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Goose IPAGoose IPA
5,539 Ratings
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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Ratings: 5,539 |  Reviews: 1,403
Photo of Redrover
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night. The beer was served in an imperial pint glass. Perfect burnished bronze with a off-white head and decent lacing.

Great nose of hops, citrus, some grainy malt and pine.

Taste is very solid. Lots of astringent hop bite. Citrus (grapefruit) on the first taste. More spruce type taste as you work through the beer. While this is an IPA and lots of hops are expected, this beer also seems to posses a fairly substantial malt backbone that reigns them in a bit and the malt adds a touch of sweetness.

This beer has a tart bracing mouthfeel with perfect carbonation for style. Very drinkable, but watch out as this packs a decent alcohol punch which is not present in the taste. Very enjoyable beer and I’m looking forward to trying their Imperial IPA soon!

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Photo of soper2000
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my summertime staple. Just the scent of this beer reminds me of cookouts and listen to music in my apartment parking lot. Poured a nice golden orange color with a decent sized white head. Smell is very smooth and hoppy with out being overbearing. Taste is very clean and refreshing. The hops don't dominate this brew but their presence is felt. It finishes with just a hint of citrus and malt. I should also note that this beer is extremely consistent, I have yet to have an off bottle or one that varied to an extreme degree. This will probably remain my summer session beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) orange-amber body sits beneath a frothy head of ivory that slowly settles into a creamy 1/2" cap of foam that holds lasts and leaves sheets of lace throughout the first quarter of the glass. The nose delivers citrusy (orange, grapefruit) and spicy, piney hops over a delicately sweet malt. Bright and refreshing! It's similar to orange marmalade. The body is medium and it's very fine, natural carbonation leaves it gently crisp and then smoothing in the mouth. Citrusy hops return to dominate the flavor with its honeyish malt acting as a springboard. Some piney/spruce hops appear as its solid bitterness rises. It's really well-balanced and it finishes dry and lingering with some piney hops that last. Quite nice!

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Photo of BierReise
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle best By 08/24/04 Poured a clear dark gold with a bit of a head that died quickly. Has a nice hoppy doughy aroma. Slightly floral and citric. Smooth body and crisp with a bitter finish. Flavor could be better. Decent hoppiness and backed up by a good dose of malt. Reminds me a bit of Brutal Bitter in a way. Overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: The beer pours a golden color with a hint of orange to it. It has a slightly hazy appearance, with a bit of a white head. A big grapefruit nose of hops. Also a hint of some floral notes. The taste is bold and hoppy: a hint of grapefruit in the taste also. A very good effort!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/copper clear liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed for a while, and there was a little bit of lacing on the glass, but not a whole lot. Smells of citrus, and a little grainy. Taste has a nice grapefruit citrus hop finish. Not terribly sweet. Perhaps a bit thin, but certainly drinkable. I thought this was a good session beer. I have always been happy with Goose Island. It seems that I have never had anything over the top from them, but everything has been good every time that I have had it. That is important, and sometimes understated.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a best consumed by date. Appearance is a nice orangish amber that leaves a one finger tight white head on top that settles down after a few minutes. A citrusy, slightly floral hop aroma carried by a decent amount of carbonation welcomes you prior to first taste. Moderate bodied with a light grainy aftertaste competes with uninspired hops. Some lace clings to the glass as you move down the glass. An easy drinking beer but nothing to get excited about. Nothing that jumps out and says wow but it is still a well made beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent amberish orange that is medium on the darkness scale for an IPA. The cream colored crown is large in size and looks both soft and creamy. It displays good persistence, staying at a thick one finger for quite a while. Small sheets and ragged rings of lace look just fine.

The aroma is nicely hoppy. It's primarily citrus zesty and is floral as well. I'll guess Cascade and... something else. The flavor is all kinds of delicious. GI IPA didn't taste hoppy enough to start, but with a little warming the hops have come into full flower.

Just as in the nose, they're grapefruity and floral with a clean, vivid bitterness. The back end is long, hoppy and dry. The mouthfeel is medium-full, without being heavy, and is as smooth as silk.

American IPA might be my favorite style. Goose Island's version isn't the best that I've ever had, but it's a lovely drinker all the same. The world needs more hoppy (yet still approachable) IPAs like this one.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA has a medium golden/orangey color, and is clear through and through. Head is about 1/4", creamy and white. Leaves nice lacing in the glass, too. Nose emits some toasty malt and a decent citrussy hop whack. Body was nearing medium, but a bit of carbonation made it a touch rough on the tongue. Good biscuity malt leads off, then along comes some semi-citrussy hops plus some fruity notes, like pear and apple. Finish is a good dry smack in the throat. Nice job by Goose Island. thnx to Bditty187!

Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a almost perfectly clear copper color, topped by a pale cream head that is supported by fairly low carbonation. Some notes of pine and citrus in the aroma, quite a bit of hop floral nectar characteristics. A bit of fruitiness and sharp astringent hoppiness in the nose as well, but in a good way. Taste is sharp and bitter from the hops, supported by a biscuit like maltiness. Quite a dry beer overall as well, but quite a bit maltier than I at first realized. A good amount of hop flavor and a solid dry malt character in the middle is a counter point to the bitterness in the finish. The hops are sharp produce a tingle as this beer passes my lips, just like a good IPA should.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, bronzy gold, with an offwhite head that is short lived, but leaves coats of patchy lacing all over the glass. Aroma is all hops, with spruce pine and sharp citrus assaulting the nose. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and has a sharp hops bite. Taste is grapefruit rind and pine, with hops resins coating the mouth. This has a fresh green hops sensation all the way through, but there is a hint of sweet toffee and honey that attract a bit of notice and lend a little bit of balance. Finishes with a piney hops twang that is dry and crisp. Very refreshing and nicely drinkable. A good American IPA.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out out a cloudy orangishbrown-yellow. a little hazy with a nice white head. smell is totally hops very strong. a little alc. smell as well. taste is hoppy but not as strong as the smell will lead you to believe. citrusy tangarine fruit flavors and a little wheaty. fruit taste lingers. it's drinkable. i always seem to compare g.i. and sam adams because they seem to have a lot of the same characteristics. such as, very flavorful and very good but a bit too heavy to be a session beer. i feel the same about this beer. i'm not an IPA lover but i'm slowly learning to enjoy them. i enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, peach-fuzz orange, cloudy, thin head, tiny carbonation. Some hops and fresh fruit, some pine on the nose. Up front, a rather decent dose of hop flavoring, bordering on medium bodied. Some grapefruit rind, peach, some citric notes present, although tucked away. Slick, finishes more dry than bitter. Decent flavoring, but won't appear on the Top 10 list for IPAs, yet a superb session style.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a 12 oz. twistoff, with a picture of a goose surrounded by hops on the label. Copper color, with an off-white head. Very sharp hops smell, with hints of orange and grapefruit. Very strong hops-wise, little malt balance. Very sharp, bitter, and dry. Maybe a little too much hops, but I still love IPA's, and this one (which originally assaulted my tastebuds into hop-headedness) is no different.

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Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-bronze with coppery highlights, the off-white head reached an adequate size of one finger in height. Fades slowly to a loose cap rather quickly but the remainder lasted well. A decent amount of webby lace was produced as the beer was sipped away. The nose leaves little doubt as to the style of this beer, IPA all the way. Loads of pine needles, grapefruit rinds, and dried wild flowers dominate the bouquet. I find the aromas to be very agreeable, albeit one-dimensional. Inviting. The palate proudly shows the 58 IBUs, the taste is slightly raw and unrefined, the perfect amount for my tastes; the hops are largely floral and piney with only traces of citrus flesh, more bitter rinds than anything. This is not really a juicy IPA; kind of dry actually, I find it pleasant. The maltiness is noticeable occasionally, hints of toasty caramel grains are detectable but they provide little in the way of flavor support. I’d like to taste more biscuity-crackers maltiness in my IPA. The finish is heavy on foresty aspects, sap and needles. The abv is small enough to drink this back-to-back-to-back and there is enough flavors to want to do so. The lack of maltiness is noticeable in the mouthfeel, it is a touch to thin for me, vaguely medium, natural, low but embracing carbonation; a touch too slick on the tongue. As a whole I enjoyed this IPA, if it was available locally I’d quaff it often, it is too drinkable to ignore. Purchased in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Photo of faernt
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drink beer where it's made whenever you can. This review is based on my last visit to the Clyborn pub. The men of the family were gathering due to a baby shower once again. The family is becoming fecund.

This beer is a study in balance. I've had occasion to sample a few hop bombs lately and this is no hop bomb. It is a beautifullly poured pint that smells of the glory of hops as I bring it up to my nose. The first sip enervates my entire pallate and asks me to drink again. It is so tasty that I stop to enjoy it. What a great reason to stop... I know many of us are seeking the maximum hop experience but this is a wonderful session beer. I look forward to returning to try it again. It is low enough in alcohol to be a session beer, but good enough to find a designated driver. Take care.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks nice, your standard IPA appearance. Smells hoppy and spicy. Taste is hoppy yet watery and there is (I swear) an old greasy sweat sock taste lingering in the back. There seems to be some substance/texture missing from this too, on further reflection, it's really watery. This is the worst tasting IPA I've had.

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

(Sampled at the North Clybourne location)

Unlike most of the other five ounce samples brought to our table, this one has a decent head which leaves nice sheets of lacing as I drink. The beer is a glassy, light, coppery amber. The smell is reserved and balanced, with some hops and citrus showing through.

I like what I find when I take a swig. It's tasty, chewy, and reasonably full-bodied. The first stage is full, round, malty, and creamy. A very nice hop flavor follows this, and then the finish comes on with a combination of citrus and a metallic tang. In this case that metallic character is not only reasonably reserved, but it also has other flavors balancing it out*. I like all the taste stages in this one; my only complaint is that they go by too quickly.

*For a great example of how that metallic taste can be a good or bad, compare this one to the Honker's. In the case of the latter, a strong and unbalanced metallic tang kills the taste.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice orange colored brew, with a small white head topping it off. The nose is all hops, and smells pretty damn good. The first taste you get is a nice kick of hops as expected, nicely balanced with a subtle, sweet malt base. Citrusy hints as well, overall a very well put together beer. One i will buy again.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this right at the brewery's breakroom with some homebrewers. Not a hophead's IPA, but a good one to suggest to friends. We all agreed the color was a robust "orange." A nice fizzy head helps spread the hop aroma. Yes, there is hop bitterness, but as Dick Solomon on "Third Rock" said, "Not in that fun, spanky way." You also get a balanced fruity taste that matches the maltiness nicely. Well done, and in stores round these parts at popular prices.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly hoppy, with hints of malt and floral aromas. The taste is very balanced for an IPA. There are good hop flavors with citrus with malt in the background. The body is just a little light, but the drinkability is fantastic. A great all-around IPA.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive hazy, moderately deep golden and sports a nice foamy beige head,and leaves ample lace throughout. The nose is both mildly sweet in a fruity way and spicy in a ginger-esc sort of way. Some malty, bready notes are also evident on the nose. In the mouth more spicy gingery hoppiness. This is like an introductory IPA...and that is a good thing! Too many people are turned off by overly hoppy brews, yet if they warm up to them over time who knows, they may find they take a liking to the style. Another solid effort from a brewery that finds its niche in session styled interpretations of the great beer styles. And here in Chi-town the freshness and price of these brews is on target and represents honest value.

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Photo of granger10
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one goes down easy and smooth. Seems like a good session beer to have. Very balanced with no flavors that come on too strong, kinda surprising for an ipa. Malt is woody and hops are citric which is a good combination. Finish is a little weak but the body is nice and round and full. A good beer to have but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty, balanced IPA....Pours a cloudy orange with a bubbly off-white creamy head....nose is sweet, floral hops....tastes like a pretty nicely hopped up English Style Pale ale....hop flavors are sweet and juicy....not a huge amount of bitterness to this ala West Coast IPA's, but that is not to this beer neglects the seems to have a nice load of sweet, juicy floral hops to go along with a caramel malt backbone...nicely balanced and the malt and hops really mix nicely...this has a real nice flavor to it...body is about medium..creamy, but firm....

Overall, drinkability ranks high...this isn't a blow your socks off bitter as hell west coast IPA but it is very enjoyable in its own way...

By the way the date on the bttle reads 8/28/02...this is 9/11/03...maybe the year of aging smoothed out the bitter hop profile, but I doubt it..this seems more of an English Style IPA to me...

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Photo of rastaman
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of flavour, as you would expect from an American IPA. The nose and flavour were quite sweet fruity, and full of lychees and pine. The finish dries out a bit aswell, which definitely makes a bit more bearable. A good beer.Just a little sticky and sweet to start with.

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