Endless IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Endless IPAEndless IPA

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long days and warm nights awaken the city. The list of neighborhood festivals is endless. As is the great music that brings us together in parks and parking lots. We brewed our Session IPA to be easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore. Bright note of fresh oranges and other citrus fruit with a mild body that is crisp on the palate.

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Photo of exposd
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had to try this Goose Island limited brew Endless IPA because Goose Island was the first India Pale Ale I ever drank and fell in love with IPAs after that. The green label original IPA is a great beer and this is a lot different in comparison. This brew is a session IPA which makes it much easier to drink a few of them and is also a little less alcohol than a regular level IPA, so it gives the beer a slight "watered down" version of an full flavor IPA. This beer is crisp and clean with lots of hop, pine, and bitterness... the aftertaste really bites you and is almost a bit spicy as well.

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Photo of kingslender22
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

From a six pack. Strange beer. Tasted like a pretty straight forward IPA on the front end, but finishes with a really weird after taste. Almost like burnt peanuts. Not a great experience and would not get this one again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated 4/7, so it's within the 90 day window;

A: clear; golden in color; stream of bubbles rising in the center of the glass; 2 finger white head that receded to a thin film; minimal lacing;

S: hops, but also an offputting sourness;

T: not sure how to describe this; it's sour, but not like a sour beer; sour like it went bad; one note; this can't be what they were going for;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I'm not a big fan of session IPAs to begin with, but this was still a let down;

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden yellow color, not much head at all nor lacing on the glass, no cap on top.

Smell has a fairly strong sweet malt presence, hops are quite mute to the nose, almost has a corn aroma.

Taste is primarily the sweet malt with a subtle hop finish, body is on the thin side but carbonation is nice and high that lends a crispness to the finish.

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Photo of ahommell
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Goose Island will never be the Goose Island of old. I tried this thinking... hey... lets pretend this is still made in Chicago. It isn't. Moreover... this beer isn't something the old Goose Island would put out.
A: Straw clear golden like BMC. Big head that Dissipates like BMC.

S: Citra, Light Malts.

T: Unfortunately bland. Obviously it is an "ending IPA." No word on how "Endless IPA" is created by adding Citra and Cascade. (Or so my tastebuds and sniffer detect.)

M: Light.

O: Find something else. This is not what Goose Island is all about. I rarely leave negative posts... but this one just pisses me off.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light bronze-hued body with a finger's worth of whitish froth. Meager lacing.

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruits and a bit of shredded green herb. Minor base maltiness allows these hop flavors to rule the nose, for better or worse.

Taste: Biscuity pale malts, frothed toasted pils, topped with a pinch of table sugar. Sweet orange and melon juice fruitiness and a little sourish kiwi and mint. Medium-light bitterness. Drying, tangy finish with some herb-flecked fruitiness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Thankfully, it ended. This was when I pulled the plug on the twelve ounces about two-thirds of the way through, but still!

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Photo of KFBR392
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled April 10th, 2014

Appearance: Pours with a transparent clean orange color. About a finger of crisp white bubbly head on the pour which settled in to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Good amount of active carbonation, about right for the style.

Smell: Orange peel and saturated citrus lead on the nose. Light lemony citrus with a heavy syrupy caramelized malt backbone. Pine, resin, and grapefruit round this one out.

Taste: An undistinguished front of light fruits greets the drinker. Slight buttery malt body but I am really surprised how uneventful this is after the aroma. I expected for heavier saturated citrus tones but mainly a watery undistinguished session.

Mouthfeel: Some citrus notes on the front with a primarily watery body. Slight lingering malt on the finish.

Overall: This one gets left in the dust by many of the high quality session IPAs being made today. Uninspired, uneventful, undistinguished.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with a thick off white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine, hops and mild citrus

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of pine and hops.

Overall: OK brew. Probably not going to buy this one again.

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Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Lumpy, slowly receding head. Good lace (rings). Dark gold color with nearly no haze.

Earthy and off are my first impressions. I smell band-aids. Not attractive.

The flavor is darker than many IPAs but it is hard to overcome the smell. The hop is dominant but the swallow brings out the awful smell. The body is neutral as is the carbonation.

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Photo of Jmorey10
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's good, nothing special at all, and quite forgetable. Not enough bitterness from the hops, the aftertaste is quite bland. I don't know, just not that impressive. It's good, just not great. I'll stick to my Sierra Nevada torpedo or surly furious.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a 12oz pilsner glass. Bottled on 09APR14BF94.

Pours coppery, clear, small white head, medium carbonation. Smell is very mald -- all I can detect is a vague fruitiness.

Taste is slightly piney, with some odd bready or fruity thing in the background that I can't quite make out and don't quite enjoy.

Mouthfeel is nice, dry and fluffy. Overall, it's not terrible, but I'm glad I only bought the one bottle.

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Photo of bneel317
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with plenty of white head. Smells like a citrus bomb. Lemony, orangey, hoppy. I bet I can guess what this taste likes. And yes, just another run of the mill IPA. Dry hops, lots of citrus fruits coming forward, a little grainy. Very light, thin mouthfeel. The idea of the session IPA is a good one, but too many breweries are putting out stuff like this. I love Goose Island and I love IPAs, but this is not going to cut it. It's okay, it's drinkable (yes, sessionable), but I don't want to drink it. I've tried quite a few session IPAs out there and it's hard to beat Stone's Go To IPA. I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with a nice 2 inch foamy head, good sticky lacing.

Smell - Dank hops, orange, some lemon, and a odd, fruity aroma at the finish.

Taste - Another session ipa on the market. This one starts off with piney hops, orange, some lemon. Very weak, watery and tame. A odd fruity flavor comes out at the finish, which I cant figure out what it is.

Mouthfeel - Light faint hops hit the tongue and provide minimal bitterness. Palate gets some fruits, and a light sweet note. Aftertaste is weak and watery.

Overall - Next please. This aint cuttin' it for the session ipa kick going on right now. Too weak, forgettable. Pass on this.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Has a solid inch of head that fizzes out a bit making for not much lace. Color is more of a pale ale than an IPA with yellow and mild orange tint.
S - Tried to really "dig into" this beer but I couldn't smell much. It seems they skipped most of the hops on this IPA. Mild sweet malt fumes but faint. Disapointing.
T - A very distinct hop profile like minty hops. Not very bitter or piney they kind of just fade into obscurity and leave a chalky taste on the mouth. Kind of sweet malts I guess but a very bland taste.
M - Light to medium even though their is not much flavor I could drink a six pack with ease.

Overall I have had a lot of session IPA's and this one has to be one of the most uninspired ones I have had to date. It's not even bitter enough to classify as a pale ale and its super watery. Granted I got this beer 2 months late but in no way hops should fade this much and that fast. Possibly the worst beer I ever had from goose island. I blame Anheuser Busch

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Photo of TerryW
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Back as a limited edition according to the can. Pretty light across the board. Nice grassy hops are the most distinguishing characteristic of the brew. Malty finish, but some unusual chemical thing happening as well. Fair to middling by me. Unmemorable.

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Photo of ToGoodCompany
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer is single hopped with Amarillo, and the grain bill is very simple (2-row, Cara 60L, Carapils). It has decent mouthfeel, holds a good head (thanks carapils), and there's nothing bad about it. I would recommend it if only as a showcase of Amarillo hops. Very drinkable (it's a session after all).

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Photo of Bill69
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

the only thing really memorable other than this is a fairly accessible session PA is the wallop of sesame out of the gate. If you don't enjoy toasted/sesame then this would not be a session ale for you, as for me, it works but not in the true sense of an "endless IPA".

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Photo of Apartment5
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This beer pours a very clear bright golden yellow color with about a half inch head.

Aroma: Earthy hop aroma with a strong malt presence, fairly balanced but leans malt

Taste: This beer is very drinkable and goes down easy. The malt provides a slightly caramel sweetness that balances well with the earthy hop flavor. Dryness sets in early and carries the beer to the finish where the bitterness is the last to leave. Carbonation is fairly high with a sting present on the tongue. Body is light medium.

Overall: This beer seems to fit its objective of combining an easy drinking beer with an IPA. Its probably made with water with high high sulfates making it dryer than it needs to be. Its not a great IPA but its not a bad session IPA.

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Photo of dar482
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The aroma has a light tangerine and candy sweetness and cantaloupe flavor.

The flavor has a malty grain quality with sweet sugar candy and some melon and white grape. There's a strange bitterness on the back.

The beer in the end is quite disappointing for an attempt at a session IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden with a white creamy head. Patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus - light grapefruit zest and orange. A hint of grain comes through.

The taste is of some bitterness - a bit of plastic mixes in (not really plastic - using it for a lack of a better term). Some grain and plenty of water mixes in. Crisp, but abrupt finish.

It is thin and watery, even for a "session" IPA.

Thin and rather weak. I know that it is the intent to be a mild IPA, but it is thin, even for that. Still, no problem drinking a 6-pack. A worthy enough choice, though it wouldn't be one of my first choices for a "session" IPA.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden body with lots of soapy head, the head does have some weird sense of looking artificial in a beer this light though. The scent is very strong on grapefruit and dank, spicy hops, and a lot of pepper. The taste has more pepper, and just light hints of citrus, along with a very vegetal elements. A very light, crisp finish, which is nice but I don't enjoy the green pepper aftertaste. Overall it is a nice light IPA, but I think the balance is off here.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with vibrant carbonation rising up to the top. The head is three fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. The texture is frothy rather than creamy, and retention is decent considering how tall the head is. Nice webs of lacing are left behind.

S: This one takes on more of a grapefruity hop tone, rather than a piny/herbaceous/tropical one. The primary note is grapefruit zest/peel, with lesser hints of orange and pine. A touch of biscuity malt comes through - there seems to be something a bit peculiar about the malts, if not exactly offensive. Still, the citrus zest notes are pleasing.

T: It opens up - just like the nose indicated - with a healthy citrus peel character. Malts come through with some mild biscuity sweetness on the back end. After a few sips, the finish becomes somewhat herbaceous. It's not complex, but it could certainly pass for a 6% or even 6.5% pale ale at times.

M: While slightly sweeter than some of the session IPAs out there, it still has nice crispness and dryness. It's also full-bodied enough to feel substantial without being flabby or bloated. Carbonation is powerful, but gently lifts off of the palate.

O: At 5%, it isn't really a proper session ale, but it drinks every bit as easily as the other (slightly smaller) examples. Even if it isn't stunning or great, I wouldn't be averse to drinking multiple bottles of it. And after all, isn't that what session ales are all about?

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - orange color into a goblet glass.

S - fruity/citrusy

T - fruity/citrusy as opposed to hoppy.

M - eh.

O - a very mild IPA, not hoppy whatsoever. Would be a good introduction to someone wanting to try an IPA but is put off by excess hops. Unfortunately it fits the pattern of Goose Island beers being very average, not bad but not great either.

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Photo of dippy
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice lacing on the glass
Head was light and fluffy like a cloud.
Smelly was citrusy. A little toast.
Golden color.
This was perfect for a summer session.
Not too hoppy which was refreshing even for a hop head like me.

Give it a try at your next bbq.

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Photo of Pencible
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like copper and citrus hops, with some wild honey and biscuit.
T: It tasted like copper hops and some light citrus and biscuit. It had a clean lightly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a decent light IPA, but not as good as All Day, and not even close to Day Time. The scent and taste were basic and weak. The body wasn't great either. Nice smooth finish, so at least it was easy to drink.

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