India Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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

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

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Reviews: 1,151 | Ratings: 4,251
Photo of RaphaelSC
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose IPA is not the bitter or the richer good smelling beer.

Dispite it lack of bitterness, this beer citrical and refreshing taste made up for a great beer for the summer. Its low abv helps with the feel that it is a beer for summer hot days.

It is better and cheaper than many IPAs over there, so the cost/benefit make it a good choice session IPA.

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Photo of gointomexico
1.44/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This has to be the worst IPA I have ever had in my life. Ok, the second worst ipa. The infected IPA I had at GABF was the worst. Goose Island is a bunch of A Holes. This isnt even a British IPA. Worst IPA ever. No hops, no nothing. I dont know what yall were drinking, but I was drinking Coors light. This beer is crap. Chalky, weirdly sweet, with lingering aftertaste of aparocot pits. I can think of 10 other ipas that are better. God this is crap.

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Photo of jth63
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good IPA, not a hop monster, but very satisfying and refreshing. Very consistent from a bottle, varies on tap from being a little things to being very full bodied.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours a light orange color with a fairly thin white foamy head and a somewhat high amount of carbonation. The smell is surprisingly mild for an IPA with only a mild citrus scent. The flavor has orange, grapefruit, florals, and some mildly malty roasted grain elements. The bitterness is pretty low for an IPA (55 ibu), but there is some that comes through in the aftertaste. The finish is also pretty dry. The body is on the light end of medium, probably lighter than most IPAs. Like many of the Goose Island beers that I’ve tried, I feel like the body is a little too light. The flavors are good, if a bit uninteresting, but they taste a bit mild to me. This is a pretty good summery IPA, but if you’re more into bold, intense IPAs than this will not be for you.

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Photo of salamati
1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

it tastes like perfume. i also had an allergic reaction where my entire back broke out with rashes and 4 days later my body still itches. I love beer and I have never had such a reaction to any beer. This is the worst beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of Swilliky
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Goose Island IPA has a sweeter hoppy taste than most IPA beers I've had before. At 5.90% ABV, it will take possibly four to start feeling the drink but it is a nice beer to sit out in the warming weather and enjoy. The IPA goes well with most foods that compliment the taste of hops.

A lot of drinkers have felt disappointed with this beer and some outright dislike it so, I might not pick this one up. Except I just did. I was at the gas station craving a hoppy IPA and couldn't find the local brewery's selection. I enjoyed the bitter taste though the aftertaste lingered long after. Upon my first sips this second time around, I don't get that aftertaste, oh wait, there it is, just had to wait. I guess that is what I meant by it lingering. I couldn't pick up any of the other flavors that are mixed in. The bitterness and hops overpower anything else. I have to agree with this taste but this time, I'm a bit more pleased with the flavor since I was craving an IPA taste.

Check out more of this double day review and others at

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pleasantly average ipa. Hops are balanced between east coast, west coast, and European aromas/flavors. Overall it's rather plain, like too many flavors overwhelm the senses, Drinks easy but I find it slightly thin.

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Photo of JBlade
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 5 oz. tasting glass. Bottle dated 08MAR16.

Aroma: Moderate fruit and citrus aroma. Slight European hop presence as well. A nice mixture of grapefruit and pine with a slight presence of floral. Hint of oxidation. (7/12)

Appearance: Pure gold in color. Crystal Clear. Nice white head that dissipates quickly only leaving a thin layer of bubbles around the edge. No lacing. (2/3)

Flavor: Pale Malt flavor is there, but only slightly. Some Munich Malt flavor as well. Medium caramel malt flavor in the background. Hops complement malt flavor appropriately. Astringent aftertaste that may have developed from oxidation. (14/20)

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium and dry. Carbonation for the style is spot on. (4/5)

Overall: Decent example of an American IPA. Doesn't compare with the "new age" of IPA's very well. Let's call it an Old School IPA. Some oxidation most likely caused from age as this beer was bottled 2.5 months ago. Good session IPA, but I would pass on in the future. (7/10)

TOTAL SCORE: 34 out of 50

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Photo of ricke49
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent, mild IPA. Possible to mistake for an APA (or unfortunately an an American Adjunct Ale) due to low hop presence. But that's Not so bad because I just this week found a local market that sells a full pint can for $1.39. Good malt backbone in this ale, but surprisingky hints of corn. I didn't quite experience the "bold hop finish" that's trumpeted on the can. But it's still an OK beer. Goose Island distributes lightly to Oregon, wish I could access some of their more exotic brews. With no logic involved, I've stopped buying the local In Bev buyout (10 Barrel, here in Deschutes County), but have no problem with buying the 'original' IN BEV acquisition, I guess because it's 1500 miles away and doesn't cause any pain. Back to the beer: at 5.9 a decent session IPA that beats most BMC swill. Was a bit surprised to read on can bottom that the beer would stay "Brewery fresh" for 180 days after canned-on date. Mmmmmm ??

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Photo of Squire123
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light gold with white foam and variable lacing.

Aroma: Citrus hops and malt, the malt really comes through. I don't really get honeyed sweetness but get that impression.

Taste: Rather full with hops of course but the malt presence is definitely felt. Hops override but malt is there. Clean, hop influenced finish and slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Texture: Reasonably full with enough richness to be interesting.

Overall: Nice beer, hoppy enough, malty enough, enough of both to be pleasing yet I get the sense of a middle of the road IPA without flaws designed for wide appeal. Nothing to jump around about but certainly not one to pass on either.

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Photo of Kevh14
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Borg Collective of beer. It is admittedly difficult for me to separate the company from the product. Goose Island functions like Starbucks does with coffee shops. It's a decent enough product that undercuts other IPAs in bars, replacing them because of the low price for vendors. What we are left with, as beer drinkers, is a sugary, pseudo-IPA catered to the masses. While it isn't horrible, I avoid purchasing on principle.

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Photo of adamhdg
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Relatively new to IPA. Inviting gold color with a thin white head. Smell is of grapefruit on first impressions. Taste is actually quite citrusy with a bright hop that is drying on the pallett. The mouth feel is clean and crisp. I look forward to comparing this to other IPA offerings.

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Photo of illpass78
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Colonial Lanes in Westbrook, Maine. Served in a shaker pint.

Appearance: Clear straw/gold with a big white head of forth. Looks lager-like. Many rings of white lacing on way down.

Aroma: Lots of fruity hops. Citrus, pine, grapefruit.

Taste: Follows the nose. A little malt backbone. Pretty dry. Grapefruit and lemon are the dominant flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not heavy - medium depth, and fairly well carbonated.

Overall: Rock solid IPA. It's still a little odd that it's advertised on the tide of TD Garden, but I'd gladly drink one while watching the Celtics.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date was December 15th, so not the freshest it could have been but still not bad despite the amount of time it must have been sitting in the store.

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Photo of SSS
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Despite being bought out, this IPA is still quite delicious.It hot the spot at a pub where options were limited. The aroma was feint, but fruity and Citrus in origin. The taste was also fruity and grapefruit with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Given the options at the time, this IPA worked out well enough. Still sad to see a sell-out...a piece of humanity evaporated into the corporate bull$hit-sphere...

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Photo of rarigney
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thought this was a very good IPA, perhaps not great, at least for my palate. I guess I'm more accustomed to the more hop forward PNW IPAs. But, this is a very drinkable beer. I certainly enjoyed it, even if it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

My first sample of Goose Island. I'll definitely be trying other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of trishhart
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time I tried Goose Island pale ale. Very clear orange color and frothy head. You can smell grapefruit and orange scent . very fruity hops. Taste is light and smooth. Not too strong spices but good flavor of the hops. Hints of fruit on the after taste. I would definitely drink this while watching the game or by the beach.

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Photo of moofthedog
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got on clearance at target, bottle date of Oct 2015.

Appearance: Extremely clear, almost lager-like as others have mentioned. Decent head retention I guess, but I don't care too much about that. Lacing isn't the best, but it's still present.

Aroma: Basic hop smell. Like they just used columbus hops or something. Grapefruit, citrus, and some malty-sweetness comes through.

Taste: The 55 IBU's come through pretty strong. As if all the hops are used to bitter the beer with some leftover for aroma. Again, reminiscent of grapefruit. Not seriously complex. I'm wondering how this beer has won so many awards...

Feel: As others have said, dry finish.

Overall: Not sure what I was expecting with this one. Overall, I admire the clarity of the beer and the aroma the most. The taste was disappointing and the dryness becomes a minus for me.

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Photo of stevoj
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Spokane airport. Can’t believe the high ratings, kind of weak, even for an East Coast IPA. Looks like a lager, hops offer a bitterness reminiscent of a German pilsener, alright, but inappropriate for the style. Was expecting better.

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Photo of CephalicMiasma
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce Bottle into Tulip Glass

Look: Completely clear. Slightly copper orange. Didn't pour a big head but the head that was there was a nice white. Not much lacing.

Smell: Not very hop-forward. Getting a bit of citrus and a very small amount of hops. Pleasant, but not your typical "hoppy" IPA.

Taste: Not very much hop bitterness (bottle says 55 IBU's). Very slight malt flavor. Good amount of citrus but not very strong.

Feel: Fairly smooth. Light body, a bit dry. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: Definitely above average, but not too far above average. Good for it's style.

Notes: When drinking this you have to remember that it is an English style IPA so it is not very hop forward in smell or taste. To some it may taste and drink more similar to a hoppy ale.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Piston Broke in Brantford ON. This is a decent pint for those wanting subtle over knock your socks off. It could be a good session beer, but I moved on to other taps after a couple of these. It's a winner, above average brew. Cheers.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a copper burnt orange with a bright white head, not much lacing, good amount of carbonation, head retention is minimal but the head when there was full of tiny bubbles making it look creamy.

A: Lemon, pine, getting some malt aromas, bread, there's a hint of caramel sweetness, aromas are subtle, balanced.

T: First impression, it's balanced, drinks smooth and easy, up front get a hint of lemon and pine, moderate bitterness in the middle, dry citrus forward finish, malt is present giving the beer a nice touch of bread and biscuit like flavors.

M: Medium to light body, good balanced carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not as bad as I expected, it's balanced, has a good amount of flavor and aroma, not a hop bomb, flavors and aromas are subtle, but it's enjoyable, probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ.

Had this on tap at a work-related holiday party. The choice was Goose Island IPA or Michelob Ultra. Yeah, I'll take a Goose please.

Light amber color with good clarity and a creamy, white head. Pine hits you initially, followed by sweet caramel malts. Flavor is earthy, piney, and toasty. Dry, bitter finish that sticks to the inside of your mouth. Not overly bitter but nothing exciting either. Medium bodied, maybe a bit too heavy.

Not a bad option considering what my other one was. Mild and unoffensive, but missing that "wow" factor.

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Photo of Spike
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colour with plenty of carbonation and a massive, thick, off-white head that lasts all the way to the bottom.

Heavy resin nose. Brown bread. Molasses.

Intense resin flavour, just like the nose. Sweet. Bitter

Excellent, thick mouthfeel. Hugs the tongue. Dry, bitter finish.

I don't like the new, dumbed-down 'Goose IPA' label, but this remains a decent AIPA (in no way is this an English IPA - no English hops taste remotely like the hops in this brew!) now widely available in UK supermarkets thanks to AB Inbev. How long before it's diminished by being brewed in the UK under license (like Sam Adams Boston Lager)? Hopefully never.

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Photo of puck1225
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer. Had it on draft at a bar at O'hare. Very average but it went well with my cheeseburger. Doubt that I will get again unless it is a choice between this on BMC.

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