India Pale Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,118 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 1,118
Hads: 4,014
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 94
Gots: 731 | 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: 1,118 | Hads: 4,014
Photo of ENogueira
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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. (444 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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; (476 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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. (886 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%

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. (598 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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. (324 characters)

Photo of riverlen
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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. (185 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 (395 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.
Cheers. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Cannybrew
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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! (417 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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! (450 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of RobDeVain
1.81/5  rDev -53.1%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (427 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice clear amber with a half finger white head that dissipated leaving some lacing. It looks pretty nice, true to form for an IPA, but nothing standout. Scents of orange, grapefruit peel, some tropical fruit, peach, slight floral aromas and extremely faint pine resin. A very fruit forward aroma, yet also quite muted in its overall intensity for an IPA. Still very nice and appealing. Flavor begins with faintly bitter citrus, moving into strong floral hop notes and faint pine resin. Finishes with a nice hit of floral hops and citrus peel, with some slight pine. Aftertaste is floral with some hints of bitter citrus peel. A very floral IPA flavor and not as bitter and hop-forward as many American IPAs, but a good English IPA flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a resinous feel. A good, true to style IPA mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty good IPA, with a nice aroma and flavor combination, that while not the most pronounced and bold, are well balanced and pleasant. It's not the greatest IPA out there, even for an English IPA, but it is nice. (1,099 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely a better-than-average IPA. Hops are prominent but yet restrained. Moderate carbonation. A little malt and sweet fruity flavors too. This is an easy-drinking, flavorful beer that doesn't cross the line into pure hop-bomb. Nice in the summer. (251 characters)

Photo of CtephanieCimone
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden-Medium golden body,medium head,visably carbonated

Overwhelming hop scent

Great in your face bold hops, strong and in your face, just the way i like my IPAs.
Still has some fruit and malt notes,but over all a strong concentration on having a fully hopped.... boldy hopped brew :P

Smooth and crisp sips

First Had: May 27th 2013 (337 characters)

Photo of Kenee
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip glass

Not much head but ok lacing with the little there is.

Beautiful orange colour. Very clear. Deep fruity citrus aroma. Not grapefruit but something less sharp.

Tastes great. Not aggressive but strong flavour. Rounded, fruity, little malt but nice soft finish. Medium bitterness, not very astringent but refreshing and moreish.

Good solid reliable mainstream American ipa. (405 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly pristine and transparent brass hue with a faded khaki head that starts out fairly large, approximately 2 1/2 fingers. It does dissipate rather quickly, but a creamy cap retains for a good long while and there's some significant lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is a little on the weak side and nothing really jumps out of the glass. Big whiffs detect some citrus zest—grapefruit primarily and not much else. Little bit floral. Some grassy bitterness.

T: Unlike the nose, the flavor comes through in full-force. Much of that grapefruit comes through, this time it's piggybacked by some mellow caramel malt. It's not overly complex by any means, but it's well done and balanced perfectly with the hops being the star of the show, but it never becomes lopsided. The finish is a bit rustic with some pine resin and grass. Lingering aftertaste is a really nice mesh of the initial citrus, a touch of malt, with a background bitterness. A great example of the style.

M: Medium-bodied that feels like it's bigger, but never quite reaches the "full" plateau. Crisp with a touch of silkiness. It's definitely not light, but at the same time it's definitely not too clunky and it makes drinking numerous pints a breeze.

O: Goose Island IPA is not an amazing beer. It's just not. It's a bit on the "safe" side. Hop-forward, but never bordering pungent. Nothing out of the ordinary in any department. What Goose Island IPA is, however, is an extremely approachable example of the style. It's perfect as an introduction to IPAs as well as a session IPA, I think. There's nothing overwhelming going on here, it's not sitting on an obnoxious ABV, and it's certainly not a polka dotted unicorn that's only found once in a blue moon. It's simply a middle-of-the-road IPA and I happen to love that. This always has a place in my fridge. (1,885 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coating lace from a temporary half-inch of head. Golden amber with a flat tone.

Seasoned nose with prickly hops, an English stale bread malt, golden citrus, herbal pine, and flowery cones. Scaled back for the overseas version. The hops aren't particularly American, either. Traditional approach, and a successful nose to carry it.

Tea cake malts and bitter English hops. Pine, herbal, and floral notes with a bitter citrus finish. Spiny. Bristled carbonation makes for a chewier, grizzly drink. Pleasing mouth-swish of liquid. Lighter body.

Solid. All business in the re-creation of a classic style. (602 characters)

India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.