India Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,167 Reviews
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice Gold color, dissipitating foam. Lace. Grapefruit citrus hoppy floral aroma. Grapefruit taste with some bitterness. Light creamy texture. Dry aftertaste with bit of burn. Distinctive American hops, bit aggressive and tongue still numb, though very drinkable.
Had again March 2005 and smoother, had only slightly cold, thanks Viggo. Had 4 years later on tap at Mahaffey's and noticed lace dots, like that grapefruit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Clybourn location.

A: single finger head with little retention and great lacing on a slightly hazy golden amber body.

S: very full nose with citrus, mint, light floral note and some candy sugar.

T: flavor is a little malt forward with herbal and earthy hops dominating although some citrus and light floral bitterness comes in and out.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a nice very drinkable and well balanced IPA. Nothing incredible about it in anyone way, just complete and flavorful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

well, I guess this is going to be everywhere now since its corporately owned now. I had it on tap at the stadium inn on evans. the pour revealed a amber tinted golden color with less than in inch of thick soapy white head. English malts and mild hop bitterness are well balanced in the nose. hops in the pine family, but nothing aggressive, and actually smells more like a pale ale than an ipa. the flavor is also well balanced, but sort of generic. more malty than most, even of the English variety. there is a huge bready body, its like taking a bit of sandwich in a lot of ways. the hops don't really present themselves until the end, where some bitterness appears against the caramel malt sweetness. lots of body, good carbonation, just a funny aftertaste holding this back. overall I am not super impressed, but ill take it over most everything else coming from Budweiser these days. it will have to work in a sports bar setting for awhile im afraid.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice clear looking yellowish gold color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is floral from all the hops in this beer. It smelled very refreshing to me. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet up front with a nice citrusy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little on the heavier side which I liked a lot. There is a nice crisp carbonation to it. Overall I though this beer was very good, I would probably buy this in larger amounts if I ever come across it.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down and left rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors of caramel malts are a bit stronger in the initial taste. The hops are well balanced by the underlying malts and only contribute a light amount of bitterness, yet this lingers in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because the taste is very balanced; the relatively low alcohol content makes rather sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This IPA holds a special place in my heart as it is the one single beer that has taught me the most about craft beer, not just IPAs. My first impressions were extreme bitterness and grass, yet I was oddly compelled to take the next sip, then open the next bottle, and then buy the next 6pk. It is a fantastic beer that is overtly hop forward and makes no appologies for it with it's crisp flavors of freshly cut grass, citrus, assertive piney bitterness and with cracker-like, dry maltiness. Only a hint of sweet caramel is the only attempt to balance the beer- allowing the hops to be showcased very, very well; all the while extremely easy to drink.

Its that basic ipa that holds true to style. Looks copper to golden with ample carbonation. High proteins yeilds off white carbonation that mixes dense carbonation with loose. Retention is terrific.

Floral aromas of nutty malts with high pine and citrus notes fill the nose and then a boquet of perfumes and fruits evade closely behind.

Flavors overwhelm with mid-sweetness of maple syrup and honey that are quickly balanced with sharp citrus, grassy, pine, hop resins, and slight rustic earthen character and broadly bitter flavors.

It's body is medium but hides behind carbonation. Finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing. Mild alcohol flavors and feels are revealed. Not overly complex, but doesn't need to be. Lacks transition. Ok to be agressive and out of balance.

For me, the return to this IPA is like a surprise visit from an old friend. It fits like a glove and is as comfortable as a worn pair of shoes. It's comfort food in a glass and immediately brightens any day. Every sip takes me back to my first day of kindergarten (at least beer-wise).

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that I'm in Maryland, get to try this pretty well known IPA. Pours a light yellow color, VERY cloudy. Appearance reminds me of a wheat beer, pretty Blue Moon-esque. Nice floral aroma.

Taste is more than medium bodied, one of the more thick IPA's I've ever tasted. Some good bitterness but doesn't really smack you in the mouth with hops. Pretty well balanced, tasty but not overpowering. Not the most spectacular IPA I've had but definitely above average and very drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at the teensy Goose Island bar in O'Hare, which ameliorates layover hell rather nicely.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, pale bronzed amber hue, with one finger of chunky, foamy, and kind of rocky ecru head, which leaves some vapor trail lace around the glass as it casually slinks away.

It smells of caramel cream, sweet domestic grocery aisle citrus, a hint of stoney flintiness, and some pleasant leafy and piney hop bitterness. The taste is sweet biscuity and nougaty caramel malt, somewhat bitter generic citrus flesh, mild piney hops, and an extra dose of booze that stays well hidden.

The carbonation is average, and a bit zesty in its fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a stolid medium weight, and perhaps a tad clingy in its workaday smoothness. It finishes with a semi-sweet malty and floral citrus denouement.

A decent American-slanted English IPA, the stunted mouthfeel being the only thing holding it back from attaining a well rounded profile. If my flight back home was any later, it would provide me with a dilemma - more of these, but at inflated airport lounge prices? Hard to say.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a sturdy head that turns rocky but leaves a decent pattern of lace on the way down

Smell: Blended aroma of sweet malt and citrusy/piney hops

Taste: Biscuity up front with a developing earthy bitterness; after the swallow, the hops dominate, as expected, adding a bit of a citrusy and tropical fruit character to the earthy tones

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent, balanced IPA that satisfies both the hophead and the mainstream

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 09/26/12. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen thistle glass (as suggested by the label) in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a transparent opaque pale copper/gold. Looks typical for the style but appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hoppy: floral character, some citrus esters, amarillo, and nectary character. Pale malts. some oily hop character. Average in strength. Pleasant and appealing. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral with a bit of citrus. Grapefruit is ultimately dominant. Some oily hops. Nectary. Very little hop bitterness creeps out on the climax, but it still feels imbalanced. Underwhelming for the style. No yeast character or alcohol. I like it in a general sense, but the build isn't all that impressive.

Mf: Buttery, nectary, and a bit oily. Smooth and wet. A bit overcarbonated. Thick enough.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming and a bit pedestrian. It shouldn't taste this muted even at 3 months old. Would pair well with spicy food. A decent offering from Goose Island, but not one I'd get again.

High C

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep hazy beige color ale with a nice foamy head and good retention. Aroma of bitter and floral hops is dominating and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some caramel malt with some floral hops and a medium bitter finish. Good carbonation with full body and well balance for the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small off white head very slowly settles into a decent lacing above a clear bright copper colored beer that has a hint of gold gleaming in it.

Lighter citrus hops aroma with some light grasses coming through also.

Nice hops taste with some citrus aspects and light grasses coming through, a decent tasting beer that's just on the lighter side of the west coast style IPA that I am so fond of.

A light almost dry aftertaste with just a bit of the hops sticking around with this medium bodied beer.

A decent tasting IPA, the light citrus and maybe a hint of malts make this a pretty easy beer to drink, I do although like a bit more hops coming through but I guess at $6.99 a 12 pack this will do just fine for a couple of days.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a rich, copper color with a foamy, white two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - It smelled hoppy and malty.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with a powerful bitter hop quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp on the tongue. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good American IPA. Another great GI product.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is a moderately-dark copper color with a white head and some pretty decent lacing. The nose strikes a really nice balance for an English IPA, with a good amount of floral and lightly earthy hops along with a bot of caramel malt in the background.

The nose flows straight into the taste which is just a bit hoppy and bitter over a fairly complex malt base. As much as I love my C-hops, occasionally somethig like this just really hits the spot. Great feel and drinkability; this is a real winner.

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Photo of mothman
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours about a finger of slight off white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splatterd lace. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Musky hops, some slight floral notes. Bready malts as well. Nothing to special here.

Taste: Again, musky hops here. It has some floral notes and slight citrus notes but nothing to amazing. Some bready malts balance this out. Not my type of ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and unpleasant. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and musky.

Overall, this getting a B+ overall seems a little high. I have had much better IPAs then this and this just doesn't seem to compare at all. It is very malty and doesn't pack a nice hop punch like it should.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, light copper colored body with excellent clarity. The head slowly settles and leaves very nice lace on the glass.

S - Lots of sweaty pine hops with a little bit of orange and some bready caramel malt in the background.

T - Moderately sweet, bready malt up front with a little bit of spicy pine hop flavor. Some more peppery hop notes in the middle with a hint of toffee. The beer finishes with moderate hop bitterness balanced by thick, bread and caramel malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Pretty nice, this is not an over the top IPA, but it is an easily quaffable beer and quite sessionable by American standards. The hop aroma is quite nice and while it pokes through the malt in the flavor profile, it is a bit more subdued than I would like. The malt manages to be thick and bready without becoming overwhelming and it finishes just dry enough to keep the beer drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/23/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, pine, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of big citrus/earthy hops, with moderate bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. All around nice robustness, complexity, and balance of big citrus/earthy hops, with moderate bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The large rising head slowly catches up with the pour and leaves a nice 2 finger fluffy head in my La Chouffe tulip glass that leaves a nice lacing. Brilliantly clear golden orange color.

N: A nice spicy fresh hop aroma. Some pine, but mostly earthy spicy fresh almost wet hopped aroma. A little bit of a hop oil to add to it. No real malts.

T: The hops don't hit as much at first. It has a slightly sweet and toasty malt flavor at first surprisingly. A nice smooth malt. Then some pale hops start in, English style bitterness. It adds some light earthy chewy hop flavors and a little juicy hop undertone. Slight musty hop flavor, but very light.

M: Decent body with a ton of carbonation.

F: It get more bitter as it finishes but never really gets very bitter. Some earthy spicy hop flavors linger a bit, with that pale flavor. It actually finishes very clean too. Overall a pretty nice balanced IPA, doesn't seem very English style, but has some parts of it, perhaps more of a marriage of English and American basic IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) orange-amber body sits beneath a frothy head of ivory that slowly settles into a creamy 1/2" cap of foam that holds lasts and leaves sheets of lace throughout the first quarter of the glass. The nose delivers citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and spicy, piney hops over a delicately sweet malt. Bright and refreshing! It's similar to orange marmalade. The body is medium and it's very fine, natural carbonation leaves it gently crisp and then smoothing in the mouth. Citrusy hops return to dominate the flavor with its honeyish malt acting as a springboard. Some piney/spruce hops appear as its solid bitterness rises. It's really well-balanced and it finishes dry and lingering with some piney hops that last. Quite nice!

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a nice release of carbonation that yields a solid 1 1/2 fingers of creamy brite-white head. Sturdy thin layer of retention that produces big swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral hops, pine, citrus, and additional underlyng sweetness.

The taste is subtle resinous hops that are extremely well balanced by citrus character and caramel sweetness. Finishes nicely with a dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of an oily feel at times.

An extremely well balanced and tasty IPA from Goose Island. I just wish that I had better access to this, as it would be a staple in my fridge for a quick, hoppy, fix.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with citrus & caramel sweetness and a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there are some others in the style that I would pick first, but this is still a good beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pizano's, Chicago, IL

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow with a foamy white head that receded rather quickly. Piney hops in the nose. Similarly, piney hops in the taste with a citrus bite, and some smooth earthy hops in the background, for a pretty decent balance. Not overly bitter or hoppy, but a slightly sweet finish from the malts. Medium mouthfeel; a moderately drinkable selection. Not my favorite IPA variety, but it's fine for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 in Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a bright, new copper-colored body, nearly clear, with a slim, near white head.

Smell: Pale malts, a bit bready, a bit biscuity, and with a lightly sweet-scented hint of wildflower honey. Hoppy hints of citrus, particularly grapefruit, along with spice and flowers.

Taste: Biscuit-toned pale maltiness with a honeyish sweetness to it. Zesty citrus fruits with floral, spicy English-minded hops. Moderate bitterness. Drying with a touch of citrus blossom on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very light creaminess.

Overall: I found it to a pleasant IPA.

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