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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,728 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,728
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 84
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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 jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date of 10/28/08. Ouch, I didn't see that before I picked it up.

A- Pours a hazy orange brown into an oversized wine glass. Tight one finger head quickly shrinks to a ring around the edge of the glass. Small amount of lacing.

S- Warm, roasted malt. Buttery, sweet toffee. Not getting much of the hops here.

T- The hops have definitely faded. Faint hops come in, slight citrus, grassy. Sweet, lightly roasted malt. Some apricot and a bit of a buttery taste. I bet this is awesome fresh.

M- Smooth, medium bodied. Almost drinks like a DIPA. Nicely carbonated. Slight warming feeling like it is a higher ABV.

D- Very, very drinkable. Has some DIPA characteristics. I think this could only get better with the presence of some fresh hops. One of the better IPA's I've had. I will seek out a fresh bottle.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this from Crown Liquors #19 in Carmel, IN. Thanks go out to bobby91w for his help with my purchase!

Presentation: Poured from 12oz brown glass bottle with bottled on date of 7/22/08. Reviewed/drank on 6/4/09 poured into my Duvel tulip so it's almost a year old. I didn't notice it was that old when I bought it!

A: Pours a beautiful orange color, full 1 finger head with thick oily bubbles that recede quickly, but coats the top of the beer most of my drinking session. Lacing on the glass is pretty nice as well. Can't ask for too much more from a beer except perhaps better head retention.

S: Smell is absolutely delicious. It's floral, very citrusy, but the hop notes have subsided quite a bit.

T: Really because the hops have died down a lot (it's not a very hoppy beer at this point, not even as much as a pale ale really) the taste rating suffers. It's still a very good beer, don't get me wrong. Nice sweet malt backbone here, notes of hops are there but no bitterness whatsoever, even some caramel malt here because the hops are so subdued.

M: A little thinner than expected, decent carbonation, not enough creaminess or oilyness that I prefer in a hoppy beer.

D: Pretty high. I can't fault it here. Could drink it all night, but needs more hops.

I think this review is probably low because the hops have faded, but I'm reviewing the beer in front of me.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 inch head and nice lacing.
Smell - Citrus and malt.
Taste - Grapefruit followed by a bready malt.
Mouthfeel - A medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.
Drinkability - Easy to drink, though a little sweet.

Photo of webbcreative
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured light yellow with 2 finger white head. Smell is nice, not very hoppy smelling, but you can sure smell the malt, and its nice. Taste is good, nice malt character, but not really as hoppy as I would expect to find in an IPA, this feels more like an APA to me. But it is still good nonetheless. Get a bit of a woodiness and just a bit of grassy-ness in this. Not too much complexity in this brew, but again, its a great brew.

Overall, this is good, but has the hop profile of an APA to me. I would get again for the right price.

Photo of atpben
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the El Bait Shop in Des Moines. Poured in a pint glass. Appears a nice dark golden color with a pretty decent head. Aroma of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Taste is quite balanced. It has a very good fruity flavor with hints of spiciness. It ends with a nice sweet citrusy note. Good beer, and a good session ale. Hope to see this beer in TX some day.

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

I had this one on tap at the Goose Island Fullerton Brewery dock party on 5/20/2009.

A= This beer poured a slightly hazed orange-gold color with a 3/4 inch snow white head. The head dropped slowly to a skim and left tons of ringed lace down my glass.

S= Incredibly fresh hop aroma, full of citrus and pine. I also found some esters, caramel, and malty notes in there too.

T= Started off with a modest, biscuity-malty-caramel sweetness underlying a big citrusy hop flavor, some piney bitterness, and light esters. The finish was dry and left a great aftertaste.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D= This was the freshest Goose Island IPA I have ever had and it was excellent. Easy to session too!

Photo of RyanC84
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Faint amber color with a creamy white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hop aroma backed by sweet malt.

T: Grapefruit hops shine and finishes crisp, long, and bitter while not being overwhelming.

F: Medium-bodied and goes down very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. Could session this IPA all night. Nothing groundbreaking here but an extremely solid, drinkable IPA from Goose Island. Would definitely have this often if it was available.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, translucent, looks like a hazy BMC. One finger head that is very white.

S: Good hoppy smell, but not offensive. Very floral, with no malt.

T: Mildly piney, hops for sure. Bitter aftertaste. No malts still, a mild citrus after a while

M: Sharp, but no carbonation really.

D: Good intro drinkability.

Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Semi-hazy orange with moderate head that dissipates a little too quickly. Some nice lacing.

Smell: Relatively mild (for an IPA) floral and citrus hops, with some grainy malt. Smells more like a Pale Ale to me.

Taste: Fairly grainy, slightly fruity malts with some citrus and pine hop taste. Bitterness at the end is relatively low for an IPA. However, there are some very strong persistent pepper notes at the end that are a little distracting.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation for an IPA, with a light to moderate body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty light American/English hybrid IPA that is easy drinking for a summer day.

Not as good as I remember from in the past, but I think my IPA tastes have changed, as I used to think Furious was too bitter.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Honker's Ale shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of fluffy, lingering bone white foam. Smells and tastes of toasted grains, sweet malts, lemony bitter hops, mildly grassy, a touch of grapefruit, and caramel. This IPA is medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly transparent golden color, with barely a hint of copper. An aggressive pour leaves a 5 cm head that recedes quickly. It does leave some light lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Mostly nice citrusy hops, with some grassy notes. A toasted malt sneaks its way in.

Taste: A slightly sweet taste at first gives way to a dry, toasted malt. This flavor does not last long, however, as the grapefruit inspired hops clearly dominate the taste. Grapefruit, with some light earthy notes carry the taste most of the way.

Mouthfeel: Perpetual carbonation gives it a light feel, and although it covers my tongue with a grassy resin, the overall sensation is quite pleasant on my tongue.

Drinkability: While hop-dominated, the taste is still quite controlled, so drinking more than a few of these would be no challenge.

This IPA has a nice flavor, but it just does not seem that inspired to get a better review. To me, it seems a little light on the flavor side, maybe to make it more marketable. I wish it would kick me in the mouth a little bit more.

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

A: Slightly hazy gold color with a hint of copper. Poured a 1 finger white head with fdair retention that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrus and grapefruit with a definite piny note. No malt aromas.

T: Herbal and piney resiny flavor. Biscuit and caramel malts come through in the middle. Strong citrus flavors just ahead of a sharpy bitter finish to balance.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Moderate ABV and good balance make this one very drinkable.

Photo of rivertrance420
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color. The smell is an earthy blend of spicy hops and toasty malt. The taste is solid. It is brewed with four variety of hops: Styrian,Fuggle, Centennial, and Cascade. The slightest sweetness of fruit touches your tongue at first taste but is quickly held back by the dry malty middle, which is cut through by the medley pine from the hops. Nice and dry, with a good aftertaste. A great example of the style, and dangerously drinkable. While their are other examples of the style I still prefer, (Furious, Hop Ottin',Green Flash) this beer is quite tasty. Very drinkable, and I could easily drink it all day considering it is 5.9% compared to most the IPAs/IIPAs I drink. Props to Goose Island for this solid, regular release.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a Goose Island Summer Sampler I picked up in South Dakota.

A: Clear yellow with a faint orange tint. A little bit of yeast floating about. Strong carbonation.

S: Nice aromatics with floral, earthy hops abound, mixed with slightly toasty malts.

T: Initial lemon rind citrus flavors that go to earthy, herbal hops. Not terribly bitter, but bitter enough to be an IPA. The malts are nice, but a bit on the "carapils" side for me. I do get a faint toasty flavor which is nice and reminiscent of an English IPA. I also get a faint fruity flavor that blends well with the hops.

M: Light bodied, maybe a bit too much for me. Carbonation is a bit too strong.

D: This is a solid IPA. Not my first choice out there, but worthwhile. I'd give it a whirl again.

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialtly glass on 4/21/09.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden amber/light orange body with sparse carbonation and two fingers of frothy off-white head that retained well and left modest lacing around the glass.

S - Herbal and grassy hop aroma with some citrusy grapefruit notes. Malt is toasted and grainy with some pale and sweet caramel to balance. Subtle alcohol notes are also apparent, as well as a hint of diacetyl.

T - Opens with a sweet malty flavor in contrast with some mild citrus hops, which quickly segues into a grassy, herbal hop flavor with more assertive bitter notes, although it is still pretty tame overall. Finishes with a distinct toasted grainy malt character and mild herbal hop bite.

M - Medium body with a slightly syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth mouthfeel overall with a bit of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a mildly bitter metallic aspect.

D - Nicely balanced IPA, though I think I may be growing out of the style. Not overly hoppy or malty. Mission accomplished.

Photo of CMW
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a small wide head. Retention is minimal but there is a decent amount of lacing present.

S - Slight malt overpowered with grapefruit flavored hops.

T - A little sweet upfront but this gives way to a bitter grapefruit hops flavor. Crisp and clean finish with no alcohol residue.

M - Light and highly carbonated.

D - A decent beer that would be a good session beer if the abv were lower.

Photo of KBomb
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden brown, medium-small head. Mild aroma, but nice-- emphasis on the floral and fruity notes of the hops. Taste is quite fine. Rich hop flavor without too much "pine" and bitterness. Remarkably smooth flavor, a touch of grapefruit citrus and a little warmth of alcohol add some depth. A little oily mouthfeel, but not too filling.

A damn fine IPA. Hop maniacs might not be overly impressed, but I find the balance of strength and smoothness of this brew to be admirable.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours murky light orange color with some yellow added into it color with an off-white two finger head that fades quickly. Some bubbles remain on top scattered around with some lacing.

I get your typical IPA smell. Very floral notes and piney citrusy type smell. Grapefruit, honey, ripe green apples.

An upfront semi-bitter taste that mellows out into a very light citrus flavor. Not too much comes out of the flavor for me. Kinda water down IPA that lacks flavor.

Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp semi-sweet aftertaste is left. Once again not much taste coming through for me.

Theres way better IPA's out there that are in the same price range and A LOT more better in flavor. I would skip on this one if you come across it.

Photo of torsoul
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The IPA that broke my cherry. Yes, this is the first IPA that I had, so perhaps I have a bit of a soft spot for it, but after having had many others, I still think it is a wonderful brew. From a bottle poured into a tulip.

The color of this ale is a nice, cloudy orange. Nice bitter bite upfront, but gives a sweet finish. Definitely taste some grapefruit in this. Smells nice, with a wonderful citrus aroma. Feels good in the mouth- perhaps a little too bubbly for me, but still fine. Definitely a beer you can drink more than one of and enjoy yourself.

Definitely recommend!

Photo of steveh
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler 12 pack of Goose Brew. Bottled on 02/23/09

A -- Slightly hazier than I'd expect for this beer. Bright gold color with a slow-settling white head.

S -- Piny and citrus esters prominent in the nose. No malt fighting through.

T -- Initial hit of piny and earthy or herbal hops followed by some nice biscuit and vague caramel malt in balance, finishes citrusy with a good bitter bite in the after taste.

M -- Crisp mouth-feel with a light-medium body.

D -- Good drinkability for an IPA, flavors blend very nicely. Goose calls this an English-style IPA, but I find it balanced more to hops than most English varieties.

Photo of Tilley4
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March 15th so this should be good and fresh....

A cloudy orange appearance... Topped with a nice fluffy head.... Floral hop aromas dominate here... I was hoping for a little more citrus in this...sorta smells like a SA Boston Lager...

Hmmm... This just feels like a pale ale to me... Its not nearly hoppy enough for an IPA. They are present but not present enough... The malt comes thru too early and too often..

Well, I'm disappointed.... I was hoping for a lot more from this. You live and learn...

Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle from a pub pack

A- hazy golden appearance with a nice fluffy head. Lots of lacing around the glass.

S- nose is citrus hops right away, followed with a nice malty backbone

T- The citrus hops are first again on taste, a decent amount of hop bitterness that is followed with a delicious maltiness. Very well balanced.

M- sticky, high carbonation

D- I've recently had a kick with DIPA and IIPA's and it had been a while since I had a GI IPA. It was one of the first IPA's I got into, and for some reason I was expecting less when I came back to it. I was pleasantly surprised with the hop character and the overall balance. This is a highly drinkable and delicious IPA.

Photo of climax
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle looks classier in the new green label presentation, separates it from the old summertime kolsch's appearance, GI recommends serving @ 40 degrees, so i drank it pretty chilled

poured real good fluffy head that stuck around. color was murky orange, when held to the light the various bubble strata were jockeying around, looked good

nose had an excellent combo of pine/resin and citrus/tropical flavored hops which were at the forefront. all of this sits on a clean malt backbone, excellent

taste was balanced and very vivid in both the malt and hop flavors. thick orange, spices, caramel were all present. finish was complex as well, rather salty. fantastic, and always smooth

medium bodied, feel had good carbonation, sharp yet smooth from the hop bite. dry finish

excellent and accessible IPA. aside from the bourban c. stout, this one is definitely a gem from an all around pretty good selection of brews

Photo of robbyc1
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub in the Summer 2008. I've had this many times and I find that it is as good in the bottle as on tap. Cascade, Centennial and Fuggle hops combine for a nice floral nose. The pale malt backbone matches the hops in a light way. A bit heavy for a quick quaffer, but too good for a lawnmower only, keep some around in the summer for those hot days.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper color with a light two finger head. There is pretty good lacing from start to finish.

The smell is pleasant, but light. Floral and pine hops are the most noticable.

It tastes just like it smells, a floral hop nose, sweet malt in the middle, and a citrus finish. It has a good taste, but is not in your face.

It's a little light for my liking, but is crisp and refreshing. There's heavy carbonation.

Because of the pleasant but not overpowering taste and light body, this one goes down extremely easy.

This is a good product by GI and very available and economical in my locale. It makes for a great session IPA or even an introductory IPA for a newbie.

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,728 ratings.