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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,577 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,077
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 74
Gots: 379 | 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 grub
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the clybourn brewpub after dark lord day.

pours a nice orangey amber colour with a big white head. drops fairly slow and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. hops and more hops. super fresh hop aroma, like a bag of hops that has just been opened. grapefruit and tangerine.

taste is great. lovely grapefruit hops. tangerine. chewy biscuit malt. touch of caramel. med-high bitterness. slightly resinous hops.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium body and medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very enjoyable.

grub, May 02, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange with a big off white head in a tulip glass.
Nice citrusy hop aroma...like a bag of hops was just cracked.
Tastes sweet , but very dry. Fruity malts merge well with citrus rind hops..grapefruit, tangerine....astringent bite .... a bitter aftertaste follows a clean finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium and dry with moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable IPA.
I could easily have a few of these.

Hautacam, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of BladeRunner
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz pint glass.

It pours a dark golden/orangish color, with a cream/white bubbly head. It smells of sweet tangerine. Taste is also sweet, with a decent amount of carbonation. It feels really airy in the mouth, and goes down smoothly, so that is why I gave it's drinkability so high.
(Though, I would have preferred a bit more thickness in regards to mouthfeel.)

A pretty good IPA, and another great beer from Goose Island. I've yet tasted a bad beer from GI.

BladeRunner, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head and retention and a nice but not that strong smell. Earthy and hoppy with a little bit of malt backbone. Less bitter than some pas, but the balance of an ipa is there. Good hoppiness. An average hop to malt balance for an ipa. Decent tasting, but not a hop bomb by any means.

Nice mouthfeel and nice drinkability. An easy beer to make a session out of.

jasonjlewis, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Chicago, IL (March 29) - In his March 28 article printed in The Guardian, Roger Protz, recipient British Guild of Beer’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, wrote that Goose Island India Pale Ale “may just be the best beer in the world.” Protz’s article explores beers from around the planet, examining beer culture in a number of different countries.'

Sorry, 'Rog' I don't think you're correct!

I sampled a 12 oz bottle / best consumed by 07.22.07

I poured this beer into a tulip glass, as suggested on the bottle.

Clear orange/amber color, at first I had a nice head, but it quickly thinned out leaving good lacing.

Smell is hops, citrus, good, but nothing real special.

It does have good taste and mouthfeel, hops and 'sour patch kids' citrus hit your cheeks and tastebuds, followed by a bittersweetness as swallowed, finishs with the bite of dry hopping.

It's nothing that hasn't been done before by many, cheaper priced, IPA's from other craft breweries. I thought it was similar on the level of a Southampton IPA at a higher price...
but not quite as 'good' as a Stone IPA at the identical price (at least in my "neck-a-da woodz").

IMO - it's just 'good', not 'the best beer in the world'...

Ole Rog must think the Cubbies are gonna win the World Series too !?!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purported to be the "best IPA in the world", Goose Island IPA pours out a big fluffy
head over a cloudy golden brew. Carbonation is active and the nose is citrusy hops
and malt. The flavor is malt up front with a citrus/tea/grass hop finish, with more of that
hop hanging around in the aftertaste. The head collapses relatively quickly, but leaves
some nice lacing behind. The best in the world? The posse I run with would insist it's
Two-Hearted that's the best, but on the other hand, we've hardly drank everything available.
Still, Goose island is a noble brew, and I think they would agree too.

shadow1961, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of david131
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pretty decent looking beer. Slightly cloudy orange liquid with a small white head that settles to a thin sheet with some bubbles in it. Leaves some decent lacing.

S- A little bit of funkiness. Some piney hopes that balance well with the barley. Some cereal? Asparagus?

T- Ah yes, asparagus it is. And a little bit of Fruity Pebbles and a smidge of shredded wheat. Pretty bitter but there is at least a malt backing. This just does not sit right for me.

M- Dry. The bitterness leaves me slapping my tongue around in my mouth. Average.

D- There are so many better offerings out there. I had higher expectations for this. All I can think of about this beer is "so what?"

david131, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light and hazy amber into my impy pint. Head rises just a tad and settles to a skim on the top. Aromas are just a bit hoppy with a tilt toward citrus. If I had to pick a fruit it would be orange, but it is not all that apparent.

Moderately carbonated and bodied, this feels nice on the palate. HInts of sweet citrus try and poke through the fog of hops, but they only do sporadically as this one hit the dry hops note down the back stretch, bitters a bit more on the clubhhouse turn and dries out some more and hits back on the citrus on the home stretch.

Not too bad a brew at all. I will definitely hit these here and there.

gpcollen1, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Rennpferd
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured golden with about a half inch of stark white head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing on the surface. Light carbination could be seen rising from the very bottom to the surface.

It smelled lightly of well balanced malt and hops.

It has a robust taste of hops and a slight taste of the before-mentioned malt. It is light bodied and smooth to the palate. It doesn't leave an aftertaste, just the desire to take another sip.

It is a very drinkable ale.

Rennpferd, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of mmcave
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at corner store, bottle stated best when consumed by 8- 19- 07. Chilled and poured into a nonic despite the suggestion of a tulip glass as specified on the label. Nice two fingers of gray-ish white head, which dissipated at a medium pace and lingers little more than a centimeter off the surface, leaving slightly thin lacing. The body is a very light amber color with a slight hint of peach and blond straw colored highlights. The body is translucent with decent clarity. Smell is spicy hops up front, slightly piney, big notes of grass and earth with a subdued malt character I get small hints of butterscotch and strawberry, not sure if this is strictly from the malt though. Taste wise the bitterness is not quite as assertive as I thought it was going to be, but in terms of balance it is quite adequate. Personally I might want a slightly more strong malt character/ alcohol to allow for bigger hop function, but as I said before it is well balanced. I guess I’ve become so accustomed to what I’d consider to be American style IPA where I feel this is more an English style. There is no question this is a very drinkable IPA, the alcohol is low enough to make this very sessionable. Not my favorite, but definitely a solid offering.

mmcave, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler. This beer pours a medium golden color. Has a nice white head about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a good 1/4 about 5 minutes after being poured. Head has good staying power and nice lacing. Sweet malty aromas are present followed by some hoppy notes. Tastewise there are sweet, malty flavors upfront followed by somewhat mild hops. The hops almost seem like more an afterthought. This beer tasted more like an APA than an IPA. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, almost too easy to drink for an IPA due to the lack of hop bitterness. A good, tasty beer, but not a very good representation of what an IPA shouw be IMO. I wonder if the lack of hops is because the way this beer was stored, shelved. I bought a single 12 oz. bottle at Target for $1.61 total. I would doubt that Target knows how to properly store/shelve beer. I also noticed just now noticed that this beer has a best by date of 9/23/06 on the bottle. I'll have to try a fresh bottle of this sometime.



neenerzig, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange color, plenty of carbonation. Decent amount of head that sticks to the glass on the way down.

Nice smell. A hint of citrus. Maybe a bit metallic?

Tastes pretty good, but a little bitter. I normally like hops. I remember liking this beer more than I do now.

jar2574, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden orange color, decent head retention, some spotty lacing. Aroma I get is some peppery hop presence, floral-orange sweetness. No word yet from the malt.

The flavor is also hop dominant, citric and thick. Leaves a peppery aftertaste that I don't find amazing, although it evens out about halfway through the first bottle. There is a decent balance with the malt in this IPA, but definitely driven by hops.

It does have a good mouthfeel as the taste buds acclimate to the aftertaste. This is a tasty hoppy IPA, quite a good one I think.

BretSikkink, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy orange with a thick and fluffy 2 1/2 finger head that lasts awhile and then fades to a film on top... leaves a nice layered lacing around the glass.

Smells of crisp and bitter hops, orange citrus, acidity.

This beer tasted slightly more hoppy up front than I was actually expecting, with some nice pine and citrus notes as well.

Light to medium body, it was a slightly better than average feel in your mouth. Crisp and clean.

Overall not a bad IPA, nothing about this beer really stands out to me and amazes me, but it is what it says it is...no fancy names, just India Pale Ale...That's what it says and that's what you get. A very drinkable beer.

greenbeaner, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, slightly hazy yellow with a bit of a head. Some lacing remains after the beer is gone, comparable to English bitters. The most noticeable thing is the floral smell of dry hops, which is not overdone and very enticing. Taste is sweet at first, giving way to citrus flavors, lingering hop bitterness, and the floral elements noticed in the smell. Mouthfeel is nice since the beer is not overly carbonated and is very thick. The hops are strong enough that this is firmly an IPA, but they do not dominate the malt characters. A balanced, sessionable IPA.

Mickelswit, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours a strong dark yellow almost aproaching amber. with a samll head that goes quickly and some lacing left consistently. Very fruity and sweet aroma as well as spciy with hops ver very present and accounted for. Earthy and flowery smell as well. Taste begins smooth and with some maltiness and ends perfectly with a strong hop induced bitterness and some flowery undertones that linger on well after the first sip. A truly inspiring beer. A very refreshing well balanced IPA. Over all a great example of what an IPA is.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of etenbus
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my fridge staples. But this past year my local grocery store liquor department stopped carrying it and all Goose Island products, noting distribution problems. Then suddenly Goose Island products were back on the shelves (was this due to AB's purchase of the brewery). But my beer guy says the IPA can't be distributed to my town anymore (Warrensburg, Missouri). I can buy Honkers Ale and 312 Wheat but IPA is verboten! And I can buy the IPA 50 miles away in KC.

So what gives? Has AB pulled IPA from the shelves in mid-Missouri so it can peddle its own weak Pale Ale with the fake-looking woodsy six pack cartons?

etenbus, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color into pint glass. Decent head and decent lacing. Aroma is overwhelming hops. Very strong aroma. Taste starts bitter than envelops you with a sugary sweetness and then the hops come back in for a bitter bite as it goes down. Finish is a little cloying. Definitely gets better closer to room temperature than fridge temperature. Very drinkable IPA, up there with Bells Two Hearted for very sessionable IPAs.

Duster72, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of KATE12
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. It's light but full of flavor. You really get the taste and smell of fresh hops and citrus whenever you take a sip. It's a great golden color with a fairly decent 2 finger head, not bad for an IPA. All in all I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially on tap!

KATE12, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of crayphish
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer that converted me into a Hop Head. One of my favorite IPAs. This ale pours a vibrant copper hue with a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lace as the beer is consumed. Smell is piney hops with some floral notes. Taste is intense hops. The pine and floral are there in subdued fashion. Mouthfeel is a dry and crisp, but seems to demolisht my palate like a DIPA. One of the my favorite IPAs to drink, another solid Goose Island offering.

crayphish, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of OSUbrewman
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brilliant dark amber with a fluffy, off-white head. 2 fingers with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Ah yes, the sweet smell of those leafy hops. Also some lemona and a touch of juniper. Definately got my mouth watering.

Taste: Very well balanced with a significant and satisfying hop presence. Again, the pine comes out just a bit, but it is not off putting. In face, it was an interesting variation from the "classic" IPA flavor. Hops stick around well after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable IPA here. Definately a "go-to" IPA and higly sessionable.

A fine and extremely accessable IPA here. And its affordability is a big plus as well. Reccomended!

OSUbrewman, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a rich, copper color with a foamy, white two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - It smelled hoppy and malty.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with a powerful bitter hop quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good American IPA. Another great GI product.

zeff80, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a beautiful golden brown with a nice head which melts down to an eighth of an inch. Minimal lacing.

Has a heavy aroma of pine and grass.

Tastes of fresh hops and pine with a slight grapefruit aftertaste.

Smooth and balanced mouthfeel.

This easy-to-drink IPA is a great little session beer and another fine product from Goose Island.

Monkeyknife, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Goose Island brew and I wasn't disappointed.

It pours a very nice looking crisp amber/copper colour with a big, somewhat creamy head that leaves its mark on the glass.

The aroma is most definitely hoppy, but well balanced with malt to leave you wanting more, not overwhelmed by an overabundance of hops, as many IPA's tend to do. Hops aroma tends to lean toward bread-like, earthy qualities with a touch of sweetness.

The flavour is more of the same. It's simple for sure, but powerful without being intrusive at any time. There's a bit more sweetness here from some caramel notes, but hops once again rule, and once again have the same bready/earth characteristics to them. Mouthfeel is light to medium and well-balanced.

I enjoyed this one. It's full of flavour and easy drinking. A nice introduction to the brewery overall, as it's got me wanting to try more of their stuff.

SixpointJMH, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of JDK
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice honey color with a 1/2" head that quickly disappeared. Mild lacing that clung for a few minutes after each sip.
Smells of citrus and a little grassy
Mouthfeel is very nice, very mild with just the right amount of carbonation.
Very slight citrus (almost grapefruit) aftertaste

JDK, Feb 08, 2007
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.