Minx - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: a74gent on 08-30-2010

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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a dark reddish color. It's got a nearly purple tinge to it. Nice, 1.5 finger head with lots of lacing. Great.

Unfortunately, the appearance is the only thing about this beer that makes sense. The aroma has some bitterness and some orange/grapefruit notes. But that Belgian yeast is throwing off spicy notes and weird plummy and nutmeggy esters and I don't even understand what's going on. Rose hips, maybe? It's not unpleasant, just confusing.

The flavor is similarly incoherent. Floral notes meets Midwestern Double IPA genericness meets an ester profile that's like some flavor of Bubbalicious that never made it past the test stages. This doesn't make any sense. It's no Shark Pants, that's for sure. And the thick mouthfeel doesn't assist those Belgian yeast flavors at all.

I would avoid this beer. It's a novelty, yes, but its hard for me to find enjoyment in this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a lighter hazed amber with a nice lacey 1/2 finger white head.Herbal hops and light phenolic aromas,a little sweet alcohol as well.Herbal and medicinal flavors were a bit overbearing for me,spiced phenols finished out the flavor profile.Ifyou like yeasty Belgian IPA's with the Belgian hop profile this is all for you.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY.

Ruby hued amber, lightly hazed under a lite khaki head, staying at about the 1/4 inch level, leaving a thicker collar and decent looking fine sheeting and strands of stick.

MIld nose of citric fruit , hops and yeasty goodness.

On the malty side for the style. Phenolic and fruity with some pepper and mild earthy hops. 8% well hidden. Not really getting much of the IPA feel here, seems more like a Belgian amber, with more malty notes. Hops do come in and dry out the finish and I'm getting a late mild holiday note.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant dark amber with a thin off-white foam collar.
S: Fruity malty, citrus, with a hint of smoke.
T: Big rich and malty sweetened with frujit and a bitter citrus hop finish. F: carbonation moderate, medium body body

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, bad apple - paired with the belly burger (local beef, pork belly, horseradish sauce on a pretzel bun) and curry fries. Yeah, the bad apple rules.

Belgian style imperial IPA.

appearance: served in a newer version of the standard goose island chalice (black goose), bright amber body - creamy white foam

smell: bright citrus hops, floral yeast, grapefruit, lots of sweet fruit

taste: I love the belgian IPA style - the goose version features a very nice hop profile with ruby red grapefruit and lightly bitter pine prevelant, toasted malts, caramel, moderate alcohol. The Fulton and Wood series delivers with another interesting tap-only seasonal

mouthfeel: rich medium body, fresh and lively

drinkability: good

Photo of beerhan
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely surprise to find this beauty on tap at the Swig in Perrysburg. 10 oz pour served in a mini-stein glass.

Never having heard of this beer I was very stoked to try this.

Pours a golden amber color with a thin head, rather thick and syrupy. Smells very fruity with a gum-ball after taste to it. Definitely taste a lot of different fruits as well as belgian yeast. This beer goes down very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well. The only thing stopping one from having too many is the price.

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful honey amber color with a short dense tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a juicy tropical fruit hop to go along with some coriander, a touch of orange peel and some clove. Spot on for an American made BIPA. The taste is fairly fruity. Again, tropical fruit and orange citrus hop flavors that is coupled with a sweet amber malt. There is some mild spice from the yeast; coriander, clove and some pepper. A touch of hop bitterness in the back end. The body is light with crisp carbonation, very well balanced. Not too sweet, drinks fairly clean. A very drinkable BIPA, quite smooth in flavor, great balance. I would like to see more yeasty goodness. The hop flavor is almost perfect for the style, just needs more Belgian flavor beyond the coriander.

Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

A real nice somewhat copper amber, with tan rising bubbles along the edges. A little bit of cloudiness, and a good light tan head that froths up. Settles slowly, lots of ring like lacing too. Pretty good looking.

Nose is a bit muted. Light cinnamon, and a brown spice and hop angle. Hop play on this is quite muted as it smells more like an ordinary Belgian amber.

Palate jumps with lively carbonation though. Light and a little wet on the feel but a bit muted malts and particularly hops. Muted finish of caramel and toffee with a vinous palate of muted dry red table wine. Palate is fleeting, with only lingering flavors of gas and mild sucrose predominating, with the cararmel just creeping out

Overall not bad but not what I look for in this style.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap at Davidson Brothers Brewery in Glens Falls, NY.

Pours a fairly dark amber color, much darker than the typical Belgian IPA. There's a one inch head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, pineapple, and Belgian yeast esters.

The taste is pretty similar, definitely one of the hoppier Belgian IPAs I've ever had. Candied grapefruit and pineapple is a big flavor, with some additional chalky flavors, fruity Belgian yeast esters, and the slightest touch of alcohol.

This one has a medium body, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lush red amber with a tan foam head of two-fingers' width

S: floral hops and rich malts, sweet and bright

T: lots of clear IPA flavors: citrus, pine and chewy sweet malt; floral and fruity tones throughout, lightening the drink and weaving into the bitter hops and Belgian yeasts

M: crisp, fresh, very drinkable, clean-finishing, refreshing; perfectly carbonated

O: I loved it. Compared to their Imperial IPA, this is a lighter, crisper, fruitier; and an easier drinking beer. I find Goose Island's high-gravity beers to be quite exceptional, and this is not an, uh, exception...

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a light to medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head.

The smell featured a moderate pepper hop, with some candy sugar and a slight ester.

The taste consisted of an uber sweet cereal malt, with a secondary peppery hop and terciary yeast ester.

The mouthfeel was full for the style with a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall a tasty BIPA. Not hop driven like most. Maybe a touch too sweet.

Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml flip-top growler to a small Ommegang flute; growler filled the same day.

Appearance (4.0): The body pours a crystal-clear, rich amber body topped by a dense, two-finger head of thick foam the color of oatmeal that slowly dies down with fat bubbles in the middle. Nice looking beer, darker and much clearer than I was expecting. Some thick, sudsy lace is left on the sides as the head recedes.

Smell (4.0): Mostly hops come through on the nose, very nice and piny with some bright, zesty citrus undertones. A good dose of brown sugar underneath, like gingerbread.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, the hops come through first with a quicky, piny note, but the malt follows soon after that’s sweet, rich and bready like a cinnamon bun (sans frosting). The hops carry the finish, slightly piny, moderately citrusy, and surprisingly floral. This is good, but the flavor profile is different than I was expecting—much richer.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Maybe better than average, but a little disappointing. Slightly effervescent, definitely doesn’t finish very dry. Guess I was expecting it to be super-dry and spritzy; this is slightly syrupy and fuller than medium-bodied. Points for a nice tingle early on.

Overall (4.0): This is enjoyable, with a good hop load and tone. I think I was a bit dismayed by the rich, malty body—this is more like a dubbel, in terms of malt character, that happens to have a lot of nice hops on top. Most “Belgian IPAs” are more like BPAs, BSPAs, or Tripels with a big hop load, or else they’re essentially American IPAs with a nominally Belgian-ish yeast character. This is the first hoppy-Dubbel I’ve had, and it’s done well but it’s not my preferred subspecies of Belgian IPA (generally I prefer beers like Houblon Chouffe, Le Freak, Piraat, or Homunculus—pale, yeasty, and much drier). But, this is a good beer.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap & Barrel in Smithtown, NY: pours clear copper red color with a creamy 1 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly, leaving excellent lacing sticking to the sides.

Smells of funky yeast, sweet fruit like cherry, sweet malt, light bread, red wine and grainy notes like alcohol or moonshine; the booze comes through the sweetness and the funky yeast smells sour, very Belgian smelling and lacks any real hoppy notes.

Tastes like it smells, with funky yeast, sweet malt, fruit like cherry and sour apple, citrus fruit, brown sugar, candy like Razzles, wet wheat bread, red wine, grains, sweet boozy notes like a rum or Barleywine, and definite alcohol; the booze comes through in waves, with the funk and sweetness wrestling for attention. The sour funky notes are not offensive or a distraction and this actually grew on me the more I drank it as the hops and yeast worked well together.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with almost no carbonation, a medium body and sour/tart finish that is sweet and on the dry side. A very interesting and complex beer that went down well considering the always present alcohol notes and stronger yeast funk. Don’t expect an American IPA when you have this as this is a far cry from the standard hoppy IPA. Good beer overall.

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to try this at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN. It was a cloudy amber in color and had a slight creme colored head. It smelled extremely hoppy. If I didn't know any better I'd say it smelled like a DIPA. I didn't detect any yeast or anything similar to a standard Belgian. It had excellent flavor. It was sweet and ultra hoppy and pretty floral. It was medium bodied and had good carbonation and was crisp. This was an excellent Belgian IPA, and an Imperial at that. This was a great beer. I say GI should bottle it.

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ republic 12oz pour

A- pours a hazy golden/amber color with a fluffy white head with a decent amount of lacing looks good

S- tropical and citrus hops malts and bread slight hay notes

T- floral hops with citrus and lemon a baked bread and caramel middle add a liittle funk and earth at the end

O- medium body with medium carbonation needed more funk a little watery

T- good BIPA but needed more hop and funk

Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange, big plume of dense white foam. Scent strong on citrus with moderate floral qualities, notes of yeasty spice, crackery malt. Taste strong on citrus and spice, bitter notes and spice lingers and overpowers a bit, background more crackery than bready. Dry and lingering bitterness and spice on the palate. Big bold beer, but a little to aggressive on some fronts.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ny Pizza. Pours a translucent brownish amber color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of juicy citrus hops with some yeast. The taste is mainly yeast and sour bread along with some citrus hop flavor. Bready with some bitterness. Orange peel up and hints of tropical fruits at the end. Slick mouthfeel. This one is more Belgian than IPA in my opinion but there still is a nice hop presence. Very drinkable. Overall, it'd be alright to have every once in a while but not all the time.

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange colored beer with a bit of an off-white head. Decent amount of lace left on the sides.

S - Lots of floral and herbal hops with a little bit of citrus. Belgian yeast is fairly subtle, but present, with some spice.

T - A pretty hop-forward Belgian IPA, which makes it better than most Belgian IPAs as the yeast and spice takes a bit of a back seat. Some corriander, spice, and a bit of citrus zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O - Not a bad beer, still not my preferred style, but as this one is hop forward it makes it more palatable. Solid beer.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 10oz glass at Bodega on 11/23/10

Medium dark amber with a touch of haze. Thin layer of foam skimmed pretty quick. Wispy retention with impressive lace - thick webbed rings.

Bright, lively aroma: juicy & floral. Pine & hints of citrus - grapefruit, lemon - amid cotton candy sweetness. Some caramel & toasted malt.

No doubt about the Belgian yeast; it's in full force. Mellow spice notes & a well integrated, modest tartness. Good blend with American hops. Solid amount of pine bitterness with citric flourishes. Malts are mostly downplayed. Sweetness a la cotton candy & bubble gum. Very engaging flavor. Hints of grapes & apples as it warms.

Some appreciable resin makes for a hefty, medium feel. Active carbonation maximizes the bitter & spicy aspects. Nealy slick finish with a diminished take on all the flavors lingering.

Minx is quite the impressive Belgian IPA; very drinkable. Clean flavor & aroma. Nicely done.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Durty Nellie's.

Never heard o' this one before, so i figured I'd give it a try. It pours a clear amber topped by a finger of creamy foam. The nose comprises honey, caramel, flowers, and grapefruit. The taste is very similar, though now a small addition of white grapes finds its way in as well. The body is a somewhat light medium, with a very light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice BIPA, nothing too extraordinary but definitely not bad, either.

Photo of Spider889
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bodega in Columbus.

Light golden yellow color, highly carbonated. Had a nice white head that left decent lacing.

Smells sweet and hoppy. You definitely get an immediate sensation of the Belgian yeast.

The taste is well hopped - floral and citrussy. Sweetness is well balanced with a well-rounded bitterness. Definitely an IPA at heart.

Very smooth and creamy for a super bitter IPA, this was a real treat to be able to try.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY at their Goose Island vs. Founders Split Tap Takeover. It arrived in a thinned, stemless chalice glowing a golden, caramel brown. It held a one finger head of tiny tan bubbles, showing great retention. Chunky lacing was eventually left caked down the sides of the glass. There was haze throughout, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared high. The nose gave fruity pale malts, wheat, clovey phenols, and big citric and soapy hops to bitter. Balancing was big fruitiness of strawberry and apricot, sticky honey sweetness, spritzy orange freshness, and a cherry syrupiness with warmth. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave drying chalkiness of grain which actually helped to nicely balance the big juicy fruitiness inherent to the other components. The flavoring opened with sweet and sour fruitiness of apricot, lemony citrus pucker, chalky yeast, pale malts, light wheatiness, liquid honeys, light buttery diacetyls, and faintly musky oakiness. The middle came to a peak with more sugary sweetness of apricot, peppery flash from the booze, honey syrups, metallics, and biting Belgian yeast. The finish came with a soured wash of lemon flesh and bittered peel, more juicy citric hops, pale malts, and a final mix of peppery, clovey spice. The aftertaste breathed of those same citric hops, peppery booze, chalky yeast, musk, and fusel medicinal phenols. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and pop, with great cream, froth, and smack to the lip. A thickness of foam coated the mouth, with an eventual faint boozy dryness down the tongue, and a hoppy slickness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the nice fruitiness throughout, and the wildly complex aroma. From the pour it was clear that this beer would hit all the stylistic guidelines of a Belgian IPA. The foamy head retained beautifully, while the hazy coloring glowed. The nose gave bright fruitiness and sweetness to balance the heavy malt base, in all of its Belgian spiciness. The latter came through in full force through the mouth, with enhanced wheat, clove, and booziness, all of which actually were more prominent when lined up against the beer’s hoppy side. The flavoring did lighten up a bit towards the back, but this is still a tasty, highly drinkable brew.

Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $6. Tapped into a 12+ oz Goose Island Tulip/Wine Glass (w/ the Silver Goose on it) @ the Goose Island iTap Event.

Aroma- Has an intense floral hop aroma from the beginning, and a touch of a perfume. Fruitiness lingers in the background.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays thin... Has a copper/amber color body that is ver clear. Huge lacing covering the entire glass.

Flavor- Strong hops (floral and piney) from the beginning of the drink. The bitterness finishes off very high and keeps the mouth interested for the next drink. Well-balanced though. Malts are also evident and are sweet. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves good sweetness and hop bitterness on the palate (of course).

Overall Impression- Another phenomenal limited brew from Goose Island! I was shocked when this hit my lips because of how much power and hop this beer had. Not like many I'm used to from this brewery. Recommend! A+

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Minx on tap at Bodega in Columbus, Ohio. Described on the menu at "Goose Island Minx Batch 4000". My understanding is that Batch 4000 and Minx are the same beer...

Appearance: Hazy dark coppery orange. Minimum head, some weak but "artistic" lacing.

Smell: Faint herbal aroma, not unlike pot. Not much going on, though. Pretty opaque on the nose.

Taste: Sweet, fruity. Honey, strawberry, peaches... a bit of cough medicine too, cloying.

Mouthfeel: Resiny, boozy but light (for the ABV). Medium to full body, carbonation on the heavy side.

Drinkability: High, despite the filling carbonation and alcohol. Drinks easy.

A unique brew that tastes like a mixture of Belgian IPA and American DIPA, would seek again.

Photo of dar482
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is a rich ruby that is clear.

The aroma has a good hop character with some Belgian yeast.

The taste is good at first. It has a pop of papaya and then a big malt backbone. However, there's a cloying aftertaste. It hides its alcohol well and it's a decent beer, but I prefer the "real" Belgian IPAs.

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Minx from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.