Heaven's Gate | Goose Island Beer Co.

28 Ratings

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tan color, guava aroma, caramel and grapefruit flavor, medium body.

Added by jegross2 on 07-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Served in a nonic pint at the Clybourn brewpub, quick review from written notes.

Dark saturated orange with bright clarity. Concentric rings of drippy lace that look like ladder rungs. Lasting surface coverage as well, compact layer of foam sits on top for awhile.

Dry hoppy aroma, earthy with a slight hint of papaya in there, but it's very subtle.

Pine sap bitterness dominates, lightly malty in the middle, not really fruity, missing the advertised tangerine and papaya. Medium bodied and dry, slight residual stickiness. Overall it's a good IPA, though not tropical or exotic in the least.

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On tap @ GI Clybourn

A - Medium amber. Cloudy. Thin layer of white head.

S - Tangerine, pine, grapefruit and some honey sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness. Pine, tangerine, peach. Some caramel sweetness.

M - Medium body. Oily. Light carbonation.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Heaven's Gate from the Goose Island Brewpub (Clybourn) on out of Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 95

Tap pour served in a nonic pint glass and enjoyed on 07/11/13.

Appearance: Orangeish amber color; not quite "vibrant", but far from dull. Served with a layer of frothy head that sticks around as a thin coating atop. Awesome lacing and retention. Nice fresh IPA appearance. 4.5/5

Smell: Super tropical fruity and hoppy. Mango, passion fruit and leafy hops with only a hint of pine-iness. Excellent mix of the juicy and hoppy in the nose. 4.5/5

Taste: Really juicy upfront with a lingeringly bitter (and mildly acidic) finish. Passion fruit, mango and tangerine juiciness throughout. Complementary, but not prominent caramel malt backbone. The hops really shine in the finish. A little spiciness too. This beer is not "balanced" in the sense that it melds together into one delicious flavor, but is has a nice balance in the sense that it has two extreme flavor characters that clash well -- the sweet and juicy versus the bitter and acidic. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite medium bodied, excellent carbonation level. The bitterness is not sharp, but it layers nicely and sits heavy on the tongue. Somewhat slick and oily on the tongue too. 4.5/5

Overall: Passion fruity, tropical and bitterly hoppy. This is, quite frankly, the best IPA I have had from Goose Island to date. Provided you like galaxy hops, I highly recommend that you seek this out while it is still on draft!

Cost: $5 for a 16 oz pint, $16 for a 64 oz growler.

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Heaven's Gate from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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