Endless IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Endless IPAEndless IPA

Brewed by:
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 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%

I literally have not seen a single review on this beer, or the overall scores, so this is unbiased and simply what I think. I will also start this by saying that traditionally I am not a fan of IPA's but I can respect the style, and have been reviewing more of them lately to try to understand the style and get knowledgeable about them.

This is marketed as a sessionable beer, easy drinking, and "endlessly refreshing". It's also a limited. So let's get started!

Appearance (3.75) : Pours a nice two fingered fluffy head. Leaves lacing in webs around the glass nicely. The body is a golden hay color, mostly transparent but about 20% opaque.

Aroma (3.75) : Dew grass, pine, citrus rinds, slight woody aroma. Overall a very light, airy aroma for an IPA. I can see where they're going with the "refreshing" and "sessionable" from the aroma already. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (4) : This is surprisingly easy to drink. For a non hop-head like myself, It's actually enjoyable. The hop hits immediately with some pine and citrus, and then washes away rather quickly into more of a calm, muted pale ale flavor. Sort of a climactic intensity right from the start, and then it wanes into a very subtle pale flavor. Much more refreshing when poured.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Light bodied, airy, refreshing. Lots of pop, very crisp. Ends crisp. Fairly good.

Overall (3.81) : This is an IPA I'd reach for if all I had to choose from was IPA's (and Mirror Pond wasn't available!!). I'm beginning to warm up to the style a little bit, and beers like this help. It's an easy going, refreshing India Pale Ale with enough hop to keep it interesting, yet not too much to drive the non-hopped away.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Appears to have been bottled in May of 2014, so hard to say how this will stack up. Purchased for 1.79 USD while visiting in the states.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color. Nice finger and a bit of fluffy white head, with good retention time and a nice swath of lacing is left behind. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell - decent nose, a cross between some citrusy hops, some sweet caramel and maybe some maple syrup and green tea. Could just be the age of the bottle. Overall, nice aroma.

Taste - some mildly bitter flavours and an earthy sweetness. Oranges and a touch of pine. I got a flavor that was a lot like green tea that followed the initial flavours. Not bad, but not really what I'm looking for in an IPA.

Mouthfeel - smooth and fairly crisp, but lacking in carbonation. Soft body.

Overall - a bit disappointing, with too much green tea flavor or my liking, although I'm willing to blame that on the age of the bottle. Would love to revisit a fresher sample.

Edit - June 30, 2016.

Had a fresher sample of this from the local LCBO. Still did pick up some green tea and sesame on the nose, but the appearance was more brilliant than past reviews and the feel was better carbonated. Have upgraded Appearance score to a 4 (from 3.75) Feel to a 3.5 (from a 3) and Overall to a 3.5 (from 3.25) to reflect these facts. A solid sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold to amber in color. Great clarity and a fingernail of eggshell white foam covers the vast majority of the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is comprised of grassy to light pine hops. There is coppery malt flavor with a piney hop bite at the back of the palate. The mouth is crisp and refreshing.

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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 MattXT
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Orange? Citrus? Tropical Fruits? No. This smells like pot, which was really unexpected. That being said, it was easy drinking and 5% was good for a pub trivia session.
-On draft

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh and fruity hop character on this one, esp. in the taste. Finely bittered without excess with pleasing bittering flavor and long lingering.
Golden to amber in color quite clear and nice firm white head. Lighter feel with ample carbonation leaving a filling feel.
The smaller size does impact feel and malt character, but this is nicely drinkable and still holding an IPA quality. Good for warmer season.

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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 generallee
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 5% abv and 35 ibu.

Appearance: It has a good deep golden colored body with great clarity and some visible carbonation. From the pour it sets up a nice thick white head of foam. This foamy head holds on well and makes tons of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet mandarin orange like citrus character with lighter malty bread and grainy notes underneath.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is hop forward but now more lemony than the nose suggested and herbal, almost tea like notes pop out on my tongue. Malt character is cracker like and white bready like. It also adds plenty of sweetness. The finish has a short funky herbal bitterness fading off the tongue.

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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 MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Picked up a six pack of this session IPA, had it poured into a pint glass. I'm a fan of the genre, but even for a session, I could've used slightly more flavor. Some pine, hops, and malt in the flavor, but a touch watery. Aroma for the most part mirrored the flavor. Color was a decent translucent light copper. Not the best session IPA I've had, but a decent afternoon drinking option.

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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 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 dmgeng
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I realize this "session IPA" kick is going to be around for a while so I might as well keep trying them.

A - Crystal clear light orange color with course small white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Hoppy in the nose. Nice citrus, light pine, and light floral.

T - Has the hops from the smell with the citrus on the front. Light complimenting malt flavor but definitely hops. Very light finish with mild hop bitterness.

M - Light mouth-feel with some graininess. Has some bitterness and mostly clean on the finish. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall, a fine session IPA with enough flavor to drink but the body of a light lager. I like the hops and the mild maltiness but for me the light body just seems lack luster. Perfect if you don't like overly bitter or malt heavy IPA's or are just starting to taste hops. It's similar to "All-Day IPA" but with less citrus and slightly more malt. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Glass- shaker pint

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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 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 Ri0
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My review is based on a beer that is most likely passed its prime. The funny thing is that it made me enjoy it more since I don't really enjoy session IPA's. There is usually to much hoppiness and very minimal maltiness. This beer was released in Spring and I imagine that it was a few months old, but I thought it tasted more like an APA than a session IPA. Enjoyable beer right out of the bottle on the lower price in Chicago.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with about 1 finger of white foam that reduces to a thin layer. Clear with some carbonation.

Aroma: Nicely hoppy with floral and herbal notes.

Taste: Nice mouthful of hops. Fruity with some mild bitterness. I taste something I can't put my finger on but it is fruity.

Mouth feel: Smooth medium body. Dry. Lasting dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice American IPA that I wished they served all year long. Hope they don't retire this one but bring it back again next summer.

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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 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 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 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 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 WhiteHillsStore
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with a head that trails easily. The smell was full of citrus and floral notes from the hops and made me excited to try. The taste was my favorite part by far because I got all those great hop notes, but underneath all the bitterness from the hops was a toasted caramel flavor that kept the beer balanced and very delicious. Would highly recommend.

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Endless IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 883 ratings.
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