Goose IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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85
very good
5,290 Ratings
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Goose IPAGoose IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,290
Reviews:
1,355
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
1,635
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was recommended to my wife at an LCBO in Toronto, as they didn't have Collective Arts' IPA 3. They told her (she doesn't drink at all) that this was a nice, refreshing beer.
They were wrong.
Any beer that wins medals at beer festivals is somewhat suspect, as festivals rarely have the best available brews. There is a non-too-hoppy bitterness here and other than maybe (maybe!) a slight apricot, there is no fruit to be detected either. It's weak, earthy and completely forgettable. I will never have it again.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Golfontap
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwood06
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I decided to take advantage of an offer at Binny's (a rather large liquor chain in the Chicagoland area) and picked up a variety six pack of several beers that I had not tried to date. This is one of those beers, which is somewhat shameful of me that I had not tried it yet considering how long it's been brewed.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, light amber hue that seems to glow and shows off moderate carbonation. The head is frothy and white, dissipating moderately paced to a moderately thick lacing with a bit of rockiness and a neck. 4/5 The aroma is very citrusy and fruity with notes of lemon peel, papaya, tangerines, and pineapple that work alongside a sweet, caramelly malt base. The fruit is the big hitter here, but the aroma is surprisingly nice and balanced between hops and malt. 3.75/5 The flavor is a bit different than I expected. It comes off much more sweet than I expected a lower abv IPA to be. Caramel and bready malt comes out right away but quickly transition to the hops that come off as lemon peel, pineapple, and tangerine, with a bit of earthiness and grassiness on the back end. Bitterness is moderate and lingers for a good while after swallowing. The sweetness from the initial hit of caramel really seems to pervade throughout the profile, actually bringing out the fruitiness much more strongly than if that sweetness wasn't there. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is quite dry, especially from the middle and on to the end, that has light carbonation and is a bit astringent. Dryness is significant, almost parching, and sticks around well after swallowing. 3.5/5 I really enjoyed this IPA, especially as lighter IPA that is not quite as light as a session IPA. The aroma and flavor profiles work well and are well executed. This beer is not overly complicated, but it is not overly simple either. 3.75/5

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Photo of louislouis91
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kraut6363
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of saboliver
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear deep gold. Practically no head. Lovely sweet malty smell – reminiscent of Horlicks malted milk – not really getting any hops. The taste reflects this but with some hops, and is quite distinctive. Very much front-of-the-mouth taste, The flavour doesn't develop much and becomes malt plus bitterness. Beautiful looking beer with an attractive nose that promised much but didn't really deliver. Pleasant to drink but not special.

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Photo of _nickg_
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gsteiny
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of willzy67
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coryk133
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well balanced beer, a definite go to when the beer choices aren't very good, would recommend and will drink again.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zombiefeynman
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aeroscorp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texarkansan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

REVIEW FROM SUMMER OF 2017

Tried multiple tallboy cans of this beer at Fenway and once at home, glad it was iced cold as when it warmed up it was not drinkable at all. This used to be one of those classic IPAs that you could depend on at all times, now it is a hollow shell of its former self. Malt backbone is pretty weak and the forced hop oil flavor doesn't impress. This is what happens when you take a well brewed brand and run it through the ringer, more marketing with sacrificing what the beer truly intended to be. Sad to see this beer in the state it is in.

REVIEW FROM JUNE 1st 2002

4.42/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Great lacing effect down the glass with a faintly hazed amber colour, the haze is most likely from the large amount of hops this brew has in it.

Smell: Big sweet hop oil aroma, very flowery with a mildly pungent rind. A touch of malt and alcohol in the nose also.

Taste: Medium body with a moderate carbonation that adds some crispness. Flat out there is a lot of hop flavour going on, lots of fresh hop to narrow it down a bit. Bitterness from the hops in not overwhelming but it makes its mark. Again lots of fresh hop flavours, flavours that would come from dryhopping or the use of a hop back. Maltiness is solid enough and leaves a modest dry malt character that gives a quick flash of lightly toasted malt in the mild. Alcohol is present with a clean estery flavour. The finish is long, dry and certainly hoppy.

Notes: Damn good IPA to be had here, clean on the tongue with lots of hop flavour rather than going overboard with bitterness which rests at a substantial 65 IBUs.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davisrs
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

NOTE: I compare all other beers to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; there may be better out there, but many that are worse.
This gives a full 3 finger aromatic head that lasts.
The color is a copper medium light amber.
There is slight aroma from malt but not much from hops.
There is a really nice balance of taste from malt and hops which is more citrusy than Sierra Nevada.
Bitterness is fully balanced throughout the palate with a hint of malt which offers a smooth finish. Very little bitter aftertaste. I love this stuff, perfectly balanced flavor!

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Photo of Nace4
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-s
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of incognito369
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look -- straw yellow
Smell -- biscuit smell
Taste -- ehhh
Feel -- thin feel
Overall -- Its a decent IPA

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Goose IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 5,290 ratings.
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