India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,662 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,662
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 82
Gots: 421 | 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 orangemoustache
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy amber with some reddish tones,a nice loking tan head recedes slowly leaving lots of stickieness in its path

S-floral earthy aromas with some light fruit too

T-pine and grassy notes are balanced nicely with suttle banana bread sweetness,some light almond and cinnamon flavors as well

M-medium body,velvet like softness,with a slightly dry/bitter finish

D-very smoothe and balanced for an AIPA,also nice to be able to enjoy some beer that is brewed in my home state

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggmike for getting me this in a trade:

A - Clear golden with a thin white head.

S - Big hops initially with some malt noticeable later.

T - Hoppy and bitter. This is definitely one for hop-heads. Somewhat one sided, but not unpleasant.

M - Thin to medium, but it seems to work for this beer.

D - Even though this beer isn't balanced, the hops work for this brew. I could see having a few of these in a session.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber/orange color. Limited head despite aggressive pour. Good lacing though.

S - Citrusy hop aroma, primarily grapefruit. Very citrusy smelling IPA.

T - Citrusy hop taste balanced by a biscuity mat sweetness. A little more balanced than I prefer but the hops are still in the lead in this one.

M/D - Full bodied and smooth feel. Very drinkable IPA.

Photo of jayrod20
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden orangish color, with a white head, that is a quarter inch high develops. piny and earthy aromas come through at first scent, followed by some citrusy aromas. There is a slight taste of malt at the beginning, then the hops take over from there, with some good bitterness and a citrus aftertaste at the end. The feel is medium bodied, but leaves a nice dry finish at the end. This beer is true to the style, immense hop flavor and aroma in a glass.

Photo of jkrich
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3/31/08 which is very fresh.

The ale poured a clear,deep golden to light amber color with a 1/8 inch sustained white head with some nice lacing.

I was very impressed with the aroma of this one; a strong, fresh piney odor burst from the bottle and this aroma was sustained after the pour. Without a doubt, one of the most aromatic ales I remember having. Perhaps the freshness was a factor.

With such a positive response to the fresh aroma, I have to admit the flavor did not match; that is not to say it was not flavorful, only that it could not match the intense aroma. The hops were surprisingly subdued while the sweet malt flavors dominated this one. There are hints of citrus in the taste, but this quickly fades. The malt never becomes cloying; it is simply the dominant flavor

This medium bodied ale leaves a malty sweetness on the tongue and a little hop bitterness in the after taste.

This is a very drinkable malt dominated IPA which is a change from most hop accented American IPAs. It is surprising that this ale is about 6 percent ABV given the light flavor. A good warm weather choice, but if you are looking for a hoppy IPA, you may want to pass on this one.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear golden amber. Nice bubbly white head tha leaves a nice lacing.

Smell- nice citrus hop aroma. Maybe slightly piny but a definite hop aroma.

taste-Hop flavor up front but then fulls short. While I do enjoy the goose island offering, what I have sampled I feel does not live up to what I feel they could achieve.

mouthfeel- while it is light and fairly crisp it does not have exactly what I would look for in my top tier IPA.

Drinkablity- It is a drinkable brew, however again I feel as if Goose Island could do much better.

I really enjoy what I have had from Goose Island. My previous review of the Honker is probably too high for what it is. Overall opinion is that Goose Island as a whole has some very very decent brew but could easily reach the next tier. Maybe I need to sample more of their offerings.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased in Chicago. Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A: Crystal clear amber with a dense three finger head. With the carbonation, this one's purdy! Gorgeous lacing to boot.

S: Tons of pine, sharp and bitter. Just a hint of caramel sweetness

T: Meh. I was hoping for a lot more. The hops aren't as assertive, the beer's a little thin. There's a decent hop bite, though, just not what I'd expect from an IPA

M: Soft and slick on the palate with an interesting carbonation

D: This one's easy to drink but one'll do.

Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in NY...
First-ever beer from this previously unknown brewery...
A slow and steady pour resulted in an impressive appearance with obvious carbonation, and a dark-copper, ruby-red, amber glow with a nice-sized foamy head that slowly receded and left a minimal amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma bursting with fresh, wet hops, caramel, and vanilla nuances...
Excellent, top-notch, true-to-the-style IPA taste, with a heavy suggestion of fresh, piney hops, grapefruit, sweet and sour citrus, honey, vanilla, florals, and grains...
Excellent, rich, creamy, and slightly sweet mouthfeel...
Excellent level of drinkability with a relatively modest alcohol percentage that just made this easier to down...
Good stuff...recommended...

Photo of SpecialK088
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nice golden yellow with minimal head
S-Citrus and hops
T-Has a very subtle ipa flavor, hoppy but not overpowering can also taste a citrus to the beer in the finish
M-smooth very crisp beer easy on the palate
D-Very drinkable beer, very light and refreshing.

Overall a pretty good ipa i tend to like them to be a bit more hoppy but this was nice for a change and a more subtle flavor

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

A-Hazy yellow tinted copper with a thick foamy head that left nice lacing.

S-Citrusy hops with a bit of sweet caramel. Somewhat biscuity as well. Hops jump out a bit more as it warms.

T-Very well balanced, neither the hops nor the malts dominate. Hops do start to pop a bit more upon warming. Good flavours from both hops and malt but something in the combination does not strike a homerun for me.

M-Medium bordering on Medium-light. A bit on the thin side for my likely. The malt is certainly present but does not seem to hold up.

D-Certainly solid but not a wowzer for me. I like it just fine but doubt I would find myself reaching for it often...something simply does not click for me.

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

I expected little from this IPA, but was completely wrong.
A: Orange-red with good lacing.
S: smells of fruit and like a herbal quality I can't quite pinpoint
T: Wonderful, hoppy tey extremely sweet of apricot, and citrus. I wasn't expecting this from an IPA.
M: great carbonation, light and crisp, with no annoying fizziness
D: I can drink this for a long time, I will definitely buy a sixer next time I'm looking for something familiar.

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

Expecting big things from the home of Honker's Ale.

Pours a pale honey color with off-white head.
Big blotches of lacing - like cumulus clouds.

Aroma: scents of pine, apricot and mango.

Crisp mouthfeel. Herbal hoppy sweetness with a bitter finish.

Decent IPA. Yes, I'll have another.

Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cloudy. decent carbonation and head. very good lacing in the glass. pours a pale orangesh yeller with cloudy look. faint smell, not as much as expected. nice flava, some citrus and hops. a good pale ale but not as much hops as i would like. certainly worth a try.

suckem up and movem out!


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

A: Bronze coloured beer with a decent sized head that leaves eventually.

S: Smells of hops and it almost has a piney flavour to it

T: It has a slight pine taste with a bunch of hops. There really isn't much to this IPA except the nice flavour and a slight undertone of fruits

M: Creamy but a bit light. A lot of Carbonation

D: Yep, this is drinkable.

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

A- slightly hazy dirty copper/amber with a tight rich off white head w an orange tint to it, good retention and fine patterns of spitbubble lace. just the way this one moves in the glass looks oily and resinous and i can almost taste the hops just by looking at it.

S- fresh fruity floral burst of hops right in the face! that's what i like to smell. grapefruit and mild pine dominate with other tropical flavors as well. pineapple, mango, guava. some pale and toasted malt aromas come through too, making for a nicely balanced and very tempting bouquet overall.

T- as far as my ipa's go, and mostly for my hop preference in general, i prefer tropical fruit-flowers. and this beeatch delivers. just closing my eyes and trying to taste more is like lickable wallpaper come to life. actually, i think i taste schnozberries. ok maybe not, but i'll tell u what: grapefruit, pine, papaya, mango, guava, passionfruit, apple, pineapple, white wildflowers, hawaiian reefer, and sweet moroccan hash. unbelievably fruity and complex hops lay a solid path for little malt junior to ride down on his way home from the humulus parade.

MF- firm bodied, with a slight chalky feeling, yet slick and crisp. meduim carbonation level makes sure the fizzies don't get in the way of the almighty hop.

D- so full of fruity flavors it's hard to put her down. bitterness is a bitch though, and for a session i'd have to move on...

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

Light yellow/orange, moderate head, and clear; leaves some good lacing

Nice wet hop smell, and a weaker malt bill

Taste & Mouthfeel
Clean and crisp, with a pronounced and flavorful hop profile; a fair level of malts to keep it in balance, but not as pronounced as I'd prefer

One of my all time favorite IPAs; still holds up as well as anything I've had

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

Slight haze on an orange golden haystack with a fine assed and fuzzy white lid. Sexy nose. Lemon zest, orange, and grapefruit entice as spicy, grassy hops mingle with sweet floral and pale mat aromas. The medium body displays buzzingly fine, creamy carbonation that tickles the tongue with a perfect amount of sharp bitterness. The fresh citric fruit and rind bitterness flow straight through to the finish, the pale floral sweetness is subtle, but definitely adds to the brew. Earthy spice shows up and joins the bitter finish. I find this an excellent offering that even the non-ipa fans could enjoy

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color. A large white foamy head forms and sticks around. Leaves thick rings of lace down the glass, and this looks like a great beer.
S: A very fruity aroma. Orange and lemon peal with some grapefruit. A good floral/hop aroma.
T: Plenty of hops that follows the nose. Also a good malt presents that balances everything out. This beer has enough hops to satisfy, but it is not a bitter beer at all.
D: Sooo smooth. The drinkability is great. An easy going and sessionable beer, and I don't say that about a lot of IPA's.

This is one of my favorite IPA's. I love that this beer is not bitter at all, but it is obvious there are plenty of hops and it is well balanced with a good dose of malt. Recommended.

Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Best when consumed by 04/19/08

Poured a slightly hazed, deep crimson-orange amber with a foamy, one-finger, light tan head that left spotty drops of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was fragrantly hoppy and malty rich. Relatively sweet and fruity with noticeable citrus, orange zest and a touch of candi sugar.

The taste was very similar to the nose. Hoppy and flavorful yet extremely well balanced. The hops were spicy and slightly piney. A stiff caramel malt backbone held this beer together perfectly. Citrus came through strong. Tropical fruits and a hint of brown sugar were also noticeable. The finish was snappy and clean with strong grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Rich, creamy and supple. Quite fluffy on the palate.

Of the IPA's I have sampled, this was definitely one of the best overall. It was highly flavorful, ridiculously drinkable and it paired perfectly with my crab and shrimp stuffed salmon.

Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orangey color with thin light head and lots of lace.

Maybe it's just me, but I think it smells like weed. Very earthy and piney. I like it a lot.

Taste is a little sweet up front, but the hops come quick. Earthy and floral, a little grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily with good carbonation.

A very drinkable and balanced. Another easy-drinking beer from the Goose.

Tasted on 2/12/08.

Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island has been so good lately with some of its high-test specialties that I thought I'd try some of their mainstream wares. Since I've been on an IPA kick lately, that seemed as good a place as any to start. Two thick fingers of white froth top a clear golden-orange body, with ample lacing and a thick head persisting through the drink. The nose emits lots of hops, especially for a straight-up IPA, and the citrus is certainly present. The taste is rather bold and full, with grapefruit and orange peel accompanying the thick hop texture; really delicious. Robust carbonation and smooth texture combine to make this a lush IPA that is all too easy to quaff, but well worth savoring.

Excellent, and a terrific accompaniment to my butter and garlic tilapia.

Photo of JamesS
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange/amber color with decent head and lacing. Has a very strong floral scent that covers up any bitter or sweet scent for the most part. Decent taste, again it's very floral, too much so, but it does have a nice bitter aftertaste. Goes down fine. While I love Goose Island's oatmeal stout, the IPA just isn't the best.

Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly transluscent honey colored pour with a nice whitish head. Smell is mildly hopped with some sweetness showing in the nose as well. Taste is somewhat mild hop bitterness and flavor, with a smooth, creamy tart sweetness following. Almost more American Pale like to me, but it makes for a very nice drinkable IPA. A bit unique, and friendly at the same time.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a highly carbonated, slightly merky orange. The head is quickly reducing. The smell of this beer is good. A nice citrusy, twang to this GI IPA. The taste is a little thin. I was expecting a little more bit but I guess I didnt buy the Imperial IPA so I get what I bought. This is a nice beer to enjoy when on a tight budget.

Overall, this is a good beer. Not the best GI product BUT it still "worth a try"!

Photo of riboflavin88
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great American IPA... Poured a hazy copper with a nice full head that disappeared, but left consistent lacing throughout the drink. Its nose was full of citrus and pine, the hops just cut right through it! The taste was full of hops, but had a nice balance of citrus and woodiness. This beer was easy to drink, had a great mouthfeel and went wonderful with the ribs I ate! Goose Island is a great brewery, and this beer carries on the tradition.

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.