Goose IPA
Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose IPAGoose IPA
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #52
Ranked #33,884
3.72 | pDev: 12.1%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Goose IPAGoose IPA
Notes: Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

55 IBUs
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Photo of WunderLlama
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can at Gillette stadium watching the New England revolution

Clear copper orange color with white head.

Aroma is floral

Taste is floral hops over maltiness

Bitter bite , lingers

Nice beer

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

On tap at Max and Erma's with my parents. Good average IPA. Good color. Decent body. Nice bite on the palate. Not bad door a big brewery offering now.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can, on a plane. Clear orange color with white head. Floral smell. Medium feel. Malty at first with some citrus and floral hops. A pioneer in the IPA world, but in the middle of the pack now.

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Photo of Imakoniver
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger head out of the bottle with a clear orange color, little lacing on the glass, smells a bit hoppy and more floral than citrusy, standard IPA taste, balanced, smooth but nothing special, avg. carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, it is a passable IPA in a pinch but I would not buy it again even if it was on sale.

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Photo of jdurey
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours Golden with a decent head. Nose is flat...hard to pick up anything in particular. Taste is pretty bland too. I like IPAs to have more flavor or at least a bitter bite. Very dry finish. Feels thin, almost watery. On the bright side this is very drinkable and sessionable. That said, I won’t be buying this again unless there’s a big sale.

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Photo of Creevo
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at ORD during a layover. Not an IPA that I’d brag about, but given the limited tap menu it had to do. Still very surprised given listening to other patrons ask what IPAs were offered, there aren’t more craft brews on tap. Goose IPA was a C+.

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Photo of defunksta
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly clouded, pale, orange, but with a copper tint. A strong, sticky white head that lingers.
Aroma: Aromas of orange rind, pineapple, some honeydew. A sweet candyfruit or honey-glazed pineapple sweetness. A little caramel and toffee. A little pine underneath with possibly some bitter gooseberry and lychee.
Flavor: Weaker flavor overall. Pineapple and grapefruit citrus quality upfront. It has a slight bitterness but is sweet. This evolves into a tea and pine finish. Finishes slightly sweet with honey, slight toffee, and tea. Alcohol is mildly detected.
Feel: Lighter-bodied. Moderate to higher carbonation. But slightly light and watery.

Compared with the standard Bass English Pale Ale: This one pours much lighter. It presents stronger pineapple and airy pine aromas. Much less toffee, orange, and roasted fruit & licorice. It drinks lighter, with less flavor despite the higher ABV. Leans more toward an American pale ale.

Overall: I sort of understand the negative reviews about this beer. It lacks flavor and has a watery body would be my two criticisms. It has more of a citrus flavor and I don't detect a whole lot of English hops. A little tea though. Sweeter on the finish as expected, but yet the weak, citrus flavor and body make it drink like an American Pale Ale or weak American Amber. For the higher ABV, this is really a hollow and underwhelming beer.

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Photo of SmokySignals
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

25 oz. can poured into ipa glass after a sunny day lunch. Best by date is late July, about 6 weeks out. I'm probably the last people who have not tried one of these. Not anymore I say!
Clear golden body, full white head lingers.
Aromas of fresh citrus peel/greenery float about, light malt toast cracker provides an easy bed below. Nice.
Taste follows nose mostly, and in a good balance, and though nothing really seems unique/standout, that may be its big thing: a pretty good available cheap ipa for a variety of occasions .
Feels like a good beer should; not too heavy or thin, likable lasting flavor and easy to find now.
Overall; Pretty good/decent enough. I'm just trying one for the experience, and would accept one if nothing better was available. Seems like a current day standard college/ball park/restaurant ipa beer for the OFP.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Queensbury, NY. Light gold color. Malty on the nose. Some sweetness. Harsh alcohol on the front end. Becomes more subdued and drinkable as it warms up.

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Photo of Tantonys
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent IPA, yet still missing any oak flavor that a true IPA would have being shipped to India in oak casks. Good body, a bit too sweet. Serious bitter hopping, yet not much aroma. More like an IPA before the voyage. Just not that impressive.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear orange liquid.

White head; spotty lace.

Citrus nose-orange mostly.

Thin mouthfeel.

Great orange citrus flavor, no bitterness.

A session winner.

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Photo of HardCider
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden bronze color with a moderate head and high effervescence. Great head retention! Has a fresh hoppy aroma, typical of a good IPA. Tasted more bitter than even its IBU of 55 would indicate; also dry, but very drinkable.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased 15 pack for $13.99 at Legacy.
LOOK: Pours crystal clear, gold color with an all white sudsy head that goes on to display very good
AROMA: Toasty type malts most evident. Some mild but distinct dank hops also noted.
TASTE: Malts met with some hop bitterness. Hops are moderate for an IPA style beer, making for a
balanced brew.
This is an IPA that shows off hops that thankfully do not overwhelm you.

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Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with no detectable date stamp.
Pours with an amber body and a semi-durable white head.
Aroma: Herbal and pine notes from the hops.
Flavor: moderate strength and bitterness for style. Pine, herbal, grassy and dank hops with a little citrus.

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

Have had a few times before. Bought a single 20 oz can at TD Gahden for way too much money. Mediocre IPA, only get under exigent circumstances. Thank you.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent battery-acid yellow with a finger of off-white foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is herbal, floral, resin hops and bready malts. Flavor profile is resin and herbal hops for a very sticky hop quality. Malts are nutty, earthy, and bready. Mouth feel is a touch fuzzyand fizzy. It has a medium consistency. Overall, sticky and standard. A fair stand-by, but it doesn't otherwise wow.

Draft. Reviewed on phone.

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Photo of babaracas
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light orange, soapy offwhite head fades quickly into a few clumps. Smell: muted stone fruit, orange, steely caramel. Taste: sweet tea, grapefruit bitterness, leafy. Light bodied, falls apart midsip. Meh.

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Photo of rickyfinn
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with medium frothy head and good retention. Plain and solid IPA that doesn't leave you staggering. Smooth mouth feel and just enough bitterness in the finish to make you still want more. A pitcher would work for this IPA. Great IPA for newbies.

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Photo of BenTardiff
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear dark golden color with medium amount of head that hangs around.

Not a strong aroma. Hops, malt, slight citrus in the nose. Poured from the bottle and got a slight skunky smell up front, but it quickly dissappated.

Taste is very clean with a good bitter hoppiness. Very smooth. Very mild flavor.

Nice carbonation, light and bubbly mouth feel.

Good inoffensive IPA, but not too exciting. Good beginner IPA

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Photo of Camomdm12
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great go-to IPA for any occasion. Very likeable beer and has great notes of citrus and a higher ABV. Will always fall back into Goose if nothing else is around.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried it once about a dozen years ago, when a beer geek friend of mine brought it over. It was bad ass, everything about it was outstanding. Never revisited it for some reason. The same friend mentioned it a few years ago and said it had gone down hill.

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

Into a perfect pint glass, it’s a clear golden color with a thick white head and a good amount of precipitating carbonation. On the nose there is a buttery-caramel malt and piney hops scent. Quite tasty – a nice balance of aforementioned malt and hops, with a dry bitter moderate burn at the end. Nice and crisp and a bit syrupy. Overall very good, very drinkable, would try again.

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Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark gold, clear. Medium rising bubbles. Thick mousse like head, good head retention. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Citrus hops, floral, some pine. Sweet bread, slight hint of toffee.

Hop bitterness is medium, mostly citrus, floral, some pine. Sweet bready, a little toffee and light-toast. Finish is sweet, some dryness. Light-medium bodied, slight sticky, smooth, soft carbonation, easy drinking.

It's a very good IPA.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear caramel. Somewhat malty smell, a bit of toastiness, with some muddy hops and a little juicy-fruit fruitiness. As in the aroma, the hops I taste aren't really distinctive or well defined; it's a kind of piney, kind of citrus, kind of dank, generic "hoppy" flavor that is neither offensive nor remotely interesting. Smooth and dry in the finish. I don't want to be too negative about this beer, because it's very drinkable and even a little enjoyable, but it's just so average I can't get excited about it. And that's when it'sbeer.

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle poured into pint glass.
Golden-amber in appearance, with a creamy, lasting head.
Smells of circus-peanuts.
Tastes of circus-peanuts, orange, green-apple, a little graininess, some bready/yeastiness, and significant (Munich/Vienna roast level) malt. Clean slightly bitter finish.
Smooth, medium bodied, great mouth feel.
Overall for me, a wonderfully smooth, well balanced, subtly complex, tasty British style / West Coast style go-between IPA.

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