Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,923
Ranked #27,883
3.42 | pDev: 14.04%
Thursday at 04:29 AM
Dec 10, 2019
Notes: Low ABV, low calorie IPA.
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3.28 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Thursday at 04:29 AM
3.58 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois on Feb 22, 2022
2.99 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
2.78 by megamick from Iowa on Jan 22, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can served in a lager glass.
Appearance. Pale, slightly hazy amber body with a good head and decent lacing.
Feel. Light body with good carbonation and a nicely dry finish.
Aroma. Hoppy.
Flavor. Mild for an IPA but, with only 100 calories this can be seen as a bold light beer.
Overall. Good session IPA and excellent light beer.

Jan 13, 2022
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3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a can of this beer from a Holiday 24pck that I bought from my local Target store. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had subtle bitter citrus notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

Dec 28, 2021
3.45 by icemanexit from Indiana on Dec 17, 2021
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1.96/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
by Shelbs90 from Montana

tastes like citrusy hoppy seltzer. not a fan at all. the after taste is not for me and neither is the feel of the beer. definitely not a big ipa fan but this is one of my least faves

Dec 06, 2021
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3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by Treyliff from West Virginia

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a film on top

S- stale hops; garlic, onion, grass, hint of pine. Underlying bready malt

T- grassy and vegetal-like hop notes up front with a hint of citrus peel. Mid palate gives some toasted malt and honey. The finish gives more stale hops that continues into the linger

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- the hops just come across as stale, it reminds me of Brewdog's n/a IPA's. If you want low abv/calorie, go with Athletic Brewing.

Nov 24, 2021
3.27 by Satsuma from Florida on Nov 23, 2021
4 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Nov 19, 2021
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3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Can: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops notes with some floral hops undertones. Taste is also a mix of citrusy hops notes with some light bitter notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Better than most other low calorie beers out there but nothing to write home about either.

Oct 29, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

In my opinion, this is the best low calorie ipa out there. It has a warming sensation like a high alcohol beer with only 3 percent alcohol. A great choice if your looking to relax and enjoy your beer without being slowed down

Jun 17, 2021
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3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Scotchboy from Idaho

12oz can poured into a can-shaped glass. Admittedly attractive pale gold, mostly clear with a small head. The nose is subtle grains, faint lemon, grass, mild sweetness. More of the same on the palate, light and watery as expected but also refreshing. Those mild grains carry a subtle sweetness as well as a very light spice character. Faint citrus, earthy, grassy hoppiness. For a light IPA it’s just fine.

May 15, 2021
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3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

So-Lo from Goose Island Beer,

Look: Beautiful golden color, no head,

Smell: Bready, biscuity

Taste: Bready, biscuity, soda water, with hit of hops in the background. You do feel a bit of a salt. Lots of flavor for a 3% ABV. Nice surprise tho

Feel: Light body, with medium to high carbonation.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, pretty nice on summer days

Feb 17, 2021
3.29 by bncolin83 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2020
3.14 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Oct 25, 2020
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rugene from Canada (QC)

Golden color with a very light hop flavor. Not much bitterness and a bad taste in the mouth. You don't have the desire to drink another one. There's much more IPA better than this.

Oct 02, 2020
3.67 by Boone757 from Virginia on Sep 27, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am CANUrious as to what this one might be like when I saw it on on offer at the Beer & Beverage Shop during my last visit. I am not one to count calories 7 especially not currently when I have lost a good bit of weight by dint of my new job at the local USPS P&DC. Still, The CANQuest (tm) CAN always use a new CAN!

From the CAN: "So-Lo 90 Calories India Pale Ale"; "Lo-Cal IPA"; "Big on hops. Low on calories. Beautifully balanced."

My Crack! of the vent unleashed some unCANtrollable foaming through the vent so I CANducted an emergency C-Line Glug to get things back under CANtrol. It all worked out CANtisfactorily by forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with very good retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting CANother impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. Nose had a minty pine quality - Chinook or one of the PNW varieties. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste, while still minty pine, was less intense than on the nose. It was not a case of entirely aroma hops, but it had lost something in the boil, so to speak. It was not bad, but a) it lacked Oooph! & b) it lacked the level of bitterness that is the hallmark of the style. Finish was semi-dry & nicely refreshing, but it was not going to replace any higher calorie IPAs for me. YMMV.

Sep 22, 2020
3.67 by Johncnh from New Hampshire on Sep 19, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Upon opening the bottle the beer explodes into a foamy reaction, just like you put a mento in diet coke. Foam keeps coming out and I had to hold the beer over the sink and a lot of beer was sadly lost. Once the foam settles and I poured it into a glass, it has a large foamy head atop a deep, rich orange color. SRM of 8. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange, grapefruit. pineapple, mango. Lots of sweet grapefruit and orange juice. Hints of green pine or flower. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows with more grapefruit juice, mango and orange juice. The flavor holds up quite well. It then dissolves into a slightly watery and bitter orange/mango juice flavor, but overall it holds up. Finishes dry. (4.25)

Feel: Incredibly strong carbonation as I said earlier. Lighter body as expected, but decent for 3% ABV. (4.25)

Overall: This is quite an impressive beer for 3%. A little too foamy, but the overall appearance is respectable. The aroma and flavors hold up well with grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors. Lighter body as I expected, but drinks quite well and the carbonation gives the body a boost. Definitely a beer worth drinking and for 98 calories, I'd pick this beer over nearly any light beer. An excellent IPL and I hope to see more like this in the future! (Final Rating: 4.25)

Aug 29, 2020
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3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Clear, slightly dark gold. Over 2 fingers of thick, foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Very strong, earthy, resinous hop scent. So strong there's not really anything underneath.

Taste: Piney, slightly citrusy hops with a gentle bitterness that comes in on the aftertaste. Not much flavor other than that, which gives a sort of soapy feel.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, with high carbonation.

Overall: A serious hophead who's looking for something to stay sober would probably appreciate this. As for me, I find the over-emphasis on hops to make an unbalanced beer for normal drinkers.

Aug 08, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by HopMaester from Canada (ON)

Overall a good 100 calories IPA option.
Flavor may be a bit lacking and hollow but its also 100 cals so i think great job done to balance the two.

Looks nice and dark and smells like an ipa.
Taste is a bit weak but you dont want a strong ipa all the tim. Feels good for summer.

If you have not tried this, this is worth a try

Aug 02, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Earthy and floral hops up front along with some light citrus and grain

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of earthy, floral, and citrusy hops and then picks up some malt and grain. Finishes with lingering earthy notes

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Plenty of flavor from a 3% brew. Obviously super easy to drink. Would be something nice if I wasn’t looking to get drunk on a few brews

Jul 25, 2020
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3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Zylod from West Virginia

No point to review another ipa as they are cut and paste. I suppose what makes this one stick it out i that it does capture the feel and taste up front and then falls apart at the end. Just no finish with this, weak and watery.

Jul 17, 2020
3.48 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jul 06, 2020
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3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Suds from Missouri

These lo calorie craft beers seem to be popping up more frequently. I never have high expectations when trying one. This one is from a can, and pours a mostly clear toasted gold color with a slight haze. It is an attractive beer. The aroma is absent, except for a distant sweet malt scent. The taste is hollow. Some malt and bitter it hops, but very light. Better, for sure, than a macro lager, but I would rather have a beer that was intended to be tasty, not light.

Jul 04, 2020
3.54 by alexsergio from New York on Jun 28, 2020
3.7 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Jun 27, 2020
3.12 by Maltyhead from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2020
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

This review is based on what it is compared to other low-cal light beers.
Pours way darker gold colour than any light beer I’ve ever had. The smell is sweet, hoppy and bitter. The taste is again sweet, I detect wet grass and spring flowers. Mouthfeel is dry, with little to no aftertaste whatsoever. Overall a decent light beer, a so-so IPA
June 11 2020

Jun 04, 2020
3.49 by Zanico from Ohio on May 25, 2020
3.42 by 98green from Michigan on May 23, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a clear golden color, with a finger and a half of fluffy white head with good retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma is mainly dank, piney, and grassy with cracker malt. Notes of resin, grapefruit and other low citrus fruits, gumball, white bread, berries, and honeysuckle.

Taste the cracker malt and tropical fruit upfront, but also particularly stone fruit. Is piney and slightly dank, and has a mixture of a sweet and earthy flavor with the notes mentioned in the aroma. Body is medium-light.

May 18, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

golden amber light haze white head thin head tight bead
smell is very herbal and floral from hops
feel is very light with mild resinous hop texture and moderate carbonation with dry finish
taste is a light malt flavor with slight herbal hop and hint of citrus in middle and dry mildly grass accented with low alcohol yet malt in finish and subtle dry yeast end
this is a great low alcohol beer but heavy on the herbal hop side yet still a pleasant balance from malt very drinkable

May 15, 2020
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3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light citrus. Taste is mild, oranges, grapefruit, very little bitterness. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall, for 3% abv and 98 calories, it ain't bad at all, but it just doesn't feel like I'm drinking an IPA.

May 05, 2020
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2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – the beer pours a clear light straw color with a cone finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is a mix of cracker malt and some dank hops of pine and herb. Along with these aromas is a touch of grapefruit and a somewhat vegetal taste.
Taste – The taste begins with a cracker malt and bready flavor that has some notes of the herbal and pine hop upfront. Along with these flavors is the vegetal flavor that was detected in the nose. The vegetal flavor grows stronger all while the rest remain rather constant. A little bit of added breadiness comes to the tongue at the end and leaves on with a odd light, vegetal, but still somewhat malty taste, almost like a NA beer like flavor, to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in body and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. OK overall, but for the style I would have liked something a bit thinner.
Overall – Not really my bag. It tastes sorta like a NA beer spiked with a bit of raw hop and some alcohol.

Apr 30, 2020
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Look: Gold colored with a ½ inch head of coarse bubbled foam that dissipates quickly. Leaves some lacing.
Smell: Aroma is of crackers and herbal hops
Taste: Not sweet. Hop bitterness pine needles and berries.
Feel: Thin with average carbonation
Overall: It was made to appeal to the lo-cal people. I hope it does. It does not appeal to me. I would choose it over all of the American Light Lagers but not over any beers that I normally drink. If there were a category for Light IPA I might rate it higher but as an IPA in the same class as Two Hearted, Sculpin, Jai-Alai and Celebration it does not measure up. Oh, last note: definitely better than hard seltzer!

Apr 29, 2020
3.54 by 22Blue from Kansas on Apr 22, 2020
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