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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,456 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,456
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 68
Gots: 322 | 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)
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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
Photo of roskelley
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To me, this is just your run-of-the-mill IPA. I guess that's what I was expecting from Goose Island, reliably good (not great) beer. Originally from Michigan (Kraftbrau, Bells, Darkhorse, Short's), I'm accustomed to a much hoppier beer to be labeled "IPA."

roskelley, May 30, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tulip of deep opaque glowing orange beckons to me from beneath a quickly-fading orange-tinted head. Lacing is minimal. The boquet of this beer is damned amazing. I smell something new everytime I have one I think, but this time around I get wet grain upfront for just a second before pungent hop perfume hits me with spicy, floral, and citrus hop aroma.

Rich sugary-sweet malt hits first but is pushed out totally but a very spicy, I would almost say hot, hop that turns citrusy for just a second before going to a deep acidic bitter and a finish/aftertaste thats like licking the inside of an orange rind. Barely noticeable alcohol chimes in here and there. As you sip and the beer warms, things mellow out alot and the orange flavor comes out more with cinnemon notes. Damn.

Mouthfeel is light, slick, and vapory. The intensity of this beer along with a heavy feeling in the gut makes it hard to rate drinkability high, but I have to since I usually go for two. This beer rocks.

JudgeRoughneck, May 29, 2006
Photo of rabsten
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second-to-last bottle from my Goose Island Summer Sampler pack.

Poured into a pint glass, two-finger head that leaves a lacing mark at each sip. Cloudy copper with moderate CO2.

Smells towards the piney side of hops. No malt in the nose.

Tastes more malty than the smell leads on, and less hop-y. Citrus hint, with some floral notes. Yeast finish.

Feel well going down and drinks well.

Bottom line: good solid IPA.

rabsten, May 25, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear well filtered vitreous light orange amber pour topped with an ivory pillowy head cap.

Bright floral aromatic nose that suggests cascades and citrus peel.

First swigs: Citrus Tang like bight with a husky grain balance. Clean as all get out. Nearly spot on for the style. Good blend. A mostly lightly orang fruit flavored IPA.

Feel is crisp and medium bodied. A slight aftertaste of Sweet Tart candy.

Last swigs: Perfect session IPA. Gets the hop head satisfaction in an easy way.

blitheringidiot, May 23, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with decent clarity. Two finger head, off-white and creamy. Shows decent retention and many stubbord patches of lace. Fresh and hoppy aroma- citrus and grapefruit, with a faint toasted pale malt background. The pale malt is strong at first sip, then lost in a sea of cascade, centennial and chinook riptides. full of hop flavor, but the acidity is mild. Dry aftertaste with loads of oily bitterness. Medium carbonation in a light body accentuate the dry and bitter mouthfeel, but gracefully fades and the finish is mild-mannered. The balance sways towards the bitter end of the spectrum, but west coast IPA fans will love it.

PBRstreetgang, May 23, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight vinous/oily copper to almost orange with slight effervescence& a 2 fingers+ off white head. Good lacing and head retention

Smell: Hints of citrus hops and grassy smells

Taste: Big floral & piney hops up front, followed by light (Grapefuit)fruittyness. Finishes dry & hoppy

MF: Slightly oily with very good balance & good carbonation level

Drank very easy. Just a little too restrained to warrant better grades. Still a nice IPA with no pretense

russpowell, May 22, 2006
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,456 ratings.