Wild Goose India Pale Ale | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose India Pale AleWild Goose India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 139
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden hue with a 1/2 finder head. Uneven soapy bubbles are all that remains after a few moments, although swirling does bring up a bit of a head again.

The nose on this one is not very complex. Just citric hop zest (lemon and orange peel) with a light hint of muskiness.

This one is extremely well balanced. Quite hoppy, but also robustly malted and sweetly biscuity. Mouthfeel is chewy and somewhat on the heavier side of the fence.

This (IMO) perfectly blanced IPA is rich with bready bicuity malt flavor while still retaining a very refreshing hop character. This one is very smooth goin' down the hatch and is 100% sessionable. A damn fine IPA.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Camden Yards during a Red Sox sweep of the O's. Other than the price it was pretty good.

Wild Goose IPA is an English-style IPA with a nice bubbling carbonation, fluffy white head and light coppery hue. It's medium-bodied with biscuit-like toasted maltcharacter and spicy, earthy and grassy hop notes that finish dry.

6.0% ALC/VOL IBU: 50
Specialty Malts: Munich, Crystal 60, Cara-Pils
Hops: Horizon, Golding

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wild Goose handcrafted IPA... English style.
6.0 % alcohol.

A- Pours a exceptional orange fluid with perfect clarity light head that falls leaving an abudance of white fluffy white lacing grasping the rim of the glass.

S- Mild scents of musky hops (floral and citrus), soapy malts and yeasty tones.

T-M- Thick floral and grassy hop presence with a refreshing bitter tang finishing with a special yeasty bite. Soap-like feel with thick ending bubbling on the tongue.

D- A great session beer hands down... excellent to show off your knowledge of craft beer at a party. My goto english stlye ipa beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Ok, so lets reel it back for a moment. Us beer geeks get caught up in the latest super-hopped double-whatever, so it is always welcoming to go back to the roots, the underrated and less talked about English IPA. Glowing golden color with good clarity, massive head from a hard pouring that forms into a thick bubbly lace. Buttery aroma with biscuity and nutty malt, thick herbal hop oil and a snappy apple fruitiness. The semi-thick medium body runs with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Hops flex up front with a slightly pungent oily herbal bitterness which shows some sharpness and a hint of wood, mint and citric flavor. Sweet bready malt flavors drop biscuity and almost husky flavors on a blanket of buttery and vaguely fruity yeast flavors. Finishes with a bittersweet tone.

A lovely ale here, but it should be told that Ringwood yeast is a different beast. Very English and some say it's an acquired taste. Regardless, it's brewed to style, or at least what the style is today, and comes across as a very tasty brew to say the least.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Across the board, this is a completely average IPA. Nothing special about it whatsoever. The brewers took no chances and added no personal touches in their recipe, & it shows.

From a bottle, the taste of this beer often has a metallic undertone to it, which is an extreme turnoff. Not much to say about the mouthfeel, smell, & appearance, except that it walks a straight line of what an IPA is "supposed" to be. Drinkability = I will drink 1 or 2 if they're free, but they get tiresome after that, and I would never pay for it.


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Photo of Todd
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on the side.

Appearance: A very pale orangy-gold coloured beer, but with some chill-haze. Head settles very quickly to a very thin white whispy lace.

Smell: A bit nutty(?), with musty grains and a floral hop aroma.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy on the old palate, which quickly gets cut by a raw and sharp twangy bitter hop sting -- compised of citrus, rind and salty characters. Very crisp at this point, drying and puckering. Grain flavours follow the attack, along with a balancing fruity / malt sweetness and body, and some light biscuity flavours too. Then the hops return and linger throughout the finish with a grain dry feel and a sweet roundness that brings it all together.

Notes: A very decent IPA. Nothing crazy (like we all expect from US IPA these days), but quite drinkable and balanced overall. I'd let it warm up a bit to enhance the malt characters and the aroma.

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Photo of badbeer
2.06/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color, small head that left no lacing. Smell was weak, less hop aroma than a very very light pale ale. There is only a small amount of earthy hops in the aroma, with a biscuity smell that isn't all that great. Taste was much of the same, and unimpressive was it as well. I don't doubt the time and effort put into this, but this one certainly doesn't tickle my fancy. Low carbonation, lighter bodied, and definately not a joy to drink; probably won't have this one again.

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Photo of kb199
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Camden Yards last night at the O's game. Poured an orange color, with decent head and good retention (hard to tell because of the plastic cup). Nice balanced aroma, leaning towards malt. Hops comes out on the tongue, with a nice herby middle and a slight malt finish. Quite Quaffable, but I only had one (too expensive at the game... $6.75 for barely 10 oz!)

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Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a golden yellow color, and is topped with a big, beige lingering head. The aroma is of healthy hops, and the flavor does not disappoint with well-balanced hop bitterness and smooth malt nuances. The hops are not overpowering, but you’ll know they’re there. The carbonation is light, making for a very smooth and drinkable beer. Not as hoppy as many other IPA’s, but overall a very well-rounded flavor that pleases the entire tongue.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am somewhat of a fan of Fredrick Brewing. It was one of the first real micos that I found. My friends and I go to a restaurant near the Pitt Campus called Fuel and Fuddle. They have a nice bottle selection, but what got us started frequenting there was there house beers Fire Brick Brown Ale and Pumphouse Pale Ale. We asked about where the beers were brewed and they told us a microbrewery in Frederick, MD. So, after searching for their beers, we found that the Nut Brown Ale is basically the Fire Brick Brown, and The IPA is the Pumphouse Pale. So, now we have the luxury of drinking thiem in bottles. One of the few micros available here in Morgantown, most of their beers are solid offerings.

As for the Wild Goose IPA, it pours a orangish copper hue, with a nice frothing head. A nice mild floral hops aroma, that leaves the mouth salivating. A very smooth drinkable IPA, that is by no means as wild as the IPAs that I have been getting into recently, but this is a nice full flavored beer that is well balanced with a citrusy bite of bittering hops and a full sweet malt finish. A great session beer by all means. A great beer that I would fully reccomend, not over the top great. But very good, for a go to IPA.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Thinking Man's Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy golden copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Smells largely of caramel malt with hints of piney hops. As the beer warms a very slight hint of citrus hops make their way out, but the sticky caramel malt aroma rules throughout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of caramel malt flavors with hints of pine hops in the end. This isn't a far cry from SA's Imperial Pilsener, except with a lack of the complexity.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin, but the carbonation is good and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly not hard to drink, but I'm not terribly excited about ordering another.

Overall this is a pretty solid IPA that's on the malty side. There are a lot of IPA's I'd try before this, but it's not a bad option if you're looking to try something new.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wild Goose- India Pale Ale

Appearance-Hazy bubbly yellow with a thin soapy head.
Smell- sweet corn and mild floral hops.
Taste- sweet corn lager mixed with a mild IPA. Slight bitter Floral aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- watery with slight acidity.

Overall- a bland IPA. Watery and tamed down. Not a bad beer but more of an IPA for beginners.

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Photo of biernuss
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up the Wild Goose India Pale Ale at a small store on the PA-Md border. It wasn't pricey so I was somewhat concerned. However, I was mildly surprised with this brew. It had a nice light golden color with a quickly diminishing head. The smell was inviting. There was a nice mouthfeel and a great hoppy taste. Very drinkable, this is a nice little find which I will drink again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A short lid of creamy white foam rests lazily atop a lightly hazy amber body. The head slowly drops to and average collar, leaving behind some minor drips and splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is surprisingly peppery with a waft of wild flowers and dull citrus rind over a delicate maltiness.

In the mouth it's dextrinous medium body passes smoothly over the palate with just a gentle bristle of carbonation on the tongue.

Notes of buttery nuttiness not found in the aroma emerge in the flavor. It's malty (very worty) and dough-like but not really sweet upfront, balanced by lemony,peppery, leafy and herbal hops. Some gentle caramel notes can be found within the honeyish malt if you look for them. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes drying with lingering hop spice and lemon amidst gently sweet malt.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hopped, at least in the aroma department, but the aroma that is there is a nice crisp green hoppy aroma. The malt is very acidic, leading to a weak citric-sour initially. The body is medium, and the swallow has a lot happening at once: sourness, strong grapefruit, big hop bitterness, caramel malty sweetness. Long, long bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is certainly a surprise, compared to the amount of flavor and aroma hops.

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Photo of socon67
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

English style IPA.

Poured into a glass. Nice orange color, good amount of carbonation. The smell kind of put a damper on this one. The hops was a bit overwhelming and not nearly what I expect from an IPA.

Taste was decent, not great but solid. On a hot day I wouldn't mind having a few, but I would not use this as a good example of an IPA done right.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a variety case, it pours a slightly hazy light orange with a short white head.

OK, this is an English IPA, that explains the lack of big hops. Still the flavors here led me to believe it was an American IPA. The malts are almost nonexistant and the hops have a smooth citrus and grapefruit flavor punctuated by a little bit of grass and pepper. Very drinkable and good overall, there are just some better options out there.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was off on a toot on this one for a while a few years back, it was relatively cheap, well made, and tasted damn fine...the store had a fresh shipment, and I took advantage of a good thing! A nice IPA...not hop juice, but still pleasantly bitter.

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Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold hue infused with hints of amber… translucent, small white head, quick to fade to a soapy ring, almost no lace. Petite nose, soft floral hops, clean with a kiss of malt… simple yet inviting. Pleasant palate, more bitter & dry than the nose indicated… salty, the hops are flowery; the weight of the malt is meager but sturdy enough for balance. Long, dry finish… it leaves you wanting more. As it warms caramel malt hints grow and adds some depth. Ideal carbonation helps produce a soft, medium-bodied beer that is easy and pleasant to drink. This would make a decent session brew. This is not a typical hoppy American IPA; this may deter some people but please others, like me. This is not a world-beater but try one.

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Photo of stouty1
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet a golden yellow brown resembling apple juice. Good initial head about a finger deep, but quickly foamed out to a nice lace with big bubbles along the rim of the glass.

Strong hoppy smell which hit my nose from the pour. Can't really pick anything else up but the hops. Taste of stronh hoppy bitterness. No sweetness, but a nice peppery spice.

Mouthfeel was very watery and no bite going down. I could drink many of these in a row as they are too watered down with no taste of alcohol anywhere.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull, semi-cloudy orange hue, with a delicate floral and hoppy combined aroma, some carbonation detected, great lacing. Sharp and crisp up front, hops present, but not overpowering for the style. Medium bodied, just a touch on the dry and bitter side, but for the style, quite drinkable as the hops don't ruin the palate.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper color with a small yet dense off white head that dissipated into a cap. The aroma is off light grassy/juicy hops and a bready malt; rather mellow. The taste has bit more of a hop bite. While the hops are still grassy there is some piney notes to it. There is a malt presence to smooth out the hops and provide a light grain and fruitiness but the hops still dominate. The feel is light with moderate carbonation, finishes fairly crisp with a hoppy bitterness. Another average/decent offering from Wild Goose. Nice hop profile for an EIPA.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the orange liquid has good carbonation and creamy white head that laces nice.

The smell is floral hops and light malt.

The taste is ok, nothing special, Floral and citrus hops are good but the malt is week.

The mouthfeel is soso, lighter then medium body and too fizzy.

The drinkability is ok, Not a beer I will but again.


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Photo of alleykatking
2.49/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Bought while in Maryland for vacation.

A- Pours a hazy dull copper brown color. Looks like it had seen better days..maybe that's how it was suppose to look. Off white almost slight orange tint to it 1 finger head which died away within a minute leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass. This would have gotten a 3 without the lacing putting forth the extra effort to win me over.

S- This leans more to the malts I realized upon first sniff. The hops in this don't seem right...almost like they are 2nd rate and not quality. Anyways, sweeter malts make up the nose to this beer along with hints of a grassy-ish bitter piney hop. Nothing jumps out at me with this beer except for well...sweet malts. I thought this was a IPA.

T- The hops come through more in the taste than in the aroma but this isn't really a good thing. Hops have a strong acidic bitterness to them that kill off most of the flavor in the beer. Strong medicine alcohol taste to this in the end of the beer. Malts come out for a second at about the middle of the beer just to wave their sweet hands before becoming over run with a dank bitterness. I am all for bitter beers don't get me wrong but this is a terrible bitter taste. the only reason why I rated it higher than the smell was because it at least had something that jumped out at you.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel to this. Good carbonation levels on this beer help with passing the train wreck of flavors across your palate. Nothing to over the top except bitterness to this beer. Some hop resin was left on the tounge but I didn't want it there.

D- I did drink all of this beer which was a small feat I thought. I would drink this beer again unless they got their act right and brewed a little more better brew. It has to be in the lower ranks of IPA's I have tried. Sad to say because I always enjoy trying new beers.

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Wild Goose India Pale Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 153 ratings