Rambler IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Rambler IPARambler IPA

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Breyton on 08-14-2014

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Photo of Alexc11
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours attractive clear copper color (reminds me of autumn maple leaves) with healthy head. Gives off a balance of caramel and spice aromatics. Light bitter and hoppy taste with a refreshing carbonated finish. Overall a really good beer.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't mind this beer but it's not quite right to call it an IPA. To me it tastes like 1/2 true IPA mixed with 1/2 Sam Adams Boston lager. The tastes aren't bad or adjunct, but there's too much bready malt for an IPA. If you're in the mood for this hybrid style, enjoy.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with lots of activity. Creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor lacing but good legs. Flavors of caramel, butter, ginger, berries, nutmeg, lemon, orange, grapefruits, walnuts, roasted grains, herbal spices. Thick sugary feel, slightly bready, while deeply bitter and coarse from very dry hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with soft crispy carbonation. Strong and long finish, some toffee and red ale spices, very dense leafy and grassy hops, with sharp clove, highly bitter and almost sour. Lacks freshness, too bold, not well intensified and overly spiced. Calms down as it gets warmer. The taste is good, a nice cross between an Amber Ale and IPA, but lacks complexity. Overall decent quality craft.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, coppery body with lots of creamy, pale orange head. The aroma has a lot of generic citrus characteristic to it, with a slight dankness and pine hidden in there with a bit of a weird, bubblegum sweetness. The taste is very malt-forward, with a mildly fruity characteristic contributing similarities to an English pub ale with citric hops playing off towards the back of the palate (think of a traditional pub ale/ESB a la Abbot Ale, with a Citra Blitzkrieg hiding in tow). A smooth beer, there is no real indication of the alcohol content and because of the sneaky way the hops play into the flavor profile it really isn't overwhelming that way. Overall, kind of average for an IPA, but sometimes average and accessible is all you want. Thumbs up on my end.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh, my. This kind of badly conceived IPA is usually reserved for Ontario craft attempts.
Ah, no. This is not what an IPA ought to taste like. This a bland, watery, malt tasting beverage, which is quite forgettable.

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Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colour of tea. Big head, good retention, spotty lace.Overall the beer seems more about malt that hops. Malty, slightly boozy nose. Spiciness and caramel sugar. Can be a little sharp on the nose, but pleasantly so. Lots of malt, grain, caramel. Finished with gently bitter hops, lingering toasted grain. Drinkable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, dark red with a wispy, flash in the pan head. Lemon, canteloupe and caramel bread in the aroma. The taste is citrusy and herbal with toasted toffee in the back, I'm pretty sure there's some yeast esters playing a part here. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a sparse carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with a herbal note.

This is a nice IPA, hoppy but very malt forward. The herbal hop character and noticeable yeast esters make it like a cross over between an American and English IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from The Beer Store; dated July 29 2016 and served lightly chilled. Reviewed on my phone.

Pours a hazy orange-amber hue, with one finger of khaki coloured head seated atop. It wilts within minutes, leaving a thin, filmy cap behind; minimal lacing. Citrusy grapefruit on the nose, along with caramel and some spicy, herbal hop notes. Unremarkable thus far.

A decent effort. Good malt backbone; caramelized sugars and toasted grain notes help to balance out the hoppy punch that dominates the back end. Citrusy grapefruit pith and pine are present, along with plenty of leafy, spicy bitterness; these flavours weaken in the aftertaste, blending nicely with the malt sweetness as they fade from the palate together. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels and a crisp, prickly texture. Easy to drink at nearly 7%, but not especially impressive or memorable.

Final Grade: 3.6, a B grade. Goose Island's Rambler IPA is pretty good, but it's definitely not great. Technically sound, and I do enjoy the spicy hops, but this is a beer that just doesn't manage to distinguish itself from the pack in any meaningful way. More of an amber than a straight-up IPA, but a respectable effort in any case. I'll probably return to it on a sporadic basis.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, rated as 'Goose Rambler IPA', part of the mixed Goose Island sampler pack currently making the rounds in Canada.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and faintly bubbly beige head, which leaves some splendid splattered snow rime lace (think mid-January in Northern Alberta) around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, edgy domestic citrus notes, reduced brown sugar, and some rather spicy leafy, grassy and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a touch of sugary toffee, muddled citrus rind, a hint of oily nuttiness, and more testy herbal, leafy, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its fizzy and frothy meanderings, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for that inherent spicy thing tugging at my various waiting palates. It finishes off-dry, the biggish malt still taking in the lingering zingy hops with a leery pose.

Overall, this is an interesting take on Goose Island's IPA - they don't specify what the hop differential is here (yeah, I suppose I could look it up, but labels are for - oh, never mind). Definitely eye-opening with that spicy thing tearing the typical caramel malt a new one. That said, it's a bit much, and I still prefer their 'regular' IPA.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear reddish brown with a medium beige head, some good lacing. Aroma is of citrus herbal hops with caramel malt. Taste the same as aroma, citrus, some mild notes of orange. mild rustic herbal hops flavor. A medium bodied with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is citrus fruity flavors, herbal hops with a good caramel malt background. A good flavorful drinking IPA.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Review is from notes.

Light golden pour with a medium head that faded with minimal lacing. Smells of caramel malt and grapefruit pith with a faint hint of earthy spice. Taste is moderately bitter with a pithy flavor, tobacco leaves, earthy and herbs. Body is lighter side of medium with stronger carbonation. So here is an IPA that is perfectly drinkable but otherwise completely un-noteworthy.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings after my first 2 choices they were out of. Typical IPA, nothing special. Smelled of hops and fruit. Tasted of a combo of oranges, grapefruit. decent

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice touches on this seasonal. A hint of spice, cinnamon , clove ,coriander . Blends well with citrus hop selection. Amber pour, minimal head but tart nose. Smooth mats with tart, citrus palate. Really really nice

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear copper with thick, foamy, well-retained, well-lacing tan head. Smells of hops, floral with hints of candied fruit. Beer is citrusy (both rind and fruit), as well as spicy (but not as pungent as black pepper) on the palate, it's quite good. Aftertaste reminds be a bit of a pineapple-infused chili sauce, the flavor aspect more so than the spice heat. Decently carbonated, medium-bodied. A good offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/5/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, wood, mint, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, wood, mint, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, wood, mint, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice red IPA style. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This one really grew on me as I finished the glass. The earthy hops give it unique character, while still having plenty of citrus flavors; and the malts never overtake the hop flavors, but still have good presence. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(Bottle, Nov 2014) Hempy/Earthy smell and taste. Decent but not very complex. Finishes the same as it started. Gets a tad repetitive by beer's end.

IPA (favorable)

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep red with a two-finger off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is citrus, caramel malts, and earthy hops.

T - Flavor is heavy caramel malts upfront with some citrus - orange & grapefruit - and lots of earthy hops in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy with a crisp finish.

O - This was a decent red ale/ipa. The amarillo hops are a nice addition.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber producing 2 fingers of frothy, off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves thin sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is earthy, herbal, citrus & a hint of resinous pine hops with malt tones of caramel & grain. Taste is leafy floral (heavy) & citrus hops backed by caramel malts. Spicy. Finishes bittersweet with leafy & resinous hops developing into a resinous pine bitter hop bite aftertaste. There is something almost rye-like about this brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy, slightly slick, with bitter, drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of JWU
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A: a crystal clear amber, heavy on the red tones. FANTASTIC lacing from the light khaki head.

S: caramel, brown sugar, toasted malts, and some earthy hops.

T: a very nice red ale base, with some earthy, floral hops. I don't find it to be an IPA as billed, but it's a good hoppy red.

M- fairly creamy in it's medium body, amble carbonation.

O- A good red ale from the Goose.

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Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The body is on the lighter side of medium, and the mouth feel is light albeit not thin.

The flavor is heavy on caramel, and there is a balancing mix of earthy hops and rye as well. Early on, there are also some hints of "green" hop flavors that are a touch vegetal. The malt carries through strong toward the finish, and the less desirable hop flavors subside.

The lingering flavor is earthy and herbal, and hints at sweet spices.

Overall, a decent beer, but a bit thin and lacking heft for me. Also, the chive-like and plan like flavors that hang around early on and mid-sip are a bit outputting.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear reddish amber in color with a creamy off white head. About a fingers worth of foam that left a sticky lacing. Very nice amount of carbonation rising up in the glass

I was detecting a more sweet malty aroma over a low hop aroma.

Fair bite of hops at the onset of the taste with a fruity background. The finish is all hops and it lingers for a while.

Medium light body with a dry lingering finish

This was a very good beer to drink anytime. Sorry it was a limited release. Glad however that ABInbev is not messing with these recipes.

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Photo of mjurney
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Citrusy, orange, grassy, herbal, sweet bread, a little caramel.

Malt forward, bready, caramel, some brown sugar, a bit nutty. Citrus, grassy, herbal hop bitterness. Finish is bitter, crisp and dry. Body is medium, a little oily, crisp, a bit refreshing, dry, smooth.

It's a very good American IPA.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I'm still no fan of India Pale Ales, despite my persistency to become one; I find them too ubiquitous for their own good, frequently too indifferent with every craft brewery coming up with their own variation, and their taste to be that of soapy water and intolerable bitterness. They just don't appeal to me on any level.

Rambler IPA, Goose Island's latest bottle/can offering, is an interesting brew because it crosses the IPA style with that of a typical red ale making for something that is at least somewhat different. Nonetheless, it's a bitter beer that violates my number one rule about beer - if you have to make a face to down it, it's not a good beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored liquid..I like the smell of this beer. It has a nice toasted malt scent. The taste is sweet, with some spicy hops in the background. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Full in body. Nice beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : nice fluffy head, 2 fingers. Body is copper-orange.

Aroma : typical amber-red smells with hop aroma. Malt presence is apparent, lots of toasted grain, some almond sliver.

Flavor : a Scottish-inspired malt comes out immediately, with a polite rush of hop and toasted grain. Some faint hints of kidney bean. Ends slightly floral with a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel : mostly light bodied, venturing into medium bodied territory a little. Reasonably creamy; inoffensive carbonation, generally good.

Overall : a good cross between an amber/Scottish ale and an ipa. I'd have it again.

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Rambler IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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