Christmas IPA
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,502
Ranked #25,079
3.67 | pDev: 13.9%
Friday at 03:54 AM
Oct 27, 2019
Christmas IPAChristmas IPA
Notes: Christmas IPA is a malt forward IPA using 6 different hops throughout the process. Subtle stone fruit and wood notes balance with caramel malt on the palate dry-hopped with Meridian, Ahtanum, and Cashmere. It’s got a bit of an old school feel on the malt side with caramel malt and a lovely red hue to go wit the classic kettle hop backbone. Nicely balanced and dry, this little number dons a big fruity aroma.

IBU: 38
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small off white head. Smells of citrus hops, not too strong. Tastes of citrus and some earthy hop notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Friday at 03:54 AM
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Drink by 3/1/23"; drank 11/30/22 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dull orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge eggshell head; thick, frothy tree-rung lace.

Fruit punch & pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fruit punch flavor up front with a pine bite on the finish.

A nicely done Celebration rip-off that will do if you can't find the OG.
Thursday at 02:35 AM
Rated: 3.77 by Rainintheface from Florida

Nov 15, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by jtransel from Illinois

Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Amber with some chill haze, dense off-white head, excellent retention, rings of lace
Big spice, pine, and citrus nose
Caramel malt flavor, then some resin, stone fruit, and citrus hops, fading back into toasty, sweet malt
Medium bodied and well carbonated
I could probably drink this year round. Damn good
Oct 17, 2022
Rated: 3.02 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours an amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a thin film

S- smells of peach, mango and woody pine, along with equal compliments of caramel malt. Aroma gets a bit juicy, despite the malt

T- hop notes follow the nose; stone fruits and resinous pine. Mid-palate gives an equal part of caramel malt, the finish gives more pine and caramel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel continues into the finish
May 17, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 3.08 by megamick from Iowa

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a reddish brown. Thick foam. Big hop aroma. Milder than I thought. Hop and malt body. A little muted. Hops and malt should be more pronounced. Finishes flat. A bit of a disappointment.
Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Timfromthemainland from New York

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by icemanexit from Indiana

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can with a February 2022 BB date stamped on the bottom.
Appearance. Attractive clear reddish-brown body topped by a good whitish head.
This "Christmas" ale seems appropriately marketed only due to its seasonal nature and the reddish body. This is a rather mainstream Red IPA, although I found it to be overly vegetative/ herbal in flavor despite a fine aroma.
Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 3.11 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Dec 19, 2021
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Rated by Shelbs90 from Montana

3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
had a nice light smell to it. if it was a little less hoppy i would love this beer. not so bad but just not a beer for me. great for an ipa lover tho
Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark amber appearance
Around a medium body with about the same for carbonation.
Aroma is malt,brown sugar, mild pine,caramel, with light grainy bread.
Taste is very similar to aroma with some very mild sweetness, malt,which is quickly replaced with some hop bitterness , which sort of takes over and dominates.
Its good,interesting, flavorful but not sure its something i personally would seek out again
Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by Meddwol from Michigan

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by Satsuma from Florida

Dec 14, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Olesjm from Kansas

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: copper colored with a short lived off white head and noticeable carbonation.
S: American cirtusy hop forward with a noticeable malt backbone.
T: American cirtusy hop forward with a noticeable malt backbone. Fairly clean dry finish.
M: medium bodied
O: its an IPA, pretty average to be honest. Maltier than most American IPAs but probably not something I'll seek out again.
Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I am now properly in the mood for some seasonal Christmas Ales so this was a fortuitous pickup. Dark amber hue with hops and spice and caramel malt in the nose.

Taste has some complexity but is moderate in strength. Caramel malt and medicinal and herbal hops are the major players, with side notes of dark fruit, smoke and pine. Properly thick and insulated texture makes this a solid effort for the season.
Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
From the bottom of the can: "29MAR22 DJ1441"

Appearance: It has a dark mahogany brown body that has very good clarity. The head is slightly off-white and medium-short in size. Good head retention but not much lacing. Much darker than a standard Imperial Pale Ale; it looks closer to an American Red Ale.

Aroma: It has a nice herbal hop aroma of garlic and onion. There is a light bit of pine in the background and there is a sweet candy-like aroma with a very, very light hint of peach.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet caramel and gummy peach ring flavor. As it rolls to the center of the mouth it picks up a light bit of caramel and some grain flavor. Peach aftertaste with a light bit of alcohol that crops up from time to time.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a wet finish. Low but present bitterness. It seems to border on the edge of pale ale and IPA territory.

Overall: As a whole it is a pretty mellow IPA with some decent aromas and flavors. It has a pleasant grain flavor which does a good job of supporting the peach-like hop flavor. It's a decent beer but I wouldn't buy a lot of it. It would work well in a variety pack or in a mix-a-six. It's worth trying a single of.
Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by uncleotis from Illinois

Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
12 ounce can - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an amber-toned body, a bit of haze to it. Medium-small, off-white head.

Smell: Very dry toasted grain, a sliver of middling roast. Faint caramel. Stale citrus, wood shavings, shredded mint leaf.

Taste: Toasted grain with a brief, minimally sweet hit of caramel. Citrusy, woodsy with a minty-menthol kick. Medium bitterness. Lethargic malts, apathetic hop character, anemic mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a tad watery. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lackluster. Feels like a very clunky attempt to recreate Sierra Nevada's Celebration.
Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Nov 11, 2021
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
While pouring it appears to have a pinkish color, when the glass is full seems to be more brown with only a tint of red. Off white cap that lingers and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is faint, caramel malt, some cherry and some earthy hops. Flavor is a bit bolder than the nose, with caramel and fruit in front and some piney bitterness in the finish. Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall a nice enough beer.
Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can , best by 23 Mar 2022, into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark red/almost mahogany color with a sudsy one-finger light tan head.

S: Caramel malt, stone fruit like cherry and plum, nutmeg.

T: The caramel malt is less intense than the nose suggested, giving way to piney hop bitterness. Typical IPA grapefruit replaces the cherry/plum/nutmeg. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

F: Medium bodied, slightly creamy and somewhat lightly carbonated.

O: A somewhat unique entry in the Christmas beer line and a nice alternative to over-spiced ales.
Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 4.72 by drronf from Michigan

Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by lic217 from Connecticut

Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A dark amber color with a small white head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma of caramel, fruit, earthy hops.
Taste of caramel/toffee, some orange. Late kiss of hops.
Certainly malt-forward.
Nice beer.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a one finger head of just off-white foam. The head has a good level of retention, leaving a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a malty and bready smell mixed with aromas of a light fruitiness of orange, fig, and apple, mixed with a decent showing of caramel and toffee. Along with these smells comes some earthy and herbal aromas as well as a touch of grapefruit and mustiness.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready malt flavor mixed with some caramel and molasses. There is a moderate showing of a pine and earthy hop right from the start, creating a baseline hop taste that lasts throughout the profile of the brew. As the taste advances some light fruit flavors of apple and pear come to the tongue, along with a slight increase in caramel. A bit of citrus hop and sweet citrus orange comes more toward the end, and with hay and an increase in the pineiness at the very end, one is left with a malty and moderately dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Overall, for the style, the feel is pretty good and makes for a nice sipper.
Overall – A decent IPA overall. More malty with an interesting hop blend flavor. Nothing to pine over, but a fun one to try.
Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured a clear amber with very thin white ring head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had dark ripe fruit peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with mild dark fruit peel bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.
Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 2.75 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Christmas IPA pours a darker, reddish copper color, with a small, long lasting lacing head. Aroma is earthy, hints of caramel. Flavor is a little sweet, earthy, very malt forward, hints of caramel, and some aggressive bitter hops. God body and feel. Overall, its very flavorful, more malty, and earthy, but nice sweet flavors to balance everything out.
Feb 03, 2021
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