Goose Island Beer Co.

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Belgian IPA
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(From undated old notes; had on draft)

Dark yet clear piss color.

Nice white head; lacing throughout.

Hop forward nose; very fruity. Hint o' yeast on the back end.

Medium mouthfeel; perfect for the genre.

Strong apple juice flavor up front, the yeast teases you on the back.

Incredibly fruity and delicious. A home run.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, May 17, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant dark amber with a thin off-white foam collar.
S: Fruity malty, citrus, with a hint of smoke.
T: Big rich and malty sweetened with frujit and a bitter citrus hop finish. F: carbonation moderate, medium body body

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pat61 from Minnesota, Apr 17, 2015
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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is a rich ruby that is clear.

The aroma has a good hop character with some Belgian yeast.

The taste is good at first. It has a pop of papaya and then a big malt backbone. However, there's a cloying aftertaste. It hides its alcohol well and it's a decent beer, but I prefer the "real" Belgian IPAs.

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dar482 from New York, Mar 28, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

On tap at Davidson Brothers Brewery in Glens Falls, NY.

Pours a fairly dark amber color, much darker than the typical Belgian IPA. There's a one inch head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, pineapple, and Belgian yeast esters.

The taste is pretty similar, definitely one of the hoppier Belgian IPAs I've ever had. Candied grapefruit and pineapple is a big flavor, with some additional chalky flavors, fruity Belgian yeast esters, and the slightest touch of alcohol.

This one has a medium body, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Mar 09, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Aroma dominated by estery Belgian yeast and pale malts.  Surprisingly not very hop forward with slight floral and pine needle character.   Lots of bread, light fruit and biscuity malt in the nose.

Medium bodied and again, surprisingly lightly hopped considering the description.  Subtle floral hops presence along with some faint citrus peel followed by pale malt,  bread and light fruit. Nicely balanced and easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary.

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corby112 from Pennsylvania, Feb 08, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY at their Goose Island vs. Founders Split Tap Takeover. It arrived in a thinned, stemless chalice glowing a golden, caramel brown. It held a one finger head of tiny tan bubbles, showing great retention. Chunky lacing was eventually left caked down the sides of the glass. There was haze throughout, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared high. The nose gave fruity pale malts, wheat, clovey phenols, and big citric and soapy hops to bitter. Balancing was big fruitiness of strawberry and apricot, sticky honey sweetness, spritzy orange freshness, and a cherry syrupiness with warmth. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave drying chalkiness of grain which actually helped to nicely balance the big juicy fruitiness inherent to the other components. The flavoring opened with sweet and sour fruitiness of apricot, lemony citrus pucker, chalky yeast, pale malts, light wheatiness, liquid honeys, light buttery diacetyls, and faintly musky oakiness. The middle came to a peak with more sugary sweetness of apricot, peppery flash from the booze, honey syrups, metallics, and biting Belgian yeast. The finish came with a soured wash of lemon flesh and bittered peel, more juicy citric hops, pale malts, and a final mix of peppery, clovey spice. The aftertaste breathed of those same citric hops, peppery booze, chalky yeast, musk, and fusel medicinal phenols. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and pop, with great cream, froth, and smack to the lip. A thickness of foam coated the mouth, with an eventual faint boozy dryness down the tongue, and a hoppy slickness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the nice fruitiness throughout, and the wildly complex aroma. From the pour it was clear that this beer would hit all the stylistic guidelines of a Belgian IPA. The foamy head retained beautifully, while the hazy coloring glowed. The nose gave bright fruitiness and sweetness to balance the heavy malt base, in all of its Belgian spiciness. The latter came through in full force through the mouth, with enhanced wheat, clove, and booziness, all of which actually were more prominent when lined up against the beer’s hoppy side. The flavoring did lighten up a bit towards the back, but this is still a tasty, highly drinkable brew.

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TheBrewo from New York, Jan 26, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep copper red with a half inch foamy ivory head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

Caramel malt, brown sugar, apricot, pineapple, belgian yeast, and tart apple form the aroma. Perfume and floral hops emerge.

Huge pineapple flavor, limey, a bit grainy, with more apricot, sour apple, and a pretty dry and bitter, peppery. Slightly funky yeast character. Burnt caramel malt and a sweet ice cream flavor forms the backbone. Becomes grassy as it warms.

Body is moderate, pretty moderate carbonation. Fair alcohol warmth.

Good fruit hop and yeast character, slightly dry, a touch bitter, which lingers. A little too bitter, which translates to flat to me in this case.

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barczar from Kentucky, Jan 17, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap into a tulip glass.

A real nice somewhat copper amber, with tan rising bubbles along the edges. A little bit of cloudiness, and a good light tan head that froths up. Settles slowly, lots of ring like lacing too. Pretty good looking.

Nose is a bit muted. Light cinnamon, and a brown spice and hop angle. Hop play on this is quite muted as it smells more like an ordinary Belgian amber.

Palate jumps with lively carbonation though. Light and a little wet on the feel but a bit muted malts and particularly hops. Muted finish of caramel and toffee with a vinous palate of muted dry red table wine. Palate is fleeting, with only lingering flavors of gas and mild sucrose predominating, with the cararmel just creeping out

Overall not bad but not what I look for in this style.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Jan 15, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden orange, big plume of dense white foam. Scent strong on citrus with moderate floral qualities, notes of yeasty spice, crackery malt. Taste strong on citrus and spice, bitter notes and spice lingers and overpowers a bit, background more crackery than bready. Dry and lingering bitterness and spice on the palate. Big bold beer, but a little to aggressive on some fronts.

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rfgetz from New Jersey, Jan 14, 2013
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3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sort of a lackluster brew for me. on tap at j. ryans in syracuse. the appearance is quite unimpressive, with basically no head on top of a red tinted flat bronze colored liquid. it smells a little fruity, which would be nice with the belgian yeast and hops that i expected in a beer billed as a belgian ipa, but nope, seems to be some rather generic ale yeast and the hops dont come out in the nose hardly at all. theres a little more hops in the flavor, especially in the finish, but the flavor of this beer seems washed out and off to me. the fruit seems more like juice in the context of the nearly flat medium bodied liquid. i expected a lot more yeast character and carbonation, and either one would have made this a pretty good beer, but i have to admit this came across as a failure to me. easily the worst goose island offering i can remember drinking. i wont totally write it off, as maybe it was a bad keg or something, and others seems to have enjoyed it, but mine was a C+ at best.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Wild Monk's one year anniversary/GI tap takeover. Served in a GI chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a bubbly white head. Tons of soapy lace are left down the glass.

S: Bready yeast and malt profile. Underlying piney notes with some citrus and stone fruit.

T: A little lemon grass. Some citrus flesh and stone fruit. Juicy orange. A little minute alcohol flavors as well. The finish is dry, bready and yeasty.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Dry, yeasty finish.

O: Pretty solid Belgian IPA. I enjoyed the stone fruit flavors imparted by the yeast and the dry finish.

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Treebs from Illinois, Dec 16, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown Beverage, Yorktown, NY.

Ruby hued amber, lightly hazed under a lite khaki head, staying at about the 1/4 inch level, leaving a thicker collar and decent looking fine sheeting and strands of stick.

MIld nose of citric fruit , hops and yeasty goodness.

On the malty side for the style. Phenolic and fruity with some pepper and mild earthy hops. 8% well hidden. Not really getting much of the IPA feel here, seems more like a Belgian amber, with more malty notes. Hops do come in and dry out the finish and I'm getting a late mild holiday note.

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Billolick from New York, Dec 16, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap & Barrel in Smithtown, NY: pours clear copper red color with a creamy 1 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly, leaving excellent lacing sticking to the sides.

Smells of funky yeast, sweet fruit like cherry, sweet malt, light bread, red wine and grainy notes like alcohol or moonshine; the booze comes through the sweetness and the funky yeast smells sour, very Belgian smelling and lacks any real hoppy notes.

Tastes like it smells, with funky yeast, sweet malt, fruit like cherry and sour apple, citrus fruit, brown sugar, candy like Razzles, wet wheat bread, red wine, grains, sweet boozy notes like a rum or Barleywine, and definite alcohol; the booze comes through in waves, with the funk and sweetness wrestling for attention. The sour funky notes are not offensive or a distraction and this actually grew on me the more I drank it as the hops and yeast worked well together.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with almost no carbonation, a medium body and sour/tart finish that is sweet and on the dry side. A very interesting and complex beer that went down well considering the always present alcohol notes and stronger yeast funk. Don’t expect an American IPA when you have this as this is a far cry from the standard hoppy IPA. Good beer overall.

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CHickman from New York, Dec 09, 2012
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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ny Pizza. Pours a translucent brownish amber color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of juicy citrus hops with some yeast. The taste is mainly yeast and sour bread along with some citrus hop flavor. Bready with some bitterness. Orange peel up and hints of tropical fruits at the end. Slick mouthfeel. This one is more Belgian than IPA in my opinion but there still is a nice hop presence. Very drinkable. Overall, it'd be alright to have every once in a while but not all the time.

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PicoPapa from Connecticut, Nov 29, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ republic 12oz pour

A- pours a hazy golden/amber color with a fluffy white head with a decent amount of lacing looks good

S- tropical and citrus hops malts and bread slight hay notes

T- floral hops with citrus and lemon a baked bread and caramel middle add a liittle funk and earth at the end

O- medium body with medium carbonation needed more funk a little watery

T- good BIPA but needed more hop and funk

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gatornation from Minnesota, Nov 26, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: lush red amber with a tan foam head of two-fingers' width

S: floral hops and rich malts, sweet and bright

T: lots of clear IPA flavors: citrus, pine and chewy sweet malt; floral and fruity tones throughout, lightening the drink and weaving into the bitter hops and Belgian yeasts

M: crisp, fresh, very drinkable, clean-finishing, refreshing; perfectly carbonated

O: I loved it. Compared to their Imperial IPA, this is a lighter, crisper, fruitier; and an easier drinking beer. I find Goose Island's high-gravity beers to be quite exceptional, and this is not an, uh, exception...

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Greywulfken from New York, Oct 21, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a dark reddish color. It's got a nearly purple tinge to it. Nice, 1.5 finger head with lots of lacing. Great.

Unfortunately, the appearance is the only thing about this beer that makes sense. The aroma has some bitterness and some orange/grapefruit notes. But that Belgian yeast is throwing off spicy notes and weird plummy and nutmeggy esters and I don't even understand what's going on. Rose hips, maybe? It's not unpleasant, just confusing.

The flavor is similarly incoherent. Floral notes meets Midwestern Double IPA genericness meets an ester profile that's like some flavor of Bubbalicious that never made it past the test stages. This doesn't make any sense. It's no Shark Pants, that's for sure. And the thick mouthfeel doesn't assist those Belgian yeast flavors at all.

I would avoid this beer. It's a novelty, yes, but its hard for me to find enjoyment in this one.

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Reaper16 from Alabama, Oct 13, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- a nice clear ruby hue, white head that lasts nicely and leaves a pretty decent lace.
S- Mostly hoppy but it's soft and not overwhelming. Kind of resiny/grassy with citrus. A little biscuity as well.
T- a lightly fruity citrus bite. Slightly boozy. An odd funk that blends oddly butpleasant enough.
M- light up front but goes to oilly thick and lingers with that funky taste.
O- ok. I've had worse Belgian ipas. It has the bal ance right but the flavor is just a little odd when all is said and done. I would pick it over a few others of the same style at least!

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NuclearRich from Connecticut, Oct 12, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a lighter hazed amber with a nice lacey 1/2 finger white head.Herbal hops and light phenolic aromas,a little sweet alcohol as well.Herbal and medicinal flavors were a bit overbearing for me,spiced phenols finished out the flavor profile.Ifyou like yeasty Belgian IPA's with the Belgian hop profile this is all for you.

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oberon from North Carolina, Oct 02, 2012
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4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a snifter

The body sits a hazy amber color with a one finger off-white cap. The head never fully dissipates, leaving chunks of lace clinging to the glass all the way down.

The notes imparted by the Belgian yeast are prominent. Spicy, fruity esters leap out of the glass. The hop profile is floral and perfumey up front, with some mild earth elements and a touch of pine resin, complimenting the yeast nicely.

On the palate, perfumey, floral hops greet you first, before the prickly esters of the Belgian yeast take over, imparting spicy, earthy notes. Sweet, bready malts compliment the spice and earth from the yeast before a rush of pine resin and floral hops take over in the finish. A floral, rose-like, flavor lingers with a slight bitterness.

Medium body and a little prickly, but more so from the yeast flavors than from carbonation. Otherwise, this is a smooth, easy drinker.

Impressive Belgian IPA. Sturdier malt body than most I have had, but this is well crafted on all fronts. A pleasant mix of hops and a perfect flavor profile from the yeast. This is a great beer.

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ColForbinBC from New Jersey, Sep 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml flip-top growler to a small Ommegang flute; growler filled the same day.

Appearance (4.0): The body pours a crystal-clear, rich amber body topped by a dense, two-finger head of thick foam the color of oatmeal that slowly dies down with fat bubbles in the middle. Nice looking beer, darker and much clearer than I was expecting. Some thick, sudsy lace is left on the sides as the head recedes.

Smell (4.0): Mostly hops come through on the nose, very nice and piny with some bright, zesty citrus undertones. A good dose of brown sugar underneath, like gingerbread.

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, the hops come through first with a quicky, piny note, but the malt follows soon after that’s sweet, rich and bready like a cinnamon bun (sans frosting). The hops carry the finish, slightly piny, moderately citrusy, and surprisingly floral. This is good, but the flavor profile is different than I was expecting—much richer.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Maybe better than average, but a little disappointing. Slightly effervescent, definitely doesn’t finish very dry. Guess I was expecting it to be super-dry and spritzy; this is slightly syrupy and fuller than medium-bodied. Points for a nice tingle early on.

Overall (4.0): This is enjoyable, with a good hop load and tone. I think I was a bit dismayed by the rich, malty body—this is more like a dubbel, in terms of malt character, that happens to have a lot of nice hops on top. Most “Belgian IPAs” are more like BPAs, BSPAs, or Tripels with a big hop load, or else they’re essentially American IPAs with a nominally Belgian-ish yeast character. This is the first hoppy-Dubbel I’ve had, and it’s done well but it’s not my preferred subspecies of Belgian IPA (generally I prefer beers like Houblon Chouffe, Le Freak, Piraat, or Homunculus—pale, yeasty, and much drier). But, this is a good beer.

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fmccormi from California, Sep 10, 2012
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is out of retirement. Like Brett Favre, it just keeps coming back. On tap at Roasthouse Pub.

A - golden yellow/copper with a half finger of eggshell head. Par for the course in IPA.

S - floral hops with pine and slight caramel malts. Hoppy and balanced. Very appealing.

T - The same as the smell with amplified hops and background malts. Pine and citrus with caramel. Very appealing.

M - light carbonation. Light to medium body. Very smooth and it drinks almost perfectly.

O - Very good beer if you can find it. Try it if you see it on tap. Smooth and hoppy. Mildly bitter and balanced.

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Titans77 from Maryland, Sep 07, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear rusty brown with flecks of ruby red in the light. The nose is hoppy, but has big notes of tropical fruits: passion fruit, citrus, and a touch of pineapple. The taste is also incredibly hoppy, but just as fruit forward as the nose and not over the top. The rich malt base really makes this beer drinkable, but the aftertaste is a disappointingly weak tropical fruitiness. Also, how is this beer "Belgian?"
Regardless it's balanced, smooth, slightly tart at the end, and refreshing...and it's definitely something I'd try again, but only if freshly bottled or on tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $6. Tapped into a 12+ oz Goose Island Tulip/Wine Glass (w/ the Silver Goose on it) @ the Goose Island iTap Event.

Aroma- Has an intense floral hop aroma from the beginning, and a touch of a perfume. Fruitiness lingers in the background.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays thin... Has a copper/amber color body that is ver clear. Huge lacing covering the entire glass.

Flavor- Strong hops (floral and piney) from the beginning of the drink. The bitterness finishes off very high and keeps the mouth interested for the next drink. Well-balanced though. Malts are also evident and are sweet. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves good sweetness and hop bitterness on the palate (of course).

Overall Impression- Another phenomenal limited brew from Goose Island! I was shocked when this hit my lips because of how much power and hop this beer had. Not like many I'm used to from this brewery. Recommend! A+

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DCon from Missouri, Aug 07, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange colored beer with a bit of an off-white head. Decent amount of lace left on the sides.

S - Lots of floral and herbal hops with a little bit of citrus. Belgian yeast is fairly subtle, but present, with some spice.

T - A pretty hop-forward Belgian IPA, which makes it better than most Belgian IPAs as the yeast and spice takes a bit of a back seat. Some corriander, spice, and a bit of citrus zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O - Not a bad beer, still not my preferred style, but as this one is hop forward it makes it more palatable. Solid beer.

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AgentZero from Illinois, Aug 02, 2011
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 156 ratings