Goose IPA
Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose IPAGoose IPA
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IPA - English
Ranked #51
Ranked #38,445
3.72 | pDev: 12.1%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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
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Reviews by davesfolly:
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davesfolly from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Jan 14, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


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.


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.

Jul 22, 2017
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Todd from California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Sep 10, 2002
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Azaitouna from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

May 06, 2015
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Chcshammonde from California

2.64/5  rDev -29%
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.

May 14, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Jul 02, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz bottle into a Stangen glass (in the Olde Stone Mill in Tuckahoe, NY). Retasted and revised on 8 April 2018 at The Emerald Rose in Billerica, Massachusetts.
A: Pours golden with a hint of orange and a half inch head. Solid Belgian lacing.
S: Citrus aromas intertwine with sweet maltiness.
T: Similar to nose although a strong honey and tangerine presence. 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 and more ECIPA category.

Jun 18, 2017
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interzen from England

4.39/5  rDev +18%
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.

Jan 20, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Jun 28, 2015
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Sep 26, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

May 30, 2015
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RaphaelSC from Brazil

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Aug 03, 2016
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Feb 21, 2019
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HarlequinBuckeye from Ohio

2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Sep 28, 2015
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Organdrew from Canada (QC)

4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Sep 17, 2016
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden, 1 inch white head, good lacing

S: Light hops, mainly floral, pine

T: Stronger in hops in the taste, pine and floral, nice caramel balance mid taste, light resiny hop aftertaste

M: Medium

O: Good IPA, widely available and a quality beer.

Jun 24, 2017
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Feb 07, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

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

Clear golden orange with three fingers of white five minute head. Plentiful lace.
Smell floral resin malt.
Taste is floral bitter hops with a strong malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is medium. The finish is dry and bitter but not too much so.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking IPA.

Mar 02, 2018
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Aug 13, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep golden color with a well retained half inch head that left lots of lacing. Smell is rather muted with citrus, honey and malt elements. Tastes of orange, honey, caramel, bready malts and a hint of mango. Very dry mouth feel, moderate carbonation, quite bitter.

Sep 10, 2017
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SuomiHobbit from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unremarkable in every sense of the word.

May 24, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 mixed with 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 a nice sweetness. Then you pick up on the earthy grains and malts at the end. 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. This brew would nice with lunch or dinner. 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.

Jun 24, 2017
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Rpm0003 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +21%
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

May 04, 2015
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SolentSurfer from England

4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Sep 10, 2016
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KF_MSU from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Mar 31, 2015
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