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India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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very good

1,125 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,125
Hads: 4,091
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.93%
Wants: 98
Gots: 829 | 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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Reviews: 1,125 | Hads: 4,091
Photo of BBMuffins
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | 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 -12.5%
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 -10.4%
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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Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a thick, soapy foam that slowly reduced to a healthy, soapy cap. Biscuity, lightly toasted malt aroma followed by fresh citrus and floral hop notes. Medium bodied with refreshing, crisp, carbonation from beginning to end. Bready, biscuity malt flavors up front followed by citrus and tangy floral hops through the middle. Citrus orange hop flavors return and intensify near the end as this finished crisply with light biscuity flavors and lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of kellyej
3/5  rDev -21.7%

A: Golden color with amber highlights; very clear; weak head
S: Strong hit of danky hops, musty; hint of grapefruit
M: medium-light body, smooth
T: overpoweringly danky

**could have been an off bottle/old**

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Photo of ENogueira
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12 oz bottle in a goblet glass (not in a thistle like the bottle recommends). Amber in color. Medium size head, and lacing that really clings (almost sticks) to the glass. Smells of flowers and malt, almost a perfume fragrance to it. Taste is quite strong, dominated by hops. Faint fruit notes. Really herbal and leafy. I can certainly taste an alcoholic tinge in the back of my palette. For an IPA, I've tasted better. Overall good.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: crystal clear; gold colored; 1 finger pillowy light tan head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: piney hops with tropical fruit in the background;

T: grapefruit up front; pine for a moment at mid-palate that gets over taken by a grapefruit rind bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; aroma is really nice and the bitter finish is a great ending; hoppier and more bitter than I expected from an English IPA;

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +7%

Shiny orange, small white head popping away quite fast to frothy lacing.
Strong smell of tangerine, sticky caramel and biscuit malts, pine, pomelo, a bit of floral honey. Not a huge hop presence in the smell.
That's fixed in the taste, but it's still not too overpowering. Starts crisp, citrusy, with lime, pomelo (sure, grapefruit, but it seems more.. mellow) and oranges, faint pineapple. Biscuity malt backbone, a bit of sweetness but easily kept back by the following hoppy leafiness. Some pine, but also big earthy English hop notes (Fuggles?). Bitter finish, covering up a bit of the fruitiness as you drink more of the beer, but it's still tasty.
Medium bodied, refreshingly carbonated.
This goes down really well, it has a big drinkability. Still, expected it to be more "American" (didn't inform myself before, the label does say "Old World Style"), but it's still a solid IPA.

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Photo of devilben02
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a bright, gleaming orange color, with a big, creamy head that clings to the glass. The aroma isn't overly skewed to the hoppy characteristics, with notes of citrus peel and pine contrasting against light bready malts. The flavor is a bit dull and earthy, although there is some bright pine character and a light bready sweetness at its base. The light, fine carbonation is nice, but there isn't as much lingering bitterness as I expected (although I'm not sure how I developed such an expectation). Overall, this is a solid but unremarkable IPA that I will gladly drink up but won't seek out.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Crystal clear amber body with three fingers of dense off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Lots of citrus and some malt

T - Citrus and floral hops, dry with earthy malts.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and slightly sticky.

O - Great IPA. Very drinkable. Perfect sixer for a barbecue.

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Photo of riverlen
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a clear golden honey color. A good head of white foam that lingers for a while. Has a nice citrus note, not overwhelming but nicely balanced. A solid go to IPA on a Summer day.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a chilled glass. Pours a medium amber color with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly, moderate lacing on the glass. It smells of light malt, a fruity essence mostly citrus notes, a nice smell actually. Tastes of light malt, and citrusy after tastes. Light bodied with a crispy carbonation mouthfeel. Overall a decent IPA the best part of it is it's aroma

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Photo of JLSIV
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at Turner Field on tap…if I am going to pay extra for beer, it ain't going to be Bud light.

Poured a nice head and dark amber color into a souvenir plastic cup….even with that chemistry going against it, the head was decent and the bubbles appropriate. I won't review the lacing, because it really isn't proper to do so in plastic.

The smell was great even in a ballpark at a serving temp that sided on colder than what was probably intended. Nice pine, and citrus.

I really noticed the pine, and citrus and the flavors, which got better as the ale warmed. This was one of my best experiences with IPAs, as I generally don't reach immediately for them. I thought that the flavor of this ale was one of it's best attributes, something I think all beers need to shoot for.

Mouthfeel was above average with the right amount of carbonation and a nice lingering bitterness at the finish, not right up front like a sledgehammer.

Overall, I have started to make a beeline for this vendor on all my visits to Turner Field. I know that Goose Island has probably changed since their inception, but for me, they provide a nice option at the ballpark.

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Photo of Cannybrew
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden ale in colour slightly hitting the ruby reds in glass. Head disappointingly loose and short lived although small remnants remained floating downstream like soldiers pushing the enemy back deeper down the glass and into my belly. Taste is hoppy up front, bitter down back. Floral, fruity and slightly spiced. Delicious. Mouthfeel is full and fresh and long lived. On reflection? I would do it all over again!

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Photo of joe12pk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Amber gold. One inch head stay good until the end. Nice lacing.

S - Pine, grass, citrus, and malt.

T - Pine, citrus and malt. Ends on a bitter note that lingers.

M - Medium

O - Great brew that starts very strong and mellows after about five minutes. Since this is my first IPA review, I wanted to give a better score. I might need to get used to more hops. Great beer with a couple cigarettes. Cheers!

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - decent head and retention with some lacing down the glass. Pours a cloudy golden color.

S - grassy and pine hops are predominant, with some floral hop notes as well. A nice malt undertone is present.

T - much like the smell, pine and grassy hops flavor, with some citrus notes. A good malty backbone for some balance makes this beer very representative of what the style should be.

M - good carbonation, very full.

Overall this is a very good representation of what an IPA should be. Not the best I've had, but a good option as far as easy to find supermarket beers go. Has a strong enough hops character to push it to the IPA level, but also has that malt backbone that is sometimes lost in an attempt to showcase the hops. With some better local options in NC, I probably wouldn't buy this one again, but still a good beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$7.99 for a sixer at Harry's in Marietta, GA.

Appearance 3.5: Promising-looking golden ale. Translucent with a decent 1/2" head. Good lacing.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Hops are most prominent of course with the piney being more prevalent than the citrus.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry and slightly flat. Middle is very pleasant: balanced malt and hop waves with a nice hop blend that is mid-level alkaline and somewhat dry. Definitely not a big middle. Finish is smooth and somewhat "juicy" in the mouth, which is a welcome change from the first two taste levels. Aftertaste is slightly malty, slightly hoppy, but very floral. Quickly fades away. Nice.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Conditioning is right on for this style.

Overall 3.75: Very good IPA. Great balance of malt and hops and a very appealing blend of hops. Satisfying and perfect for sessioning. Will not make you re-evaluate your opinion of IPAs or life in general; just a good, solid beer. If you find it and are on the fence about whether you should purchase it, IMHO, it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of RobDeVain
1.81/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Maybe I'm just not fancy enough.

I bought two 12-packs at a local gas station because they were on sale for $5. Worst $5 I ever spent.

My wife and I LOVE our beer. My wife is British and often says American beer seems watered down to her. She said that Goose Island India Ale taste like skunk butt, and I have to agree.

How anyone is supposed to sit back and relax with a drink that sends you into involuntary convulsions is beyond me.

The worst part is have another 20 to drink.

This drink is best enjoyed when you're already three sheets in the wind on something else and just don't care anymore. It's also great for guest you don't like.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03JAN14-BF51. Sampled on May 21, 2014.

Despite being five months old it still pours nice with its amber-copper color and long lasting cream colored head. There is a lot of lacing left behind.

There are floral and pine hops on the nose but they are not in my face. That could be due to the age. The toasted biscuit malt character is fairly noticeable.

The body is light to medium and this is very easy to quaff.

The floral hops lend themselves more to the taste with the toasted bready and biscuit malt character balancing it out. But the hops linger along with the moderately dry finish.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the Grapevine, texas "main street days":
on tap

a hard to tell - not served in a glass: just about the color of honey and seems clear:
foamy and FULL lacing (in a plastic cup)

s awesom, piney hops - and floral to the nose according to my beloved wife.

t happy hoppy - not over the top, but pure, thick hoppiness. LOVE THIS

m foamy, maybe a bit too much carbonation, no abv to the palate

D awesome, bring em on!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into my ipa glass. It has a murky golden color body with a small foamy head that hangs there. The smell has a citrus aroma to it,almost grapefruit. The taste pops of hops right off the bat. It also a little citrus to it and a little malt also on the finish
Mouth feel is good and overall a above average ipa.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in appearance. Nice malty smell with hints of ginger. A bit stronger than most American IPA's, very full bodied. Malty mouth feel, with strong hop signature as it goes down. Very sweet after taste with bitter hop characteristics. Excellent beer , not just for type, but overall.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Yellowy/Light orange. Poured from bottle into Nordic Glass. Medium frothy head

S: Citrus Hop aroma, reminds me a little of 60min IPA but definitely not as strong

T: Malty smoothness followed by medium bitterness citrus/pine and either cherry or vanilla... I can't tell as it's very subtle.

MF: Smooth and medium carbonation, good session IPA, above average but not stand out.

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Photo of jellikit
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: More yellow than orange. Medium frothy head.
S: Citrus.
T: basic malt. Citrus. A little cherry notes. Medium bitterness of pine.
M: medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: Decent IPA. Pretty standard. Not fabulous, but good and very drinkable. Slightly above average. Needs more aroma.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.