Inspiration IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Honey color, tangerine aroma, creamsicle flavor, medium body.

Added by birchstick on 04-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Clybourn location.

A: Poured a clear, dark orange, with a nice, healthy slightly off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: It had sort of an orange "Creamsicle" flair about it concerning the nose. Very low in piney hops, but very high in fructose sugar.

T: Same as the nose, although I'm here to report that this wasn't the "Fruit Cocktail" syrup bomb that I was fearing. Lots of orange and some peach, but mainly this was the sludge found on the bottom of a can of fruit cocktail, minus the fruit.

M: The mouthfeel was actually nice: bubbly and creamy for sure, with lots of lacing and little to no booze detected.

O: This was merely a passing entry for me, but if you're a fruit lover, it might be worth a look.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours golden with a white head. A bit of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. Nose carries some earth, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor has some citrus rind and a bit of malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation and moderate bitterness. My favorite of the hoppy ales on at the time.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glassware: la fin du Monde tulip...occasion: Labor Day relaxation...appearance: chunky, uneven white head settles over a soft orange body that clouds slightly--excellent lacing...aroma: citric strength with a peachlike overtone--pleasant and fragrant...palate: full-bodied, throaty IPA that holds its aftertaste long after the first taste...taste: strong, hop-driven crispness; within the genre, a "plus" in flavor...overall: a surprise six-pack in a summer case was a pleasant one; the IPA challenges by assaulting the teeth and throat equally; not an especially smooth beer, but good...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting double duty as a late lunch of duck ruben starts with the Green Line and concludes with Inspiration. The later finishes with considerable more citrus zest, stronger alcohol, drier malts, and ultimate palate cleansing.

Pouring with a coppery amber color, the appearance seems of honey. A creamy off white head pulls from the liquid and rests atop the beer with confidence and lasting retention. Rings of lace form with each sip. It's an unmistakable IPA for sure.

Bright and zesty aromas shoot out of the glass with oranges leading the way. Floral tangerines, orange blossom, nectarines, and kumquats emerge in a very plump and juicy delivery. Aided by the caramel aromas, this gives higher appreciation of plum fruit sweetness. Light minty alcohols swirl about the nose and offers a stronger herbal scent that just keeps the complexities coming.

Flavors are every bit a ripe, plump, and juicy as the flavors of ruby red grapefruit juice, tangerine pulp, and orange zest is beefed up with the supple candied taste of malt. Caramel, breads, and honeysuckle take the citrus fruit character and seem to make them riper. Light starch from malts support the hops and keep them from becoming one-sided. But make no mistake about it- the hops definitely pull ahead of the malts. Alcohol flavor continue the herbal balance and remind the palate that the hops are herbal and not just fruity.

Medium bodied throughout, the early starchy sweetness quickly recedes and gives way to the hop flavors at mid palate and then the clean hop dryness to finish. Aided by mild alcohol warmth and bone-dry malt character, the beer finishes very refreshing and zesty.

While not as potent as many IPA, this beer carries barely more heft than stronger pale ales but the balance of the beer strongly resembles hop-forward varieties. Together, this allows the beer to have the taste of IPA but the drinkability of standard pales.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wriggleyville. Decent IPA, unoffensive. Some orange-tanegrine citrus, very well malted keeping the hop flavour under control.White fluffy head on golden body. Lacey.creamy mouthfeel, though a tad astringent in finish. Serviceable American IPA.

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Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel, amber color with a small head. Nose is somewhat floral hops with some citrus notes with caramel malts. Taste is caramel malt up front that moves to some bitter, floral hops mixed in. A little watery mouthfeel but goes down well. Decent IPA. Well balanced and easy drinking.

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Inspiration IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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