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 beersareonme
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Piston Broke in Brantford ON. This is a decent pint for those wanting subtle over knock your socks off. It could be a good session beer, but I moved on to other taps after a couple of these. It's a winner, above average brew. Cheers.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a copper burnt orange with a bright white head, not much lacing, good amount of carbonation, head retention is minimal but the head when there was full of tiny bubbles making it look creamy.

A: Lemon, pine, getting some malt aromas, bread, there's a hint of caramel sweetness, aromas are subtle, balanced.

T: First impression, it's balanced, drinks smooth and easy, up front get a hint of lemon and pine, moderate bitterness in the middle, dry citrus forward finish, malt is present giving the beer a nice touch of bread and biscuit like flavors.

M: Medium to light body, good balanced carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not as bad as I expected, it's balanced, has a good amount of flavor and aroma, not a hop bomb, flavors and aromas are subtle, but it's enjoyable, probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ.

Had this on tap at a work-related holiday party. The choice was Goose Island IPA or Michelob Ultra. Yeah, I'll take a Goose please.

Light amber color with good clarity and a creamy, white head. Pine hits you initially, followed by sweet caramel malts. Flavor is earthy, piney, and toasty. Dry, bitter finish that sticks to the inside of your mouth. Not overly bitter but nothing exciting either. Medium bodied, maybe a bit too heavy.

Not a bad option considering what my other one was. Mild and unoffensive, but missing that "wow" factor.

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Photo of Spike
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colour with plenty of carbonation and a massive, thick, off-white head that lasts all the way to the bottom.

Heavy resin nose. Brown bread. Molasses.

Intense resin flavour, just like the nose. Sweet. Bitter

Excellent, thick mouthfeel. Hugs the tongue. Dry, bitter finish.

I don't like the new, dumbed-down 'Goose IPA' label, but this remains a decent AIPA (in no way is this an English IPA - no English hops taste remotely like the hops in this brew!) now widely available in UK supermarkets thanks to AB Inbev. How long before it's diminished by being brewed in the UK under license (like Sam Adams Boston Lager)? Hopefully never.

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Photo of puck1225
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer. Had it on draft at a bar at O'hare. Very average but it went well with my cheeseburger. Doubt that I will get again unless it is a choice between this on BMC.

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Photo of twk
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer in a can while at a Cincinnati Reds game, so can't really comment on the appearance of the beer. It did have a nice citrus flavor though with a tiny bit of pine. Overall, it was a very good IPA, I'd drink it again if it was offered to me.

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Photo of vinicole
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow. Light effervescence. Tight head.
Fresh citrus hops with a hint of pine.
An unexpected bready malt flavour in amongst the hops. Decent bitterness.
Not as balanced as a true English IPA but nevertheless a tasty brew.

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Photo of John1985
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a 16oz can and on draft. Ale pours a gold amber with a two finger head. Decent fruity aroma, nice citrus burst at the initial taste, balanced malt/hop flavor with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Very solid and decent ale that is becoming more widely available; probably because of their association with Inbev. Anyway not sure I'll buy a sixer of this but it's good choice at gas station or local pizza place.

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Photo of Garypuffer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12 pack for $9.99 at Market Basket on the advise of a "beer buddy". Glad I did. Not the best IPA I've ever had but tastier than most . I like 'em on the bitter side and this one made me glad I bought it.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.80 for a single bottle.

Pours a bright, clear, orange-copper coloured body with masses of dense, fine streaming carbonation. A one-finger in height, bubbly, ivory coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film but leaves great, solid bands of soapy lacing.

The nose is dominated by bitter hop profiles, predominately citrus and grapefruit notes, but also evident are a decent amount of pine, fresh cut grass and a touch of lighter floral aromas. The taste follows suit with big, bold, resinous pine and fresh cut grass upfront followed by a little spice and some delicate floral notes. A mixture of light bready malts and sweet caramel hints provide a fleeting balance before handing back over to the hops for an increasingly bitter finish. In the mouth it has substantial weight, but a generous amount of lively carbonation make it, crisp, easy drinking, smooth and creamy. The finish is bitter and dry. Pine, spice and grapefruit pith leave the palate with a prolonged, hoppy, slightly astringent impression.

Overall this is a decent beer. To my tastes however the hop profile is just too bitter. I’ll add this one to my growing list of beers to revisit if I develop a greater taste for more hop forward and bitter styles.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fine enough IPA but a bit too malty for my preference. It's possible I suppose that the keg had been around for a while so no way to know how fresh this was. Comes across like a standard east coast IPA to me but the malt was a bit too forward and not enough hop notes of any kind really showing through.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am winnowing down the interminable backlog here at Chez Woody and CANtinuing The CANQuest (tm) in the bargain! One of the (unexpectedly) greatest things about CANs is how well the graphics transfer onto the label. The Goose has never looked sharper and the muted colors only add to the effect. Gold beak, white face with a black eye and a tan throat against a pine-green background. Beautiful.

From the CAN: "Est. Chicago 1998"; "English Style IPA"; "Our IPA opens with a fruity aroma set off by a dry malt middle and long hop finish."; "At a time when IPA's [sic] were barely known in America, we colonized the traditional English style to create our own full-flavored, distinctly Chicago-inspired IPA."

I Crack!ed the flat black tab on the CAN and got a buncha foam as a result. Once more, a beer went through a calming phase. F head with limited retention. Following its time-out, I got a finger of soapy, tawny head with limited retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy maltiness, like walking into my paternal grandparents' root cellar. Hmm. That is what I normally expect from the EIPA style. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not flat, given the head and its driving carbonation, but still rather thin on the whole. The taste was nice, very earthy in terms of both its malts and hops. It had a very fresh-picked quality which is hard to quantify, but imagine a tomato right off of the vine or some peppers. Fresh, earthy, but not terribly bitter. It is this last which bothers me as a hophead. I crave hops and when I see "India Pale Ale/IPA" on the label, I default to an AIPA. The finish was semi-dry and more earthy with a freshly-turned dirt flavor than I prefer. I know that it is stylistically correct, but that does not mean that I have to like it.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, just a solid IPA. I can't say anything too awful or good about it, as nothing stood out to me. Honestly, I think the whole IPA style has started to become overdone and I can't always distinguish between the decent ones. Would drink again though.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

Nice looking clean amber color with some caramel tones. A big off-white head left spot and web lacing. Steady carbonation.

Lots of pale malt, toasted and caramelized. There's some mild earthy hop aroma but no hop punch.

Malt forward caramel flavor. Hoppy enough to tame the sweets.

Good body and carbonation. It's clean with a mild floral hop finish.

Not bad for a slightly hoppy English style IPA. It's true to form.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, bottled on 22APR15. Marketed as Goose IPA as of late. It's been a few years since I had this one, so maybe their new advertising helped with my single bottle purchase and a re-review
A - amber colored body, nice clarity, capped with a creamy ivory head
S - toasty grain and caramel (smells like a home brew mash - not what I'd expect from an IPA, but I dig it), faint earthy hops with grapefruit and pine milling around the nose
T - bold malt backbone of bread crust, toasted grain, and caramel. Pungent grapefruit and pine round out the very nicely balanced Americanized English IPA
M - medium body, creamy yet a bit resinous from the hops, finishes semi-dry with some pine lingering
O - better than I remember it being. I also didn't recall it being an English IPA. I'd get it again if in a pinch, but I don't see myself going to this one too often.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange with a nice head that trails the glass. The smell was faint but did have some grass and pine notes from the hops. The taste was nice with a lot of pine coming through, which lent itself well to the finish. I found this IPA to be exceptionally clean and wonderfully drinkable.

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

Had on-tap at a concert in Pittsburgh, poured into a tall plastic cup.

L: Poured a clear copper/golden color with 2 fingers of creamy white head.

S: Strong hops and malts. Evergreen and citrus. Delicious.

T/F: Very nice bitter hop profile. Pine and citrus with some floral notes. Great balance with the malts. Nice carbonation and easy to drink.

O: Overall a great IPA, with lots of flavor and hop character. It's a shame that Goose Island got bought out by the big boys but they sure didn't damage the product.

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack at Loblaws 17$ plus tax.
All in all a very nice IPA in the british style. Easier to drink than a full blown american style IPA. Nice to take as a thirst quencher with an extra zing of hops.
I tend to go for beer with a malty taste. My wife thinks its too bitter but I find the 55
IBU well hidden.

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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 deltatauhobbit
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a decent sized white head, fades at a decent rate with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell has a light piney hop aroma with a strong sweet malt backing.

Taste starts out with a mild piney hop kick which quickly gives way to the malt backing, strong crisp carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Store $25.50 for a 12pk. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Dark gold color and filtered clear.

S- Not a lot of hops here. Thinking this is a wet hopped beer

T- Not a wet hopped beer. Just a mild IPA and very uninspiring. Bland. Has a decent malt backbone but it's not going to save this beer.

M- Ok at best.

O- Not happy I had to buy 12. 11 more to choke back. Think I will bring this 12pk back for credit.

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew went ok with..... anything a mild IPA would go with such as sausage with sauerkraut and such.


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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Before the USA hijacked the IPA style, overloaded it with hops and increased the abv -- this was how a good English IPA tasted.

Any negative review here will be from those who have tastebuds ruined by over-the-top American double/imperial IPA's.

Then again, this is an America IPA -- but it's a solid one that doesn't try to re-invent the wheel.


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Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle from a 12-pack picked up at The Beer Store; bottled Apr 2 2015. This is now being produced for the Canadian market at one of Labatt's breweries. Simply called 'Goose IPA', but since GI only has one IPA listed on their website (and the abv matches up), I'll assume it's just a re-branding issue. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy orange-amber colour, generating one inch of soapy, white-coloured froth on top. Retention is unremarkable; the head is mostly gone by the three minute mark, leaving behind a wide, foamy collar and a modest curtain of lace. The nose is rather citrus and pine-forward, with the resiny aspects mingling alongside aromas of grapefruit pith and orangepeel. The malts also manage to make their presence known, offering up some caramelized sugar sweetness and some light, biscuity notes.

A well-made hoppy pale ale, but fairly pedestrian - the hop profile leans American, but it lacks the inherent aggressiveness of that style of IPA. Caramel and toffee, along with some crackery, grainy malt, manage to provide a stable backbone which remains well-balanced with the hop flavours that follow. Citrusy orange, grapefruit and lemon zest soon give way to a more earthy, resiny bitterness that lasts through the finish, but only briefly into the dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that prickle the palate, producing a relatively smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of crispness.

Final Grade: 3.78, a solid B+. I've made my way steadily through this 12-pack of Goose Island's IPA over the last week or so, and this was the final bottle. This IPA may not be anything too special, but I'm not exactly inclined to turn it down in the future. In fact, I'll almost certainly be buying another dozen at some point down the line. This is a serviceable, no-frills IPA that falls somewhere halfway between the English and American interpretations - which is probably why it doesn't seem to evoke many strong opinions, good or bad - it's just... there. But sometimes, that's exactly what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at the Yankees-Mets Subway Series. This is a well-made, nicely balanced beer. I couldn't care less that GI has been taken over - they still produce quality beer. Even better, it's more widely available. To me, that's a win.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden brown body with a one inch white head, decent lacing

A citrus smell, not overly prominent

Taste is not like it smells. No citrus, more of a malt with a slightly bitter hop finish

Feel is full and even

Overall not a bad English style IPA

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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