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
Photo of Higravity
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Back in the late 90's this was a beauty of a beer, my first introduction to a real IPA and after its production was moved to Frederick the quality took a major hit and this has been a rather bland IPA for years now. Frederick Brewing Company has recently pulled a Phoenix and risen from the ashes, luckily the beers have followed. Every beer of theirs I have tried recently has taken a huge step forward in flavor and complexity. The IPA they make is a good example, it now has a body made of malt toastyness and caramel twinged sweetness and a hint of alcohol in the back of the tongue. The hop profile has been significantly improved as the nose is now laden with citrusy sweet flower smell, I could not take my nose out of the glass. It had a powerful floral flavor balanced on malt that leads to bitterness that finishes smooth and not harsh. It is really refreshing and I had two too make sure. This is most improved from the past couple years.

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Photo of Brent
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy for an IPA. Mellow with a hoppy middle and a long, mildly sharp hops finish, which was very clean. Well-mannered, and a good match with food.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the MD Brewer's spot at Camden Yards, poured into a clear 20 oz. cup for $6.
Lots of floral and citrus hops on the nose
Flavor is initial citrus hops that slightly sting the tongue. These are then superbly balanced by a caramel sugary malt backbone. This was smooth creamy and delicious.
Medium bodied, finishing different depending on the sip. Sometimes clean, but other times either sweet or slightly hoppy.
Drinkability/Overall: A damn fine beer, one that you could enjoy as a session. You get the best of both worlds, caramel and citrusy hops, without being overpowered by either. This was an excellent way to enjoy the game. It also helped with some beer advocacy. Some out of town electricians wandering about saw the darker brew and made the switch from Miller light to enjoy something from the home town.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I stood in the "Maryland Microbrewery" line at the Orioles game, instead of joining the throngs waiting for glasses of (ahem) lesser products from "the big three." Beer snobbery aside, I was proud to stroll back to my box seat (OK, so it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have seats tha close) and drink a real beverage. What a pleasant surprise. Nice hops flavor right up front that lingered, but not too much so. Very drinkable for an IPA. One I'd try again--on tap.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter orange/red color with a slight white head, Leaves a good little ring and light lacing.

The smell is understated floral and citrus hops, very slight malt.

Taste is bready, with flowery hops. Not as citrusy as I had been expecting. It's nice to have a hpped beer that isn't insistant on overdoing the same citrusy hops as a lot of American-made IPAs, but has more of a flowery, piney hop.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, clean, a somewhat light body to it, but still substantial.

Overall, a very good drinker, and an extremely good example of an English IPA.

It's not supposed to be a hop bomb, it's not supposed to be an American IPA, it's not supposed to be an extreme beer. It's supposed to be an EIPA. And it does it quite well.

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Photo of gestyr
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a creamy white head. Head lasted a good long time with nice lacing.

Nice peppery aroma. Pleasing to the nose.

Taste was well balanced. The malt was well complimented by the hops.

Overall this is a pleasing beer. If you are looking for a radical IPA that assaults your tastebuds and ruins you for life, this is not it, but if you are looking for an IPA that is balanced and easy to drink while fulfilling the style parameters of an IPA, then this is it.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.21/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA, very smooth going down. This is the creamiest IPA I have ever consumed.
Arrived a very nice medium/golden hue with a full finger crown and medium carbonation. The crown was short lived but it did leave a nice glass cling, ring and light lace.
The body was thicker than anticapated, close to full.
The nose was a tad bready.
One sip of this brew and you know you have a true IPA, a minor maltiness like begining with a quick change to the hops...citrus, and hop flowers dominate.
Well done!!!!

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden copper color with a decent white foaming head. Smelled alot of florals, and hops. Smooth tasting blend of sweet malty balanced by a big hop explosion. Very smooth, creamy feel. Crisp tasty hop finish that lingers on your tongue. Very agreeable, balanced, example of the style. It's worth a try.....had these at the July 4th, beach grillout.....

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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 thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Faryab Afghani Restaurant in Bethesda, MD.

A: Nice turbid amber which turns more orange when held up to light. This is topped by a thin, white, lacy head.

S: Some citrus and floral hops, albeit subdued, slightly musky with light malts floating in the background.

T: Some sweet malts in the backbone which bequeath floral notes; somewhat herbal and citrusy, but the freshness is the most impressive trait. Horizon and Golding hops are there but not dominant, which is surprising considering the style.

M: Nice medium body that's somewhat juicy, although slightly watered down from a fresh-squeezed juice sensation. Perfect amount of carbonation to go along withe the style.

D: If I could ever say that there was an IPA that was relaxing to drink and enjoyable in how easygoing the taste is, this would be it. A nice, unimposing beer to kick back with.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours with a two finger light tan head that ever so slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing. Layers of lacing continue down the glass.

Lightly toasty barley mixed with some earthy yeast aromas, including a bit of buttery diacetyl (just the right amount). The hops aren't sharp or citrusy but add a little bit of spiciness to the aroma.

Grainy malts, slightly toasty, with a bit of caramel. The diacetyl is perceived, but it isn't overwhelming, and adds a slight creaminess. The hops come in toward the end and add a very balanced bitterness. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering hops, and some of the buttery flavors stick around.

It's hard to find a good English IPA, and sometimes I think these beers don't get the proper appreciation because they don't shock your tastebuds. This one is well balanced and has everything that should be in an English IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer in a liquor store on vacation in Florida. I had never heard of it before. I was in the mood for an IPA and it was the only IPA available.

I poured the 12 ounce bottle in to a goblet.

The beer was a caramel color with a one finger thick white head. There was good lacing to the end of the beer.

The smell was of floral hops.

The taste was of citrus followed by a hop kick.

This was an overall very drinkable beer. I was really pleased with my vacation discovery.

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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 IrishRedRock
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper with a foamy white head. Smells like hops, plain and simple. The carbonation made it fizzle a little in my mouth, but the taste is very good. Its very smooth and palatable and the aftertaste is filled with biting hops. A great IPA, especially for a hop-head.

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Photo of inebrius
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't see the haze other BA's mention, but I'm drinking at cellar temp. Deepstraw gold to orange with a decent lace. Earthy hop malt nose. Good English hop bittering and flavor with plenty malt spine. Very smooth. Not a fantastic brew but it holds to the modern English IPA style. I could drink a few of these, no doubt. If you find yourself with a sixer of Wild Goose IPA let it sit awhile and warm a bit. Or not. Who the F#$% am I to tell you how to drink your beer?

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Photo of jaluria
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12-pack (IPA, Amber, Porter, and Oatmeal Stout). First beer I tried was the IPA.
Poured a clear, yellow color with very subtle orange hues. A fluffy white head developed and dissipated slowly, leaving behind some nice lacing. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Aromas of citrus, earth, dried fruit, and hops. The taste was as might be expected for this style with hops dominating other flavors with a soft, mellow malt backbone. Not as complex as others in this style, but still I was able to detect a few different hop varieties, each imparting a distinct flavor. Not overly hoppy or bitter, but slightly juicy & spritzy in my mouth. Quite refreshing as well.Easy to drink and definitely a session beer. Enough flavor to pair with meals and still soft enough to enjoy repeatedly by itself.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: amber, thin head
S: fresh sweet smell, slightly bready
T: sweet orangey; light spicing; aftertaste dissipates quickly; IBU listed at 50 but tastes more like a 35
M: lively on the tongue

Good beer for a social event; not fantastically outstanding, but would have broad appeal

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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 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 astrobrewer
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant, hoppy, IPA with strong citrusy hop notes. Not particularly strong or full-bodied for an IPA, but a good, drinkable beer. It definitely improves when allowed to warm up out of the fridge before drinking.

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

about 42 degree F into a pint glass

A- Hazy gold bordering on orange. 1 finger of head with nice medium lacing and long retention.

S- spicy and floral, very nice

T- medium body, not very bitter for the reported 50 ibu

M- very smooth and easy to drink

D- very pleasant, I'd definitely go for another.

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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 cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap once or twice and not been particularly impressed, but the budget's tight and this is pretty much the only IPA selling for $6 a six-pack. Pours a golden straw color with a finger of bright white head that quickly reduces to a slight cap of lace, some minimal scattered lacing on the glass. Nose is floral perfumy hops over a light clean malt. Taste is clean and crisp, a light doughy malt upfront, the slightest tinge of caramel, a nice grassy herbal hop finish leaving a slight lingering bitterness. Pretty solid tasting, nothing flashy like the local IPAs I'm used to drinking, but for the price, this is one I'll have to revisit.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild Goose, from Fredrick Brewing Co. has consistantly met a high level of quality and taste in my experience. As a natrual fan of IPA's and other heavily hopped brews(which already gives this beer some brownie points), this Wild Goose IPA was right up my alley.

Aroma is very impressive. Wild Goose brand is rather cheap in comparison to other beers on the shelf ($4.99 a six-pack), yet this IPA didn't lack in aroma or even taste. It has a very floral aroma, with hints of grapefruit and other citrus flavors.

In a chalice, this brew has a good 1/2 an inch of head that settles down quite quickly. Taste is not too complex, though it leaves a mouth watering/salivating feeling, just asking you to take another sip! In comparison to other IPA's such as Dogfish Head or Vic. Hop Wallop, this is quite weak and a bit sweeter, but for the price it does the trick!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very simple IPA.

I can review this beer, if you would like. But I want to know you really want me to do it before I waste my time with it.


Well, I have a lot of free time...

Appearance: Pours an incredibly thin, strawish yellow-orange color (not one of the more exciting colors from the Beer Rainbow) with total clarity and a foamy white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell: Petite aroma of florals balanced well with a light, malty caramel scent.

Taste: The beer began inauspiciously, as hints of honey, grains, and lemon drifted by with slight fruity tones and an enduring dry, peppery finish that follows you around like an annoying little brother.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is quite fizzy.

Drinkability: Very smooth. Fairly tame, fairly tasty, and a good choice for a session IPA.

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