -> goblet
best when consumed by: 01.14.07

Pours a clear orange amber with a 1 1/2 inch white head, which settled into a thin layer of soap suds. Ringed lacing lines the glass.
Medium carbonation present with tiny bubbles floating north.

Even nose with some light floral and citrus hops and tender maltiness.

Initial taste balances slight citrus hops with a slick malt character. Aftertaste has a very slight lingering piney bitterness that is barely detectable.

Mouth is a bit thin, but not annoyingly so.

A decent ipa with subtle flavoring. Give this one to your pals that aren't all about the hops and it will be enjoyed.

beerphan, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Rootdog316
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is golden to pale in color and brilliantly clear with a strong long lasting white head. The flavor is malty and well balanced with a nice dose of hops. This high gravity beer hides its alcohol well and has a nice bitter finish also it is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Overall, this is a classic example of an Americanized IPA. British IPA fans will be disappointed with this beer's American hop profile. This beer is great straight from Goose Island's tap.

Rootdog316, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of beertaster13
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice nectar orange with a head that settles nicely as the session progresses. The aroma is of pungent hops and citrus berry. A hint of honey will stick to the nose. The taste is smooth, with a nice hit of the hop character to balance the sweet nectar honey. Very nice offering, could drink this again.

beertaster13, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-bronze with a small head that becomes a nice foamy cap.

Sweet malt smell backed up by a good amount of hops. Citric and spicy.

The taste left something to be desired, as it didn't seem quite as hoppy as it did in the smell. The malt base is a little dull, somewhat biscuity with subdued hops on top of it. Doesn't really stand out, and it's less than assertive.

Litterbean, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of walleye
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after having a few bottles of this beer over the last few days I decided to rate this. ffrom the bottle, poured copper with a nice off white head with some lacin. aroma a nice sweet hoppness comes out first, than caramel, orange, some floral. flavor a dry hop spicey, some malts sneak out, couldn’t get the sweetness or caramel I got in the aroma. This has got to be one of the better IPA’s I have had from a bottle no harshness just a nice smooth beer Glad I picked up a 6er bad thing is I am drinking my last bottle have to get more.

walleye, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan at Gannon's for this...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with small amounts of CO2 slowly rising to the top. Fluffy white head slowly fades into a mild cap. Nice streaks of lacing.
Smell is of creamy vanilla, orange citrus, delicate spice...kinda like a spiced up orange cream sickle with a touch of earthiness.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with an herbal quality that seems to play well together.
Mouthfeel is hoppily spiced and sweet at the front of the tongue leading to a medium bodied balanced brew.

weeare138, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a slim head, fast dissipation. Color is deep gold/ light copper, very clear. Aroma of tangy, grassy hops comes through, but could be stronger. The taste has nutty caramel malt undertones to match the nice hop flavor. Solid bitter finish with a slight roasted character and spiciness. Mouthfeel is light, but avoids being watery, adequate carbonation. Solid IPA with a good malt flavor for balance. Definitely not an explosion of hops, if that's what you are looking for, but nice indeed...

bennetj17, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
This beer poured with a small head that faded into thin wide lacings that gradually dissappeared. Fine and medium bubbles rose from the depths of this almost clear amber with orange-coppery hued beer.

Aroma
Honeyed toast, and scents of caramel cover but dont obscure the citrusy, piney and tea smells from the hops. A beer that smells this good holds great promise with respect to its taste.

Taste
The flavour of this beer lives up to the promise of its aroma. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Honey, toast, hints of caramel/toffee give way to a nicely balanced piney bitterness with a hint of orange pekoe tea. The hoppy bitterness cuts nicely into the sweetness from the malts as demanded by the style.

Mouthfeel
This beer has body. Its somewhat thick, but not syrupy. The sweetness is near perfectly balanced by the bitter astringincy. The sparkles of bubbles only serve to enhance the experience of this beer.

Drinkability
This is a great beer. A real treat at the end of a hot day. Probably too rich for most to enjoy more than a couple in one sitting, but definately allows for quality over quantity. It is by far and away my favorite American single IPA, and ive had more than a few in this style. This beer has turned me back on to Goose Island, after being silly enough to take the claim on their oatmeal stout bottle seriously that it would make me forget all other oatmeal stouts. It didnt. But this IPA has made all the others ive tried a whole lot less memorable.

demcorhip, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of andrewmartin
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a sampler pack. I took the bottle's recommendation and enjoyed it in a tulip glass.

A: Interesting (in a good way) for an IPA-pours a slightly hazy organge with a two finger head. Delicate lacing as I finished the beer.

S: Pretty standard for an American IPA-piney hop aromas dominate

T: Starts off pleasently hoppy (cascade, I assume) with a nice malt backdrop that lingers on

M: Oilly and almost slightly creamy for the style

D: This is a pretty easy drinking IPA, especially its pleasent aftertaste.

Hopheads are likely to disappointed, but I like IPAs with some malty balance, which this one has. A good beer to introduce someone to the style.

andrewmartin, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Goose Island sampler 12-pack down in Hampshire, IL while visiting some family. Felt the need to re-review this as it was my first IPA and I couldn't get past the pine/gin taste of the hops with my virgin palate.

Pour: light honey-amber, slightly hazed with an inch of khaki cream and some nice, soapy lacing

Nose: grapefruit, pine resin hops, and husky vanilla malt.

Taste: juicy grapefruit, bitter pine, caramel malt and sweet apricot in the finish.

Feel: medium-light with crisp, biting carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: With a well-traveled palate, I can easily recognize this as a balanced, well-made IPA. Big, juicy and imminently drinkable.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of rsfleming
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Six pack was purchased in package store in Omaha and consumed in Dallas. Light amber color with some haziness. Medium white head that dissipated rather quickly, but still left lacing on glass. Noticeable, but not overpowering hop character in both aroma and taste. Doesn't knock your socks off with hop utilization like many American IPAs try to. Maltiness is nicely balanced with hops. Everything in this beer has been done in moderation and the result is a very drinkable beer. I will stock up on it whenever possible.

rsfleming, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich copper color with a frothy head of tan suds that retain and lace like a champ.

Aroma is nicely balanced betweet light caramel and barley malt notes and bittersweet grapefruit skin, green pine resin, and delicately floral hops.

Flavor is heartier than I expected. A well developed malt entry of light toffee and crackery bread notes is countered by a heavy helping of bright cirtus, pine sap, and green floral hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced and a very excellent example of what I expect from a good American IPA.

Body is medium, creamy, and very easy to enjoy. By buddy brought me back a few of these from Chi, I will enjoy them!

AlexJ, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, moderate head.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus aroma.

Taste: Some malt, then citrus hops. Pretty balanced for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Seemed a little thin to me.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink due to the thin mouthfeel and only moderate bitterness.

A decent IPA but nothing too special. Since I like hoppy beers this is a little lower by my ranking but this is an ok beer.

Mdog, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that's looks a little different than the picture above ... presents itself as a medium gold color with a rocky white head that stands tall. Lots of lacing in the pint glass. Nose is of citrusy hops, piney, and somewhat sweet. Palate is a very good balance of hop astringency and malty sweetness. Definitely an IPA, in that it leans heavily toward the hop presence, but isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, some lingering sweetness on the tongue. To me, this is a great "standard" American style IPA ... very, very drinkable. This one is one of my staple beers that I like to have on hand at all times. Doesn't challenge you, but always satisfies the thirst for a good hoppy IPA. Recommended.

beerphilosopher, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of PartyHatjo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant golden color with touches of red. About an inch of white head that slowly dissipates down to a lasting monolayer.

Aroma: Strongly hoppy, heavy on the grapefruit, slight malty sweetness also present.

Taste: Citrus hops up front followed by a slightly biscuity background, though nothing too complex on the malt side of things.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body, though balance is decent. Bitterness lingers at the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Light body, good hoppiness and mid level alcohol make it a pretty easy drinker.

PartyHatjo, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of maddamish
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short review here:

Smell: Hops and caramel.

Taste: Balanced Hop note that fades on the back of the palate. Lemongrass and grapefruit

Appearance: Medium gold color. minimal head when poured. Spotty lacing.

Body: Creamy, smooth and above average body for an IPA.

Notes: A good IPA that is well worth your time.

maddamish, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of trep
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect clarity with a creamy off-white head. Golden body that is releasing random carbonation.

Light Hop aroma with hardly any malt. Light corny malt with a slight metallic aroma.

Roasted toffey and bitter hops with a slight copper taste. Finishes clean with a somewhat bitter aftertaste

Light mouthfeel, easy drinking despite the metallic taste.

trep, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber with an inch of off-white head, which has good retention. Looks to have moderate carbonation.

S - Citrus zest, floral hops, honey sweetness in the background

T - A backbone of sweetness and restrained hops. Citrus comes through in the middle, particularly grapefruit. Finishes bitter, but not hugely so.

M - Fairly well-balanced. Smooth with a light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Pretty good beer, but nothing special.

haz77, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber color with very nice frothy offwhite head.

Aroma has tons of caramel malt and nice piney hops. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Nice bitter finish.

Flavor is full of caramel and cracker maltyness with great piney and citrus bitterness of hops. Great aftertaste that lingers for a nice long time.

Very enjoyable IPA. One of the tops in my book.

kgotcher, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Consumer's Beverage Center on Elmwood in Kenmore, but they have them at a couple other locations, too. 12-ounce twist-off bottle, says to pour into a tulip glass. I don't have one, so this went into a 17-ounce snifter. Orange amber with a sticky white head, plenty of lacing, even after the foam settles to a thin cover. Nose is appropriately floral, citric, and piney, with a bit of underlying caramel malt sweetness. There is, however, very little sweetness to speak of in the taste. Rather, there is a bitter pine and grapefruit pith flavor up front with a toasted biscuit finish. No mineral content. Hops are right there the whole way through. Clean, snappy mouthfeel with a medium body. Not too juicy and just dry enough. Much better than I expected. I'm happy we're able to get a couple Goose Island beers here in Western New York now (this one and the Honker's Ale), but I'm hoping the price will come down a bit. Good, but not quite worth $10 a six-pack.

orfeu, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - light amber in color, nice fluffy white head, great lacing

s - citrusy, orange hops, pretty sweet smelling, a little spice

t - slight sweetness and hoppy bitterness dominate, not overwhelming though, nicely balanced, a little malt is evident too

m - light and carbonated in the mouth

d - very, very drinkable, I could drink this all night, great session beer in my book

Very solid IPA, not great, but something you can always fall back on if the store doesn't have what you were really looking for. Being in the Midwest this summer and having access to Goose Island will be nice, and this beer will definitely become a regular. The price is right also.

WeisGuy, Jun 03, 2006
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.