Opening Day IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

8 Ratings

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kegatron on 04-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leprakhan
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for hauling this one back from Chicago to share.

A-Pours a pale amber with a thin off white head and sticky lacing.

S-Sweet tangerine hops and sweet malt. A little light for the style.

T-Same thing with the taste. Lots of sweet maltiness in the front with a bit of a tangy hop bite in the finish. Nice, but a bit short on hops.

M-Light to medium bodied and crisp.

D-Tasty, drinkable and smooth. An easy drinking ale.


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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Wrigleyville before the game. I don't quite understand the adding beers for Clybourn vs. Wrigleyville, and this one already has an entry in Clybourn:

I definitely had this at the Wrigleyville brewpub, though, so here goes:

Pours a nice caramel color with some off-white head. Decent retention on the head. Smell is some citrusy hops with a bit of caramel malt behind it. Taste follows, with some nice orange and lemon peel notes. This is a pretty standard IPA, but definitely an enjoyable one. MF is medium to full, very smooth. Not too carbonated, but moves nicely. Drinkability is great, it was a nice beer to have before the game.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing a growler with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a clear caramel-colored body with a slim off-white head that completely disappeared, save for a thin sliver of retention around the edges, leaving no lace behind at all.

S - Muted hop nose with lots of caramel and toffee notes and only an inkling of herbal and leafy hop character.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is quite malty overall with lots of caramel malt and some toffee character. Finishes with some moderate bitterness in the backend with earthy and herbal notes, but overall the hop presence is minimal.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and a hint of carbonation. Finishes with a slightly dry, light bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this IPA too malty and unbalanced, unfortunately. The hop character was quite muted and uninspiring, in my opinion. Seems like this one didn't travel too well in its glass vessel.

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Photo of ghostee
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep amber with 1.5 fingers of creamy head.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops, and slightly sweet.

Taste starts off with citrus hops and sweet fruit, finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, and bites the tongue.

Drinkability is medium/high. This goes down very easy, and at 6.4% ABV is not too strong.

They need to bottle this instead of their standard IPA. Seriously. This was a great beer to start off my first visit to the brew pub with.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 12 oz. stemmed tulip glass at Goose Island - Clybourn (April 27, 2010).

Beer menu describes thusly:
"India Pale Ale put on tap for the beginning of baseball season! No matter if you are a Cubs fan or a Sox fan, as long as you enjoy Sorachi Ace and Cascade hops, you will love this beer!"

Eyes: Pours a darkish copper with minimal haze. A half finger white head caps the surface, lacing is thick and pretty.

Nose: Nice floral hops with notes of citrus, pine, and mild hemp. Malt is present, but extremely mild.

Tongue: Very sharp and bitter initially, but not overly so. Smooth flavors of fruit, orange peel, and some pine are very well balanced with the malt backing. Extremely easy finish for a robust IPA profile.

Mouth: The bitterness gives way to the smooth finish in a somewhat uncharacteristic way for IPAs. Carbonation is soft but appropriate. The alcohol is not evident to me.

Libation: Lovely. For an IPA with a hop punch potent to satisfy most hop heads, this was very smooth and drinkable beer with minimal bitter aftertase. I've not got too much experience with Sorachi Ace hops, but they merged well with the more familiar Cascade, and both were balanced with the malts. I had three of these over the course of a meal (burger), and will be happy to have more in the future.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL) on 4/23/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, capped with about a 1/2 finger of bright-white foamy head. This maintains a nice frothy richness, which leaves foamy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is mellow at first with floral hops, earthy citrus, and herbal accents in the nose, which is then puncutated with pangs of spice and pine. A silky backing of caramel and bread gives this a grainy and sweet cushion for the hops to sit on.

The taste is biting with spice and resins up front, while underneath lies some more citric and earthy hop textures that work well with the sweetness of the malt backbone. Citrus rind, bitter fruit, and spice linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an overall fuller feeling creaminess to the carbonation that blows up in the mouth after each sip. Definitely sharper up front before getting smoother towards the swallow. Spot on ABV for +6%. Touch of warmth but that's about it.

This was really nice. The earthy and citric nature of the Sorachi Ace hops played beautifully off of the sharper and more aggressive nature of the Cascade. Very creamy and easy drinking but also packs some beef on the palate as well. A great American IPA to help toast the start of a new baseball season with!

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Opening Day IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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