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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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed deep golden. Off-white head builds nicely and never fades away.
Juicy blossoming floral hoppy aromatics. Carmel and bready malts hit the nose less directly.
Bold on the hops in the mouth, with ineffective, stunted maltiness. The hopping is well-done. with florals looming large in the taste. But they rest upon the tiniest bit of honey-dizzled bready malts. A bit of toastiness appears as well Not near enough. One-sided.
If it takes two to tango, this is a masturbatory brew.
More heft is needed to make this a winner in the mouthfeel dept. Rolls lazily and uninspired across the tongue.
Somewhat enjoyable...but nowhere near a great IPA.

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Photo of zerk
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy copper with a thin lace of white on top. Beautiful floral hop aroma... with maybe a touch of spice. Taste is slightly one dimesional... very hoppy with an oily bitter finish. A touch of malt, but not really enough to balance this one out. It has a medium body, and prickly carbonation. Overall, a decent IPA, but not one I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a very light copper colored ale with an initially well-formed head that reduces but is everpresent throughout the tasting. The thing that impressed me is the well-rounded floral hop aroma on top of the malt sweetness. The taste is very citrusy, with orange the dominant taste: for an IPA the hops are present but not caustic. This is an IPA that is very drinkable -- even with the high IBUs it is a mellow drinking beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Semi-hazy dark peach amber in colour with a foamy, patchy white laced head.

Malty aroma with a backing soft floral / citrus nose.

Quite hoppy, with a nice upfront hop twang, full of tingly spice, woody / herbal flavours, touch of salt and bitter grass ... and soap way back on the palate. Malt is sweet-ish and does a worthy job of providing some balance to the hops, but it's a one dimensional dextrin malt character ... it's only redemption being a faint toasted malt flavour and big, even body. Picked up some very faint phenols for a second. Light esters and alcohol make themselves known, but not as much as I would have liked. Finish is a bit oily, persistent and not very pleasant, eventually drying out some with some grain taste and feel.

Kind of thought this to be an mediocre, average at best, IPA. Hops are a bit out of place and the malts are uninspiring. Expected more from Goose Island.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not always a big fan of IPAs, but I could't find much wrong with this. Great hops ratio and better coloring than your typical IPA. This and Samuel Smith's are both IPAs that kind of transcend the norm.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a very small amount of chill haze evident. Nice light copper tone. Medium bubbly off-white head that is well retained. Very nice grassy and herbal hop nose, which is the result of some hefty dry hopping I would assume. Hops are earthy and perfumey at the same time, if that's possible. Some slight pine tar notes. Malt backbone is evident, but definitely in the background. A nice lingering bitterness makes its presence known long after the drink. I like it. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Body is about medium-full. This isn't one of my elite IPAs, but it is definitely a good effort.

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Photo of Wildman
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a copper golden color and left a nice white head that left some nice lace. A little bit of carbonation. It had an aroma of hops and some hops and some citrus. The taste was of hops, citrus and malt. The finish was a touch dry and bitter with elements of the forementioned, which was good. I found this to be a great IPA for the money(at least in my state). While not the best by far, a good IPA for those that aren't trying to break the bank.

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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first IPA, and its a good one.Poors a deep amber color with a good one-inch soft-fluff head that later laces the glass. Stronger than regular pale ales of coarse at 5.9 but maintains its smooth and crisp finish.I too noticed the mouthfeel. A malty, hopped-up aftertaiste on the mouth roof does last awhile. This is a good finger food eat'n beer or one to relax and sip awhile.

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