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 petercmartin1
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island consistantly puts out really good beers, not great, but really good, solid everyday beers. Their IPA is no exception. Pours out of the bottle a golden, almost orangeish hue with a small head that dissapated rather quickly, but left a thin film floating on top of the beer. The color almost looks a little unnatural IMHO.

The aroma is all about the hops with a nice floral and pine aroma backed up by some citrus notes.

Flavor is nice, with hops and bitterness dominating like any good IPA should. But the bitterness is balanced out by a light malty sweetness in the finish that keeps the beer from being one dimensional or palate deadening.

Found the carbonation to be a little on the heavy side, but it is a nice creamy carbonation, not fizzy like soda.

Though IPAs are not my favorite style of beer, this is a beer I will probably drink again.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden orange / rusty colour... Head poured white in colour and disappeared almost immediately...

Aroma - An amazing range of smells !! Flowery, orange, sugary, cloves, peppery, basil...

Taste – Flowery, sweet, strawberry, quite hoppy (not as much as expected), lemony...

Feel - Smooth with some slight sharpness... creamy aftertaste...

Overall - An excellent IPA , one of my favourites... highly recommended !!!

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Photo of woemad
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. It seems Goose Island beers are indeed available here now, and that Pere Jacques I stumbled across the other day wasn't a fluke.

This poured a copper color, with a medium sized white head that dropped quickly, but left and enduring white film across the top of the beer. A goodly amount of lace.

This smells very tasty indeed! Rich hop aromas abound, along with a subordinate but effective maltiness that makes its presence known with a background sweetness. The hops are warmly citrusy and sharply piney.

This is a superbly balanced IPA. The sharp, pine needlish hops come into play first, followed swiftly by their more citrusy brethren. Then, to keep the hops from burning out the taste buds, a mildly sweet caramel maltiness emerges, effectively imposing a flavor stalemate. The finish is mildly dry and grassy.

I think this could use a little bit more carbonation, though too much more might spoil the flavor. This is a thoroughly medium bodied beer.

A very drinkable IPA. It would make a fine session beer. If not the first Goose Island beer I have purchased, it is the first I've actually gotten around to drink. So far, I am impressed.

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

This one pours out an orange sauce on melted caramel sort of kuller with a nice fluffy head. The head ends up as a thin layer of spittle. Modestly carbonated, but suitably so. Scattered lacings cling fast.

The nose is very nice. Grassy and pine sappy smelling hop odors on top of some nice caramel malt. Quite herbal smelling all together.

The taste is a bit less lip smacking good than what the nose would lead you to imagine it as. It starts out big on the nose with the bouquet, but hop flavors pale in comparison during the taste. The malt is wonderful and there is a very earthy and herbal feel to the taste and a decent bitterness in the finish. It just lacks the fruity acidity that I was expecting. Not much fruitiness. More vegetable. Still tastes pretty dadgum good to me.

Mouthfeel is just right. Not too heavy but no sissy either. Medium may be stretching it. It works.

Drinkability is good. Just some old fashioned clean and refreshing stuff. Sessionable for sure.

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

This was brought back to Houston for me by a friend that traveled to Chicago on business. Pours a nice copper colour with a good frothy head that disappaits to a thin, white layer across the top. A nice hoppy flavour and aroma with good balance between hop and malt flavours. Bitterness is not as strong as other IPA's. A medium smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. A very decent and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with orange highlights. Has a big foamy white head. The aroma has a big spicey peppery hop boquet. The flavor is mostly a tea like sweetness that blends out to a dry hop finish. The aroma got me all pumped up. The taste left me dissapointed.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very nice orange amber color with a fluffy/cramy white head. The aroma wasn not strong for this. What I could smell was a bitey floral-like citrus astringency smell. The taste was full of sharp hops, that over-took the palatte. The was very little if any malt flavor. The mouth feel was very sharp and bubble like a macro brew. Large bitey feeling. This would be an Ideal session beer. Light flavor, light body. good flavor. But not my favorite I.P.A.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden to copper in color. Head fairly quickly dissipates with a thin film of foam left on the top. Aroma is definitely of grapefruit. First sip reveals a strong grapefruit citrusy flavor. Mouthfeel is odd with an almost oily feeling in the first sip. Second sip gives more bitterness than grapefruit. Not much malty balance to this. Further sips reveal a bit more watery mouthfeel. An acceptable version of the IPA not great.

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Photo of packetknife
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I ~think~ this was the beer that introduced me to IPAs years back. Either way, whatever memories I have from back then were supplanted this past week. Orange-reddish pour, light, really bubbly, with a foamy off-white head that stuch around. Strong hops on the nose, biting pine, perhaps a bit too strong but worked in the hot weather. About the same on the tongue but giving way to a slight maltiness toward the finish. Not like the IPAs I enjoy now but a fond memory.

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

Purchased as part of a summertime multipack. Best before 083105 clearly ink-jet labeled on the back. Poured a hazy golden into an imperial pint glass. Frothy eggshell head that had some holding power. As with all the goose islands I've had so far, this one had very nice lacing as well. Not as much body carbonation in the brew as I would expect, especially since it is bottle conditioned.
Sappy hop aroma
Decidedly hoppy flavor with a great mix of pine, citrus and earthy hops. A fine backbone of malt is there to even it out and save some of your tastebuds.
Finishes dry and hop sticky. This a full bodied medium and worth a few.

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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 Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one still available at the Blind Tiger in NYC, on tap.Poured a light-medium shade of amber, slight haze, off white head and nicely developed lacing. Floral hoppy nose, also plenty of piney hop goodness. This is a well hopped IPA, but its not over the top. The hops are punget and taste very fresh and flavorful, but they do not over power this beer or your taste buds. Well hopped yet still nicely balanced and highly drinkable brew. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Nice quaffer, seek out and enjoy this one on tap.

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

Deep yellow-gold pour with a thin bubbly white head. Leaves a bit of lacing as it fades.

Aroma is a sharp, piney hop bit with a nice bitterness on top of a sweet malty bottom end.

Taste is intriguing: starts out with a lot of piney flavors, but gradually an interestingly dry, toasty malt sneaks in that is balanced in the finish with a lingering piney bitterness. More restrained in the hop department than a lot of IPAs, and I think it's a nice change of pace.

NIcely done example of the style I'll return to when I want a change of pace from the huge hop bombs.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice IPA.

My sample was dominated by pine. Not too much citrus or fruit; mostly a pine character that pervaded throughout.

There was a decent malt backbone that provided a small amount of balance. However, for an IPA, I thought the aftertaste was a bit thin and watery.

This beer was medium bodied at best, and moderately drinkable. For an IPA, it was nice, but nothing to write home about.

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

Well this beer comes highly recommended to me. The beer pours orangish amber in color with ample light beige head. The aroma is a nice balance of floral hops, caramel malt, and fruity yeast. The flavor is upfront bitterness followed by a solid caramel toffee sweetness and a lingering hop finish. This is what an IPA should be hoppy and balanced, and thusly very drinkable.

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

Baby, I know that when I said I'd be around forever I meant it from the bottom of my heart. But you know, sometimes a man's got to skip out, slide and get loose with some clear amber lovin. Oh, baby, she pours like a sinner with a frothy white head releasing aromas of pine and grapefruit. I put my nose deep in her hair and inhale. Yum. She tastes hoppy at first. A slight hop bite and a clean bitter finish with a nice balance of malts that feels a bit thin but is just enough to balance and leave this nice nice bitterness in my mouth. She makes me bitter. And I like it. Pine, some buried fruit and plenty of nice subtle hints of sweetness in her. But mostly she gives me this piney earthy herbal feeling, you know. She's perfect in my mouth, and I feel I can drink her up all night.

I know you won't be too mad if I spend this night with my Goose Island IPA. We can share her. Just don't steal her away. I can't afford to lose any more beer lovin' to you...

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Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant medium amber, full white head dissipates somewhat, but has nice lacing. Intense hop aroma, mainly citrus and pine, light maltiness and a hint of alcohol. Strong bitterness after the first sip, but stays well balanced with citrus hop flavour and malt. Slight alcohol warmth. Finishes medium dry. Medium/light body and carbonation, slightly creamy texture. Very nice IPA. Thanks Viggo!

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Photo of toddw8
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice two-finger rocky head that settles slowly. Clear, orange-tinged gold in color with a couple streams of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: Lemony hops with a hint of sweet smelling malt in the background.

Taste: A bit of sweet, honey-like malt is quickly overcome by fresh, citusy hop flavors. The hops continue in the long lasting, but mellow, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too oily or cloying.

Drinkability: Excellent. I could drink (and have drank) many of these in an evening.

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

This beer pours a golden yellow. It has a thick fluffy white head, with a slight yellow tint to it. It fades slowly leaving too few laces. The first scent I detect is a piney floral one. It smells hoppy. It has a citrus scent also. I also detect faint hints of lemon. It tastes piney. It has a citrus taste with slight fruit flavors making an apperance. It is not as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe. The flavor is actually quite mild. I think this might be a good beer for people, like myself, who do not usually drink hoppy beers. It leaves a piney taste on the palate. It goes down smooth. It is carbonated very well. I think this beer would make a good session beer because for an IPA, it is somewhat mild. Also, it is not high in alcohol. If you get a chance to try this one, give it a shot. You will probably be glad you did. Thanks to Mentor for providing this beer.

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Photo of malty
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Longneck w/ best before 10-08-05.

Clear golden orange body with an off-white head that settles to 1/4".
Nice ring lacing.

Sweet floral citrus hop nose that very clean. Some soft biscuity malt profile is apparent also.

Clean flavors of the herbal hops sit nicely above the sweet malt backdrop. Juicy citrus notes are presented nicely from the fresh hops.

Mouthfeel is soft and finely carbonated. Very 'fluffy' feeling on the tongue. Medium bodies with a faintly sweet and semi-dry finish.

Drinkability is solid. Very refreshing and not at all 'in-your-face'.

I was surprised and impressed by the delicate and soft nature of this beer's flavor and body. Not pungent or bitter at all and only a hint of dryness. The malt is showcased well with the hops still taking most of the spotlight. Very balanced and is better suited for the 'Pale ale' (not IPA) category. Still a good offering from Goose.

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Photo of silenius
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best of GI's regular beers in my opinion. Best by 09-18-05.

Pours a orangey-amber with a medium sized short-lived head. Crystal clear with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is light piney sweet hops.

Taste is bitter hops with not a lot of sweetness up front. In the middle the malt is noticeable but then it gives way to a bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is a little too biting for me due to the carbonation.

Nicely drinkable beer.

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

The translucent bronze body is topped by a scenic rocky white biscuit of foam. There is a steady aroma alternating between fruity and light floral.

Taste hits me as full bodied and mellow with a decent hop tickle at the finish.

I like this as an example of the widely/wildly interpreted IPA style.

A very drinkable thirst quenching ale.
(Note to self- back away from the grill and stop stirring coals when attempting to review beers).

Best by 102605

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Photo of cypressbob
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml screw top bottle

Pours with a yellowy body, slightly cloudy. Slightly yellow head, good retention and some lacing

Smell, fresh acidic hops. American hops, citrus; lime, grapefruit, lemon, little hint of orange. Some hint of freshly cut grass

Taste, smooth creamy hoppy mouthfeel followed by a crisp hop bite. Not too aggressive, this would be a great introduction to the world of american IPA's

A tasty, amazingly refreshing ipa, well worth the money. Also goes great with spicy food, cuts through the heat so well. You end up getting cooled and refreshed from the heat, and the hops cut through enough that you have a strong flavoured beer even paired with such aggressive food

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Photo of bozebus17
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. A half inch head holds on for the entire ride. This beer is not overly aromatic but has a good smell. For me floral hops and citrus come out in the nose. The flavor is refreshing. I can detect citrus along with the bitterness from the hops. It finishes well balanced. The beer feels medium bodied as it should but it also seems to feel a bit acidic which can take away from the enjoyment. This is a highly drinkable and all around well crafted session beer. I could see getting this again in the future. It is a good brew to relax with when you feel like something simple yet tasty. It also went great with the New York strip steak I grilled up for dinner.

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Photo of mentor
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label on this is different from the label in the BA photo...I wonder if it's a new recipe.

12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed the same evening (May 2005). Pours a 1.5 finger off-white clingy head over a light rust-orange liquid. Just a hint of chill haze. Smells co-ho citrus hop during the pour. Rich Amarillo hoppy. Citrusy and cotton candy. Orange and tangerine, not grapefruit. Sweet is quite below the hops. Pear and apricot. Tastes bitter hoppy carried later by a malt sweet then arises a floral hoppy from the back and concludes withe a delightful toasty & nutty. Really a nice progression. No single flavor is over the others and the flavors overall are pleasant. Great, as so many IPAs are 'in your face' hoppy. The middle, after the inital hops had some pear and apricot (not quite apricot...more honey-like, as if it was apricot jelly). This beer is tasty quality and highly quaffable. Md-light mouthfeel that has a creamy quality about it and is mildly carbonated with fine bubbles forming on the entire flat of the tongue and making an acrid burn in the aftertaste on the sides of my tongue.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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