Goose IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Reviews: 1,327 | Ratings: 5,193
Reviews by nvsblman:
Photo of nvsblman
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light copper/orange with a light, white head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, both citrusy and piney. Starts with a sweet, malty flavor and finishes with a nice piney bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, this could use a little more carbonation. This is a good, but a little average, IPA, but one I would certainly not turn down.

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Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of HarlequinBuckeye
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
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 -14.2%
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 Jason
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.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
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 +11.6%
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 SuomiHobbit
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unremarkable in every sense of the word.

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Photo of KF_MSU
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 MakenziMantey
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
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 +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 -2.4%
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 +15.8%
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 +14.8%
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 RaphaelSC
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of SolentSurfer
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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 -4.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +2.4%
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 -20.8%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a hazy but bright orange in color with a good, white head that showed some retention.

Smell – The huge biscuity hops here are awesome! It smells like Amarillo gone wild but is kept in check with a nice malty backbone. It’s still very biased towards hops, but I like the mix.

Taste – Hmmm. The Amarillo steps back a bit, and the hop profile shows some nice resin and leafy citrus. The grain too comes on a bit stronger. All together it’s an excellent flavor make-up.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is a little lighter than medium-bodied and is very refreshing.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed downing this 12 ouncer. It’s different, that’s for sure, with the big biscuity Amarillo and strong husky grain. Me like. Me drinky. The Law is good.

Update – The big biscuity hops are really the story here, but it’s still a well-balanced AIPA. It was nice when I had it and rated it in 2005, and this 2006 vintage is more of the same.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of legalag11
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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