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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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 524
Photo of beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pup poured out with a long-lasting lacy, cream colored head slowly settling over finely carbonated hazy light amber/golden liquid. The nose is a complex mixture of bready aromas, yeasty fruitiness, sweety-sweet malts and finally, flowery hoppiness. The taste is a blend of fruitiness and then the piney and resiny bold hoppiness takes the stage, making a great impression upon the palate. Malty sugar sweetness lend a depth of body to this brew...great hoppy burps too, I might add! Finishes both big and rich in the flavor department, long and balanced. Alcohol is pretty much cloaked by the other flavor attributes of this bad boy.

Thanks to CRJM for "sweet talking" the barmaid at Goose Island into selling him a couple of these beauties!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange brown color, head dies down but leavea a great trail of lace. High alcohol content evident by the alcohol imprints on the sides of the glass. Aroma is highly hopped, heavy on the citrus and dark ruit malts (dates and figs)came to mind. Taste is sweet, yet bitter, subtle yet overpowering. Really good beer that I hope they bring out again. I would probably actually classify this as a barleywine.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat bemused orange to amber color with the head mountainous in size, frothy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it slowly fades into the sunset the lace forms a thick and concealing sheet upon the glass. “WOO HOO”, hops, flowery and enticing, sweet malt behind, a real pleasure for the “Hop Heads” nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is brisk in its carbonation, but as one would expect the hops win the day, pleasing in their robust spiciness, tart and refreshing to the palate, very dry and lingering hop bitter aftertaste, a real treat for this “Old Hop Head”.

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Photo of BierReise
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle with plain white label stating Imperial IPA. Pours a hazy orangish amber with a thick head that is lacing nicely. Big sweet hop aroma that has Imperial IPA written all over the place. Is this really a midwest brew? Has a smooth medium body with a nice fullness to it. Flavor is sweet and hoppy without being too bitter. Orange and peaches come to mind. Good malt presence to balance out. Finishes a bit dry and a good bitter kick at the end. Every bit as good as the west coast Imperials.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I usually don't comment on a beer's packaging, but this has got to be the worst labeling I have ever seen on a commercial brewery's product. This is part of Goose Island's F.O.A.M. series of special, high-end brews available only at the brewery. The label is the white backside of a Honker's Ale label with the word's "Imperial IPA" printed on it in black by a cheapo printer. I'm sure the beer will be much better than the packaging though.
Now, to the beer. It pours a hazy yellow-gold in color leaning towards orange. A solid, dense head fades to a even thin layer leaving no lace.
The aroma hits as soon as the bottle is popped open, once it is poured, you just can't escape it. Syrupy sweet and citrusy hoppy. Juicy grapefruit with floral notes accompany a malty back.
The flavor profile is on par with the aroma. A balance of sweet malts and generously dosed hops. Almost sticky sweet though. Alcohol becomes more apparent by mid-glass taking a little of the edge off of the syrupy sweetness.
Slick, oily, medium-full body with appropriate carbonation. A really nice example of the style. Make it a regular release please and put a real label on it & I'll like it even more.

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Imperial IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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