India Pale Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Ricochet
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Darker orange, good head on the pour. Very nice.

Smell: The usual IPA punch. Fruity , but a little "bottled" rather than fresh.

Mouth: Above average with a nice alcoholic finish

Taste: Taste of orange and licorice. Deep malt flavor. Complex for a bottled IPA with only a slight detraction because it is in a bottle. Otherwise very good.

Drinkability: Gimmie. Lots. I'd say this is better than the regular goose pale. If I could get this rather than Goose pale, I'd get this.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a nice amber crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a small creamy head that lasts.

S- Floral almost perfumy hops with a faint citrus hops.

T- This beer has a nice hops flavor balanced with a slightly roasted malt. Very well balanced but the hops stand strong as the lead player. The hops are almost a pine flavor with some citrus mixed in.

M- medium-full body with a hint of creaminess. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a well built beer. It has good hops but not huge hops and the malt is caramelized enough to give it a nice base. Very good for a session beer or a summer grilling' brew. Goose Island really hit a strong beer with this one.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice looking light orange with a decent white head. There is some lacing on the glass. The smell is very good. Lots of hop aroma. The taste is pretty good. There are hops and not much else. The hops are not balanced well and the mouthfeel is too thin for my taste. Although I like hoppy beers, this one is just missing something.

It is growing on me now that half the glass is gone. It is very drinkable and since it is not real expensive it would be a good beer to stock up on for the summer.

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle and into the glass. Head cascades to the top and sits atop the beer for most of the ride and leaves some impressive lacing. Body is a clear, dark gold. Smells of floral, mostly a floral aroma with citrus following behind, and then behind that too is the malt that does not want to be pushed aside by the hops. First drink, I'm surprised by how much of the malt comes through, but lets the hops come through too. Sweet malt over your tongue, but before you can get sick of the sugars, butter and caramels, you are greeted with the citrus, deep bitters and earthy tones of the hops. Nothing too hopped, too light or too malty. Will probably revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of far333
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot color with an off-white foamy head that does not rise too high, and sinks quickly to nothing. Aroma is bright and fresh, sweet citrus hops, and a bit of pine. Mild flavor, initially malty, not too strong upfront, but moving to citrusy hops, some bitter orange peel, and some bitter pine. Finishes crisp, a little carbonation tingle, and a sweet tangerine aftertaste lingers long around the mouth.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with best when consumed date of 7-19-05.

Poured a clear light copper/straw color with a large, white, clingy froth.

Slightly sweet upon initial smell, followed by grapefruit and conifers from the hops.

Nice, light, citric, bubbly smooth at the top. Resinous hops are assertive in the back, fade into a tasty malt finish. Mild hints of peach come out after a time.

A kick ass beer! Big hops and tasty malts equal a great drinking beer.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hue with a generous amount of head. Note quite crystal clear, but close. Aroma of piney and citrous hops, leafy and floral. A little malt in the nose as well. I'll have to admit I was a little let down by the taste. Although by no means was it bad, it was simply a middle of the road example of an IPA. The trademark hops were there in the usual fashion, as well as a faint presence of toasted malt. Decent mouthfeel, easily quaffed. Dry hoppy finish. Not a bad beer to have at a bar or sitting with friends, but it is nothing remarkable.

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

Bottle: Poured a medium lightly hazed gold with a fair tight cap. Soft carbonation. Aroma of grapefruit, apricots and sweet malts. Viscous mouth feel...good malt spine gives a sweetish biscuity taste where mild hops and the yeasts add an apricot taste that turns bitter in the finish...very nice.. I like this IPA... wasn’t expecting this from GIB.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no readable bb date. The label was ripped.

Bright orange with a 1 1/2" light tan head that has decent retention and lacing.

The nose has a nice balance of malt and citric hops.

The taste is also a balance between malt and hop. Not as much hop as other IPAs, but enough to satisfy. Nice dry finish that lingers like it should.

Good medium mouthfeel to this very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden colored brew.

Smell is malty but not strongly so with a sourdough bread smell. Faint citrus hop scent.

Taste is malty with a solid earthy hop flavor that hits your tongue. Faint sourness in here and the after taste is hop bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable balanced IPA that isn't over the top and tuned to please a hophead. This is brewed closer to the British version of the IPA than the American version. Very drinkable

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

Pale gold, thin white head, little lacing. Aroma is hoppy and floral, a little nutty. Tastes pretty good, but not the hop bomb that I look for in an IPA. Grapefruit, pine resins, good malt presense becoming more noticeable as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin and a little oily. As I mentioned this is not a hop monster. I find it to be a little lacking if this is a single, but because it is not overhopped it makes for a pretty tasty session brew.

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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