Imperial IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Draft only as of 2008.

Added by cretemixer on 11-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 524 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of BRLockwood
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of froggyfrog
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle with a black text dominated white label.
Vehicle: My favorite snifter.

The View: 5.0! I don't even want to pick up my glass to drink this it's just too damn beautiful. On the pour my bowl filled with a glorious thick orange nectar. Resting on top was a thin fluffy-white pillow of pure white foam. As the soft foam dissipated I became aware of the jet stream of carbonation shooting up in a single column from the from the bottom center of my glass. I've been watching it for like 15 minutes now and it's showing no signs of fatigue. A bubbling fluffy white mound about the diameter of a quarter formed at the top of this volcanic rising of carbon dioxide gas and with a subtle rippling motion reinstated the creamy dream-like coating of head across the entire surface of the liquid.

The Scent: American hop essentials greet the nose with an amazing creamy quality. I smell a lot of Cascade but it's not confrontational. This beer doesn't threaten to rip your taste buds to shreds, it instead invites you to come in an experience the beauty and natural simplicity of unchecked wholehearted hops.

The Flavor: I hate to disturb the eye candy but I can't wait any longer. Here we go. Guess what? It tastes as good as it looks and smells. There is a deep earthy spiciness expertly balanced by a sticky powdered sweetness. Alcohol is pronounced in the finish.

The Feel: Again the word creamy is the first descriptor that comes to mind. Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. The weighty fullness is an excellent accompaniment to high-alpha bitterness.

The Ability to Consume: Let's just say I wish I had a few cases of this and not just this one lonely bottle.

Well folks, I'm gonna do it. I'm giving this beer fives across the board. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! My only perfect score. A fantastic beer. Who knew? Thank you Goose Island (and hero27 for sharing;).

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Photo of SamanthaMarieee9
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Srecko
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of pmatz2
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber, a proprer size head was acheived with an slightly agressive pour. A nice creamy white head that leaves a nice foam ring that lasts the enitre drink.

Can't miss the Hops aroma,
Taste is a bit alcoholic, sweet and hoppy at the same time. The hops last the entire taste but are not overpowering with bitterness. It has the right level of bitterness for an imperial IPA

Mouthfeel is creamy with a slight syrupy texture. A great sipping beer.

Body is huge no surprise there

This is an outstanding beer beer. I think it's a little more complex than the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, but at twice the price.

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Photo of mcallister
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this brew gets top honors of 5 out of 5. Lovely off orange, hazy amber with a terrific frothy off white head and significant lacing.

Sitting outside writing this I can smell the sweet perfume of the cascade and tettnang hops eminating even with a strong breeze in the air. Nice aromas of citrus, pine, apple, grapefruit, spicy almost cinammon, and even a tad of nutmeg, equalling out with a wonderful amount of malt. If a 5.5 out of 5 were possible this brew would get the nod on smell.

This IPA is definitely not for the faint hearted. Very bid and bold hops yet perfectly balanced, perfectly complex, perfect structure. It covers the whole palate range with excitement. Upon entry nice fruity sweet pleasantries envelop the tate buds, then the mid palate is overcome with hop, malt and citrusy pine, until finally a good 50 seconds of full flavor embodiement of the beer is lingering behind waiting for you to take the next swallow.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy orange with a rocky head that dies in about a minute.

S - This is awesome! Citrus, apricot, berries?. I have to just keep going back for this one.

T - Pine, citrus, apricot, and other fruits mixed with earthy and spicy hop flavors that are followed up by big malt flavors that are a mix of fruit and toast. The hops are strong and the flavor is everywhere but they're not overwhelming. This is an amazing mix flavor and balance.

D - This is a truly exceptional beer. I don't know that I have tasted anything like this ever... well at least not in a really long time. Rarely have I ever tasted this much hops without being bombarded by so much bitterness that I can't taste the second sip. This beer is loaded with all kinds of hop flavor but it maintains an exceptional balance that allows the delicious malt characteristics to come through. Get one now!

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Photo of Damian
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Best when consumed by: March 31, 2007
Acquired in a trade with nathan15

Poured a syrupy and murky rust-orange color with no head and no lacing.

The aroma was potently fruity, sweet and hoppy. The malt sweetness was very noticeable for a double IPA. Canned pineapple and piney hops came through strong, along with notes of sugary caramel. Citrus, orange and spice were present as well.

The taste was an intense yet well-balanced mix of punchy hops and sugary malts. The beer started super sweet, malty rich and creamy. Maple syrup, brown sugar and some spice came through as well. Citrusy, piney hops were apparent mid-palate, along with peaches and other ripe fruits. Grapefruit notes, along with the slightest indication of alcohol warmth, appeared in the bitter-sweet finish. The hops lingered on my palate after the beer was done (along with some citrus and spice) but they never overwhelmed me. In fact, the hop bitterness was quite restrained for a DIPA (this might have had something to do with the beer's age).

Mouthfeel was ridiculously creamy, syrupy and thick with a fine, moderate carbonation that coated my tongue like a blanket.

As for drinkability, I cannot remember the last time I finished a beer (never mind a double IPA) so quickly. This DIPA is unquestionably made for those who appreciate a balanced brew (fans of Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA should take note). In fact, this beer is so malty rich that it could easily be mistaken for a barleywine (and quite an outstanding one at that).

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Photo of ams4k
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the great beers of our time -- on par, if not better than, Racer 5 and Ruination. I was shocked at its brilliance. The smell alone will floor you -- it will transport you (if you are a hophead like me) to another, blissful world. And the taste does not disappoint. Totally drinkable, totally extreme -- incredible. The color is a hazy orange, not a lot of foam but enough to lace the glass. The flavors are beyond description. You must try this if you like Dogfish 90 or Stone or Bear Republic. It even runs with 3 Floyds Dreadnaught. That's my next goal: a blind tasting of the two. It is that good.

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Photo of jvonkluck
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. An impressive example of an IPA here.

Pours a reddish orange with a thin, slow forming head that slowly bubbles to the surface.

The aroma is a delicious blend of hops and citrusy notes.

The taste lives up to the nose - loads of hops, hints of orange rind and some more mellow citrus as well. Nicely balanced in the mouth as well - it's got body that suits the intensity of the beer.

I don't think that you'd want to drink more than one or two of these in a sitting - especially given the price tag. But enjoying one or two slowly is well worth it.

(I also had this beer on tap at Goose Island while they were serving it, but not with a review in mind. It was equally stellar served from the brewery...)

Highly recommend this to anyone on the quest for the perfect IPA.

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Photo of marcpal
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive held onto this one for a while from a trade from which I apologize but cant remember. 2007 bottle, $4.59 sticker, poured into snifter.

Came through clutch, all I was hoping. Decided to crack this for review #200 and for a job promotion today.

2007. Poured from bottle into cervoise.

A: Pours a cloudy iced tea orange with a whipped cream thin head that held around longer than I would have thought. Thin bubbling.

S: Clearly simcoe hops. The mix with the malt couldnt be better in the smell. Plenty of citrus and not overpowering the malt at all. Lets you know this is going to be chock full of flavor.

T: Enormous taste. Whacked with malty caramel right away with a whisp of the hops and in the back the hops pick up intensity. The bitterness is just awesome that hangs on for our drinking pleasure. One word describes best: harmonious.

M: Smooth as can be. Coating from the hops but the malt sweetness matches it drop by drop. For the style, more syrupy than most.

D: As drinkable as you can get for a DIPA. The malt becomes somewhat filling but I would love to have a solid four pack of these. Among GI's best which says a lot to me.

Tremendous beer, knocked out of the park again by Goose. wow, a must get. I could only imagine that this one must be great on tap and hope to get when in Chitown next at the GI locale.

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Photo of churchillps
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Goose Island Wrigleyville and bought a 4 pack.

This is the best beer I've ever tasted. On tap is even more incredible. Paired with their Stilton Burger and fried pickles = heavenly. Smell and taste is unbelievably hoppy, but drinkability is never sacrificed. I feel like I could have 3 or 4 of these if I wanted to. Delicious.

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Photo of CroatianTrain15
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1fastz28
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

has a beautiful reddish copper color, has a nice big white head on it. the smell is just awesome, floral hops, a sweet malt flavor as well, just a perfectly balanced beer, absoultey awesome. taste is just as balanced, even with the higher apv, its barely noticeable since the beer is just so flavorful and full. i really can't hype up this beer enough, a must try for any IPA, DIPA fan. one of the best beers i've ever had.

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Photo of styrene
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$20 a 4-pack at the local package goods store, but I'm happy to support the hometown brewery.

Appearance: medium- to dark-orange body with head the color of cre\me brule/e. head dissipated rapidly but left lace that seriously sticks to the side of my duvel glass.

Smell: Fruity, with hints of apple and caramel.

Taste: Exceptionally bitter, a bit more so than 90 Minute IPA. Maltiness is huge, too, almost reminiscent of a saison. Finishes cleanly with just a hint of its high abv. Perhaps needless to say, GI Imperial IPA is majorly complex.

Mouthfeel: Malt character lends the beer a distinctive chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation could be higher considering the bottle-conditioning, but then again this beer is not meant to be especially refreshing. It is, on the contrary, an intricate brew meant for slow sipping, and the lower carbonation forces you to deal with the beer's delicate hop/malt balance.

Drinkability: High. This is a well-crafted beer that rewards contemplation.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of battlekow, Man of Superior User Names. Thanks buddy. Wish we could get more of the Special Edition Goose Island stuff over here in Madison.

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow with a finger of creamy white bubbles and beautiful lacing. Nose is ripe with in-your-face pine resin hops, bitter grapefruit, and balancing sweet caramel malts. Taste starts off with those aggressive hops, piney, but predominantly citrusy - bringing in a lighter, candi-sugar sweetness to the more burly caramel malts. Mouthfeel is oily smooth and lightly carbonated. This is an amazing IIPA. A more refined version of DFH 90 Minute. Both have 9% ABV, but this is more drinkable by leaps and bounds. I really, really, really wish I could find this stuff up here in Madison.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with average head, some lacing, the beer is a clear orange color. Wonderful aroma of orange-grapefruit and pine.

This is great! Juicy citrus fruits and pine, with that resin-character that I must have. As soon as the bitterness becomes strong, the malt brings it under control. That being said, the malt isn't what is making me smack my lips right now. Mouthfeel is thick, a little oily, and a little creamy. The drinkability is enormous.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I dont know what to say about this beer except this: it is the smoothest, creamiest, most fulfulling DIPA that has ever graced my lips. almost perfect. hops are fruity, strong, pushing you to the brink of bitterness but pulling you right back in. it is a seductress.

One helluva beer. too bad the rest of goose island doesnt match up.

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Photo of KenC
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Phatz
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Millions of thanks to froggyfrog. This beer was absolutely magnificent!

Appearance: Pours a glimmering golden orange color with a small but solid foam head. The lacing is impressive.

Smell: Sweet caramel honey and malt, big grapefruit and floral hops and citrus fill the nose.

Taste: Fresh orange pineapple and grapefruit with a very sweet bready caramel attribute beneath the hops. This maybe the most balanced sweet DIPA with rich malty feel that I have ever tasted. It finishes with long lingering flavor and a touch of alcohol. WOW!

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and and creamy medium body.

Drinkability: This is amazingly drinkable. For a 9% beer it is very friendly and approachable!

Hope this is helpful.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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