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 AngusOg
2/5  rDev -52.2%

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of banger7
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of ale1
2.77/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

picked up a sixer at local grocer, served at around 60° poured into a pint glass
2-3" head with large bubbles , ok lacing , light amber colour

alright now down to the tasting , by nose possibly cascade hops ..dry hopped
it appears by the results that's ok if your in a rush and want to make a hopped beer however much better if done over time throught the wort boil 60 120 180 min's etc.
yea like Dogfish ipa' s ! this is not a real WOW IPA and wont purchase this one again. Another corprate blaaa ripoff brewer doing it as cheap as they can.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with a tight whitish mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, citrus, garlic, white onion, and radish are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, bitter orange, lemon, lime, pine, unripened pineapple, parsnips, grapefruit, white onion, radish, and garlic are present on the palate. The finish is vegetal, fiery, and sticky with a combination of lemon, grapefruit, caramel, pine, white onion, and garlic flavors underscored by peppery, prickly alchol.

M: Medium-to-full in body, viscous, resinous, and sticky. Carbonation is spot on for the style, but alcohol presence is overwhelming. This thing kicks hard.

O: I'm really not sure what to make of this IIPA. It's definitely not what I expected and doesn't display what I generally look for in the style. The flavor is so harsh, funky, and vegetal that I initially thought that there had to be something wrong with the beer. I'm not sure where all of the hype is coming from. This one definitely is not for me.

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of HipHopsHooray
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dotcubed
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 Bottle that Had been in my beer closet.

Looks old. Brown orange, not alot of foam, fizz, or general signs of life. Some sediment on the bottom.

Think it's a dead bottle. Two years is a long time. Bottle says best consumed by 041208.

The little foam I got died. And I'm guessing this one died a year ago.
Smells mild. Malty, some faint citrus.

Made a complete transition to a bitter grapefruit peel malt beer.

Light and tangy. Surprising result from a lackluster opening.

medium body. Moderately drinkable.
Not quite completely dead.

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Photo of jegross2
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the now retired Goose Island Imperial IPA from Goose Island Brewing Company. This is the beer that got me first interested in craft beer many moons ago. It will always hold a special place in my liver.
Score: 81

2007 vintage bottle served in a "The Bruery" tulip and enjoyed on 03/23/12. This bottle is from the very last bottling Goose Island ever did of this beer.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color that is slightly hazy. Not much information about the head at pour, since the 12 oz bottle was split between several of us. Seems to have decent lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Honey, heavy barley malt, and stale hops. Lots of malt, to be frank. Surprisingly enough, there is still a light booziness in the nose. Moderate oxidation too. 3.5/5

Taste: Heavy doses of bitter barley malt and caramel. That's about it. At this point, the beer has turned into a straightforward English barleywine with some light acidic tartness on the back half. There is a lingering bitter barley malt finish. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: While this beer is a shell of its former self, it was pure nostalgia to get the rare chance to try the no longer produced beer that got me into the craft scene several years ago. Thank you so much DP34 for sharing this one with me!

Recommendation: You can skip this once-great beer at this point in its life cycle, but it's certainly not a drain pour of an Imperial IPA five years later.

Pairings: Provolone cheese.

Cost: I do not recall how much this beer cost back in the day, but I believe it was between $10 and $20 for a four pack. I think it also use to cost around $10 for a pint at the Clybourn brewpub.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber in color with about an inch of head forming on the pour. Smell is just a slight bit hoppy. I think this bottle may have just a bit of time on it. Flavor is mostly malty without any big, juicy hops. Very smooth and drinkable. I'll have to revisit.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the time of this review this beer is illogical on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on It does not belong at all.

Beer served in a snifter, on draft at Churchkey DC. Beer is amber and mostly clear with a tan off white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is malty, earthy, mildly piny, smells fine.

Tastes horrid, it is mildly solventy with this odd bitterness at the end that must be from grain, maybe almost smokey? I hate it. I will not have this again.

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was a good beer. I wouldn't classify it as a beer worthy of it's price. (8.50/gobblet @ Hop Leaf-Uptown/Andersonville)
I was throughly pleased with the burbon county stout and thought that this might bring the same level of taste sensation to the plate, but for the first time in a very long time I was dissappointed with GI. I am a regular of your green labeld IPA and now know that that the limit as far as GI is concerned. Maybe GI needs to stick to it's cask aged stouts?

I felt that the beginning of the sip was good and much of it's finish was lack luster. Most Imperial IPA's either give you an extremely hoppy burst or a combination of sweet & hoppy finish and this beer neglected both accords.

They need to take notes on what's going on around them and as I like to call it "The Hop Revolution". A year or two ago this beer would have held all the high accolades, but today it falls short of them because the bar is raised. Sorry GI this time Northwest Indiana and Southeast Michigan have you beat.

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Photo of dar482
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this on tap at Top Hops in NYC. It comes in a clear yellowish color like many IPAs. The hops come slow and a bit flat. The malty slowness covers up the exciting brightness that I want in IPAs. It ends in a roundish aftertaste. It's decent, but after a while, it tasted almost oxidized, despite being fresh from the keg. I guess that's the characteristic of the beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer

A-Golden orange, 1/2 inch white frothy head, above average retention, some small amounts of lacing

S-Seemed more malty than hoppy which is a problem, some grapefruit, green apple, apricot, faint pine scent

T-Big malt flavor, some orange and tangerine tastes, limited amounts of pine, big malt backbone, not very balanced, some caramel in the finish, got much sweeter as time went on, small amount of spice, brown sugar, too sweet overall, needed to be more bitter

M-Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, rich, tons of carbonation which helped this balance out the syrup feel

D-Could drink another bottle maybe, high ABV, heavy sweet taste, filling, goes down pretty easy because of balanced smoothness

Have been wanting to try this for a long time since I am a big fan of DIPAs and saw it on the top 100, honestly disappointed overall, much better ones here in Southern California in my opinion, would not trade for this again

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Photo of mizzoueng
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremly hazy and Orange in color. Poured in a Sam Adams glass (properly cleaned) and had minimal head. There is a small viel of head on top which produces some lacing.

S - I smell some malt, a hint of coffee (?), some vanilla, and centennial hops (that hoppy/flowery/dirty feet aroma). The overall aroma is mild and subdued. For an Impy IPA, I expect it to be more pronounced than this.

T - Lots and lots of citrus. A little spicey at the end. The aftertaste is pugnant, kind of like fresh young green onion. Hardly any malt flavor at all.

M - Watery, very bold, density of the beer leaves a majority of the flavors and bitters on the tounge and leaves a long lasting aftertaste.

D - Overall I would say this was an okay beer to try, but not worth the $5 I paid for the bottle.

I've had better (Hopslam, 90 Minute). The one I am drinking is a 2007 vintage, with age this beer would probably balance out very well, so if you have it in your cellar I woud let it age.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on draft into a 9 oz. snifter. Pours an extremely hazy amber hue with a single finger's width head that retreats quickly. The nose is dissapointingly tame. Just the slightest air of hops and citrus. The taste is bizarre as hell. This tastes like it's smoked. It's not horrible, but it's both unexpected and offputting. The mouthfeel is bitter with a quality that reenforces the smokiness. Overall, this just isn't my thing

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler. Pours a deep ruby brown, slightly cloudy, with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops, some garlicky hops, and lots of sweet malt. Flavor is quite malty and sweet, a touch of acetone perhaps. Just a malt overload for me, very sticky and sweet.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of cproioi
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pours an orange-yellow body with white sticky lacing, and carbonation present in the body. The smell is full of citrus ruby red grape fruit and hot alcohol. The taste is very similar to the aroma. With alcohol notes coming out more as it warms. The mouthfeel is full of sticky hops resin and hot fusal alcohol. It's a nice beer from a solid brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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