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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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3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice visuals on this: clear, golden amber, good head retention, and excellent lacing. Cascading lace curtains all around the glass. While classified here as an EIPA, this is more of a hybrid as Centennial and Cascade are used in addition to Golding and Pilgrim. The aroma reflects this as it's not as demure as a "true" English IPA in comparison to American IPAs. Definite bright, citric C-hop character is present, though it's somewhat muted and not upfront and pungent as in a well-hopped American ale.

Same bright, citric character in the flavor profile. That the beer is somewhat dry and of a lower gravity than many contemporary IPAs accentuates this. Quite refreshing, clean flavor. The pale malts mostly stay out of the way with a light, biscuity presence. Only moderate apparent bitterness. Soft, slick mouthfeel.

GI's IPA is not flashy but it's very well-executed. In the current (2013) market, maybe it's more of an APA, but whatever.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear and golden with hints of copper. Not much head on the pour and what little is there dissipates quickly into a film of bubbles. There's a small amount of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be on the weaker side, which will hopefully lend to the drinkability of this brew.

S: Smells of honey and sweet malts with a high note of citrus rinds and pine resin. Pleasant and inviting, overall, but also a bit sour and slightly metallic.

T: Sweet malts lend way to a citrus hop middle with notes of grapefruit, peach and apricot. Finishes pretty balanced with lingering notes of citrusy hops.

M: Pretty light bodied for an IPA with lower carbonation and very little chewiness. Very crisp and drinkable for the style.

O: A balanced and sessionable IPA without much flavor or complexity. I imagine this brew would have been looked upon differently before the hop-bomb invasion. Alas, now it will probably serve as a good introduction to the style without insulting those who prefer something a bit more assaulting.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

initial thought is it's a cleanly done, if rather mild, brew. a good intro to ipa's for a friend that might get turned off by a hop bomb.

very clear deep gold, foamy head dies down to maintain a thin layer. consistent, if clumpy, lacing around the glass.

smell is mild hops, subtle trace of soap, and something honey-like, sweet. taste is mild, with hops and malts pretty well balanced, but could use a bit more of both. finishes a bit sweet, like a hint of honey. feel matches the taste - not so chewy as to scare off a beginner.

decent first try of goose island's brews, though for an ipa, not really one i'd have out in the summer heat

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

IPA poured a dark golden color with a lacing head that wouldn't quit. The smell was rather malty and a bit stale, with hints of hops. The taste was much of the same, strong malt flavors, hints of hops, and a bit of a stale flavor. Flavors were full, and nice carbonation, but it didn't overcome those stale tastes. Overall an okay malty IPA.

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Goose IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 5,351 ratings
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