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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,791 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,791
Reviews: 1,117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 88
Gots: 527 | 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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take a picture, this strikes me as a fine piece of minimalist art: the beer and its head are perfectly proportioned, sectioned off by a straight and definite line, each inked a solid, sterile colour and clamped into a balance that rest undisturbed by either time or aeration. The lack of tinseled highlighting or eccentric lacing furthers the minimalist impression.

The beer looks orangey and it smells orangey too. The hoppiness is elaborately expressive, the citrus is vivid and intricately knit along scents of piny resins, pungent herbals, floral grasses and earthy spices. It is a sample swatch of all the characteristics that lupullin is capable of containing. It is bitter, pithy, fruity and earthy - it is downright ambrosial.

And it's all underlined by a buttermilk-like maltiness in the taste. Pancakes and honeycomb make a fantastic base for a spread of pithy grapefruit jam and orange zest. The citrus is toned down none in the taste; its brimming acidic tone is well suited to the beer's soft, floral undertones. Can something be simultaneously delicate and aggressive?

Frankly, I'm surprised I haven't finished the thing already; it should have lasted only a few gulps. The bitterness is assertive but not overwhelming, reminding me of a strongly steeped tea as it shares those same fruity, floral, herbal elements. The carbonation is properly set to help scrub the bitter, pithy flavours without completely annihilating them.

A good American-style IPA is to new-age brewers what a béchamel sauce is to classic French chefs, it is the most basic of recipes and arguably the most important as well. Without it, you're nothing. Not surprisingly Goose Island, a great American brewery, has a great IPA - who would have thunk it? You won't go wrong picking this one up. Trust me.

Photo of lester619
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More pale and thin looking than most IPA's i've come across. Understated hoppy citrus smell. Pine and sweet grassy floral notes come out. I love the taste of this beer. Very crisp, sahara desert dry finish. Not as strongly hopped as other varieties, but plenty of grapefruit hoppy bitterness. Evidently this is an English IPA. I guess I like English IPA's. I could say it tastes like citrus, pine, rasins or whatever to describe the flavor. At the end of the day, it tastes like really good beer. Not as thick and intense on the mouth which makes for a smoother, more drinkable expiriance. This screams out for something really spicy to pair with it. I like it, it's good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic Midwest IPA that need not apologize to any geographical interpretation. Citrus aroma, pretty strong. Taste, more citrus, a good amount of woody amberish malt. Perfect strength. Middle of the road IPA, maybe even a great introductory version that doesn't compromise in any area. One of the most balanced IPA's out there.

Mouthfeel, these are more apt to struggle down the stretch, losing the hop and bitter edge, malt begins takeover, but it remains a drinkable beer, because you start back fresh for the first half of the pint. I think those beers that struggle down the stretch may just be the rare blended batch.

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

A - Poured a goldencolor with a white head that leaved some lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of cotrus grapefruity hops

T - Follows the nose with a wonderful citrus hop flavor

M - Thos beer has a medi body with medium carbonation to it

D - this is a delicious ipa that tastes very good and isn't over powering worth a try sometime

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this!

Pours copperish amber with a thin white head that leaves some rings of lacing.

The smell is peppery/herbal/floral, slight citrus, with a caramel backing.

The taste is spicy/peppery with tropical/citric fruitiness. It has a firm malt backing. Finishes with an herbal/floral bitterness.

It has a silky smooth medium body.

It has a nice bittering spiciness with a sweet touch that finishes with a dry spiciness. A very nice IPA!

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

this beer pours a nice pale golden color with an off white head that recedes to a thin layer of lace that sticks around for the majority of the session. the aroma is really nice, a good amount of sweet malt aroma to back up the pronounced clean citrus hop profile. the taste follows suit with a nice biscuit sweet malt profile balanced nicely by the hops at the end. the medium mouthfeel and good co2 make this a really good ipa.

Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass @ Lola

A - about a finger of thick foamy off-white head. strong golden color and slightly hazy. incredible lacing all the way down the glass, leaving behind a thick wall of foam. impressive.

S - citrus and piney hops off the bat, sweetness from hops transforms into some biscuity malts.

T - crisp, sweet and citrus hops at first, then piney/grassiness...followed by the bitter half of the grapefruit hops. doughy malt is there underneath the whole time, not competing for the attention. solid.

M - flavors are really crisp, adequately carbonated with a nice medium body. slightly oiled feel.

D - went down quite nicely with the second half of my amazing meal. a very solid IPA.

Photo of robobor
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold with a heap of foamy head on top, which slowly retreated to just a circle at the edges. Nice strong hoppy aroma. What really sticks out here is the balance, the malts stand up to a formidable hoppy bitterness. Also a very agreeable mouthfeel. I'll be buying this again.

Note: I'm reviewing this with a bit of a cold, so my senses of taste and smell are a bit blocked.

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

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pretty standard IPA aroma; pale and Carapils malts along with loads of citrus hops. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with a really nice bitter hop bite. There is a good amount of body here which only enhances the drinkability. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine example of an American IPA. It says English style on the description, but I'm tasting a nice West Coast IPA here.

Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: A quasi-vigorous pour produces a nice golden-amber colored brew with a big three-finger head that fills my pint glass up perfectly. The foamy head leaves some light lacing on the glass, as well.

Smell: A nice, robust smell of some citrusy and piney are the first thing to jump out in the nose. Nothing overwhelming, but the hops are there. You can also get a whiff of the malts, as well, this being an English IPA.

Taste: Much more malt-forward than the smell. There are just some light, buttered-biscuit malts up front with a light but drawn out hop finish. Very refreshing, but quite standard.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Could be beefed up a bit in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy-going and drinkable brew. A low ABV and a lighter taste make this a brew you could definitely have more than one of.

Overall, this is a very nice, low-key IPA. I'm not a huge supporter of the EIPA (because hops are the nectar of the gods and are not to be found in EIPA's), but this is a nice, mellow brew. Nothing standout, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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

This Goose Island India Pale Ale pours a clear, deep gold hue with ample carbonation briefly forming a white head of foam that settles fairly quickly leaving good amounts of lace on the sides of the glass. The smell is spicy; like a peppery pine cone mixed with a bit of oak.

Peppery, woody, sort of leafy-earthy, hops are the predominant flavors first noticed in this IPA. There's not much malt complexity here, just some simple British pale malt flavors (more cracker-like than bready). Some hoppy pine notes emerge as the beer warms up, especially towards the finish which is marked by a fairly assertive bitterness that coats the tongue. The sweetness of the malt plays really well with the hops. This beer has really evolved through the years.

Overall, drinkability is excellent; perhaps a sessionable IPA. The bitter finish is assertive and resinous but not overpowering and reminds of Bridgeport IPA.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into a perfect.

Pours a medium golden straw, slightly dark and almost tangerine. Nice head that sticks well and leaves an impressive lace.

Aroma is floral and fruity. Grapefruit and fresh cut grass, with a hint of cream and yeasty dough.

Flavor is bready on the front with a nice crackery snap. Hops come in strong, floral and fruity. Grapefruit and bitter herbs dominate with a piney rider. Not overpoweringly earthy, but citrus and juicy, nice. Finishes clean even with the decent malt backing.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and resinous, this is really the only fault I can find.

A good session IPA, very good hop flavor. Not overpowering on the alpha acid, but still very present.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely bright orange-gold colour, although it was served with very minimal head (which I find a common trend in the US, unfortunately), just a filmy ring of white bubbles, that still left some impressive lacing. I can only imagine the head would have improved this. Good clarity in the body, a few minimal streams of carbonation. Looks pretty good.

Lots of sweet citrus rind / candied orange on the nose, with a good base of sweet, but not sickly malt. Some hints of peach and stonefruit, but a little subdued, and fortunately the sweetness stays clear of the stickier butterscotch type of aromas. Very tasty.

Taste is clear and clean, with a decent bite of hops mid palate. Finish is quite full, with the malt and honey sweetness sticking around for quite a while after the hops have disappeared. Nice round mouthfeel - perhaps the sweetness is a little too cloying, but I can forgive it this minor indiscretion.

A nice IPA, with character. Perhaps on the sweeter end for my tastes - I prefer the riproaringly hoppy or lusciously fragrant west coast style - but a good example all the same.

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

Nice light brown color with strong head retention. I'm not an IPA-phile, but I liked this beer.

Very strong hop scent, with citrus and a little malt. It's quite sweet and inviting. Given the strength of this smell, I worried about finding the beer unbearable, but it's nice. Hops are less powerful than I feared, and the malt backbone is good and balanced. Citrus, floral notes, breadyness, and a refreshing crispness from the spot-on carbonation.

I find this more drinkable than any IPA I've had.

Photo of kjyost
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a glowing review on tap, I found this in a bottle and decided to see if it still lived up to its first rate billing from my only other sampling of this beer.

Poured into a Stella glass, where it gave ~1 cm of a thick rich head which left lacing down the sides of the glass as I slowly consume it. The beer was a cloudy light orange, almost a mixture between a sunset and a mature wheat field. The initial aroma of the beer was exceedingly floral. I could have sworn I smelled some roses on the nose. As I continued to drink the beer, it matured into a much more hop based bitter aroma, which matched my palate at that point.

After having read a few reviews of this beer out of the bottle I was concerned it would disappoint, but man did it deliver. A pungent punch of hoppy bitterness struck me and lingered on the palate with a slight maltiness which matched nicely. I often struggle to find other aromas on my palate and I can't identify anything else, but all I know is that this is what I want my beer to taste like. A sensational IPA, and out of the bottle it is as nice as on tap IMO, as its carbonation was substantially lower than my previous sampling.

Photo of slk22
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber/honey color, clear with a few particulates, and a cream colored head. Aroma is obvious, but not overwhelming. Sweet grapefruit and caramel malt are inviting. Flavor is milder than the aroma would suggest. Lightly sweet citrus with a bready malt backbone, finishing with a moderate earthy bitterness. Neither offensive, nor exciting. Body is light-medium and mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation noticeable. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer, but somewhat average in terms of flavor. Does not leave me craving another.

Photo of AgentZero
2.31/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden orange with a soapy decent sized head that leftsome surprisingly nice broad lace.

S - Hmm, lot of hops and pine notes in here, was hoping for some more complexity here as the bartender said this is a very good ipa. All I'm getting is mostly pine, little citrus.

T - Tastes like I'm chewing on a pine tree. This is quite horrible. All I can taste is pine, pine, and well, more pine.

M - Nice carbonation and crisp.

D - I can't drink it because it tastes like I got lost in the forest and had to chew on pine needles to survive. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but this seemed almost like making an IPA to make one and not really knowing exactly what goes into it.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a stella artois glass. this one pours a pretty clear golden orange color. a nice two fingers of creamy white head off the pour. very good head retention as well as some pretty good lacing. appearence wise- excellant!

in the aroma there is definately an abundance of hops. tropical like fruits, pineapple, citrus, pine needles. slight malt backing, caramel.

a nicely balanced enjoyable ipa is what we have here. very clean tasting. citrus like fruits, pineapple, all from those wonderful hops. balanced nicely with some caramel, buttery biscuit like malts.

nice super smooth mouthfeel. moderate fine carbonation. easy to drink, goes down very nicely. i paired 2 of these with a bunch of different cheeses and the combination couldnt of been better. very good ipa, as well as a great session beer.

Photo of cagocubs
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying this beer when I was younger and new to beer. I thought it was horrible and bitter. I then started expanding my tastes and have revisited this beer. 180.


A: Golden amber with a nice 1 inch white foam head that lingers and laces.

S: An explosion of hops and spice. Can smell clove and sweet fruit traces.

T: The unique spice blend and bitter hops make this beer interesting. Great taste with an interesting aftertaste with the citrus.

M: Good mouthfeel. Smooth with good active carbonation all the way through.

D: High for a spicy and bitter beer. It is strong, but at the same time hard to put down.

Photo of samie85
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 11/12.

A- Pours a golden/orange color with a white two finger head. Decent lacing forms.

S-Grassy, herbal, citrusy(grapefruit) hop notes with a biscuity, toasty malt scent.

T- It has bitter grapefruit and pine upfront with a clean, biscuity malt finish.

M-It's on the low side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking beer that I can see becoming a regular for me. Also, a very refreshing beer to come home to after a hard day of work. I've become increasingly impressed with Goose Island's year-round offerings.

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

Thanks to beerman207 for passing this one on to me. It will definitely become a regular in my fridge next summer. Pour is from the bottle to an oversized snifter.

Appearance: Pours a light coppery color with some orange hues to it as well; starts with a one finger white head that fades almost immediately to a very thin and uneven skim on the surface; body is cloudy and shows mild carbonation; uneven washes of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice and bitter hoppiness right up front that is almost pungent - very piney and almost like a sweet grapefruit scent to it.

Taste: Nice and strong hoppy bitterness that has the same flavors and tones mentioned above in the smell; simple and straight forward, which makes it all the more appealing and drinkable - I really feel like this is an easy beer to drink.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, very clean and refreshing finish.

Drinkability: All day, baby! This is such a solid beer that has such a simple presence that it makes it hard not to drink. I like the bitter and the citrusy aspect of it and found it to be quite refreshing. Also, the really nice aspect about Goose Island is that it's really reasonably priced - only 6.99 for a sixer of this offering, so it's definitely going to find its way to my fridge.

Photo of Intimidtor
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up of the singles shelf at Simones Beverage in Lakewood Ohio. It was pretty cheap around $1.50 but I was hoping for a little more out of this one. Poured from bottle into a nice clean 12 oz. snifter. Appearance and smell that I would consider average/normal for an IPA. Taste...hello taste...taste are you there. Very boring average IPA with low drinkability because I gotta have flavor. Wouldn't go out searching for this one if your more into flavorful IPAs and double/imperial IPAs.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 10/5/09

This one showed up at Wegman's, thanks GI for coming to WNY.

A: Light golden yellow in color, good white head that fades fast and stellar lacing to keep time.

S: Light on the smell aspects, little fruit/citrus action, mild pine, nice overall hop smell.

T: Clean and crisp with good spice of the hop. Some malt in the back rounds it off.

M: Little thin and loose in the texture dept., but makes for a good slugger and session. I like this brewery and will try more if given the opportunity.

D: Very drinkable, can fill anyone's hop fix if ever encountered.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark gold color, slight haze. Left a 1/2" tight white head with pretty good retention. Some lacing. Smell is good, citrusy. Taste reveals a pretty powerful hop presence, plenty of bitterness. No surprise from the initial smell, very citrusy. Good carbonation, leaves your mouth a little dry though. Considering that, I would say the drinkability was just okay. Leaves an aftertaste just to remind you of what you drank! Overall a good IPA though.

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

Poured from bottle to tulip. Just like the bottle says.

Appearance - Golden orange that seems a bit cloudy when held up to light. Poured with a 1 finger frothy white had that clings to the glass and laces beautifully.

Smell - Extremely floral and fruity smell. Lots of citrus, a bit of grass, and pine. Very nice bitter smell to it. This one just smells extremely good fresh.

Taste - Wow I am going to take a wild guess and say they used cascade on this one. Tons of fruitiness, lots of citrus, lemon and grapefruit almost. Almost no malt detectable, maybe a hint of sweet malt. Very clean bitterness on the end that is very inviting.

Mouthfeel - This beer is very light in the mouth, the carbonation is very good and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth. A nice bitter bite to it that makes it that much more enjoyable.

Drinkability - I could drink a 6 pack of this quite easily I am thinking, seems to be very drinkable because it is light and not overpowering.

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,791 ratings.