Goose IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose IPAGoose IPA
BA SCORE
3.71/5
5,333 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#27,009
Reviews:
1,364
Ratings:
5,333
pDev:
11.86%
Bros Score:
3.18
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
1,657
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 5,333 |  Reviews: 1,364
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice pale golden color with an off white head that recedes to a thin layer of lace that sticks around for the majority of the session. the aroma is really nice, a good amount of sweet malt aroma to back up the pronounced clean citrus hop profile. the taste follows suit with a nice biscuit sweet malt profile balanced nicely by the hops at the end. the medium mouthfeel and good co2 make this a really good ipa.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Anheuser-Busch/InBev continues their conquest to monopolize the American craft beer market, effing up every once proud brew they get their greedy little paws on in the process. This used to be an outstanding IPA, but their new recipe has turned this once world class brew into an average one. Far better options out there, especially in the IPA market. I can always tell when another one bites the dust. When a brewery's entire lineup drops to the $7.99 price point, its usually a pretty solid indication that they have sold out to InBev. If you start seeing it in 16 oz singles at the gas station, its a done deal. Time to boycott Goose Island.

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Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Semi-hazy dark peach amber in colour with a foamy, patchy white laced head.

Malty aroma with a backing soft floral / citrus nose.

Quite hoppy, with a nice upfront hop twang, full of tingly spice, woody / herbal flavours, touch of salt and bitter grass ... and soap way back on the palate. Malt is sweet-ish and does a worthy job of providing some balance to the hops, but it's a one dimensional dextrin malt character ... it's only redemption being a faint toasted malt flavour and big, even body. Picked up some very faint phenols for a second. Light esters and alcohol make themselves known, but not as much as I would have liked. Finish is a bit oily, persistent and not very pleasant, eventually drying out some with some grain taste and feel.

Kind of thought this to be an mediocre, average at best, IPA. Hops are a bit out of place and the malts are uninspiring. Expected more from Goose Island.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't like it. A bit of false advertising with the fresh hops picture on the bottle. Did not taste like an IPA at all. More like a very watered down ale that was a lil' malty with a touch of a hop finish. This one misses the mark big time, especially vs. any single-IPA from SN, Stone, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, geez I could go on forever. Way better choices widely available and not very different in price.

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Photo of Azaitouna
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The look was a bright gold color with the aroma being light and fruity. I immediately got excited to try this beer. The taste at first was light and refreshing but a very unfortunate after taste, that overall just killed the beer for me.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice IPA. English style ? I'm not quite sure, it's really west coast style. Really pine and grapefruit forward. Nice balance and bitterness. Quite enjoyable

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unremarkable in every sense of the word.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz bottle into a Stangen glass (in the Olde Stone Mill in Tuckahoe, NY).
A: Golden to amber with a hint of orange and a half inch head. Solid Belgian lacing.
S: Citrus aromas intertwine with sweet maltiness.
T: Similar to nose. Light bitterness contributes to the gestalt.
M: Light bodied and crisp. Effervescence persistent throughout.
O: Really a nicely constructed and balanced IPA. Seems to fit more on the edge of the English IPA category.

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Photo of KF_MSU
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with orange hints. Strong aroma, somewhat herbal. It is hoppy, smooth, and has some sweetness. IPA's are not my favorite, but this was one of the better ones I have tried.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goose IPA brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., with an ABV of 5.90% This English IPA pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this IPA, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich​ with hop bitterness and earthly grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell of this IPA. Goose IPA , has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hop bitterness and sweetness. Then you pick up on the earthy grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this English IPA. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, really hard to pick up on the 5.90% ABV in this brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real super nice balance to it. The body of Goose IPA is a soild medium. The mouth feel of this IPA is Bold, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Goose Island Beer Co., did a real nice job with this brew. If you are a fan of IPA'S you should look this brew up, one of the more smoother IPA's I have had.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a medium yellow/orange. The aroma you get is an intense fruity smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is super tangly with an after taste that is not all that pleasant.

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Photo of Organdrew
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack to have a few before going out to a concert. Bought this particular brand for two reasons: the other competing brands were low IBU, and it was domestic and local. I figured id support local.

Look:
didn't particularly enjoy the packaging, branding, or label(s). the name was funny for a beer, 'm not into overly-marketted alcohol. Poured a yellow-orange liquid in the glass reminiscent of dark piss. noticeable carbonation. Nothing special in this area.

smell:
A treat for the senses. Citrus-dominant notes tingle the nose, mainly lemon and lime. Noticeable hoppy aroma. Some pine and orange notes, very pleasing.

Taste:
Citrus, hops, then a strong bitterness that lingers. Not much more to say - a strong bitter citrus-flavored drink. Maybe some slight malt undertones.

Feel:
Carbonation, somewhat medium-bodied, gives way to acid/bitter on the tongue that stays.

Overall:
I like this drink, but then again, I like my drinks strong and bitter. The first drink reminded me of my usual purchase: boundary ale, although Goose IPA is more bitter, boundary ale is more balanced. This is one of the more bitter beers I've tried, but not the most bitter, it comes second or third. I would maybe buy again, it's not a bad beer, but then again, this style is becoming popular of late and I'm getting tired of this particular hop in so many different brands. Citrus hopped IPA is a distinct style.

I would recommend if you like hops, your beer strong and your coffee black; perhaps if your in for a new style of beer, but I know this beer would not be for everyone.

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid IPA. Not the best I've had and certainly not the worst. Pleasantly surprised based on the negative reviews on here, and found it more enjoyable than expected. Slightly bitter but hoppy and drinkable

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Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip 27/6/15

A slight haze in a pale orange body, a dense bone white finger of foam has decent retention and manages to leave several pencil thin rings on the way down, looks great

S orange marmalade, herbal tea, a hint of spruce, soft caramel, and a little citrus rind

T more of the same really, herbal notes with a little rind and toffee, simple but decent

M medium bodied and the bubbles cream it up, slick on the palate , mildly bitter, rind and toffee on the finish

O a US English cross breed, fairly tame but drinkable, not where you would end your journey into hops but I could see some starting here

I'm not sure how this differs from the India Pale Ale by Goose Island but this listing pictures the beer in my hand so I'm rating it here

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Photo of interzen
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Dark golden yellow with a fluffy white head which diminishes to a nice, even foam cap and some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Hoppy right out of the gate - the fruity aromas were noticeable during the pour, and having let the beer sit for a little bit I was getting a lovely combination of hops, resin and grapefruit aromas.

Taste: Cor blimey, the hops hit you right from the word go but at the same time they manage not to swamp the other flavours present, and there are some. There's a nice balance between hop and malt in the middle, with the hops coming through again in the finish. Surprisingly complex.

Feel: Hops up front, a nice hop/malt/fruit combo in the middle and a dry, astringent finish. I finally feel that my palate is getting used to this sort of beer.

Overall: Goose Island has been a bit hit and miss for me - on the one hand I loved their 312 Wheat beer but Honkers was a bit of a let down. This, I feel, hits the bullseye for me - for sure, there are more aggressively hopped beers out there but this is a good introduction to the more bitter side of things.

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Photo of davesfolly
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a Porter, Stout, Oatmeal, Dunkel type of guy, this is very good IPA.
Generally, I don't like bitter beer. But Goose Island is a solid brewer so when I saw it for 3.50 for 2 x 16oz cans, I just had to try it.
Now I am after a sixer of this fine IPA.
Look: Looks like all beer of this type, some weirdo said dark piss but all beer looks like piss, no?
Smell: Hoppy and and a little sweet.
Taste: Like a really bitter IPA which surprised me that I like it. The bitterness is long lasting, like Wrigley Spearmint Gum is supposed to be.
Overall: Damn, I can't believe that this IPA strikes a cord with me. Maybe price or the fact that Goose Island makes some really fine beer.
Thanks for reading my loathsome review!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
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 RaphaelSC
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People on this site continue to rate beers according to their personal tastes rather than rate to style. Yes, this isn't as hoppy as the IPAs at most new breweries. But it's an English IPA! It's not an American IPA. I'm not defending Goose Island. I just can't stand that people rate beers as mediocre because it didn't meet their expectations. This is a solid English IPA that is hopped enough to be refreshing, a good finish, and a damn good price!

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Photo of SolentSurfer
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite American IPAs. Available in 355ml bottles in some bars and Waitrose supermarket but at £2.79 a bottle (£5.05/litre) there is better off the shelf value at Tesco with Laginitas IPA and Proper Job IPA 500ml bottles on regular offer of 4 for £6 = £3/Litre.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very mediocre IPA but I love iPas so it's all good.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hop beer. I'm not a big fan of hop beer but I start to appreciated them more than before.

Goose Island beer Co, have many beer I like to drink once in a while

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with light to medium head that leaves some nice lacing,the aroma is somewhat grassy with a light sweet smell that lingers.First taste I get is malty and sweet but the hops come in and make this beer have a nice dryer finish.A real nicely balanced IPA,very enjoyable.

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Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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Goose IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 5,333 ratings
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