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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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3,793 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,793
Reviews: 1,117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 88
Gots: 530 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

Bourbon color, grapefruit aroma, fruity hop flavor, dry body.
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Photo of sgoodship
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice straw amber color. Clear with bubbles rising. Easily delivers a creamy yellowy off-white head. Great stalagtite lacing and great head retention.

S: Big bold floral nose with a hint of citrus. Lively and invigorating. It's also a bit grassy and resiny. Just a really intense hop nasal experience.

T: Smooth and simple beer. Refreshing with a zest and grapefruit. Some caramel balance. Finish is a nice bitter bite which goes with you into a dry hoppy aftertaste.

M: It's a clean but creamy mouth. On the light side of medium body with a high side of medium carbonation which is pretty active in the mouth and adds to the refreshing nature of the drink. It is surprisingly creamy for a beer that feels thirst quenching.

D: Substantial, refreshing and poundable. Got to love that in an IPA. I originally had this as an A- but upgraded my review because I have been spending some quality time with it. A really delicious brew.

Photo of rdkottke
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a home Brewer always looking for new beers to try and than try to replicate. I was walking through my local package store in Mankato, MN and found this Ale. I have a friend who is also a home brewer who suggested I try Goose Island products sometime. So I picked up a sixer of Pale Ale. Very impressed! Not really that bitter for a Indian Pale Ale, but I believe I like this better than most. You could definetly get yourself in trouble downing a six pack on a warm afternoon. Very nice, but not over powering citrus aroma, bitterness right to my liking, drank it out of a bottle, nice graphics by the way. I recommend very highly. Lastly, it taste alot like Brau Brothers Brewing Pale Ale, either one is a good choice

Photo of projectflam86
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber golden color. Some scattered lace.

S- Hints of floral and pine. Not really any citrus to be found. A decent malt sweetness in the back.

T- A slight initial bitterness with a piney hop flavor. A big supply of malt sweetness and caramel flavors add for balance. Quite a few grain and malt flavors apparent.

M- Light/medium body. Ok carbonation.

D- Not really as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. An easy drinking brew but it feels more like an APA and not an IPA.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Nice foamy head with a nice light lacing. Clear golden color.

Smell: Nice and hoppy, scents of pine and fresh grass. A slight grapefruit citrus scent. Very nice.

Taste: About like is smells. A little less bitterness than most IPA's I've tried. I like the strong hoppy flavors of this one without the usual overhopped bitterness that most IPA's feature.

Mouth feel: Highly carbonated, nice and crisp and medium bodied.

Drinkability: I like it, I could do more of this one when I'm in the mood for some crisp hoppiness. Would like to try this one on tap in Chicago some day.

Photo of cbros
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours an ordinary orange color, common with other IPA's that I have had. There is a nice two finger head to the pour with a good amount of cling to the glass. The smell reminds me of your average IPA with hints of pine, citrus and light malts. The taste is current with the smells; you get a nice, if somewhat weak, balance of hops. There is a nice hop and malt balance that finishes off smooth and noncommital. Overall this was in my opinion an average IPA and good but not anything that would draw me back to it. I percieved a lack of strength in the beer but it had a good balanced taste. An okay IPA, however nothing extraordinary.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a while back, but took some notes. Poured a golden color with frothy white head that faded moderately quickly and left lots of lacing. Smelled of piney hops, caramel malt, and some hints of citrus. Tasted very similar minus the citrus. Pretty smooth, just slightly overcarbonated, very easy to drink.

Photo of beerman207
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw this on sale for $6.99 a six pack only a buck more than a sixer of bud. Yeah, it was time to give the goose a try for their IPA. Beer was bottled on 6/08/09.

A- Pours a hazy orange in an oversized wine glass. Little lacing. The top has some nice bubbles hanging around.

S- Hops come through pretty strong for me. Pine, citrus very present. Definately an IPA.

T- Cktrus is dominant along with pine. Very freshing and crisp

M- Excellent in the balance for the mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation

D- This is a highly drinkable beer considering the low ABV for an IPA along with the cheap price tag. I have a feeling that this will become a staple in my fridge this summer.

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

Bottled on 6/04/09 Now, why can't more brewers do this? Especially with those beers where hops are important. I'm going to start drinking more GI because of this. Oh wait, they're not sold in the Philly area... yet.

Pours out a clear, golden yellow with a 3 finger, fluffy, off-white head that falls to a cap while leaving a bit of irregular lace. It's well-carbonated too.
Has a balanced smell of citrus hops at first but is followed by a light maltiness.
The taste is similar to the smell in that it starts off quickly with citrus hops, but then followed by a dose of bitterness then some malt and ends with a light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp & carbonated and medium bodied.
Yes, this is a very drinkable brew. Tasty, not too high of an ABV, would be great on a warm summer day.

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

Goose Island IpA is a rich amber in color.
Lace was abundant on the glass.

The smell was of earthy hop resins. This Chicago based brew had all the markings of a solid IPA. Hop Aroma...Check
Grapefruit laden pine notes...Check
Some malt backing? Yes just a hint of caramel breadiness.
Mouthfeel was prickly, a bit on the light side and was not all that carbonated.
Overall. A very solid representation of the style, with the earthy hops lingering on the palate.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear light amber hue, like honey, with a slight haze. A one finger stone khaki head slowly settles to a razor thin cap with small dime size patches.

Crisp citrus aromas on top of a slight sweet and bready base.

The malts are very delicate, adding only a little toastiness under the citrusy grapefruit. Full bodied.

A very well rounded IPA. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of TLove
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Great auburn color with a supple, off-white head. A tad watery.

Smells of sweet hops and fresh strawberries.

Great green raisin and caramel mix in the taste with a buttery hop balance of dark and light malts.

Great finish, smooth, but a tad watery. A great all-purpose IPA. I'd pick up a six pack in a heartbeat.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker shade of golden, like a brass color with about a half an inch of fizzy bleached head.
Smells got nice floral notes of hop.
Taste has a very traditional hop quality. Not overpowering and very right for style. Has a nice bread quality on the back.
Finish is crisp with the right bitter hop after-taste.
Drinks pretty smooth through the hops.

Photo of bgreg3
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from 6 pack.

This beer has a nice amber haze to it and and a nice foam head that sticks around for a while after the pour. A standard IPA smell to it , hops and goodness! Very good balance between the malt and the hops. The taste is malty sweet at the beginning and then the hops dominate after the first second. Motuhfeel is a little on the light side for an IPA , atleast to me. This is a very drinkable IPA , I could finish half the 6pack tonight!

Photo of Wheelinb
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times and most recently on tap while visiting Goose Island while in Chicago. This is a quality representative of the IPA style so there is not much I can add to this other than to say it is a prototypical IPA and a well done one at that. Hops, pine and citrus. It is quite drinkable as well.

Photo of Risser09
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - bottled 6/4/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow and orange with a 1" ivory head that is foamy with tiny bubbles. Great retention with lace that remains and leaves rings after each sip. Carbonation flows abundantly to the surface.

Smell: Strong hop aroma of grapefruit and flowers. Rose and honeysuckle with an underlying sweet pale malt. Very fresh.

Taste: Bitter hops are fruity, vegetal and juicy. Lemon, apple, coriander. All of this comes with a sweet pale malt flavor and a long, lengthy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, some carbonation, sweetness, and bitterness. Basic alcohol presence.

Drinkability: A great IPA whose aroma doesn't really match the flavor. I wish the taste was more like the aroma. A solid session brew worthy of case purchase.

Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date of 10/28/08. Ouch, I didn't see that before I picked it up.

A- Pours a hazy orange brown into an oversized wine glass. Tight one finger head quickly shrinks to a ring around the edge of the glass. Small amount of lacing.

S- Warm, roasted malt. Buttery, sweet toffee. Not getting much of the hops here.

T- The hops have definitely faded. Faint hops come in, slight citrus, grassy. Sweet, lightly roasted malt. Some apricot and a bit of a buttery taste. I bet this is awesome fresh.

M- Smooth, medium bodied. Almost drinks like a DIPA. Nicely carbonated. Slight warming feeling like it is a higher ABV.

D- Very, very drinkable. Has some DIPA characteristics. I think this could only get better with the presence of some fresh hops. One of the better IPA's I've had. I will seek out a fresh bottle.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this from Crown Liquors #19 in Carmel, IN. Thanks go out to bobby91w for his help with my purchase!

Presentation: Poured from 12oz brown glass bottle with bottled on date of 7/22/08. Reviewed/drank on 6/4/09 poured into my Duvel tulip so it's almost a year old. I didn't notice it was that old when I bought it!

A: Pours a beautiful orange color, full 1 finger head with thick oily bubbles that recede quickly, but coats the top of the beer most of my drinking session. Lacing on the glass is pretty nice as well. Can't ask for too much more from a beer except perhaps better head retention.

S: Smell is absolutely delicious. It's floral, very citrusy, but the hop notes have subsided quite a bit.

T: Really because the hops have died down a lot (it's not a very hoppy beer at this point, not even as much as a pale ale really) the taste rating suffers. It's still a very good beer, don't get me wrong. Nice sweet malt backbone here, notes of hops are there but no bitterness whatsoever, even some caramel malt here because the hops are so subdued.

M: A little thinner than expected, decent carbonation, not enough creaminess or oilyness that I prefer in a hoppy beer.

D: Pretty high. I can't fault it here. Could drink it all night, but needs more hops.

I think this review is probably low because the hops have faded, but I'm reviewing the beer in front of me.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 inch head and nice lacing.
Smell - Citrus and malt.
Taste - Grapefruit followed by a bready malt.
Mouthfeel - A medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish.
Drinkability - Easy to drink, though a little sweet.

Photo of webbcreative
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured light yellow with 2 finger white head. Smell is nice, not very hoppy smelling, but you can sure smell the malt, and its nice. Taste is good, nice malt character, but not really as hoppy as I would expect to find in an IPA, this feels more like an APA to me. But it is still good nonetheless. Get a bit of a woodiness and just a bit of grassy-ness in this. Not too much complexity in this brew, but again, its a great brew.

Overall, this is good, but has the hop profile of an APA to me. I would get again for the right price.

Photo of atpben
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the El Bait Shop in Des Moines. Poured in a pint glass. Appears a nice dark golden color with a pretty decent head. Aroma of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Taste is quite balanced. It has a very good fruity flavor with hints of spiciness. It ends with a nice sweet citrusy note. Good beer, and a good session ale. Hope to see this beer in TX some day.

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

I had this one on tap at the Goose Island Fullerton Brewery dock party on 5/20/2009.

A= This beer poured a slightly hazed orange-gold color with a 3/4 inch snow white head. The head dropped slowly to a skim and left tons of ringed lace down my glass.

S= Incredibly fresh hop aroma, full of citrus and pine. I also found some esters, caramel, and malty notes in there too.

T= Started off with a modest, biscuity-malty-caramel sweetness underlying a big citrusy hop flavor, some piney bitterness, and light esters. The finish was dry and left a great aftertaste.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel.

D= This was the freshest Goose Island IPA I have ever had and it was excellent. Easy to session too!

Photo of RyanC84
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Faint amber color with a creamy white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hop aroma backed by sweet malt.

T: Grapefruit hops shine and finishes crisp, long, and bitter while not being overwhelming.

F: Medium-bodied and goes down very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. Could session this IPA all night. Nothing groundbreaking here but an extremely solid, drinkable IPA from Goose Island. Would definitely have this often if it was available.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light, translucent, looks like a hazy BMC. One finger head that is very white.

S: Good hoppy smell, but not offensive. Very floral, with no malt.

T: Mildly piney, hops for sure. Bitter aftertaste. No malts still, a mild citrus after a while

M: Sharp, but no carbonation really.

D: Good intro drinkability.

Photo of bsp77
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Semi-hazy orange with moderate head that dissipates a little too quickly. Some nice lacing.

Smell: Relatively mild (for an IPA) floral and citrus hops, with some grainy malt. Smells more like a Pale Ale to me.

Taste: Fairly grainy, slightly fruity malts with some citrus and pine hop taste. Bitterness at the end is relatively low for an IPA. However, there are some very strong persistent pepper notes at the end that are a little distracting.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation for an IPA, with a light to moderate body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty light American/English hybrid IPA that is easy drinking for a summer day.

Not as good as I remember from in the past, but I think my IPA tastes have changed, as I used to think Furious was too bitter.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Honker's Ale shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of fluffy, lingering bone white foam. Smells and tastes of toasted grains, sweet malts, lemony bitter hops, mildly grassy, a touch of grapefruit, and caramel. This IPA is medium in both body and carbonation. Certainly worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style.

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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