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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 153
Photo of wahhmaster
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color with a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Buttery and surprisingly malty. Grassy hops come through in the background.

Taste: Slight bitterness up front. Develops a bit of sweet maltiness towards the back. Hits you right at the end with some grassy hops and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the light-bodied side but still not too bad.

Drinkability: A pretty decent IPA. Not as hoppy as most American IPAs but still very tasty and very sessionable. Certainly a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sunny straw yellow with a vast, lasting head. The aroma is mild and a little corn-like, with some light toffee. The flavor is light, refreshing, with some toffee, a little sourdough bread, and some sour-ish floral hops. The finish is a bit disappointing, since the sourness keeps building instead of a satisfying bitterness. But overall not bad IPA if you're not looking for something deep and hoppy.

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Photo of crossovert
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. No apparent date, just a bottling code.

It pours a clear orange/amber/gold with a fluffy white head that sticks for a bit and leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is very doughy with an overlying of English hops. English hops aren't always my favorite and here im getting a bit of a vomity/tomato scent.

The flavor is simple, perhaps a bit vegetal and herbal with the hops. Not too much bitterness although it comes through in the aftertaste. The malt is rich but not sweet, it has more of a grainy/bready characteristic.

It tastes pretty traditional, it doesn't get out of control with the hops. It has a pretty good mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
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 dmamiano
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed with a friend on a 90 degree night in West Virginia...life is good
pours a pretty amber....brassy and clear.
nice balance of malts and hops in the nose. some orange rind and breadiness
taste is smoth..exactly what I would expect from an English style.
very well balanced and a good mouthfeel

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Photo of aahynick
4/5  rDev +18%
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 socon67
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Durge
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear bright amber color with a fair off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma has a very odd fermenting cider and bubblegum quality with a touch of lemon. From the get go it's just plain odd, sort of a chemical quality and hard to embrace I'm afraid. The taste comes on with a slight improvement but it is not far from the aroma. Soapy and swampy with a leaf hop that is pretty sharp but the ugly side of this dominates. It's medium bodied and lightly carbonated. The flavor makes this a low drinkability brew. It has a pretty smooth feel, substantial, but it can't overcome this chemical hop dungey flavor. Not going to revisit this and hard to recommend.

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Photo of errantnight
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from my Beer of the Month Club (yay gifts from your boss?) and poured into a Spiegalau tulip (pilsner).

Pours a quite lovely orange hued straw with two fluffy fingers of head with moderate lacing and retention.

Nice biscuity and noble hop balance on the nose. Earthy and faintly citric.

Well balanced, definitely an English IPA. Firmly bitter but not overly astringent. Hint of butter (ringwood yeast was definitely held nicely in check, here), but predominant toasted bread and earthy hops.

Medium to light bodied and crisp.

Nothing I'd seek out again, but nothing I'd turn down or have trouble sessioning a few of. Lacking a truly discernable or remarkable character, but clean and well balanced for the style. Above average.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to carlos for sharing this, poured chilled from the 12oz into a mug

A - A murkey honey amber w/ 2 1/2 fingers of pale white cream. The ale has a good amount of lace and the bead is small

S - The smell is mild, slightly piney w/ an herbal hop odor. The scent of sweet malt w/ the accent of a fruity ester

M - The feel has mellow bitterness w/ moderate carbonation and slightly sweet middle. There is a mildly creamy texture and fruity finish w/ still mild bitterness

T - Gently astringent flavor -lemony w/ sligthly herbal hoppy note and sweet malt back. The taste is lightly citric w/ tinges of pine and has mild tannic element that reminds of hop leaves

D - A tasty Ipa - pretty good example of the style, but not great. It has better than average drinkability. It doesn't shock the taste buds with a hop assault, but is quenching

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Photo of kcr357
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Very pleasing copper color, poured from a glass produces a three fingers of foam.
S-Kind of tame but still good. Citrusy smell, not too much else.
T-Not at all hoppy for an IPA, bites the back of the tongue a bit harshly, slightly more than average carbonation.
D-Best for enjoying some spicy food, not binge drinking.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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 thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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 ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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 alleykatking
2.49/5  rDev -26.5%
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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Photo of Thur123
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy copper brown. Off white head with decent retension at the top. The smell is a bittersweet hops and a musky malt flavor. Smells like it has less hops then many other IPAs.
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Bitter hops and a musky sweet grain flavor hit one after the other and in a balanced way. Its not as hoppy as many IPAs but I like this in this one. It spares the hops power for a richer, deeper floral flavor.
Mouthfeel is a bit thick and well carbonated.
I like IPAs like this that dont push the hops. A good introduction to the style and reminds me of Bridgeport IPA, which was the first IPA I really liked.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear bronze-orange color with some active carbonation. The head is medium sized with an orange tint; the texture is dense and frothy. Retention is nice, with some foamy lacing left along the glass.

S: Pale malt and some darting fruitiness - a bit citric and tart. Floral and almost earthy as well. A peppery and vaguely hard-water mineral aroma.

T: A solid, yet fairly unobtrusive pale malt backbone. A solid British IPA hop bill: floral and slightly herbal, with a firm, dry bitterness. Some peppery bite along with a mineral note.

M: A little on the light side for the style, but reasonably refreshing. Quite dry into the finish.

D: Easier to drink than many of its IPA brethren, but somewhat at the expense of anything that would really keep you coming back for more. One of the better beers out of the Wild Goose sampler, but that isn't exactly saying a lot.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Wild Goose India Pale Ale poured amber-to-light copper with a fleetying one-finger head.

The smell and taste were insignificant, with nothing but acidity coming through. The feel was light and bubbly. It was moderately drinkable, but without flavor, there was little point.

Wild Goose India Pale Ale is a mediocre IPA that leaves no real impact.

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Photo of alfistheman
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer missed the mark for me... i've had it a few times before and remember it being better. It poured thin, hardly any lacing. Smelled of some thin hops.... but taste was terrible. The malt profile ruined this beer for me, thin and tastes like a cheap Macro, like naty ice or something. The hops are there but fade quickly and never define them selves.

I could accept this as a bad APA and give it a C but the fact its under IPA category just sickens me!

The only beer I like by Wild Goose is there outmeal stout. All the others are watered down and weak!

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Photo of greengorilla
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
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 +21.5%
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 Bartrob6
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Purchased at food lion in atlantic beach, nc.

Good color with very small head. a little lacing left on the glass. Orange pale colored beer with some cloudiness.

The aroma seems more on the malt side. Wish there was more hops on the nose. Smells of caramel. But I don't get much aroma with this beer.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the malt and hops. Piney flavor with caramel malt. Nothing really stands out in this beer to me.

Good mouth feel. Maybe it should be a little more carbonation. This could be why there isn't much aroma.

I could definitely put a few of these back but I just wish there was more to look forward to in each sip.

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Photo of oelergud
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap.
The label is green and white and shows a goose in flight. The label claims abv at 6%, not 6.1 as listed above.
The body is a clear copper golden with good carbonation. It is difficult to get much head on this brew even with an aggressive pour and what is there does not stay long or leave much lace.
The scent is a sweet wheat and caramel blend, very inviting.
Malty flavor with lots of citrus and summer notes. Vegetable, earth and nutskin hops. Some caramel and earthly hops come through with a little warmth. The aftertaste is a nice caramel citrus flavor that lasts well.
Medium body with a dry finish.
Good drinkability, thirst quenching and light.


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Photo of craytonic
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Best thing about the beer, sharp straw-yellow-golden color, nice head. No lacing.

Smell: Cheap malt, followed by hops. I expected it to be in the reverse order.

Taste: Not much here. Very faint hops, some sweet malt. Touch of citrus. More bitterness than hops.

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated like a cheap champagne. Way too many large, prickly bubbles.

Drinkability: Below-average beer, more bitter than hoppy and the carbonation is off.

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Wild Goose India Pale Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
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