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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,847 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,847
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 89
Gots: 573 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 3,847 | Reviews: 1,128
Photo of blackdog1101
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- A hazy orange, quite transluscent, with a decent had that stuck around nicely. Foam sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- Hops, grapefruit, orange. Very fruity. A little pine in a background.

T- The hops give this a sweet citrus taste. Reminds me of Clementine tangerines, more sweet than sour/bitter. A little pine oil, and a little floral aspect.

M- Nicely balanced. Not too carbonated. This is on the lighter side of the IPA spectrum.

D- This is a lovely IPA. This is a lighter IPA, not a 'big" IPA like Furious or Two Hearted. This is a totally sessionable, good tasting IPA. If it were summer time I'd buy this in 12 packs to drink on the patio. Good stuff.

Photo of mothman
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours about a finger of slight off white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splatterd lace. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Musky hops, some slight floral notes. Bready malts as well. Nothing to special here.

Taste: Again, musky hops here. It has some floral notes and slight citrus notes but nothing to amazing. Some bready malts balance this out. Not my type of ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and unpleasant. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and musky.

Overall, this getting a B+ overall seems a little high. I have had much better IPAs then this and this just doesn't seem to compare at all. It is very malty and doesn't pack a nice hop punch like it should.

Photo of Dave412
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a hazy orange color with lots of carbonation, small but lingering head.
S. Strong, wonderful smell to the beer. Slightly pine, slightly citrusy, mostly typical ipa scents are present.
T. Solid taste, hits you right up front, bitterness is present as it goes back, weaker bitterness than some but overall well balanced.
D. Drinkable, tasty IPA at a small price.
Good six pack in a night IPA. Overall - Good. However the finished bottle left me wanting to find a stronger, better taste than this IPA provided.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger frothy head. Hazy orange color. Thick lacing. Very good head retention.

S. Citrus and Piney hops. Very good hop smell. Not much malt.

T. Taste is a balance of citrus hops and biscuity malt.

M. Medium bodied. Very smooth. Pretty crisp/dry finish. Just a little lingering bitterness from the hops.

D. A pretty good standby IPA in my book. Nothing amazing, but it is good and consistent. a good session beer.

Photo of trbergman
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Translucent orange-yellow with one finger of dense white head.

S - Very lush, with citrus scents of orange zest and grapefruit, as well as tropical fruits. Some caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Hop-forward, with moderately aggressive bitterness and loads of hop flavor. Candied orange peel, grapefruit, and pineapple all come into play, with a base of caramel malt playing second fiddle. Lengthy, bitter finish.

M - Medium body. Adequate carbonation, but not overdone.

D - Very good. I could easily have several of these.

Photo of 7thstreetbrewery
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Frosty Freezer mug. Wonderful citrus aroma! Smells of FRESH whole hops! Nice 1/2" white foamy head, good lacing down to the last drop. Carbonation just right for a warm day on the deck and a snappy, dry finish! For me the finish is one of the most important aspects of a great ale, it leaves me wanting that next sip! I love this brew!

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

Take a picture, this strikes me as a fine piece of minimalist art: the beer and its head are perfectly proportioned, sectioned off by a straight and definite line, each inked a solid, sterile colour and clamped into a balance that rest undisturbed by either time or aeration. The lack of tinseled highlighting or eccentric lacing furthers the minimalist impression.

The beer looks orangey and it smells orangey too. The hoppiness is elaborately expressive, the citrus is vivid and intricately knit along scents of piny resins, pungent herbals, floral grasses and earthy spices. It is a sample swatch of all the characteristics that lupullin is capable of containing. It is bitter, pithy, fruity and earthy - it is downright ambrosial.

And it's all underlined by a buttermilk-like maltiness in the taste. Pancakes and honeycomb make a fantastic base for a spread of pithy grapefruit jam and orange zest. The citrus is toned down none in the taste; its brimming acidic tone is well suited to the beer's soft, floral undertones. Can something be simultaneously delicate and aggressive?

Frankly, I'm surprised I haven't finished the thing already; it should have lasted only a few gulps. The bitterness is assertive but not overwhelming, reminding me of a strongly steeped tea as it shares those same fruity, floral, herbal elements. The carbonation is properly set to help scrub the bitter, pithy flavours without completely annihilating them.

A good American-style IPA is to new-age brewers what a béchamel sauce is to classic French chefs, it is the most basic of recipes and arguably the most important as well. Without it, you're nothing. Not surprisingly Goose Island, a great American brewery, has a great IPA - who would have thunk it? You won't go wrong picking this one up. Trust me.

Photo of lester619
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More pale and thin looking than most IPA's i've come across. Understated hoppy citrus smell. Pine and sweet grassy floral notes come out. I love the taste of this beer. Very crisp, sahara desert dry finish. Not as strongly hopped as other varieties, but plenty of grapefruit hoppy bitterness. Evidently this is an English IPA. I guess I like English IPA's. I could say it tastes like citrus, pine, rasins or whatever to describe the flavor. At the end of the day, it tastes like really good beer. Not as thick and intense on the mouth which makes for a smoother, more drinkable expiriance. This screams out for something really spicy to pair with it. I like it, it's good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic Midwest IPA that need not apologize to any geographical interpretation. Citrus aroma, pretty strong. Taste, more citrus, a good amount of woody amberish malt. Perfect strength. Middle of the road IPA, maybe even a great introductory version that doesn't compromise in any area. One of the most balanced IPA's out there.

Mouthfeel, these are more apt to struggle down the stretch, losing the hop and bitter edge, malt begins takeover, but it remains a drinkable beer, because you start back fresh for the first half of the pint. I think those beers that struggle down the stretch may just be the rare blended batch.

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

A - Poured a goldencolor with a white head that leaved some lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of cotrus grapefruity hops

T - Follows the nose with a wonderful citrus hop flavor

M - Thos beer has a medi body with medium carbonation to it

D - this is a delicious ipa that tastes very good and isn't over powering worth a try sometime

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this!

Pours copperish amber with a thin white head that leaves some rings of lacing.

The smell is peppery/herbal/floral, slight citrus, with a caramel backing.

The taste is spicy/peppery with tropical/citric fruitiness. It has a firm malt backing. Finishes with an herbal/floral bitterness.

It has a silky smooth medium body.

It has a nice bittering spiciness with a sweet touch that finishes with a dry spiciness. A very nice IPA!

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

this beer pours a nice pale golden color with an off white head that recedes to a thin layer of lace that sticks around for the majority of the session. the aroma is really nice, a good amount of sweet malt aroma to back up the pronounced clean citrus hop profile. the taste follows suit with a nice biscuit sweet malt profile balanced nicely by the hops at the end. the medium mouthfeel and good co2 make this a really good ipa.

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

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass @ Lola

A - about a finger of thick foamy off-white head. strong golden color and slightly hazy. incredible lacing all the way down the glass, leaving behind a thick wall of foam. impressive.

S - citrus and piney hops off the bat, sweetness from hops transforms into some biscuity malts.

T - crisp, sweet and citrus hops at first, then piney/grassiness...followed by the bitter half of the grapefruit hops. doughy malt is there underneath the whole time, not competing for the attention. solid.

M - flavors are really crisp, adequately carbonated with a nice medium body. slightly oiled feel.

D - went down quite nicely with the second half of my amazing meal. a very solid IPA.

Photo of robobor
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear gold with a heap of foamy head on top, which slowly retreated to just a circle at the edges. Nice strong hoppy aroma. What really sticks out here is the balance, the malts stand up to a formidable hoppy bitterness. Also a very agreeable mouthfeel. I'll be buying this again.

Note: I'm reviewing this with a bit of a cold, so my senses of taste and smell are a bit blocked.

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

The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pretty standard IPA aroma; pale and Carapils malts along with loads of citrus hops. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with a really nice bitter hop bite. There is a good amount of body here which only enhances the drinkability. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine example of an American IPA. It says English style on the description, but I'm tasting a nice West Coast IPA here.

Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: A quasi-vigorous pour produces a nice golden-amber colored brew with a big three-finger head that fills my pint glass up perfectly. The foamy head leaves some light lacing on the glass, as well.

Smell: A nice, robust smell of some citrusy and piney are the first thing to jump out in the nose. Nothing overwhelming, but the hops are there. You can also get a whiff of the malts, as well, this being an English IPA.

Taste: Much more malt-forward than the smell. There are just some light, buttered-biscuit malts up front with a light but drawn out hop finish. Very refreshing, but quite standard.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Could be beefed up a bit in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy-going and drinkable brew. A low ABV and a lighter taste make this a brew you could definitely have more than one of.

Overall, this is a very nice, low-key IPA. I'm not a huge supporter of the EIPA (because hops are the nectar of the gods and are not to be found in EIPA's), but this is a nice, mellow brew. Nothing standout, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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

This Goose Island India Pale Ale pours a clear, deep gold hue with ample carbonation briefly forming a white head of foam that settles fairly quickly leaving good amounts of lace on the sides of the glass. The smell is spicy; like a peppery pine cone mixed with a bit of oak.

Peppery, woody, sort of leafy-earthy, hops are the predominant flavors first noticed in this IPA. There's not much malt complexity here, just some simple British pale malt flavors (more cracker-like than bready). Some hoppy pine notes emerge as the beer warms up, especially towards the finish which is marked by a fairly assertive bitterness that coats the tongue. The sweetness of the malt plays really well with the hops. This beer has really evolved through the years.

Overall, drinkability is excellent; perhaps a sessionable IPA. The bitter finish is assertive and resinous but not overpowering and reminds of Bridgeport IPA.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce into a perfect.

Pours a medium golden straw, slightly dark and almost tangerine. Nice head that sticks well and leaves an impressive lace.

Aroma is floral and fruity. Grapefruit and fresh cut grass, with a hint of cream and yeasty dough.

Flavor is bready on the front with a nice crackery snap. Hops come in strong, floral and fruity. Grapefruit and bitter herbs dominate with a piney rider. Not overpoweringly earthy, but citrus and juicy, nice. Finishes clean even with the decent malt backing.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and resinous, this is really the only fault I can find.

A good session IPA, very good hop flavor. Not overpowering on the alpha acid, but still very present.

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

Pours a lovely bright orange-gold colour, although it was served with very minimal head (which I find a common trend in the US, unfortunately), just a filmy ring of white bubbles, that still left some impressive lacing. I can only imagine the head would have improved this. Good clarity in the body, a few minimal streams of carbonation. Looks pretty good.

Lots of sweet citrus rind / candied orange on the nose, with a good base of sweet, but not sickly malt. Some hints of peach and stonefruit, but a little subdued, and fortunately the sweetness stays clear of the stickier butterscotch type of aromas. Very tasty.

Taste is clear and clean, with a decent bite of hops mid palate. Finish is quite full, with the malt and honey sweetness sticking around for quite a while after the hops have disappeared. Nice round mouthfeel - perhaps the sweetness is a little too cloying, but I can forgive it this minor indiscretion.

A nice IPA, with character. Perhaps on the sweeter end for my tastes - I prefer the riproaringly hoppy or lusciously fragrant west coast style - but a good example all the same.

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

Nice light brown color with strong head retention. I'm not an IPA-phile, but I liked this beer.

Very strong hop scent, with citrus and a little malt. It's quite sweet and inviting. Given the strength of this smell, I worried about finding the beer unbearable, but it's nice. Hops are less powerful than I feared, and the malt backbone is good and balanced. Citrus, floral notes, breadyness, and a refreshing crispness from the spot-on carbonation.

I find this more drinkable than any IPA I've had.

Photo of kjyost
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a glowing review on tap, I found this in a bottle and decided to see if it still lived up to its first rate billing from my only other sampling of this beer.

Poured into a Stella glass, where it gave ~1 cm of a thick rich head which left lacing down the sides of the glass as I slowly consume it. The beer was a cloudy light orange, almost a mixture between a sunset and a mature wheat field. The initial aroma of the beer was exceedingly floral. I could have sworn I smelled some roses on the nose. As I continued to drink the beer, it matured into a much more hop based bitter aroma, which matched my palate at that point.

After having read a few reviews of this beer out of the bottle I was concerned it would disappoint, but man did it deliver. A pungent punch of hoppy bitterness struck me and lingered on the palate with a slight maltiness which matched nicely. I often struggle to find other aromas on my palate and I can't identify anything else, but all I know is that this is what I want my beer to taste like. A sensational IPA, and out of the bottle it is as nice as on tap IMO, as its carbonation was substantially lower than my previous sampling.

Photo of slk22
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber/honey color, clear with a few particulates, and a cream colored head. Aroma is obvious, but not overwhelming. Sweet grapefruit and caramel malt are inviting. Flavor is milder than the aroma would suggest. Lightly sweet citrus with a bready malt backbone, finishing with a moderate earthy bitterness. Neither offensive, nor exciting. Body is light-medium and mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation noticeable. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer, but somewhat average in terms of flavor. Does not leave me craving another.

Photo of AgentZero
2.31/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Golden orange with a soapy decent sized head that leftsome surprisingly nice broad lace.

S - Hmm, lot of hops and pine notes in here, was hoping for some more complexity here as the bartender said this is a very good ipa. All I'm getting is mostly pine, little citrus.

T - Tastes like I'm chewing on a pine tree. This is quite horrible. All I can taste is pine, pine, and well, more pine.

M - Nice carbonation and crisp.

D - I can't drink it because it tastes like I got lost in the forest and had to chew on pine needles to survive. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but this seemed almost like making an IPA to make one and not really knowing exactly what goes into it.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a stella artois glass. this one pours a pretty clear golden orange color. a nice two fingers of creamy white head off the pour. very good head retention as well as some pretty good lacing. appearence wise- excellant!

in the aroma there is definately an abundance of hops. tropical like fruits, pineapple, citrus, pine needles. slight malt backing, caramel.

a nicely balanced enjoyable ipa is what we have here. very clean tasting. citrus like fruits, pineapple, all from those wonderful hops. balanced nicely with some caramel, buttery biscuit like malts.

nice super smooth mouthfeel. moderate fine carbonation. easy to drink, goes down very nicely. i paired 2 of these with a bunch of different cheeses and the combination couldnt of been better. very good ipa, as well as a great session beer.

Photo of cagocubs
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying this beer when I was younger and new to beer. I thought it was horrible and bitter. I then started expanding my tastes and have revisited this beer. 180.


A: Golden amber with a nice 1 inch white foam head that lingers and laces.

S: An explosion of hops and spice. Can smell clove and sweet fruit traces.

T: The unique spice blend and bitter hops make this beer interesting. Great taste with an interesting aftertaste with the citrus.

M: Good mouthfeel. Smooth with good active carbonation all the way through.

D: High for a spicy and bitter beer. It is strong, but at the same time hard to put down.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 3,847 ratings.