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Wild Goose India Pale Ale - Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose India Pale AleWild Goose India Pale Ale

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150 Ratings

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-16-2001)
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Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull, semi-cloudy orange hue, with a delicate floral and hoppy combined aroma, some carbonation detected, great lacing. Sharp and crisp up front, hops present, but not overpowering for the style. Medium bodied, just a touch on the dry and bitter side, but for the style, quite drinkable as the hops don't ruin the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 02:05:47 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of nomad


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lightly rosy-orange color, opaque, with a thin white foam head that sat and small bits of carbonation. Smelled of rosy fruits, some florals, and small raw whole hop funk. Taste was very earthy bitter, like a rough grapefruit flavor, almost tannic. The fruity tones were covered over but present. Not much else... had an oily mouthfeel. Overall, a distasteful imbalance that I never settled in to, okay in the long line of IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 15:05:13 | More by nomad
Photo of stegmakk

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold with off white head and some lacing.
Aroma was definately floral hops and maybe honey or something more.
Taste was Hoppy but not crazy hops like many other IPAs. No. This had a nice mix of hops and sweet malt and a nice helping of bitterness. Good different flavor for an IPA.
I could drink a few of these while watching a lax game. I wont but this in my regular beer purchasing schedule...but once in a while...yeah I'll get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 01:41:47 | More by stegmakk
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a departure from the hop heavy west coast IPAs, but still a very well done beer. Poured a very light copper color with a volumunous white head and plenty of lace that looked like different layers of rock deposit as it receded in the glass. Smell was somthing I could not quite put my nose on. It was sharp, but not hop sharp, with a more lightly roasted profile and somewhat spicy, but not upsetting to the nose in any way.The taste was hopy, but not overly so, instead it relied more on a peppery malt taste full of spiced goodness. Perhaps a little too salty. The mouthfeel was thinly carbonated, but just enough to leave some zest on my tongue. One major drawback besides the lack of definition is that the alcohol becomes way too apparent despite it being relatively low. I will need to drink more of these to really figure out what is going on, but never the less I like it!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 23:36:20 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of bditty187


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold hue infused with hints of amber… translucent, small white head, quick to fade to a soapy ring, almost no lace. Petite nose, soft floral hops, clean with a kiss of malt… simple yet inviting. Pleasant palate, more bitter & dry than the nose indicated… salty, the hops are flowery; the weight of the malt is meager but sturdy enough for balance. Long, dry finish… it leaves you wanting more. As it warms caramel malt hints grow and adds some depth. Ideal carbonation helps produce a soft, medium-bodied beer that is easy and pleasant to drink. This would make a decent session brew. This is not a typical hoppy American IPA; this may deter some people but please others, like me. This is not a world-beater but try one.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 14:08:08 | More by bditty187
Photo of Wildman


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light tan gold color and formed a foamy white head that left some trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and caramel with a fairly sweet finish for an IPA. As far as IPAs go, I consider this a failure, but okay for a pale ale style. Which made this review confusing.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 17:41:21 | More by Wildman
Photo of far333


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a golden yellow color, and is topped with a big, beige lingering head. The aroma is of healthy hops, and the flavor does not disappoint with well-balanced hop bitterness and smooth malt nuances. The hops are not overpowering, but you’ll know they’re there. The carbonation is light, making for a very smooth and drinkable beer. Not as hoppy as many other IPA’s, but overall a very well-rounded flavor that pleases the entire tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 03:54:17 | More by far333
Photo of jreitman


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very decidedly average beer. Aroma and appearance was more or less on for the style but not overly interesting. The flavor also was a little boring for how I like my IPA. I think that the Pacific Northwest IPA's may have spoiled me, but overall I found this one a little lacking in character.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 20:33:29 | More by jreitman
Photo of allboutbierge


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

She pours a light golden color with a prevelant orange hue. A small and off white head rests atop the body. Aroma is nutty in addition to the expected sharp IPA floral scents. Flavor is more relaxed than other IPAs but there is an element of bitterness to it none the less. (Disclaimer--this is my third different IPA today since lunch and it might be possible that my taste buds are just burning out, but I really don't think so) The flavor is bitter but surprisingly semi sweet. The beer finishes very dry with a nutty like aftertaste. Carbonation is in accord with style--moderate to light and body is thin but has more of a presence than comparative IPAs such as Redhook's. The finish is just way too dry for me to drink as many of these as other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:39:58 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of RBorsato


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a nice ivory head that leaves lots of lace. hoppy, lightly bitter aroma. Hoppy bitter flavor with decent balance. Medium bodied and creamy with a long bitter finish.

I found this IPA to be in-between the English and American styles in terms of hoppiness and maltiness.

Serve By: 05/21/01 Tasted: 02/08/03


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 12:34:16 | More by RBorsato
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am somewhat of a fan of Fredrick Brewing. It was one of the first real micos that I found. My friends and I go to a restaurant near the Pitt Campus called Fuel and Fuddle. They have a nice bottle selection, but what got us started frequenting there was there house beers Fire Brick Brown Ale and Pumphouse Pale Ale. We asked about where the beers were brewed and they told us a microbrewery in Frederick, MD. So, after searching for their beers, we found that the Nut Brown Ale is basically the Fire Brick Brown, and The IPA is the Pumphouse Pale. So, now we have the luxury of drinking thiem in bottles. One of the few micros available here in Morgantown, most of their beers are solid offerings.

As for the Wild Goose IPA, it pours a orangish copper hue, with a nice frothing head. A nice mild floral hops aroma, that leaves the mouth salivating. A very smooth drinkable IPA, that is by no means as wild as the IPAs that I have been getting into recently, but this is a nice full flavored beer that is well balanced with a citrusy bite of bittering hops and a full sweet malt finish. A great session beer by all means. A great beer that I would fully reccomend, not over the top great. But very good, for a go to IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 17:02:22 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of cretemixer


2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a white head. Nice hoppy aroma with orange and lemon undertones. Sharp hops hit my tounge right away. There is an earthy undertone that's pungent and not real pleasant. Nice bitterness on the finish but it doesn't make up for this brews shortcomings.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 07:44:21 | More by cretemixer
Photo of astrobrewer


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant, hoppy, IPA with strong citrusy hop notes. Not particularly strong or full-bodied for an IPA, but a good, drinkable beer. It definitely improves when allowed to warm up out of the fridge before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 23:45:34 | More by astrobrewer
Photo of Jarod


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't that impressed with this IPA. Have had several IPA's in the past, I.E. Sierra Nevada, and there was no comparison. I could drink a couple of SN's and be satisfied, but for som reason this was not cutting it. I looks good in the glass and keeps a nice head and lace. I am not sure if it was just the sampler pack I got with this in it or what, but it was too hoppy, and too much after even for an IPA. I still have a few bottles in the fridge, and once in a while I break one open for that different taste, but would probably not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 08:38:43 | More by Jarod
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

kickin hops in the aroma and the flavoring. i don't really like an overload of hops, but the crispyness and quality of this beer made it enjoyable. smooth and very easy to drink. wild goose has some kick ass brews

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 06:59:58 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper with a foamy white head. Smells like hops, plain and simple. The carbonation made it fizzle a little in my mouth, but the taste is very good. Its very smooth and palatable and the aftertaste is filled with biting hops. A great IPA, especially for a hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 17:51:07 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of StevieW


4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden copper color with a decent white foaming head. Smelled alot of florals, and hops. Smooth tasting blend of sweet malty balanced by a big hop explosion. Very smooth, creamy feel. Crisp tasty hop finish that lingers on your tongue. Very agreeable, balanced, example of the style. It's worth a try.....had these at the July 4th, beach grillout.....

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 05:09:36 | More by StevieW
Photo of psugrad98


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with minimal head. Not much lace to speak of. Smells somewhat floral with trace of lemon. Tastes creamy and smooth and is quickly followed by a hop infused kick in the teeth. Finishes dry and fizzy. A decent IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2002 13:04:42 | More by psugrad98
Photo of inebrius


4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't see the haze other BA's mention, but I'm drinking at cellar temp. Deepstraw gold to orange with a decent lace. Earthy hop malt nose. Good English hop bittering and flavor with plenty malt spine. Very smooth. Not a fantastic brew but it holds to the modern English IPA style. I could drink a few of these, no doubt. If you find yourself with a sixer of Wild Goose IPA let it sit awhile and warm a bit. Or not. Who the F#$% am I to tell you how to drink your beer?

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 08:59:24 | More by inebrius
Photo of Murph


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great deep golden color with a nice sticky head and great clinging lace. The smell is of earthy/floral hops. The taste starts off a little bit malty but the hops work their way into it. A very nice balance in this beer and not as super hopped as most American IPAs. The brew is slick and dry on the tongue and is nicely drinkable. Not an exceptional brew but not a bad one either. Great for some nice session drinking when I don't want to think about my beer that much.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 13:27:04 | More by Murph
Photo of Viking


3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy (a bit too hazy) golden-orange beer, with a wonderful thick creamy head - lasts longer than the beer! Nothing special, but a solid IPA (perhaps a bit too much citrus flavor from the hops, but still nice). Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 05:52:43 | More by Viking
Photo of John

New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the bottle and on tap at Camden Yards (yeah, I still love the Os even though they suck lately). An average IPA, a good session brew and perfect for an afternoon ball game.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2002 13:49:38 | More by John
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was off on a toot on this one for a while a few years back, it was relatively cheap, well made, and tasted damn fine...the store had a fresh shipment, and I took advantage of a good thing! A nice IPA...not hop juice, but still pleasantly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2001 18:45:29 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Todd


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on the side.

Appearance: A very pale orangy-gold coloured beer, but with some chill-haze. Head settles very quickly to a very thin white whispy lace.

Smell: A bit nutty(?), with musty grains and a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy on the old palate, which quickly gets cut by a raw and sharp twangy bitter hop sting -- compised of citrus, rind and salty characters. Very crisp at this point, drying and puckering. Grain flavours follow the attack, along with a balancing fruity / malt sweetness and body, and some light biscuity flavours too. Then the hops return and linger throughout the finish with a grain dry feel and a sweet roundness that brings it all together.

Notes: A very decent IPA. Nothing crazy (like we all expect from US IPA these days), but quite drinkable and balanced overall. I'd let it warm up a bit to enhance the malt characters and the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2001 23:52:36 | More by Todd
Photo of Brent


4.6/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy for an IPA. Mellow with a hoppy middle and a long, mildly sharp hops finish, which was very clean. Well-mannered, and a good match with food.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2001 23:02:06 | More by Brent
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Wild Goose India Pale Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
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