Goose Island Beer Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,627
Ranked #42,970
3.49 | pDev: 14.61%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: Low ABV, low calorie IPA.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Suds from Missouri

3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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
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Pmicdee from Canada

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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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cd_beer_disapear from Ohio

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is medium.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus and stone fruit. It has some low tropical fruit notes in the background.

Taste: The tropical fruits are more prominent in the flavor. There are some citrus notes in the background with some stone fruit.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a slight bit of water like texture to it.

Overall, it's flavorful for a session ale.

Apr 17, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My main reason for liking this beer is the taste coupled with the low ABV of 3%. While it certainly isn't for the IPA snobs, it allows folks like myself that prefer the hop of IPAs, but don't need the alcohol of the typical brew.

Mar 15, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a thin, short lived frothy head. Aroma of grain and hops. Taste is hoppy with a decent malt backbone and not overly sweet. Frisky carbonation with a light mouthfeel. This is actually pretty good, a nice alternative to all the high ABV IPA's. At only 3% ABV, this is very sessionable, nice afternoon beer when you don't want to cop a buzz from having a few. Rather well done for a low cal session beer, I can see myself buying this again.

Mar 01, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the height of low calorie IPA in full swing, the momentum of brewers like Goose Island has trained hop heads into liking Session IPA again.

Appealing to the high school figure in all of us, So-Lo pours with a light and hazy chrome, awaiting its spirited carbonation to build a spritzy loose froth. Its brisk aroma is of steeped citrus peels, fresh grassiness and a peppery twinge upon the nose. Shy sweetness greets the tongue with a strained grain sweetness that hints toward honeysuckle, cracker and caramelized nuttiness.

A quick middle palate sneaks up soon with a tremendous bounce of carbonation to usher in the breaming taste of steeped citrus peels, capturing the essence of orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime. An herbal bitterness awaits with the flavors of lemongrass, lemon pepper, verbena and matcha tea in an acutely bitter taste late on the tongue long after the sweetness has elapsed.

Light in body, the racy bubbles create a strong carbonic bite that's highly remiss of tonic and spritzer in a bitter and minerally finish and a medium quick aftertaste of spice and vegetation.

Feb 28, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled floral with grains and caramel. Sweet toffee, caramel and a subtle bitterness.

Feb 13, 2020
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scootercrabb from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look golden color slight lace
Smell citrus nice some white bread
Taste very nice reminds me of a lighter gumball head
Feel dry and crisp slight bitterness
Overall a really nice session ale low calorie will be in my summer rotation
Surprise how much I like this beer don't usually care for session IPA will buy again

Feb 09, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is an excellent "lite" IPA. It pours like a full bodied beer, taste is the closest to full body IPA that I have experienced for a lite IPA, good hops, barley and floral note, and the calories at 98 with a lower alcohol by volume is ideal for year round consuming. Great option Goose Island well done!

Feb 05, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours light straw colored, very slightly cloudy (almost transparent), and moderately to highly carbonated. Quickly dissipating 1/4" head following a normal pour into a traditional pint glass.

S - Very nice. All the notes commonly found in a traditional full-bodied IPA are found here. Hops, barley, and floral notes are in abundance and, to a lesser extent, citrus.

T - The taste is good. I would consider this brew an IPA Lite, if such a thing exists. It has a lot the of more common IPA characteristics but with less bitterness and body. Some might consider this brew a tad "watered down". I wouldn't disagree with that sentiment.

M - This beer really shines here. All too often, many IPAs tend to linger on the palate far too long. For the more complex and enjoyable IPAs, this isn't necessarily an issue. However, with others, it is. This beer has an amazingly crisp finish not found with other offerings crafted in this particular style. All in all, a job well done in this category.

D - Very, very good. I could absolutely drink this beer all day. With that being said, I could easily given it is 3% ABV. I will say that a 6 pack of cans of this beer is around 10.99 at my local grocer. Granted, I waited until the 5.99 markdown and bought the lot. My point being, is that 10.99 for a 6 pack of these cans is absolutely outrageous. As good as this beer is, I would never, and I mean never, buy this beer at that price point. So, the price is an deal-breaker. If Goose Island could ever manage to get the price down- and I mean way down- I believe this beer could be a niche contender.

Jan 24, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is hops/hop resin, floral and a hint of berry bubblegum. The flavor is fruit, not much of any malts and a dry/slightly sweet/mild/medium bitter hop finish.

Jan 08, 2020
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

I'm usually not too fond of low-cal beers, love fact that it is low ABV though ... this is also a concern because most of the session IPAs out there are thin / watery. This one land more dry and a feigned body that seems it could be a bigger beer. Very crisp with a slightly bitter bite. Clean throughout with a well pronounced hoppiness. Great finish.

Someone nailed the under 100 calorie / 3% ABV IPA ... its pretty damn tasty. Impressive.

Dec 10, 2019
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 38 ratings