Midway IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Midway IPAMidway IPA
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Midway IPAMidway IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pale, Pils, and Maris Otter malt, hopped completely with Amarillo hops. As an homage to our loyal patrons, served on Nitro taps.

Added by jahred on 02-02-2004

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub. Pours a light hazy golden color with two fingers of tight off-white head that has solid retention and leaves moderate lacings.

Aroma is of a light citrus hop note up front with some spiced hops mixed in as well. The citrus is a bit yeasty right along side a note of bready malt that does well to contrast and balance the brew out in the nose.

Taste is more of the same with a more distinct hop spice. The hops here are nicely concentrated while the base of malt does just enough to keep the overall profile honest.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth hop character and a finish of semi-dry residual slickness.

Drinkability is great. A wonderfully hoppy IPA with a smooth character and a supreme finish of pleasant residual. An all around solid IPA on cask from GI Clybourn. Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer emerges from the cask a cloudy brass color with a thick, creamy, guiness-style head that sticks around for the whole beer and leaves a thick, stick, rippled lacing. It smells of faint grassy hops.

This is a simple, but masterful beer with rich light malt backing a big herbal and slightly grassy hop tase. This beer is amazingly smooth and soft for an IPA. Must be the cask. I sucked this down fast, the only thing that keeps drinkabilty from being a 5 is the high ABV which I could feel going to my head quickly, though I didn't taste a hint of booze in the beer.

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Photo of mully
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NeuBrewM for hooking me up with this one

Fluffy white head settles to about a quarter inch with plenty of lacing left behind a little hazy tan color warm tones - a good rich gold hue

Citrus zest - grapefruit oil -- balanced by a bit of malt my wife says it smells like summer.

citrus/ apricot, special-b malt, a little biscuit and roasty-ness full of delicouisness

smooth velvety not over powering very well crafted.

Awesome session beer very drinkable

A beer worthy of the fancy botteling to be sure.

Thanks for the bottle Ted

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Photo of thomismydad
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at the Clybourn location. Reviewed from notes.

I waited a while for this to actually make it into the rotation at GI (it kept showing up on the menu, but they were always out of it). Finally, I got my shot.

Bold red-orange in color with an airy, white head. Strong hops in the nose, with citrus notes.

Taste is somewhere between a regular IPA and an imperial - hence the name Midway, not just a nod to the southside airport. Juicy, big hops with some malt elements and a nice, lingering bitterness.

I'm a sucker for IPAs of all alcohol levels, so it's no surprise I'm a sucker for this, too.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white foamy head. This retains with some creamy bunching that throws a good bit of spotty frothy lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is bright and hoppy feeling in the nose, with a lot of sharp sweet citrus notes (orange and apricots abound) that are undercut with a touch of dank earthiness and gentle spicy notes. Grainy malts offer some support but mostly stay in the background, allowing the citrus notes to contribute a lot of the sweetness that is present.

The taste has a strong hop bite to it up front, being quite bitter with spice, pithy citrus, and some dank gritty notes. Fruit and the graininess of the malts keeps this mostly well balanced, as a LOT of orange flavor (both sweetness and more bitter peel character) emerges as this warms. The finish on this sticks hard on the palate with a deep feeling of dryness and earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with crispness to the carbonation that matches up well with that strong hop profile. This is pretty darn smooth though for 6% and ends up being a little more refreshing feeling than I initially would have thought.

There's a LOT of fruity sweetness in this IPA but I think that the bitterness levels sufficiently backed things up enough to keep this well balanced and deep enough to hide any stray alcohol flavors from the body. I had been eyeing this one up the last couple of trips to the brewpub and am glad that I finally gave it a shot.

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Photo of Chris7482
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fancy cellar collection bottle shared by Jay23. A local IPA named after an airport...

Deep opaque orange pour, constant head, good retention. Spotty bits and wavy lines of lacing. Clean grapefruit aroma, leafy hops, with a touch of pale malt in the nose. Clean bitterness, plenty of hop character paired with a good malty backbone. Dry resiny aftertaste. Nicely balanced standard IPA from Goose Island.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeccaH
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island Clybourn 2/15/07. Listed on the menu as 7.4% abv.

A: Rich golden color with a beautiful cascade. Creamy 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S: Big juicy citrus. Grapefruit can be smelled from 18". Nice balancing malt, too.

T: Grapefruit and orange flavors from the hops. The hops are kept in check by a great, slightly toasted, kinda nutty malt profile. Also, I detected flavors of peach and pear.

M: Wonderful creaminess from the cask pour. Very thick and very balanced in the mouth.

D: This could be MY session beer! It's great on draft, but on cask it's out of this world. I really like how all of the different fruity flavors are kept expertly in check by the solid malt backbone. Fantastic!

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Photo of IronTom
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sweethome
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery and took a growler home.

Pours a dark red, with a white fluffy head. Huge hop attack on the nose - lots of cascade hops. Bartender described as midway between their ipa and imperial ipa - hence the name. I think this is a very tasty brew.

The malt profile is more substantian than their regular ipa - a fine beer. Nutty malts linger in back but are dominated by a juicy citrus hops flavor.

Very long bitter finish. The citrus stays with you for some time. This is an IPA by the way!

The mouthfeel is just slightly watery. Not as dese of a feel as their ipa.

Reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale in some respects - though not quite the malts of that beer.

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Photo of Brokejaw
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Uzivra26
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head above the very cloudy amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal, relatively balanced maltiness and fruity hops. Taste is somewhat sedate as well, moderate sweetness coupled with lightly fruity bitterness. Closes with a light but noticeable warming numbness. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Interesting brew, but not so sure I'd label it a Double IPA. Worth checking out on its own merits though.

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Photo of samie85
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviwed from notes. Originally consumed at the Clybourn Brewpub on 1/29/10.

A-Pours a hazy yellowish, orange with a white, two finger head.

S-Crisp grapefruit and pine aromas with some caramel malt.

T-Pine, and grapefruit bitterness with some sweet orange and caramel malt.

M-Really smooth and the mild, but still there carbonation helped this. Medium bodied.

D-I would really like to see them bottle this one. It's like a more complex, and slightly amp-ed up version of their India Pale Ale. Very easy drinking for almost 7%, where's the alcohol?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the Clybourn location on December 29, 2010. Oddly, I'll say that I didn't get too much from the nitro, but the menu said this was nitro and cask and I was told the cask had kicked.

Also, judging from the previous reviews, this is a different beer than was previously bottled and is also different than what was available a few months ago, as the menu indicated that this was done with Amarillo hops. To the review.

Poured a moderate golden color with a single-finger white head and not too much lacing. The nose brought forward a light amount of the typical Amarillo character--a bit of floral and citrus, through these components weren't overpowering here. The malt in the background was a bit strong and tended to overwhelm the more-delicate character of what the Amarillo brought here. Taste was quite plain with really mild hops and a strange bit of malt character for the style. Mouthfeel was light to medium with moderate carbonation. While nothing really stood out about this one, it went down smoothly and I was pleased to have gotten to try this.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Midway IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 77 ratings