Goose IPA
Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose IPAGoose IPA
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Style:
IPA - English
Ranked #50
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,169
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.1%
Reviews:
1,477
Ratings:
5,848
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  157
Gots
  1,939
SCORE
84
Good
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
Reviews: 1,477 | Ratings: 5,848 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

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

An IPA alright ! Very hoppy, not crazily so though, but it stays for a while. Subtle sweetness in the background. Not a lot of other flavors. Light head, didn't last very long. Almost clear, golden color. Simple but good.

Sunday at 06:29 PM
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lagrluvr

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into shaker pint glass, forms white pillowy soapy head that lasts, no lacing.
Smells very interesting, in a good English way, aromas are of good strength also.
Taste is adequate in character, nothing wrong with it, just "almost " as good as my usual ipa choices.
Overall, a decent ipa for the $1 per can that it was.

Jul 14, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow with a 1" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma is strong pine, grapefruit, orange, floral.

Taste is pine, grapefruit, orange, mango, earthy, resinous.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

Delicious. This is a very good IPA.

Jul 04, 2021
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I regard this as one of the more well-balanced English style IPA's out there. Of course, most of the hop-heads in this group think it's weak, not hoppy enough, and because it's made by AB InBev, well, it must be shite. I do think it needs another point or point and a half of ABV, but other than that, it's a pretty good pour. It is not overpowering in any category, and I know that's blasphemy to the guys on this group, most of whom I truly believe are into BDSM or something, they just love getting clobbered over the head with hops and ridiculous amounts of alcohol and weird ingredients. Whatever, this is a solid and reliable beer that is available anywhere, in case you find yourself driving around in a bad neighborhood and you need a decent road soda to get you back home, you can find it at a gas station, bodega or seedy grocery purveyor. Grow a set willya.

Jun 30, 2021
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karsten61

3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Very strong hoppy smell. It is a pale golden color with a slight haze. Nice head that retains well. Has a very sweet hoppy tase and is slightly bitter. Not a very crushable beer. 57/100

Jun 23, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass in Georgia. A pure clear golden color with a fizzy off white head. Smell is light with sone citrus and floral notes. Bready malt backbone is fleeting but present, alongside some toasted malt. Taste is soapy, like seriously so, lemony, and slightly floral. Some pine in the finish. Has some toasted malt and some caramel sweetness in the mix. An ok, drinkable IPA.

Jun 06, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Goose IPA is a slightly hazy, light copper colored ale with a cloudy, barely off white head with good retention.

At first blush, the hop aroma seems more European than north American, which I'm finding pleasant. Taking a closer look reveals caramel supported by just a whiff of nuttiness. Flavors of malt come through here, giving me toasted grain and soda crackers. The finish reminds me of spicy, peppery European hops.

On the tongue, Goose Island IPA is smooth, crisp, and medium bodied in nature. Malt flavors dominate up front in the form of caramel, nuttiness, and freshly baked dark bread. The malt profile reminds me somewhat of the NEIPAs with deeper malt profiles. The finish is crisp, lasting, and assertively bitter which again reminds me pleasantly of a good English IPA.

Personally I find it refreshing when an American brewery honors an old world beer style like this rather than putting an American stamp on it. And Goose Island does a very good job in making this IPA.

May 19, 2021
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NeutroMan from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can with a best by date of 2021-05-31, poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with a two-finger off-white head that left rings of lace.

S: Hops; orange and grapefruit citrus.

T: Falls flat. Not much discernible grapefruit flavor from the nose. Hops bitterness isn't very flavorful; in fact it's rather unpleasant and lingers long into the aftertaste. Bitterness without flavor.

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: I've had this plenty times before but just wrote a proper review now. I seem to remember this being much more flavorful in the past. Maybe it's just a little too close to it's best by date?

Apr 10, 2021
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Achellman13 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think it’s a decent grab as a BOGO at Publix. That plays a role in the criteria for me. It’s got a good bitterness on the backend, decently smooth, another evening grilling winner. Sorry if these hops are GMO or something. Also being able to buy cans, ++.

Mar 28, 2021
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Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice ipa with citrus and pine scents. Golden color. A nice balance of hops to citrus, but just another beer. New to beer. I have been drinking wine for 30 years. I know I good wine costs money.still looking for the big great beer

Feb 23, 2021
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pmfox155 from Montana

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good English Style IPA poured into a pint glass and enjoyed while watching sports. Price-wise an excellent value for a tall can. Be ready for a strong tasting beer that you will be happy to buy again.

Feb 14, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By date : 2/28/21

Clear orangey-gold with moderate off-white head.

Smell is light floral,pine & citrus, with a hint of biscuity malt .

Taste is vaguely fruity, followed by barely-sweet malt, finishing with some moderately bitter pine and grapefruit pith.

Feel is light-medium, with moderate fine carbonation bite, and drying finish.

Overall, though nothing special, it's an easy-drinking, enjoyable, middle-of-the-road old-school IPA.

Jan 11, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin white head.
S: Smells super hoppy upfront, as expected. Has some nice citrus aroma, grapefruit, resiny, faint amount of malts.
T: Certainly follows the nose, this is a far more bitter IPA than a lot i've had, super piny.
F: Medium-bodied, smooth & crisp.
O: Nothing to impressive about this IPA, worth the try though.

Dec 19, 2020
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Seejae from Ohio

2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean translucent copper, mild head; fairly significant lacing. Smells sweet, pure alcohol; very domestic. Hops are lost, almost nonexistent. This almost reads Lager. I’ve had this a few times in a pinch, and assumed it was skunked or an old tap, but nope. It’s hard to get past the smell as it gives zero indication it’s an IPA. I’m not sure it is. They could really do better, much better.

Dec 18, 2020
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gandres from Philippines

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:03 PM
12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: light amber, very hazy, big of white foam that slowly goes away
Smell: good, fragrant, hoppy, some grains
Taste: very good, bitter
Feel: very good, lively carbonation, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat

Nov 30, 2020
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear, slightly pale gold with about a half inch white head.

Smell: Hops and citrus, very "clean" crisp scent.

Taste: Taste follows smell; pretty smooth, not overpowering. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Feel: "Spicy" carbonation, medium body.

Overall: This is pretty good, I'd say it's a very "normal" IPA; probably a good one to start with if you've never had an IPA before (don't be like younger me and jump straight in with a double IPA when all you've ever had before is Keystone, haha).

Nov 15, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, smells of citrus, taste is citrus and slightly bitter fishing is clean almost acidic, mouth feel clean lingering bitter aftertaste. Goose Island makes lots of yummy beers - this is no exception.

Oct 02, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

clear gold body pours a soapy fluffy white head with low retention that settles to a patchy foam cap and leaves a lot of sudsy lacing

smells of floral grapefruit citrus, and an additional layer of herbal hop. very green and crisp. mild biscuit malt.

follows the nose; staunchly herbal and "green" tasting. leans hard into the bitter within the bittersweet of the grapefruit, with a crisp dash of citrus that cuts clean through. slice of pepper in there. a biscuit malt with tinges of light caramel lays down a solid base in the background.

medium carbonation, medium-to-light body; dry finish that leaves a resinous, nearly metallic coat behind.

overall:
on the fence with this one. three glasses in, my first being the night before, I still can't tell if it is enjoyable enough to go back to another pack later at some point. it does stand out, being very herbal, and focusing on more of the bittersweet of the grapefruit aspect than the citrus, and coupling with a biscuit forward malt. the feel of the brew really makes me reconsider the brew in a negative way though. maybe it's the startling revelation that I have neglected a subgenre here. it just wasn't complicated enough of a flavor to sit through a rather less than enjoyable finish.

Sep 09, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold, thick white head, good retention and lace
Aromas of grapefruit, flowers, and herbs
Light bread and caramel malt, soft grapefruit hop flavor
Medium-light body, good carbonation
A nice easy drinker.

Aug 11, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive light amber body with a lasting fluffy head, medium carbonation. Smell is a very inviting fruity hops semll. Taste starts out as a great fruit hop bite with a generous maltiness but sadly finishes a bit sweet with a slight metallic tinge which lasts on the palate.

Jul 22, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy pour yielded a fat finger of creamy white foam with long retention and small blotches of lacing.
Clear golden straw body, a few small bubbles rise in support of the lasting island and ring.

Mild smell of biscuit and bread with very faint herbal and citrus hops.

Semi-dry with low bitterness, citrusy hops (featuring grapefruit) keep it from being too dry. Pale malt is forward in the taste with some toasted bread and wheat. Alcohol is well hidden minus a slight astringency and pepper. The finish is fast and Lager-like, crisp and clean. Grapefruit tasting hops linger a while with peppery spice.

Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation, smooth and balanced. Nothing unusual to report, true to style.
Great looks on an unpretentious and reasonably priced Beer. BB 10DEC20.

Jul 16, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonoic style pint glass.
Best by: 21OCT20

I haven't had many English IPA's but I consider this one solid for style and at worst a pretty good ale. I feel like it may be underrated due to being mistaken for an American IPA or people not considering how far American IPA's have pushed the limits. As it is a subtle, more balanced ale it does seem a bit lack-luster next to a typical AIPA which is what makes this and other decent representatives of the English style great if you are in the mood for something a bit more mild.

Jun 16, 2020
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OrdinaryManDrinks from England

2.36/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of IPAs in general but always on the lookout to try something new. This one looks very good when poured, a rich and clear gold color. Lots of hops on the nose, which smells a bit soapy to me. Pleasant but unexciting taste, medium carbonation. Overall an ok IPA.

May 29, 2020
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ColoBash from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

When comparing this to the vast amount of amazing IPAs that are found in Chicagoland area this is a step down, but is still a great hoppy treat. Yes it's a step down, but minor. The taste is not as potent, the hops aren't sharp, and the best part of this choice of IPA is the price. It's an bargain IPA compared to others. It's still enjoyable, but due to it being a step down it is to be served at 40-50 degrees. Throwing it in the freezer to chill or serving over ice really kills the taste.
Overall, this beer is part of my rotation for hot days when I'm feeling frugal and is always found in either my trunk or fridge.

May 15, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A standard IPA. I poured two 12 oz. cans into a clear liter mug. A nice lingering head, yet not overly carbonated. Not much lacing, though. Nothing here to make it a go to, but I'll drink it again.

May 11, 2020
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