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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,465 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,465
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 69
Gots: 327 | 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 mochunk
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this at a bar the other day, and while conditions were not ideal (too cold, smoky environment, etc, served in a mug) I enjoyed it enough for another try. Brought home a 6 pack this evening. Took the labels advise and poured into a Duvel tulip.

Popping the cap immediately releases a waft of hops, causing just a slight hint of salivation inviting you to continue.

Pouring the entire contents into the tulip yields a half glass of shimmering orange tinted, copper colored ale with only a thin layer of soft white foam that quickly settles into a miniscule ring around the top, where it stays. No lasting lacing to speak of, but the inviting color is not unimpressive, this keeps the score in the upper range for me.

The hoppy nose of course given more room to breathe out of the bottle has me hardly waiting to try a sip. Slightly spiced but possibly floral hops and slightly citrus hints.

A mouthful of oily thin brew tickles the tongue slightly. The hops dominate momentarily and melts into a bit of citrus (orange? grapefruit? subtle) and finishes oily and the hops and citrus notes combine and are retained for near eternity... Another sip is difficult to deny yourself.

As it warms, it becomes a bit more oily and coats the palate and slight diacetyl seems to make an appearance, but if it's for real, it's not intrusive or unwelcome.

A second glass only helps to revive my early impressions and bring them home and make things complete. Sure we've all had better IPA's, but this is certainly worth keeping around as a backup or a good inexpensive second choice. I'd buy it again. Worth a try indeed.

EDIT: I have to add, a following glass with a vigorous pour yeiled a good head that indeed did lace quite well, so don't be afraid to pour this.

mochunk, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear bronze color with ruby tints. The head is two fingers in height, and recedes rather slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is very storng without being overpowering. Cirtus hops dominate the nose, but there is some interesting and appealing earthy barnyard funk in the back ground. The sip begins with juicy hop then fades into some nice funk for a split second before morphing into a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very good IPA, but not quite great. I will certainly drink this again.

KarlHungus, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date of 8/13/06.
Pours a clear light orange, bellowing forth a thick bubble head that recedes every so slowly. Aromas bursting of hoppy citrus and floral. Not much malt detected in the nose, but it's not to be expected; especially resinous.
Flavors are dominated by the hops, very sprucy, biting bitterness. Finishes a bit too clean, hops don't resonate much. Could be more complex, its seemingly normal in the IPA world, good but nothing special. A little malty sweetness in the end, but not much.
Would certainly pick up another if I need a standard IPA, but nothing I'm writing home about.

dreadnatty08, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of cameraman
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden orangish color, with a white head, that is a quater inch high developes. Piney and earty aromas come trhough 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.

cameraman, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of skizziks
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. Pour raises a one inch fine, white head, a little rocky, that relaxes to a fine layer already leaving quite a bit of spidery lace. The beer is a hazy bronze-gold clearing as it warms.

Aroma is clearly Kent Goldings hops with some bready malt underneath. Just enough sugary crystal to create the sense of a baked confection. Very nice. Very English.

Flavor starts with simultaneous bready, biscuity malt and Goldings hops. Sweetness dances on the tip of the tongue along with some biting carbonation, followed by some buttery diacetyl. Not a flaw here. A firm bitterness clings to the back of the tongue, not too much. Pretty well balanced with enough bitterness to make this beer fit the style, but no more.

This IPA is maybe just a little too full and heavy on the tongue, but it doesn't get out of hand paired with the equally just a little too high carbonation. It does bring the drinkability down a little. Overall this is a really nice English style IPA, a solid representation of the style from a brewery that always seems to hit things right in the middle. Not the best out there, but far far from the worst. A nice beer to keep around for fans of English IPAs.

skizziks, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden yellow with a one finger head... The foam dies off quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The smell is nice but surprisingly soft for an IPA - there are clear hops notes of pine and fresh cut grass but nothing really -stands out- as you'd hope.

The taste is good, probably quite good for any brewery other than Goose Island. The malt is a little on the weak side adding only a sweet note to start. The hops are good and somewhat strong with a focus on the more floral and herbal flavors - more "East Coast" than English or 4C's. Despite the bragging on the label there's no real "unforgettable finish" to this drink.

Mouthfeel is nothing short of excellent. This is a lighter bodied brew which had the most fine carbonation that just dances off the tongue. No overt sweetness or coating on the tongue with mild hop flavors leading to a dry finish. That's all quite nice but it's the carbonation that'll make you want more. I can only imagine this is bottle conditioned.

It's a nice enough IPA but nothing outstanding in many ways... This is a lot closer to an APA in body and character with just a little more hopping. Good and in some ways memorable but there are a number of nicer IPAs out there.

RedwoodGeorge, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle marked best consumed by 5/8/06, and 1541. Poured into a pilsner glass

A—hazy orange with ½ inch head, quickly dissolves away, not much lacing remains

S—citrus, grapefruit, sweet candy, smells a little like Juicy Fruit gum, buttery

T—starts bitter and stays bitter, citrus and grapefruit, bitter hops, pine, slight floral taste as well

M—medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit oily

D—a solid IPA, would buy a 6 pack to enjoy in a sitting.

hanco005, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a clear golden coloration with amber tinges. The beer has a creamy honey colored head almost two fingers high. The beer has great head retention. Rings of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a nice floral piney hoppy smell. Sweet maltyness combines with citrus zest.

Taste: The beer does deliver on the taste. The beer has a nice piney hop attack intially. Then the sweet malts come in playing with citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a light to meduim body. The finish is a bit oily.

Drinkability: This is a very solid IPA. This beer has remained in my beer line up for a long time. This is not the hoppiest IPA on the market but you could do far worse than Goose Island. Overall a very drinkable IPA.

nlmartin, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Now, we all know that Goose Island IPA is a fantastic IPA. However, I was curious to see what happens when it is aged for a year.
The results are quite interesting, if unpleasant. It still smells mildly of hops, but they have lost their assertive citrus nature and mellowed out to a light grassy smell. Interesting.
The taste is quite strange. There is a pronounced barnyard presence. Almost like Orval. I suppose as hops age and slowly become skunky, they could take on that strange horse-saddle flavour. I've never experienced it before though, outside of beers intentionally infected with Brett, of course.

Most strange and quite unique. IPAs had to cross the ocean to arrive in the country their name is derived from. It is therefore curious to see how they age.

Disclaimer: A fresh Goose Island IPA is sublime. Do not let this review affect your purchasing or views of that version. Mmmmm, fresh Goose Island IPA . . .

shbobdb, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something about Goose Island beers, so far, remind me of gym socks. There is something along those lines in here but it is muted... or maybe just imagined.
This brew has a hefty hop character... maybe even over done, but I happen to like it; pine more than citrus. The hops are more pronounced in the odor than in the flavor but it is strong all around. The socks may come in somewhere with the malts... not too sure...
A solid all around IPA, if a bit on the abrasive side.

ommegangpbr, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of ejames
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light copper color, thick initial head, dissipates in a fair amount of time, nice lacing.

Smell: Hops up front, malt plays a very small role in the background.

Taste: Awesome. This is a great IPA. Very hoppy, with a hint of caramel and toffee in the background. Smooth enough to not numb the tongue, but strong enough to let you know this is one hopped beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down very easy.

Drinkability: Drinking multiple bottles is no problem. Again, very smooth, very tasty. The hop aftertaste lingers for a while, then fades and leaves you wanting another drink.

ejames, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pretty IPA. Clear straw-colored beer with 2 fingers of off-white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Bouquet of flowery hops in the nose. No scent of malt is able to sneak past the big wall of hop delightfulness.

T/M: Mostly hops. Not much of anything else. Hops up front, hops in the middle, and hops in the finish. Nothing overpowering or offensive. Very good drinking. Wow, nice dry hops are making my tongue and my tummy smile.

D: Not overly bitter or strong. I love hops and could handle a lot more, but this balances well. Great IPA to drink the day away.

Notes: As I’ve started to review, I’ve had a difficult time reviewing to style and not personal taste. (Something that will get easier with time and experience.) Well IPAs are my personal taste and this one is right on. A great (single) IPA alone or with food.

kdmorse, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden brew with medium thick small bubbled head. Good sticky lacing.

Nice hoppy smell. A little milder smell than I expected. A slight metallic aroma.

Nice hoppy taste. A little too much malt for an IPA. For the most part well balanced but there could easily be more hoppy flavor in this one. Slightly grainy finish.

Smooth feel. Dry bitter finish. Enjoyable but missing a little something...

Thanks to bditty187 for this one.

timtheenchanta, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a solid finger and a half head with good retention and good foam sticking along the inside of the glass as the head receded with the consumption of the brew. Color was a delightful light, golden amber hue with consistent lacing maintaining the head ta the top.

Smell- A floral and citrusy bouqet of hops provides a rock solid backbone for the flavor profile. A little rose petal to be a more specific on the floral aromas.

Taste- Starts out with and grapefruit hops flavor that leads into a more snap, crackle, pop of hops. Can't classify the hops bitterness at this particula point on the tongue, but it's good none the less. Ends with the only real notice of bread dough, crystal malts in this great IPA.

scruffwhor, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of becktone
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

To the eye this beer looks pretty good. It pours a crystal clear amber color and is alive with carbonation. The head on this beer is small and soon becomes a white film over the beer. There is lacing however and that helps to make the beer appear more appetizing. When agitated the creamy white film over the top of the beer becomes creamier and a bit thicker but then quickly returns to its previous state. A bit more of a head on this beer would give it a much better appearance, although it seems to me that most beers could use more of a head, personal preference I guess.

To the nose this beer has a strong hop influence. Citrus and floral aromas dominate the smell. No malt characteristic that I can detect with the nose. Has a pretty standard IPA smell, basically it smells much the same as other IPAs that I've had. However, this one lacks the potentcy of the aroma found in the others. I find that the herbal, floral, and citrus aromas in the others I've had are much stronger and easier to detect.

Tastes alright to me. I get the hop influenced herbal/floral taste foremost. There is also a sweet malty taste which hits the very tip of my tongue. I would, infact, prefer if this brew were a bit hoppier. When I think of an IPA I think of something that is super hopped, this dosn't have the super hop taste that drives me to buy IPAs. The hop taste is there but it is not as strong as I would like. It is hopped, not hoppy. I also noticed a watery taste right as the beer is leaving the mouth and going into/down the throat.

This beer is light-medium bodied on the palate and resembles water in a way. The amount of carbonation is appropriate for the style, and it is easy to drink. It leaves the mouth feeling dry as well. Overall this is an ok beer, but I wouldn't buy it again. There are so many better IPAs on the market, why would I buy one that is not nearly as good as the others? I would only buy this again if I was craving an IPA and this was the only one within miles. I expected more from this beer. When I sat down to try this I was looking forward to a great IPA, but instead I only got a mediocre one.

becktone, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Hazy light amber, with an orange tint. Sticky, off-white head.

Smell- Hoppy pale ale aroma. The hops are piney and acidic, but still somewhat soft on the nose. A decent amount of yeasty malt sweetness rounds it out.

Taste- Malt profile is prominent, but it's more sweet than toasty. The hops are sharp and biting; they fade in slowly, gradually overshadowing the malt sweetness. The finish is juicy & herbal, but the acidity is a little high.

Verdict- It's not an amazingly complex or dynamic pale ale, but it's a good middle-of-the-road beer.

bearrunner44, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a half inch yellowish head. The head looks like it doesn't want to go anywhere at first but does finally dissipate into a thin film. Nice lacing.

Smell is of roasted malt and piney hops. Hops are not as prevelent as with most IPAs, but I seem to be saying that a lot lately. Maybe it's just me.

I like the taste of this a lot. I need to put this on my list of lighter-hopped IPAs that I can session with. Piney hop flavor is well balanced with the malt from beginning to end. Very smooth.

Moutfeel is thicker than I expected. A little creamy, a little oily.

All in all an excellent IPA.

johnniemarg, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Applesauce1
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the IPA in a Goose Island variety pack.

Pours a gold-amber color; about a 3/4" head into my beer glass.

Smells of hops and some fruit; good smell though.
Taste is very good; flavorful, not watered down or skunky at all; hops definitely present, some fruitiness

Mouthfell is decent, maybe a little bit too carbonated
good drinkability though.

will drink more in the future

Applesauce1, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Cloudy/light copper... medium-sized bubbles with a 1/4" white head. Light head that dissipates quite quickly... leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is floral and citrusy... exactly what it should be. Grapefruit and some grassy notes... even a touch of chocolatey sweetness.

Refreshing on the palate, but all bitter and hops. A decent session beer, but not the best of this style. Touch of rosemary and grapefruit on the palate... bitter on the backend with lingering effects.

Fugazme, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden-orange hazy body with a firm 1-2 finger head. A picture-perfect example of an IPA.

Nose is fresh cut grapefruit with a malty component. Makes my mouth water.

Flavor is a burst of multiple citrus flavors, (lime, orange, grapefruit), that hits the taste buds like liquid sunshine. Really one of the best IPAs I have had, ever. There is a solid malt backbone that supports the large hop flavor, but never overwhelms. Also has a spicy flavor that comes along later in the pint, kind of reminds me of SNCA. A real taste treat.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a little oiliness, (from the hops, maybe).

Drinkability is tops. If easily/cheaply available in MA, this would be an everyday beer for me, without a doubt.

I love this beer. I really, really wish I could find it here in MA. My next trip to the Midwest will include a case of this stuff for future enjoyment.

ghostwalker, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head. The head lasts through most of the drink. Decent lacing develops.

Smell: strong citrus along with some piney hop bitterness.

Taste: caramel maltiness, mildly tart grapefruit, sweet orange slices, and a spicy pine bitterness. The flavors overall are mild and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: very crisp at the start and mildly crisp at the finish. The finish is slightly dry and short on the piney bitterness.

Drinkability: very easy drinking IPA, as this can be consumed all afternoon.

Gavage, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured with a white, fluffy head that was disappointingly a little choppy, lacking consistency. The color was a nice golden bronze with a nose that clearly involves hops straight out of the northwest. Certainly high citrus and grapefruity notes are present in the aroma. Its a sturdy, medium-bodied brew with a sharp hoppy context. There is a clear grapefruit presence with a floral bouquet mulling in the background. Just a tad of off-setting maltiness serves as a creamy addition. It finishes bitter and grainy dry that's more lemony and sweet then the mouthfeel. Solid IPA.

Hhawk06, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of beerceller99
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clyborne brew pub. Clear yellow color with a foamy white head. Very nice fresh piney hop smell. Full mouthfeel. Has a nice grainy malt taste that is quickly overtaken by a tasty PacNW hop flavor. Not overly bitter or harsh, a good ipa here, very drinkable.

beerceller99, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a nice take on an IPA from the goose. Not disappointed at any aspect:
Nice looking amber orange pour with sticky tan head
Purty whiff of floral hops
Good kick of floral hops in the finish, proceeded by a malty smoothness
Medium body and quite a brew, for one or a few.

I’ll remember this one come next spring/summer’s drinking sessions.

Vancer, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new packaging, with an all-green beer label~~ BB 06/07/06. Served slightly chilled in a goblet.

A: pours a slightly hazy orangey golden hue, with an effervescent, rocky yet frothy off-white beer head (due to force-pouring), against a very gently-carbonated body.
S: semi-sweet candyish maltiness mixed with exotic fruits, like mixture of sugar-cane juice, ripe lychee, preserved passion-fruit, sweetened citrus fruits (like lime), and a nice depth of flowery esters... reasonably aromatic and not too thick or too much, just the way I like it!
T: medium-bodied, semi-sweet exotic fruits and moderately sweet pale malts upfront, followed by a flow of bittersweet flowery and peachy flavour with a lightly spicy touch, gradually leading to a mildly tannic and gingery finish and plenty of flat-textured hoppy flavour; a tinge of mildly herbal taste sustains down the throat.
M&D: I like the way the lightly spicy texture blends with the medium-strength hoppyness (by American standards) plus a subtly fizzy body, the palate and mouthfeel of this beer is just ideal as a more-ish IPA. Not as big, thick, and complex as many more audacious American IPAs, but I suppose it's like a reasonably flavoursome session beer in America as is a Best Bitter in Britain~~ Nice!

wl0307, Dec 21, 2005
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,465 ratings.