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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/28/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop presence that leans more towards the herbal side of things in both the smell and taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving some streaks of bubbles across the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with some hints of gooseberries.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by the hops, which contribute strong flavors of orange citrus and hints of gooseberries along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: The hops in this IPA tasted very fresh and the beer was very easy to drink given it's lighter-bodied nature.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the creep of the flavor of India Pale Ale, equipped with utmost bitterness and citrus character, along with the sessionable drinkability of smaller ale that are meant for large consumption without inebriation- Goose Island's Engless IPA enters the fray.

Its bright golden-straw appearance glows in the glass as the beer's filtered clarity gives the body an appetizing look. The flowing froth that rises above is creamy, frothy and long-standing as it speckles the glass with leopard prints.

Its hop tilt is just a bit greater than its presence of malt as a medium spicy note of pine meets that of citrus, orange, leaf and twig. An underlying sweetness from malt delivers light caramel, even lighter honey, but a toasted pecan character that offers a hearty richness to the beer's scent.

To taste, the ale opens up entirely- with graham crackers, honey and barley on the forefront of the tongue, a tepid honeysuckle tone transpires. But as the sweetness waivers slightly, it leaves the hop balance to ensue. White grapefruit, under-ripened oranges, tea, juniper and lemon offer a tangy fruitiness even with its finish of fresh-cut grass, sawdust and sap teasing the palate onward.

With a medium-light body, the beer's reluctant dryness allows for a savory start that holds onto its sweetness during the middle palate. As its spicy finish sets in, the carbonation and sweetenss fade late, allowing for the alcohol spice and hop-derived astringency to give a little extra bite in the remembrance of the ale.

Goose Island's somewhat sessionable ale is really an American Pale Ale with a drier backbone and a heightened hop character- which is all well and good with this hop-head; but I need even more dryness, even more hop character- especially in aroma and taste, and I need less alcohol! That's the magic of these ales.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - really, this is part of the current Goose Island mixed pack, and in sixers on its own, and it's somehow still 'retired' here?

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random sudsy cloud form lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of grainy and doughy pale malt, muddled domestic citrus (ya know - navel oranges, wan lemon, and white grapefruit), a gritty hard water flintiness, and further earthy, leafy, and piney hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, some still hard to differentiate citrus pithiness, more low-key earthy stoniness (like wet paved paths after the rain, I always say), and some equanimous leafy, weedy, and piney green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its plainly subservient frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with a gently airy creaminess taking off as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, that fruity character taking on a certain tropical note as everything else just bleeds out.

Overall, an agreeable and easy to drink version of the style, even if the ABV is a bit too chicken shit to run with any normal elevation, as such. Not a problem to pound back, I would imagine, given the name and the aforementioned weak-sauce, um, sauce, but I'm starting to sense a suggestion of the bad InBev touch going on here.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy and fruity hops is quite nice ne enticing. Taste is a nice mix of juicy and citrusy hops with some light dry notes and minimal bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed APA with great flavours and balance.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 5%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. Very bright hoppy aromas, but the taste wasn’t nearly as vibrant; but otherwise very smooth and nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled April 27, 2014

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing, mostly clear golden honey pilsner colored, many streaming bubbles.

Nose brings big musty resinous hops, grassy wet hop like aroma with hop oils and slightly piney resin, a nice dank hop with floral mild grassy spicy hops, and touch of a passion fruit guava like tropical fruit, faint malts underneath.

Trade brings more dank resinous hops, very musty fresh wet hop like, piney and floral, grassy and just a touch spicy. In the background the hops bring mild tropical notes again, the musty passion fruit guava like fruits, and a touch of a general fruity bubblegum. Mild sweet toasted malt underneath. Finish is dry and fairly bitter, nice long lingering bitterness with more dank spicy piney resinous hop flavours and mild hop oils lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy effervescent carb.

Overall pretty nice. Nice hop profile, enough malt to back up the hops without getting in the way. definitely tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle.
Clear amber body covered by a durable off-white head. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: markedly hoppy with notes of resin, grass, and herbs. Hop mix is not very appealing.

Flavor: given the aroma, surprisingly mild hop level (think pilsner) and bitterness (IBU = 35). Hop mix works much better upon tasting. Grassy aftertaste.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 11/14/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

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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 russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 14 Mar 14

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of pearl white head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Floral notes & hay

T: Grassyness, hay, floral notes & a light touch of lemony hops, A little bit of what tang, grassy & floral hops as this warms. Finishes with flinty dryness, grassyness & a touch of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, & nice balance

Drinks very easy, I would buy it again as a summer time tipple if fresh. At least GI is very up front about freshness dating

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

I enjoyed this bottle in an Ipa glass chilled, review from notes.

The color is golden with great clarity and 2 fingers of bone white head with fine bead and camouflage type lace stickage( random). The smell is husky and herbal and hops in the nose yet dry and earthy wtih slight toasted grain scent. The feel is dank resinous and lightly fruity with medium bitterness level and slight sweetness with moderate carbonation and mild fruit tanginess with a semi-dry finish

The flavor is on the dry side with hops up front and herbal flavor with mild grass tinge withsubtle lemon essence. There is a grain flavor with low sweetness in the taste and light pine with mild malt supporting the gently bitter and somewhat citrus flvaor in the peripheral. The taste has a mild astringent elmeent of tea-like hops with low acidity and more floral with a dry tangy finish. Overall an ok session strength IPA...a little earhty and less refined as some with more coarse bitter aspect the aroma could use improvement but not a bad pale in general

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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 WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm always hesitant to try the Goose Island stuff brewed in Baldwinsville, NY/Fort Collins, CO. I saw this Endless IPA, and realized it was new to their lineup along with the Rambler red IPA. Appears a pale copper with a beige off white head, leaves behind evenly dispersed lacing. Aroma has some citrus notes, a bit of dankness, pale malt bready qualities and more pungent grapefruit peel. Flavors have a tart citric note, light airy malt backbone, ample sweetness actually quite refreshing and easy to drink. Clean hop bitterness, a bit funky, floral, citric I'm game for a few glasses of this. Mouthfeel is light bodied even flowing carbonation goes down great slightly slick hop oils. Amazing one of their lowest rated offerings, I find quite enjoyable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +10.8%

The Endless IPA is decent easy drinking beer. The beer poured a golden clear with fizzy white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries fresh hops that are slightly bitter with pine zeal. The taste is evenly balanced for an IPA...decent malt base but enough hops to give it some bitterness and bite. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall...definitely tasty and definitely sessionable.

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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 tone77
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a 16 oz. serving. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is bursting with grapefruit, good bitterness, touch of malts at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Endless IPA looks like the kind of thing you'd want an endless supply of in the hot weather; its cloudless complexion and bright, beaming yellow body emulate a sunny late May afternoon right there in the glass. Plus the flurry of bubbles and seemingly snow-capped head provide an instantly refreshing visual.

The aroma combines candied orange rind and just enough vanilla (to what do we owe that?) to create an orange creamsicle-like note. Arguably appropriate for a beer targeting summer patio drinkers, but I look for bitterness in my IPAs and this one has a fruitiness that smacks of almost artificial sweetness.

Let's see if I understand this right: IPAs are characteristically big, bitter beers and so-called "session IPAs" are intended to provide those same bold qualities, albeit at a lower rate of alcohol? So how, at the almost universally standard 5%, does this qualify as a "session"? And why call it an IPA if the hop presence is pale ale-level at most? From where I sit this counts as neither...

Then again I roll my eyes at the very concept - who wants a compromised version of anything?! Specific to Endless IPA, however, is the fact that its sweeter, candy-like citrus flavour is better suited to a Witbier. And there's absolutely zero maltiness or finish either. It's not the quality of beer I'd expect from the same producer as Bourbon County, Pepe Nero, Night Stalker or Sophie.

The fact that Endless IPA is limited release doesn't bother me in the least. I don't drink enough Goose Island to say with any authority but this may be the first time AB-InBev's influence can really be noticed; not only a marketing driven concept to begin with, but this recipe strikes me as something aimed at less experienced, less discerning and, I believe, particularly young female drinkers. None of which am I.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: attractive medium-golden hue with no haze and a rather light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Boy howdy, do I love the color.

Smell: dusky, dank and spicy hops. That's about all I get, but I rather like it.

Taste: dusky, dank and spicy. Overall it's rather dry and, while bitterness is low, it is balanced in this session-type IPA. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly robust carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Kudos!

Overall: I quite like this beer. It is highly drinkable and the hop character is not something I encounter too often in other beers. Great stuff.

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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 puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 07APR14-BG72. Sampled on June 13, 2014.

It pours pale yellow mostly with maybe a little orange amber leading up to a short-lived fizzy white head. Carbonation keeps going through to the end.

The hops introduce themselves quickly in the aroma with a slight pale malt toastiness. The hops have a tangerine or orange feel to them.

Light to medium body and almost smooth.

In the taste those citrus hops seem to evolve into a peppery, burning sensation but they are not overly bitter. Pale malts are in the background more. Fairly quick drinking.

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Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light golden with a lingering, frothy white head.

Pine dominates the aroma, along with fresh cut grass. There's a hint of citrus and lightly bready malt.

Flavor is very oniony at the base, with light resin and grass, which dominates. Grapefruit is subtle. Malt is crackery.

Body is watery, with moderate carbonation.

Lacks body and malt character. The onion is offputting, and I'm just not a fan of grassy hop dominance.

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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 barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, Bottled on 4JUN14
A 3.75 - creamy ivory head tops a golden-amber ale
S 4.25 - tropical fruit, orange rind, marmalade, caramel, toasted grain, juicy
T 3.75 - fresh and juicy tropical fruit, toasted grain, caramel, a bit bready, marmalade and toast, orange rind, grapefruit rind, faint pine
M 3 - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes mildly bitter; actually more balanced than most of these session IPAs
O 3.5 - one of the better session IPAs I've had, although I'm still not sure how long the craze will last. This did serve a purpose for me this weekend though, so you never know - maybe they will stick around.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear yellow, well carbonated, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Some sharp pine and grass with a mild citrus note.

T-Not a lot of powerful flavor but nice light ones. Grass and pine mixed with mild tropical notes and slight bitterness.

M-Lighter and slight carbonation.

O-Another session IPA that is not as good as the real thing.

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