Goose IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose IPAGoose IPA
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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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Ratings: 5,598 |  Reviews: 1,416
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

edit: this just keeps getting worse. i dont know if its the recipe actually changing, just being brewed elsewhere, or how its being handled now that it is everywhere, but this is one of the worst widely distributed ipas in the game, and when a bar has it on tap, it shows the consumer they care more about prices than quality, enough to turn me off time and time again, a blanket statement i know, but almost uniformly true in my experience. what does that say about an establishments food, cleanliness, or service standards? who knows, but this beer on tap for me means corporate influence or price over quality, and i dont support either. i used to not mind this one, but now i really dislike it.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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 oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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 oline73
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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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