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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,638 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,638
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 80
Gots: 402 | 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 kinger
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a well crafted IPA in all aspects. Pours a burnt orange color into my glass. There is a thick foamy head that immediately forms and eventually simmers down to a fine creamy film. Carbonation is slightly visible, and a thick lacing forms all the way down the glass. This beer is very aromatic, a bouquet of spices, malts, and bitter hops fill my senses. This is a very traditional aroma that is well balanced. The mouthfeel is thick and full with a very nice finish. The flavor is outstanding. Spicy and citrus flavors from the hops immediately hit followed by a smooth maltiness. At first the intensity from the hops overwhelm my palate but after a few tastes this beer comes together in wonderful fashion. Well rounded and outstanding in all categories, well done.

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

With all the hype, I was expecting more out of my first Goose Island offering, but still it was an enjoyable pint.

Pours a hazy yellow with nice lacing and a decent head. It has a sweet, slightly hoppy aroma. The flavor is assertive and sweet, with a bright slap of floral hops, with overtones of apricot and perhaps even a nice fresh, sweet carrot. It has a nice medium-weight mouthfeel.

I probably would have had a second one had there not been a tempting tap full of Sixpoint Sweet Action right next to it.

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

The cheapest craft brew at my local thirst quencher. Nice.

Appearance: Nice orangish gold, decent head with solid lacing, hop oils doing their thing.

Smell: Hops all the way.

Taste: A little weak malt tries to come through, and the sweetness plays it's role, but it's the hops story, bitter aromatic hop oils where have you been all my life.

Mouthfeel: Healthy, rich as I would expect from the style.

Drinkability: A chicago classic, a very sessionable brew, good intro to the love of the hops.

Photo of schanker21
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown with a one finger head that dissipates somewhat, but leaves decent lacing throughout. Smell is of hops hops and more hops. Taste is excellent. Piney hops come through strongly followed by malt make this a very strong tasting but well-balanced IPA. It's very drinkable, and definitely sessionable. This is one of my favorites to pick up when I'm watching a game or just relaxing and drinking beer. This was the first IPA I ever had, and it's still one of my favorites.

Photo of Antilochus
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ordered in a 6 pack from a beer website in the UK. Best before 10/03/09. 5.90% abv, 35.5cl twist bottle.

Amber, slightly hazy body with a creamy foam cap. Lots of lace. Perfect.

The aromas is spectacular. Ripe, sweet tangerine, orange juice, tangy pine (but not too much). Very natural IPA nose; not too forced. Love the fruit. Herbal. Caramel malt, bread. Yum.

Mouthfeel is a bit limp and flat. Palate has citrus, pine, malt all in good proportion - finishes on moderate citrus character with some residual sweetness. Gentle fruitiness.

A very solid moderate IPA.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale golden amber nice big fluffy head a bi of sporadic lacing

nice piney, grassy hop aromas

herbal, grassy, lemon rind hop forward flavor nice dry biscuity malts

medium carbonation and medium light body with a nice IPA astringence

This is just a nice standard IPA, good solid hop backbone and nice malts that don't get in the way. If I lived in Chicago this could be a "go to" IPA.

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served as a bottle into glass at O'hare

A: Clean and crisp looking amber. A rich, two finger foamy head that recedes nice and slowly.

S: A nice herbal, floral hoppiness. A slightly pungent citrus twang. A touch of sweetbread adds a nice touch.

T + M: Citrus, but without the bitterness. The gently carbonated body compliments the semi-creamy feel and soft caramels + pale malt roast.

D: Having this after flying all day, so maybe it's going down better than it should... but it's pretty tasty and easy to drink, at that.

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

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow and cloudy with a thin white head.

S - Piney hops and citrusy sweet.

T - Well balanced, good hops and definitely piney with a nice clean finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I am not normally an IPA person but I like this one.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with citrus & caramel sweetness and a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are some others in the style that I would pick first, but this is still a good beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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

Pours to a good head that had some nice lacing. Brownish gold in color with a offwhite head. Ale was kind of hazy. You could also detect this hazy appearance when pouring. Also left some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smelled of hops citrus and pine. I think the pine smell was the strongest. Smelled good in the nose. Almost a floral smell. Tasted a lot like it smelled. Good flavour of pine, citrus, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Pine taste hung around for a while. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was good also. I would love to make this a session beer. But I think it might get me in trouble because I would drink them to fast.

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

Pours smooth, with a darker orange coloring and haze. Very pretty to look at. Smell of Hops is intoxicating, but not overwhelming.Taste is surprisingly light for an IPA, a little citrus-like tint to the taste. Nice after-bite. Feels light, goes down easily. Probably a very good session brew. My friends love this beer, I think its alright, but I've had better IPAs.

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

American IPA, really? A bitter, watery, unbalanced IPA. No malt backbone whatsoever, just watery bitterness. Some hop aroma, but it is really mild, no spicieness or citrus to welcome my nose. The wateryness makes it very drinkable but really leaves you unsatisfied. More like a super wimpy English PA than a hoppy American IPA. As an American I am insulted with this watery brew.

I think this one was designed by the brewery accountants which Mosher talks about in Radical Brewing. Seems like they skimped us good on the malt and especially the hops. It's not bad, just a big let down for an IPA.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up golden yellow with a thin white head.

S - Citrusy hoppy smell. Very nice.

T & M - Hop dominated, some maltiness in the background. Not overpowering. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel

D - Subtle hoppiness makes this extremely drinkable. Nice beer.

Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden orange with a thin wispy head that sticks to the side of the glass. a few champagne sized bubbles

S- Hoppy, but mild for an IPA

T- Weak upfront taste with a pleasant citrus/grapefruit aftertaste.

M- Watery/kind of thin

D- Meh, it was OK. I probably wont be seeking this one out again anytime soon, unless i see it on tap somewhere. There was nothing i had against it really, its just kind of boring.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured Amber with a decent sized head and good lace. The aroma was floral, hops with notes of citrus with hints of malt.
The taste was sweet,hops,toasty malts and I also detected some caramel tones in the background.
The feel was light,high carbonation with good balance and only some mild bitterness to go with the grains in the finish.

Notes: Very drinkable,a good brew and just a bit above average.
I liked it and thought this could be a good session beer.

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

Poured a hazy medium amber color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.

Smell has a moderate amount of citrusy and piney hops with some balancing malt aspects.

Taste combines the malt and hops impressively, with a perfect bal;ance. The hops are flavorful without being overly bitter.

Finishes with more dryness, but not excessive.

Really an enjoyable beer. East to drink and flavorful.

Photo of SaucyA
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island is telling me to serve this in a tulip. Seriously? An IPA in a tulip? How fancy do you think your AIPA is? Get over yourselves!

A - Served into a tulip ;) Pours a translucent bronze with ample carbonation and head. Very fine example of an IPA if a little light. Lacing present.

S - Piney, citric hops. Nothing standout but nothing offensive. Usual IPA-ness.

T - Relatively well-balanced if a little on the piney hop side. Malt plays second fiddle to a nice, easy-drinking bitterness. Not overly complex, not overdone. A good, and solid beer all around.

M - A little over-attenuated, but manages to be creamy. The light body and heavy carbonation play well into the...

D - Drinkability is high with this offering from Goose Island. No noted burn, not tongue-wrecking bitter, not overly sweet... just plain good.

Notes: Had this on tap in Chicago once or twice and it seems to translate well in bottle form. Definitely a repeat buy for these summer months.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gillard for the treat.

A: Pours a lice golden straw yellow hue with a nice white head. There were nice streams of bubbles and some lace noted.

S: Nice balance of biscuit malt and citrus hops. There was a sweet fruit in there as well that I could detect that I could not quite put my finger on...mango maybe?

T: This on is hopforward. You are treated with sparkling citrus hops right from the start. The malt comes thru to balance things out a bit, bet this is smooth refreshing goodness in a bottle.

M: Medium in body, smooth, crisp, somewhat dry in finish.

D: Uber!

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

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this beer

Well this was a hard IPA to get a handle on as it seemed reluctant to show its self in the glass. The hops took awhile to appear and then the malt backbone had to be coaxed out. The beer is low in carbonation and slightly oily to the taste. It doesn't have the fresh punch that I look for in an IPA but once it warms up it proves a sessionable example of the style.

Photo of Taffle
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an illuminous bright golden-orange with a white frothy head. A little haze gives this brew respectable character.

Mild citric aroma on top of some hop.

Flavors are lightly hoppy from the beginning giving the goose a little IPA zest. Following is a smooth lemon-like finish. A bit more on the fruity side but really nice.

Great consistency and feel. Lasting lace with nice carbonation.

A great try for any IPA advocate. Uniquely flavored and easy to drink.

Photo of tayner
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle

poured into a tulip glass a copper/amber color with a large white head that left patchy lacing and kept a thick ring for the whole glass

Nose is predominanty floral hops. As it warmed i got a huge nose of fresh lemon juice.

Taste when still a bit chilled was a somewhat bitter floral hop with very little malt to balance. As it warmed the harshness of the hops slowly gave way to a reasonable malt presence and this became more balanced, but less intense all around. I preferred the warmer version myself.

The mouthfeel was a bit oily adn didnt dry the palate at the finish which would make it tough to session as it gets sort of heavy feeling after one or two.

Photo of daythree16
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amber to very light brown in color with a 1/2" head. There is also a little chill haze.

The smell is overwhelming hops with mostly citrus notes. Has a little roasted malt flavor with a nutty and hoppy, but not terribly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. I kept licking the top of my mouth after each sip. Overall, a relatively mild IPA. Could certainly be an intro to the style for those unfamiliar. This would also be a great session brew.

Photo of bboven
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-gold body with a full finger of head. Hardly any lacing, however.

Huge piney hop aroma with a touch of fruity malt playing second fidle.

Again, huge hop flavor throughout. It's got a medium bitterness, but this hop profile is more about showcasing the flavor than puckering your cheeks. The malt is a little weak and out of balance. If they beefed this up to say, 6.5% and kept the hop bill the same, it would probably be perfect!

Highly, highly carbonated. The stickiness of the hop negates the drying ability. It foams in your mouth pretty heartily if you swirl it around a bit.

Overall, a wonderful example of an IPA that leans just a bit more towards hops, but showcases their wonderful flavor properties; not just tries to numb your tongue. Highly recommended.l

Photo of mayor55
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass as recommended. I recommend tulip glasses for almost all beers. Very thick head that leaves thick rings as you drink. Deep color, slightly cloudy. Excellent taste. Tastes good very cold. This is a very readily available beer in Chicago area that is hard to beat. I keep trying other IPAs, but keep coming back.

Photo of Bockrules
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle with bottle date into a standard glass ( unfortunately I don't currently own the recommended tulip glass)

A- Brilliant slightly hazy gold color with a 1inch head. Good head retention and laces the glass well.

S- A pungent fragrance of citrus hops and some spices greet the nose

t/m- has a very tasty, bitter-sweet nose. The finish is dry. The mouth feel is excellent and very full. Surprisingly this beer is not all that bitter.

This is a very good beer that is highly drinkable. This is the type of beer that begs to have another drink. Although I usually like my IPA's to have a little more bite, I still highly recommend this beer. Can't wait to try the other Goose Island styles.

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,638 ratings.