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India Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,148 Reviews
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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

55 IBUs

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Reviews: 1,148 | Ratings: 4,227
Photo of MarkLinton1
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For whatever reason I bought a six pack with no high expectations. This IPA was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful golden color with a solid white head. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. Lots of floral, pine and grapefruit taste going on. Beautiful IPA that's not overwhelming hoppy and bitter. This is my new "go to" IPA when you plan on having more than a couple.

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Photo of mugsup
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

lol @ some reviews. The bloke who said "Way too much hops for me" is actually a wine-loving chick. The guy who said "quack quack quack yum" gets a mugs up from me.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry fruity hop aroma.Amber gold colored body. A touch of pine in the nose too. Light fruity bitterness Wet and dry finish. Hint of malt sweetness. Crisp and filling. Indescribable at times. Amazing.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First thing I noticed was the smell of citrus, I personally love it. when poured it pours a fluffy white head and is kind of a orange/amber color. At first I was a little apprehensive because of lesser "pale ales", but i was quickly proven wrong. The hops definitely make themselves known and have somewhat of an overpowering presence but at the same time it is still delicious. It's not as smooth or drinkable as other beers but is definitely worth a shot and is a good first IPA for anyone who has not tried an IPA.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with creamy white foam (16oz draft) with good lacing;grapefruit nose; hoppy lemongrass start / "Midwest" style IPA showing a smidge of citrus hops; medium lite mouthfeel with dry bitter finish; overall, typical Midwest style commercial IPA and easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of leantom
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A little sick so this review may not be accurate. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours a large, fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing. Clear orange/golden color with lots of carbonation.

S: Very mild. Citrus, lemon peel, grass - not much malt.

T: Follows the nose, but a little more robust. Lots of citrus and grass - somewhat fruity in the aftertaste as well. Also contains a nicer, smooth malt backbone.

F: Great. Well carbonated and refreshing.

O: A good beer. Much better than expected.

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Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint mug.
Aroma- A really nice strong hop aroma.
Appearance- Great golden color with a strong white head
Taste- the hops shine thru, great flavor with a dry finish
palate- a medium bodied brew with lots of carbonation. has a dry finish
Overall- A really good IPA, I recommend it

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at BWW while eating wings , the waitress asked a dumb question if I wanted a regular or tall , TAll all the way lade

Came out in a tall glass with the hour glass shape , the beer tasted fresh , the hops were not there so much in the noise but really picked up on them while drinking , after a few desert wings and hot wings I could have been drinking coors light but I kept ordering these , all in all not a bad IPA in a dry county where I live

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden orange body with well-carb'd one finger head and lace patches down the glass. Light citric hops and a little bit of sweetness and bread in the aroma. Smooth, easy drinking IPA, "session" like, there is a caramel/honey like sweetness that balances with herbal, citric hops that are light on the tongue. Little bit of breadiness for fuller mouthful and clean finish. Simple and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Golden in color. Very clear, with decent head retention

Smell: Hops, and a bitter, unsweetened lemon peel aroma. Very bitter, almost sour in scent.

Taste: Very hop forward still with the sense of fruitiness, but it's mostly lemon peel with no sense of sweetness.

Feel: Very light and easy to drink. Carbonation is a moderate level.

Overall: It's ok. Not my first choice if I'm going for an IPA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid English IPA. It has a really nice balance between malt and hops. The malty taste is sweet and there is even a touch of fruitiness. The hops are milder as compared to american DIPAs. Smooth and clean feel and finish.
It seems that I've rated this higher than the majority. Not sure what the problem is, I thought it was delightful.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sample pack of Goose Island beers. The IPA poured with a clear golden brown appearance with average lacing. The beer had a very thick head but it dissipated quickly. Aromas are similar to a dried, citrus fruit smell and malts. In terms of taste, the IPA more has a bitter and bready flavoring over anything citrus-like. I did like the carbonation for the IPA; crisp carbonation and dry. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy, piney, herbal hops and caramel malt and some fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Earthy, herbal hops, caramel and biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry and earthy. Good English style, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of interzen
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Dark golden yellow with a fluffy white head which diminishes to a nice, even foam cap and some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Hoppy right out of the gate - the fruity aromas were noticeable during the pour, and having let the beer sit for a little bit I was getting a lovely combination of hops, resin and grapefruit aromas.

Taste: Cor blimey, the hops hit you right from the word go but at the same time they manage not to swamp the other flavours present, and there are some. There's a nice balance between hop and malt in the middle, with the hops coming through again in the finish. Surprisingly complex.

Feel: Hops up front, a nice hop/malt/fruit combo in the middle and a dry, astringent finish. I finally feel that my palate is getting used to this sort of beer.

Overall: Goose Island has been a bit hit and miss for me - on the one hand I loved their 312 Wheat beer but Honkers was a bit of a let down. This, I feel, hits the bullseye for me - for sure, there are more aggressively hopped beers out there but this is a good introduction to the more bitter side of things.

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Photo of brureview
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brewed only a month ago. The last time I tasted this beer, it was 6 months old,
and not as good as this beer.

Pours a light golden color with a 2F head in Thistle glass. This glass works well for the beer as recommended by the brewer.

Light fruit and hops aroma.

Very bitter Mf- the beer tingles on the back of my tongue.

Taste- quite good. Fruit and a serious bitterness.

Overall- Quite classic and worth checking out if fresh.

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Photo of Foyle
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle (bottled on Jan 8, 2015) into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" pillowy head that falls slowly with some mild lacing. Color is mostly clear deep gold. Abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: fairly for the style, pleasant citrus and pine, nice biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: fairly light, very carbonated and frothy with a quite dry finish.

Flavor: citrus elements are stronger than in the aroma. The biscuit is in the background. Also pick up some earthy bitter hops and hop oil in the finish.

Overall: very good, but a bit too aggressive and lacking the subtle and balanced flavors of the milder English IPA style.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, it is an impressive IPA. Unique in it's character. It's very balanced because of the strong malt. Not extremely hoppy for an IPA but nonetheless a tasty concoction. Went great with pepporoni pizza and sausage! Another winner from Goose Island.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber body with a head which dissipates very quickly.
S: It's a piney one.
T: Quite satisfying. Mainly just perfumey piney hops with a slight creaminess. Not very bitter. Orange marmalade gets stronger as it warms. Not much in the way of malt character.
O: Nice but NOT AN ENGLISH STYLE IPA! It's a generic piney American IPA, albeit a good example of one.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep golden and clear ale underneath a head as big as ya wanna pour it - that'll leave lots of lacy mess down the glass

S: fruit and herb notes, but with slight medicinal and resinous characteristics, suggestions of the sweeter pale malts beneath

T: fruitier than the nose, with a shellac in the background; bright fruit points pop out from the slightly sweet malt base

M: has a particular feel common to other English-styled beers I've had a slight, polish, a varnish - slight and with a bit of tack and chew - but then its gone...

O: a nice ale, though I am admittedly partial to the more American approach to the IPA - presents a clean body with subtler hop expressions than you'd get in many American IPAs. The malts are sturdier, and the ale has distinct character.

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Photo of LouZ
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At 55 IBU, this isn't really an IPA but rather a pale ale. It's an easy drink, and meets expectations as described on the bottle with a citrus nose followed by a malty backbone and hoppy finish. But this is not hoppy enough, to me, to be called an IPA. Label it a pale, and it may get a slightly higher score from me.

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Photo of utfiero
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Color- medium gold. Full head.

Aroma- like a slightly hoppy lager.

Taste- a thoroughly mediocre IPA. This would be a good gateway brew for someone that fears real IPAs. Overall it's slightly hoppy with mild bitterness.

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Photo of BBMuffins
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a terrible IPA, but I've had quite a few better.

It poors with half a finger of head, which dissipates within seconds to a tiny collection of bubbles in the middle of the glass. It is orange in color, and nearly crystal clear.

Smells a bit boozy, with a bit of grapefruit or some other sort of bitter citrus in the background.

A good balance of hops, citrus, and malt for flavor. Leaves a slight bitter after taste. Overall a decent balance, but not the best I've had by far.

A tad bit oily, it lingers with the bitterness for a good bit. However, it's not altogether unpleasant, it just stays for a bit longer than I'd like. Still, it's a tasty beverage.

Overall, this doesn't impress, but it's not bad. I would say that I like it, but prefer others. Would not turn one down if offered.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: A nice, bright golden, tinged with burnt orange. Very nice ribbon like lacing that remained on the glass the entire time.

Smell: It smells fruity, fresh but slightly tame. The hops don't really reveal themselves that much in the initial whiff, they are subtle to be sure. Grapefruit, and dare I say even some lemon. Nothing special here.

Taste: Clean, crisp, the hop finish is lengthy and dry. First taste is fruity, almost too much so. My biggest complaint here is the lack of a solid malt base. The taste seems to jump straight from fruity to the bitter, dryness of the hops. It certainly didn't taste 55IBU's, the hops are not overwhelming.

Feel: Slightly oily, slick and it coats the mouth nicely. Maybe finishes a little too dry? Can't pinpoint what bothers me but something seems off. Too bready and not enough of the citrus remains.

Overall: I would say this is an average IPA. Maybe above average. It certainly looks pretty in a glass but the oily mouthfeel and the bready, dryness at the end prevent this one from being a GOOD IPA. I think it seems like Goose Island didn't want to commit in anyone direction so it ended up being somewhere between an American and English IPA. Decent!

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Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle data: none.

A thick, frothy, lasting white head sits atop a perfectly clear, solid gold colored body. A so-so mix of pine and citrus hops along with a small note of caramel malts. The taste comes across with a watery mix malt grains and hop bitterness with the bitterness building to a pretty bold biting bitterness into the finish; somewhat of a citrus orange hint. Medium bodied; crisp, clean, dry finish.

A rather bland and uninspiring IPA. Granted, it's supposedly an English style and shouldn't be expected to have the pizzazz of an American west coast styled IPA, but this particular brew still lacks any real depth or character. It does have a decent hop bitterness (for the style) but otherwise has little going for it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with plenty of carbonation. The head is around two fingers high, shaded a hair off-white. Its texture is fluffy, rocky, and dense, plus the retention is fairly solid. Webs of lacing are left on the glass. (4)

Smell: This one needs to open up a hair. Right after the pour, it smells generically bitter with little else to it. After sitting a little while, though, both its malt and hop characters come through. The malt is has notes of bread and caramel, while the hops are floral, citrusy, and marmalade-like. It's a pretty basic nose, but the general execution is pretty good. (3.5)

Taste: Again, there is a solid mix between hoppiness and a malt backbone. The maltiness appears first with some sugar cookie and caramel, while floral yet orange-laden hop notes finish it off. Simple (and without extreme-ness) but well made - the only (minor) flaw is the faint soapiness of the hops. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, but not bone dry or ultra light, either. It doesn't seem to be as carbonated as it looked. Despite the decent residual sweetness and lesser fizz, it's still pretty easy to drink. (3.5)

Overall: There are beers that you muse over lovingly through the course of an hour or two, and there are beers that you kill three or four of while fishing. This is firmly in the latter category: it's an every day drinker and knows so. Not a must buy, but well worth drinking. (3.5)

3.41/5: InBev be damned, this is a nice IPA

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.