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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Reviews: 1,167 | Ratings: 4,305
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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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice IPA, great flavour and aroma. I felt it more like an American IPA than an English IPA as the label states. Now very affordable and easy to find in Mexico.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: An earthy and fruity hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and a little pine. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and fruity hop forward taste with notes of grass and citrus. Upfront notes of floral, grassy, and piney hops. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Backing pale malt notes of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A decent take on an IPA. Nice citrus and grassy hop notes. Nothing great but a nice lighter take on the style.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 months past exp date so I will not do a thorough review. I remember it tasting a bit better previously. Very good example of the English IPA style. The English malt is not too strong and the hops are not overwhelming and little bite.

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Photo of grundsow18
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, maize color. Poured fresh (1/14/15 BO) bottle from Wegmans into pint glass and produced two fingers of foam. Citrus notes in the smell. Very balanced malt and hop profile which matches the advertised English IPA style. Overall, a great representative of the style,

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. A very fresh, drinkable ipa. I could drink these all night without an issue. It has a clean, crisp hop profile of slight bitter and grassy notes balanced by a mild malt. Just enough to balance this beer, without drowning out the hops.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of hophead723
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I have only tried one Goose Island beer before this one so I look forward to giving this one a try. My six pack was bottled on Feb. 24, 2015 so it is very fresh. I poured into a claret class though I would normally use a pint glass for an English style IPA.

Look: This beer is stunningly gorgeous! Perfectly crystal clear with good amount of carbonation and a creamy white head. The color is a rich, deep amber that evokes thoughts of gold and honey. Perfect, solid, and consistent rings of lacing adorn the glass until the very last sip. As I raise the glass to my lips it passes through the light making the beer look like a goblet of fire.

Smell: The smell is floral and herbal with a touch of fruity ale yeast combined with a subtle estery smell of the alcohol. Overall the aroma is fruity thanks to the hops as well which are Pilgrim, Styrian Golding Celeia, Cascade, and Centennial.

Taste: There is a flourish of grassy, hoppy citrus up front followed by a very rounded and pleasant malt character. There is plenty of malt to support the hops which are not very bitter but still expressive.

Feel: Silky smooth body at first but with a crisp finish. This is definitely sessionable and easy drinking with these characteristics. I do get a lingering coating as well from the hops but it isn't a very bitter beer at only 55 IBU.

Overall: I've always enjoyed English style IPAs but this still surprised me how good it is. It's very approachable for an IPA and is definitely a good starter beer for people just getting into craft beers but it also would easily be appreciated by passionate and seasoned beer drinkers. I am the latter. Cheers.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear with a nice three finger white head and mild lacing. The body is a beautiful light golden color accented with copper hues and contains very little carbonation. The head is fluffy and dense and stick around for quite a while.
Light apples, oranges and mild grapefruit and hops. This seems like a watered down IPA.
The taste is pretty great, light a crisp at first and filled with the apple and orange in the aroma. As it hits the middle of your tongue, a few malts come out along with some mild hops. The hops really become evident as it hits the back of your throat and leave a nice tasting aftertaste. It is well balanced and very smooth.
Light to medium bodied and mild carbonation.
The aroma had me a bit worried but this is a good tasting IPA, perhaps a breakthrough IPA for people getting into the style. Not bad, don’t pass it up.

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

Look: 4.25 - Pours a beautiful copper color with a finger of foamy white head.

Smell: 3.75 - It smells very well balanced between the hops and the citrus. Grapefruit is prominent, along with maybe some lemon. Not too strong of a scent, but a pleasant one.

Taste: 4 - Just like the smell, it is very well balanced. The hops are enjoyable yet not overpowering. It tastes like what a good, standard IPA should taste like. A harmonious balance between hops, malt, and citrus.

Feel: 4 - An easy IPA to drink. Not palate wrecking (ha, that one is coming up - thanks Green Flash), but just a smooth, enjoyable IPA.

Overall: 4 - A solid B beer, this is an enjoyable IPA. If you're in the mood for an easy drinking, pretty sessionable IPA, this would be a solid choice.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For whatever reason I bought a six pack with no high expectations. This IPA was a very pleasant surprise. Beautiful golden color with a solid white head. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. Lots of floral, pine and grapefruit taste going on. Beautiful IPA that's not overwhelming hoppy and bitter. This is my new "go to" IPA when you plan on having more than a couple.

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

lol @ some reviews. The bloke who said "Way too much hops for me" is actually a wine-loving chick. The guy who said "quack quack quack yum" gets a mugs up from me.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry fruity hop aroma.Amber gold colored body. A touch of pine in the nose too. Light fruity bitterness Wet and dry finish. Hint of malt sweetness. Crisp and filling. Indescribable at times. Amazing.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First thing I noticed was the smell of citrus, I personally love it. when poured it pours a fluffy white head and is kind of a orange/amber color. At first I was a little apprehensive because of lesser "pale ales", but i was quickly proven wrong. The hops definitely make themselves known and have somewhat of an overpowering presence but at the same time it is still delicious. It's not as smooth or drinkable as other beers but is definitely worth a shot and is a good first IPA for anyone who has not tried an IPA.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with creamy white foam (16oz draft) with good lacing;grapefruit nose; hoppy lemongrass start / "Midwest" style IPA showing a smidge of citrus hops; medium lite mouthfeel with dry bitter finish; overall, typical Midwest style commercial IPA and easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of leantom
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A little sick so this review may not be accurate. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours a large, fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing. Clear orange/golden color with lots of carbonation.

S: Very mild. Citrus, lemon peel, grass - not much malt.

T: Follows the nose, but a little more robust. Lots of citrus and grass - somewhat fruity in the aftertaste as well. Also contains a nicer, smooth malt backbone.

F: Great. Well carbonated and refreshing.

O: A good beer. Much better than expected.

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Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint mug.
Aroma- A really nice strong hop aroma.
Appearance- Great golden color with a strong white head
Taste- the hops shine thru, great flavor with a dry finish
palate- a medium bodied brew with lots of carbonation. has a dry finish
Overall- A really good IPA, I recommend it

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India Pale Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 4,305 ratings.
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