Goose IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose IPAGoose IPA
Goose IPAGoose IPA

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

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

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,431 | Ratings: 5,677
Photo of Beertsipper
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -18.9%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 +6.2%
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 -11.1%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -8.6%
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 +16.2%
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 -6.5%
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 +15.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +7%
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 -14.9%
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 +14.6%
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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Photo of ViggieMech
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden hue with a thin veil lacing. Nose is definitely pine and resin with hints of pear. Taste is full bodied with a pleasing hoppy after taste! A very nice tasting and entry level IPA. This could be a go to every day IPA! Thank you Publix in Florida for stocking.

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Photo of monkist
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Why Goose makes this many English beers in Chicago is a mystery to me. But at least their English brews are better than most of the ones made back in Britain. This IPA is I think much more fragrant and citrusy than the IPAs of the Old Continent. It is luckily not overwhelming in neither the malts nor the bittering hops and it has enough fruitiness to make this beer enjoyable. Not the best IPA that I ever had though but quite a good English IPA nevertheless.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Floral and citrusy in aroma and taste. Medium lace. Gold color. Moderate bitterness but counters well with the citrus flavours. My review is curt because in a restaurant and these are my immediate impression.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA. Took a few pulls from the bottle until it was gone. Served at the mix and mingle things hotels throw. Didn't pay for it, so I don't feel like I wasted any cash. It's pretty well balanced between grassy and citrus hops and a caramel backbone. I ain't spending any money on it, though.

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Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow-orange pour, modest head.
Aromas of lemon, mineral, and grass.
Up-front hops, feel like they're sitting on the middle front of my tongue and refusing to move. Overly grassy-bitter aftertaste. Pretty one-dimensional, but not terrible.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. 28SEP18 printed on bottom of can. Hopefully a born on date, because if it's the best by, then this one is 2 months overdue. Got it from grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Pours medium-sized off-white orange tinted pancake batter head with good lacing and retention. Clear light-medium gold body. Slight to moderate carbonation. 3.75

Smell - Grassy musk and faint citrus. Kind of mild and boring. 3

Taste - Sharp grassy bitterness up front with some honey underneath. Grassy bitterness lasts well into the very long aftertaste. Cardboard. Alcohol isn't hidden. 3.5

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Creamy head. Sharp body. 3

Overall - A little too light bodied and thin for the amount of sharp bitterness it provides, giving it more of a chemical quality than that of a beer. Not particularly enjoyable, but not altogether bad. Wouldn't turn one down, but wouldn't pick one up if there were options. 2.25

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Photo of Crimson-RV
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12 oz bottle 1 finger head citrus aroma of lemon, lime, grassy and malt taste. dry aftertaste withgrape fruit and nice malt balance. medium thick mouthfeel not as abrupt as west coast ipas. but more grape fruit aftertaste than cold hop or Sammy smith ipas good beer I would be happy to buy again.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great brew, well balanced IPA again. You can tell this one was well crafted, I see this one on tap a lot but I still have a hard time finding it as a six pack in the store. I would be lying if I said this does not remind me of Sam 76, this is well balanced with hops and crispness, hence the high rating of handcrafted goodness.

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