Midway IPA
Goose Island Beer Co.

Midway IPAMidway IPA
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American IPA
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3.57 | pDev: 7.56%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Midway IPAMidway IPA
Notes: Paying tribute to the city we call home, Midway IPA is sessionable and refreshing, or as we like to refer to it - easy drinking. With a lower ABV, balanced IBU’s, and a tropical fruit aroma, make Midway your new go-to, have more than one, easy drinking IPA.

IBU: 30
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 60 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of matuto
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty watery, but that's the point about having only 4.1% ABV. Nice and affirmative citric and yellow fruits hoppiness. Good one and gets better when a bit warmer!

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, the date on bottom of can "14MAR18".

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, golden color with less than one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread and some tropical fruits like orange and pineapple.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet orange and pineapple citrus then bread.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good session IPA with plenty of good taste and less alcohol, I really appreciate and value brewers that make lower alcohol offerings, I will have this again and will definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of FLima
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid golden color with a thick head with decent retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of pine, white bread, lemon and grapefruit.
Flavor with notes of pine, spices, grapefruit, flowers, lemon drops and a bit of melon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to watery body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant and easy to drink American IPA with Citra notes. Nothing exceptional and a bit watery. A substyle that I think has no place, specially tuned to 4.1% abv.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, slightly cloudy, golden color with good activity. Slightly creamy and fluffy 2
finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of butter, orange, passion fruit, caramel, sweet barley, and herbal hops. Slick and almost smooth medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, mostly tropical and grainy, soft piney and leafy feel with a touch of sweet dry hops. Quite fresh and well bodied. The intensity and flavors are well balanced. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of Spike
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml can (brewed & packed in Belgium).
L: Clear, gold, short-lived head, some lacing.
S: Honey and ripe fruit.
T: Tropical fruits with a light, malty finish. Some metallic aftertaste.
F: Thin mouthfeel (almost but not quite watery) and a hint of carbonation. Light to no bitterness.
O: Nondescript, easy-drinking, low hopped, American pale ale brewed in Belgium for the European market by AB InBev.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this beer. Tropical aromas definitely mark this one. Nice, generous lace and clear golden color. Bitterness is moderate. A crisp tasting beer with just the right amount of bitter finish.

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Photo of vinicole
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can. Gold coloured. Effervescent. Quickly dissipating head.
Hoppy aroma. Cereal and tropical fruit.
Tastes like it smells.
Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned in a crafty craft can
pours a light wheat coloured body with decent white head
grapefruit and grain aroma
theres a nice malt digestive base that gives the ale a nice rounded flavour and good body

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/15/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery. Cascade, Ekuanot, Millennium, Mt. Hood, Pekko, Zythos. Great balanced mix of juicy, dank, and earthy hop complexity; nice pale malt backbone for the ABV. Minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick white head that evaporates fast. Lots of beer crackle noise and ascending bubbles.

The beer is your standard golden colour and a bit hazy.

Not much in the way of smell. Kind of ho-hum. By that I mean not really any discernible notes.

On the other hand, the taste is tropical fruit and citrus. The beer has a hop presence but it’s laid back.

The beer is light bodied and the finish is smooth and refreshing.

This is a session beer and it lives up to that in every way.

I enjoyed it and would recommend trying it.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's about midway between good and bad.

As a session beer, there are many better to choose from. I found this one to be quite malty and lacking crisp hops which I like in a session, and I think are key components. The feel is tepid and limp, not giving much pleasure. All in all, a rather disappointing ale, and one I won't revisit.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this off the single shelf at Binnys near the old home. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had faint bitter citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of citrus and caramel. It was sweet and fruity with a mild hop bitterness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this could be worse, it could be their regular ipa, which i now associate with people and establishments seeking a deal rather than a good beer, a real shame. in any event, this is different than the beer they made by the same name years ago i reckon, now a session type. its way lighter in grain than the original, no crystal malt or english influence evident here at all, and a hop profile that is both juicy and piney, maybe amarillo or something else newer school on the hops, flavorful without being bitter, not out of balance but decidedly hop driven. some zestiness to it, but oddly muted in flavor for how aromatic it is, and oddly silent in the finish, kind of a strange trajectory, like it should be brighter than it is, but i do not dislike it. im not sure if its just their scale now or what, but the beer really seems middling in overall flavor profile and quality, like this is years late to a party thats been going on for a long time, and like its grasping at something that isnt really there. ill drink this, but i wont hurry back for more. fine for summer weather and all, but there are countless better options in the style, at least for my palate...

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a thick white cap that leaves massive amounts of lacing. The aroma is crackers and lemons. The flavor is a touch sweet in front with just enough hop bitterness in the finish to make it interesting for a " session" ale. Nice and crisp with generous carbonation. Overall one of the better session IPA's I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473ml can (@4.6% ABV in the Canadian release) - so named after Midway International Airport in the Windy City, I presume?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some splendid disjointed branch pattern lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, faint lemon peel, some indistinct tropical fruitiness, and fairly tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery cereal malt, very muted domestic citrus rind, a hint of damp minerality, and more well understated leafy, grassy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and kind of thin-seeming, with an all-right smoothness, I suppose. It finishes trending dry, the malt faltering, while the generic hop bitterness keeps 'er straight and true in its lingering stance.

Overall - this is a serviceable enough version of the sub-style, nothing particularly wrong with it, but nothing particularly right about it, by the same sword. Easy to drink, but quite boring, which (your mileage may vary) sort of defeats the purpose of the whole thing.

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Photo of ewpass
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a strong head. Light citrus nose, quite faint. Light body, faint flavours, quite watery. Light, easy drinking beer but not noteworthy. This version was 4.6% ABV. State of Mind from Collective Arts is a much better choice in the ISA class.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of eggshell colored head. Alright head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, bready,

T: Follows the nose, a little orange peel & dryness up front, a little soapyness as well. Dryness, grassyness & green melon as this warms. Finishes dry & grassy

MF: Medium body crisp carbonation, decent balance

Easy to drink, but easy to forget, just another session IPA

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from TBS; dated Mar 14 2018 and served slightly chilled. Reviewed on my phone.

Pours crystal clear and golden blonde, topped off with one finger of foamy white head. It lasts for five minutes or so, soon wilting down to a frothy collar and patchy cap; a smooth, full coat of lacing has also been deposited. Looks great to me. It has a clean, low-key aroma, consisting of grainy pale malts and a faint cracker sweetness, overlapping with hints of floral, spicy hops. Mild suggestions of lemon peel, as well as some indeterminate tropical fruit.

A decent session ale, mild and approachable. There's some grainy, bready pale malt sweetness in there, but the hops tend to be the more dominant ingredient here - orange, grapefruit and melon rind at first, but becoming more floral towards the finish. Hints of lemon pith and a resiny bitterness round out the profile, lingering weekly into the aftertaste before fading, leaving the palate feeling dry and ready for the next sip. Light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a solid, crisp bite. Refreshing and very sessionable - unlike stronger, more bitter IPAs, this one leaves the palate feeling cleansed instead of exhausted.

Final Grade: 3.64, a B grade. Goose Island's Midway ISA is a serviceable, hoppy light ale that I would likely return to on occasion, but would never deliberately seek out. Slightly better than their Endless IPA in my opinion, though I suppose it all comes down to personal preference because they're honestly both very middle of the road.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus, very floral and a hint of malts. The flavor is citrus, floral, fruit, malts, slight earthiness and a mildly sweet/bitter/somewhat sour finish.

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Midway IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
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