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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,379
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 62
Gots: 291 | 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 Bumpon10s
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a foggy amber with a little bit of lace for head.

S - Smells of citrus and cascade hops, but not overwhelmingly so like some hop bomb IPAs.

T - Not too bad, a little hoppy and a little fruity with a touch of alcohol in the back, a very light IPA, doesn't have the bitter bite that some people dislike in an IPA.

M - A very easy going beer, a little tingly from the carbonation, but that's about it, has a pilsner feel to it.

D - I see myself getting this again, a very drinkable beer at a slim 5.9% makes for a "knock a few back" kind of beer.

I remember having this at the clyborne brewery and it wasn't too great, it seems to be much better bottled, good job Goose.

Bumpon10s, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large just-off white head, combo loose and tight bubbles. Light honey orange underneath. Head recedes, leaving medium wet lace behind.

Smell is standard hoppy IPA smell- with slight mango frutiness underneath.

Flavour has a slightly chlorine fruity quality to it, the hops are not as present as they are on the nose. Flavour is slightly spicy and woody up front, then a bit astringent, and rounder at the end..

Liquid is average, with tight carbonation that peaks right at the middle.

Fairly drinakble, but I think the odd woody fruitiness would be just a bit much after a few. I like something a bit more even than this.

Be well

UncleFlip, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly one of my favorite american IPA's. it distinguishes istelf from the multitudes due to its pereceptible malt flavor - an element of balance which is very lacking in many IPA's - as much as i love the style, i must admit it is often unbalanced - not so with goose island.

Nice head retention, fantastic color, aroma is possibly the highlight of this brew - very nice combination of malt and hops. an excellent beer and a bargain at 6.99 a six pack.

evanackerman, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I slammed this beer before. I think that has alot to do with freshness, as I think this is a solid, tasty everyday beer that doesn't always get what it deserves.

Fruity, cascade-packed, then sort of thin and floating away in the mouthfeel but addicting, this beer is a museum of the first wave of IPA's. I think this one still stands up, especially when considered to other examples that just seem sort of boring these days (however valid that sentiment is).

Try it if you haven't. And throw a six of the fresh stuff in the fridge if you have and show your uneducated beer friends that IPA's can be simple and not palate assaulting.

GreenWBush, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper color with a bubbling 3 finger head that slowly falls but never departs. The nose is very nice. A balance between spicey, fruity, sweet hop and caramel malt base. I like the hop profile on this. Not too strong in any one direction, but with a lot going on in it. Flavor is not as nice as the nose. The hop is mostly spicey to a touch earthy over top a solid caramel base. Good balance, but not popping enough in the hop. It could shine, but it is a slight disappointment. The feel is moerate, with a light to moderate carbonation. The slighly light carbonation is probably from my aggressive pour. I'll have to try it in a standard pint next time. Overall, a very solid brew. I'm drinking it very quickly, so it can't be all that bad.

kmpitz2, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber color with a decent and lasting white head that even leaves a bit of lace behind.

The aroma is primarily citrus hops with some pine nbotes and a sweet malt background.

Medium bodied, slight fruitiness in the malt, with a serious grapefruit and pine hops bite. Very tasty. A nice hops bite and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Drinkable and worth a try if you like a kick of hops.

whynot44, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of nomad
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super-fresh bottle - woohoo! Best by dating without a decoder - woohoo!

Pours a very light amber with strong copper and gold tones though fairly hazy from the hops. Good head despite low carbonation with light lattice shaped stain on the glass.

Smells of light lemons with a soft herbal accent, opening to some weedy pine scents. Background is a slight combo of bare fruitiness and golden, toasty pale malt increasing in bready sweetness with exposure.

Taste is very lemony, slight grapefruit, with serious pine flavor generously poured over. Has a nice herbal tinge in the finish as this sixpack is so fresh the oil is still around to leave a film on the palate. Malt base is present though dry and slightly toasty. Leaves a thirst-inducing feeling of both juiciness and raw dryness. Mouthfeel is medium-low with a slightly round texture.

Very nice beer, great low price, and and an easy drinker. Definite session material as with almost all Goose Island beers.

nomad, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear, medium amber beer. The head is small (medium with an aggressive pour), off-white, creamy and slow to diminish. Left plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Nice balance up front. Citrus hops and sweet caramel maltiness that are both quite bold. Other aromas present but not in the forefront are pine, straw, some light dough, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Oddly enough a malt flavor hit my tongue first, but it only lasted a second or two before the floral and piney hop flavor and bitterness took over. The hops come on pretty strong, but the finish is rather weak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, watery (slightly oily) texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: One thing I look forward to in an IPA is a long-lasting finish, usually very hop-dominant, which I didn’t really get much of from this beer. That was its biggest downfall. Otherwise, it’s a fairly good beer.

ski271, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of bashiba
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden/amber color with a thick white head.

Smell was dominated by piney and grapefruit citrus hops.

Taste had a nice slightly toasted malt charachter, but is quickly overpowered by the great green piney hop flavor. Not a super hoppy IPA, but still plenty bitter and very good.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly dry.

Drinkability is very good on this always consistant IPA, not overly bitter like some, this is one of my favorite session beers.

bashiba, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic IPA. Copper in colour with loads of leafy hops, citrus, and pine notes. Grapefruit and white grape flavors abound. A fair amount of malt and bitterness as well. I could see some fans of really bitter IPAs thinking this one is a bit on the tame side, but it strikes a near-perfect balance for me. This is one I really wish I could get locally.

fisherman34, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale amber color with a nice white head. The head poured big but disappeared rather quickly.

The aroma was lightly floral with some light malt. Decent.

The taste was semi malty with some good hop bitterness. It's pretty refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I think its a very drinkable beer but it didn't impress me.

Brian700, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Roderick
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a dim amber with a light thin head.
Smelled strongly of hops with just a bit of fruit.
The taste is even and dry with the hops being the main flavor & a little sweet-fruit taste on the edges.
Has a normal feel for a IPA with a nice crisp finish.
This was a decent IPA and I will probably get it from time to time due to the very reasonable price and the availability in my area.

Paid $1.00 for a bottle

Roderick, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired during a recently executed trade. Presented in a 12oz bottle and bearing a 01-02-2006 best before date. Poured into a freshly cleaned and rinsed standard pint glass.
Goose Island IPA didn't exactly "wow" me with its appearance. Amber colored, but not as deeply hued as other IPA's, a modest level of carbonation, and a there-one-second-gone-the-next white head that literally vanished in the time it took me to set the empty bottle down on the counter. No skim, cap, ring, or lace.
The nose had a decidedly citrusy pop to it, rather lemony with a lesser degree of grapefruit rind. The malt notes had a soft sweetness that did little to offset the hops aromas. A couple pulls and I caught a mild caramel malt flavor that barely held its own against the somewhat abrasive hops profile. The pine elements were welcome but the citric bite possessed a raspy nature that lessened this beer's appeal. The feel was medium/light and, oddly enough given the total lack of a head, rather creamy.
Overall, a decent IPA. Kinda clashed in the taste and I have no idea what was up with the appearance. Plenty of better IPA's at my beck and call for me to miss this one.

Boilermaker88, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of petercmartin1
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island consistantly puts out really good beers, not great, but really good, solid everyday beers. Their IPA is no exception. Pours out of the bottle a golden, almost orangeish hue with a small head that dissapated rather quickly, but left a thin film floating on top of the beer. The color almost looks a little unnatural IMHO.

The aroma is all about the hops with a nice floral and pine aroma backed up by some citrus notes.

Flavor is nice, with hops and bitterness dominating like any good IPA should. But the bitterness is balanced out by a light malty sweetness in the finish that keeps the beer from being one dimensional or palate deadening.

Found the carbonation to be a little on the heavy side, but it is a nice creamy carbonation, not fizzy like soda.

Though IPAs are not my favorite style of beer, this is a beer I will probably drink again.

petercmartin1, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden orange / rusty colour... Head poured white in colour and disappeared almost immediately...

Aroma - An amazing range of smells !! Flowery, orange, sugary, cloves, peppery, basil...

Taste – Flowery, sweet, strawberry, quite hoppy (not as much as expected), lemony...

Feel - Smooth with some slight sharpness... creamy aftertaste...

Overall - An excellent IPA , one of my favourites... highly recommended !!!

mdagnew, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of woemad
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. It seems Goose Island beers are indeed available here now, and that Pere Jacques I stumbled across the other day wasn't a fluke.

This poured a copper color, with a medium sized white head that dropped quickly, but left and enduring white film across the top of the beer. A goodly amount of lace.

This smells very tasty indeed! Rich hop aromas abound, along with a subordinate but effective maltiness that makes its presence known with a background sweetness. The hops are warmly citrusy and sharply piney.

This is a superbly balanced IPA. The sharp, pine needlish hops come into play first, followed swiftly by their more citrusy brethren. Then, to keep the hops from burning out the taste buds, a mildly sweet caramel maltiness emerges, effectively imposing a flavor stalemate. The finish is mildly dry and grassy.

I think this could use a little bit more carbonation, though too much more might spoil the flavor. This is a thoroughly medium bodied beer.

A very drinkable IPA. It would make a fine session beer. If not the first Goose Island beer I have purchased, it is the first I've actually gotten around to drink. So far, I am impressed.

woemad, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out an orange sauce on melted caramel sort of kuller with a nice fluffy head. The head ends up as a thin layer of spittle. Modestly carbonated, but suitably so. Scattered lacings cling fast.

The nose is very nice. Grassy and pine sappy smelling hop odors on top of some nice caramel malt. Quite herbal smelling all together.

The taste is a bit less lip smacking good than what the nose would lead you to imagine it as. It starts out big on the nose with the bouquet, but hop flavors pale in comparison during the taste. The malt is wonderful and there is a very earthy and herbal feel to the taste and a decent bitterness in the finish. It just lacks the fruity acidity that I was expecting. Not much fruitiness. More vegetable. Still tastes pretty dadgum good to me.

Mouthfeel is just right. Not too heavy but no sissy either. Medium may be stretching it. It works.

Drinkability is good. Just some old fashioned clean and refreshing stuff. Sessionable for sure.

SupaCelt, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brought back to Houston for me by a friend that traveled to Chicago on business. Pours a nice copper colour with a good frothy head that disappaits to a thin, white layer across the top. A nice hoppy flavour and aroma with good balance between hop and malt flavours. Bitterness is not as strong as other IPA's. A medium smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. A very decent and drinkable IPA.

Xadoor, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with orange highlights. Has a big foamy white head. The aroma has a big spicey peppery hop boquet. The flavor is mostly a tea like sweetness that blends out to a dry hop finish. The aroma got me all pumped up. The taste left me dissapointed.

ybnorml, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice orange amber color with a fluffy/cramy white head. The aroma wasn not strong for this. What I could smell was a bitey floral-like citrus astringency smell. The taste was full of sharp hops, that over-took the palatte. The was very little if any malt flavor. The mouth feel was very sharp and bubble like a macro brew. Large bitey feeling. This would be an Ideal session beer. Light flavor, light body. good flavor. But not my favorite I.P.A.

quasimoto, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of mjohn27603
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden to copper in color. Head fairly quickly dissipates with a thin film of foam left on the top. Aroma is definitely of grapefruit. First sip reveals a strong grapefruit citrusy flavor. Mouthfeel is odd with an almost oily feeling in the first sip. Second sip gives more bitterness than grapefruit. Not much malty balance to this. Further sips reveal a bit more watery mouthfeel. An acceptable version of the IPA not great.

mjohn27603, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I ~think~ this was the beer that introduced me to IPAs years back. Either way, whatever memories I have from back then were supplanted this past week. Orange-reddish pour, light, really bubbly, with a foamy off-white head that stuch around. Strong hops on the nose, biting pine, perhaps a bit too strong but worked in the hot weather. About the same on the tongue but giving way to a slight maltiness toward the finish. Not like the IPAs I enjoy now but a fond memory.

packetknife, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a summertime multipack. Best before 083105 clearly ink-jet labeled on the back. Poured a hazy golden into an imperial pint glass. Frothy eggshell head that had some holding power. As with all the goose islands I've had so far, this one had very nice lacing as well. Not as much body carbonation in the brew as I would expect, especially since it is bottle conditioned.
Sappy hop aroma
Decidedly hoppy flavor with a great mix of pine, citrus and earthy hops. A fine backbone of malt is there to even it out and save some of your tastebuds.
Finishes dry and hop sticky. This a full bodied medium and worth a few.

Dithyramb, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This IPA holds a special place in my heart as it is the one single beer that has taught me the most about craft beer, not just IPAs. My first impressions were extreme bitterness and grass, yet I was oddly compelled to take the next sip, then open the next bottle, and then buy the next 6pk. It is a fantastic beer that is overtly hop forward and makes no appologies for it with it's crisp flavors of freshly cut grass, citrus, assertive piney bitterness and with cracker-like, dry maltiness. Only a hint of sweet caramel is the only attempt to balance the beer- allowing the hops to be showcased very, very well; all the while extremely easy to drink.

Its that basic ipa that holds true to style. Looks copper to golden with ample carbonation. High proteins yeilds off white carbonation that mixes dense carbonation with loose. Retention is terrific.

Floral aromas of nutty malts with high pine and citrus notes fill the nose and then a boquet of perfumes and fruits evade closely behind.

Flavors overwhelm with mid-sweetness of maple syrup and honey that are quickly balanced with sharp citrus, grassy, pine, hop resins, and slight rustic earthen character and broadly bitter flavors.

It's body is medium but hides behind carbonation. Finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing. Mild alcohol flavors and feels are revealed. Not overly complex, but doesn't need to be. Lacks transition. Ok to be agressive and out of balance.

For me, the return to this IPA is like a surprise visit from an old friend. It fits like a glove and is as comfortable as a worn pair of shoes. It's comfort food in a glass and immediately brightens any day. Every sip takes me back to my first day of kindergarten (at least beer-wise).

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one still available at the Blind Tiger in NYC, on tap.Poured a light-medium shade of amber, slight haze, off white head and nicely developed lacing. Floral hoppy nose, also plenty of piney hop goodness. This is a well hopped IPA, but its not over the top. The hops are punget and taste very fresh and flavorful, but they do not over power this beer or your taste buds. Well hopped yet still nicely balanced and highly drinkable brew. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Nice quaffer, seek out and enjoy this one on tap.

Billolick, Jul 15, 2005
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,379 ratings.