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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,453 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,453
Reviews: 1,070
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 67
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.

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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
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

~Pours a almost cloudy golden apricot color, with a 1" head lasting about 4 minutes. Good lacing.
~Smells of flowery hop goodness, good smell to it, pretty typical IPA. Can also pick up a little alcohol, and a little from the malts.
~As witht he aroma, pretty typical IPA taste, nothing too outstanding, but solid. Didn't go overboard on the hops, but its still a full flowery, grassy hop floavor. I want to say that the aftertaste is kind of salty tasting, without the effects of salt on the tongue, not so good. Decent body and carbonation.
~I'd get a 6'er of this stuff, I suppose.

objectivemonkey, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky apricot color with your average head. Lots of citrus in the nose, piney, with a butterscotch undertone. Definitely a west-coast IPA. The taste is subtler than the smell, and there is an initial sweetness that morphs into the hoppy grapefruit sourness. The finsih is slightly bready, and there is more carbonation than I expected. A good, solid IPA.

longpondbeerman, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 06-07-06. Nice head and a golden beer with fine haze. Nose is very hoppy, american caqracter and overall very piny and citrussyfruity. Some malts there in the back but overall a very green nose. As is taste that also depend majorly on hop cracter but has a nice sweet malty touch and is overall very refreshing and easy drinkable. Fine but not overdone carbonisation makes it a very balanced IPA and gives it an overall plesant and great mouthfeel. Yes this is a very fine brew and for american standards very balanced brew, BTW not many IPA's available in the netherlands and very glad to see this one has arrived.

paterlodie, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No big surprise here. Like most IPA's this is pretty neutral and not worth chasing down. It has real nice malty taste and a good hop mix with a touch of grapefruit like citrus and a spicy nose nose but it is a little grassy. Good for the local market and I would hessitate to get one if you see it and want a standard session IPA.

Higravity, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color that is clear. Decent head that last for a time but eventually fades. Same with the lacing.

A good smell with a hoppy with a citrus kick that is more orange then lemon. A good spice that is more piney then anything. The malt is in the background and smells of sweeter basic malt.

The taste is strong on the piney hop taste but not really oily. The taste is mostly aroma hops and not much on the bittering. Mostly a sweet grape taste. There isn’t much of the flavoring hops but the aftertaste leaves a noticeable citrus hop taste. The malt is minor and is mostly basic malt. Some residual calky taste is noticeable but insignificant.

The body is a medium grade and good drinkable score. I thought this was a great session IPA. Not a hop heads best but still very good.

Oxymoron, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of LordChesterfield
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first American IPA I've had the pleasure of sampling and it is definitely hoppier than the Englis versions I've tried. Very herbal tasting with notes of oak. Light malt body and very fruity.Clean and refreshing but very substantial at the same time. I think I've found my ideal summer beer. I' too lazy to poor this beer right now as I would have to was the glass, however I think that every beer becomes baeutiful if it tastes good, so it really doesn't matter. Recommended.

LordChesterfield, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a green label and an oval in the center. (if i designed beer labels, there wouldn't be an oval in the center. i think the last 20 beers i've had have an oval in the center of the label. sorry for my rant). anyways, hops surround the oval and within the oval is "goose island, chicago" and a banner with "india pale ale". a goose pops his head through the center of the oval. "for those who want more" encircles the goose head. "goose island classics" across the top of the label in a shelley-like script. goose island's description of their ipa is in the same script covering all the negative space on the left and right of the oval. "serve in a tulip glass" is on the back label along with the best by date of: 12.25.05. no abv to be found.

appearance: pours a hazy golden orange with bright yellow-orange highlights in a tulip glass. after pouring very aggressively, i get a half inch off-white head that quickly drops to a ring around the glass. there are some floaties suspended in the brew with just a few bubbles rising.

smell: lightly spicy and piney with very citrusy hop aromas.

taste: bitter citrusy hops. grapefruit and oranges. lightly sweet, bready malt character attempts to balance. finish is a tad dry. aftertaste is of course bitter hops.

mouthfeel: crisp, light-medium body with good carbonation despite an almost non-existent head. rolls and swallows fairly smoothly.

drinkability: very quaffable. would make a good session ipa. alcohol is well hidden and the finish and aftertaste keeps you drinkin'.

overall: overall a pretty average to slightly above average ipa. taste isn't overly complex. great hop character with hardly a balance in the malts. would make an excellent session. must try if you can get your hands on one, and can drink all night if it's more easily accessible to you. thanks to mlh1227 for the try.

Px2GrafX, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a hazy but bright orange in color with a good, white head that showed some retention.

Smell – The huge biscuity hops here are awesome! It smells like Amarillo gone wild but is kept in check with a nice malty backbone. It’s still very biased towards hops, but I like the mix.

Taste – Hmmm. The Amarillo steps back a bit, and the hop profile shows some nice resin and leafy citrus. The grain too comes on a bit stronger. All together it’s an excellent flavor make-up.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is a little lighter than medium-bodied and is very refreshing.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed downing this 12 ouncer. It’s different, that’s for sure, with the big biscuity Amarillo and strong husky grain. Me like. Me drinky. The Law is good.

Update – The big biscuity hops are really the story here, but it’s still a well-balanced AIPA. It was nice when I had it and rated it in 2005, and this 2006 vintage is more of the same.

RoyalT, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As fantome would probably say - "you've come full circle". Poured out to a nice orange amber color with a huge white foamy head and rings of lace around the glass. This beer just looks good. Makes you want it. Smell is great; aromas of hops, spice, herbs and citrus fill the nose. Taste is solid; flavors of citrus dominate, with a hoppy backbone that is supported by the complexity of hints spice and light pine. Mouthfeel was good; this wasn't too heavy or filling, the way a good pale ale should be. Good level of drinkability, this would be a great summer brew or even winter brew for that matter. There will always be space in my beer cellar for this brew. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of karst
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Clybour n St. Brewpub near Goose Island - Chicago.

Pours a golden orange with handsome creamy head with good retention and lace.

Aroma of citrus american hops - mouthwatering tropical fruits.

Flavors start with tropical fruit and well bittered 2-row light roasted malt middle (biscuits) and some nice fruity esters to combine with the dry lingering earthy bitterness of a classic IPA finish.

Good balance, medium light body - perfect for style and mouthfeel that you can hold on to without becomming watery.

Session? OH YEA!

karst, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/08/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with dating on the side of the label. Poured into my Snake River Brewing glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange colored pour, 1/2 inch somewhat creamy looking white head and above average lace.

Smell- Pretty nice floral and fruity hop scent. Can tell there will be bitterness to follow. Light malt backbone.

Taste- Not the bomb I expected, but a nice mellow and well balanced malt to hop taste. Fruity grapefruit hops and a lighter toasted malt combine well together.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation that went down smooth.

Drinkability- On of the better IPA's from the recent stash I brought back from Washington. Would purchase again if it were available here.

GClarkage, Oct 09, 2005
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
India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 3,453 ratings.