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 Erdinger2003
1.96/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow color and has little to no head with some lacing. It has off flavors it's hoppy and bready. Taste is crisp and hoppy with some funky bread aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't great. Overall I was dissapointed and will never try this again.

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Photo of badbeer
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
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 adamette
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From bottle into a pint glass at Summit Wayside Tavern in Cumming, GA courtesy of my brother in law Steven. Thanks Steven.

A Poured with little head an orange yellow translucent body.

S Skunkish minimal hops.

T Skunky kind of basic hops predominate. Actually, other than lquidy there was no other taste quality to this beer.

M Thin despite hops increasing the mouthfeel.

D Not good due to relative skunky taste.

Notes: Will not seek this one out again but I wonder if the bottle at Summit Wayside Tavern may have been a little old. Maybe someone who likes this beer can provide me with insight as to the sound of things. Did I get a bad bottle?

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.35/5  rDev -30.7%
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 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 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 Maestro
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Yellow/orange with a thin white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Light citrus hop notes with a metallic odor.

Taste: The citrus comes out in this beer, unfortunately there is a weird soap taste. The hops are not very strong for an IPA and there seems to be a weird yeasty taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation with a smooth, refreshing quality.

Drinkability: This beer is okay but I wouldn't seek it out. Definitely needs a little work to be an IPA.

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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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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 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 cameraman
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden to amber color, with a small white head that dissolves quickly. A strong malty aroma for an IPA, with slight scent of floral hops at the end. Strong malt flavor, I know that the malt is the backbone of every beer; but to be this strong in an IPA? A hop bitterness comes in slowly at the end. The feel starts a little watery, but gains weight as it crosses the palate. A drinkable beer, for a starter IPA, the hop aroma and flavor would not scare off someone trying this style for the first time. Overall, I was expecting more from this beer.

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Photo of BBM
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an almost clear orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma was slightly fruity and bready. Decent on both accounts.

The taste leaves something to be desired. It starts out harmlessly enough, with sharp citrus and pine notes, but the beer just degrades from there. As it warms, a big, clunky malt profile emerges, but instead of providing balance, it forces the beer into an uncomfortable macro-like flavor.I don't mind reserved IPAs, which this was, just as long as it was well balanced and good tasting. This one really wasn't either. It's not terrible, just not something I'd go back to, given the depth and quality of the genre.

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Photo of cretemixer
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a white head. Nice hoppy aroma with orange and lemon undertones. Sharp hops hit my tounge right away. There is an earthy undertone that's pungent and not real pleasant. Nice bitterness on the finish but it doesn't make up for this brews shortcomings.

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Photo of becktone
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes 8-21-08

Eye: Body is clear and is golden orange in color. Head is stable at about a finger. Slightly off white and creamy in color and texture, it adds to this beer's appearance. It does look good, nice retention, good lacing, nice clarity and color. However, from a craft beer this is what is expected, nothing real special about this, it looks good as it should.

Nose: Subdued hop presence, very small amount of floral and spicy hops in the nose. Big malt backbone, lots of malt aroma, caramel is the easiest thing to detect. Maybe some diacetyl in there too...though not overpowering. Some slight graininess. I would like the aroma to be much more potent. Overall, it is weak and hard to pick apart, hard to even smell.

Tongue: Odd flavors coming from the yeast here, I really get bubble gum from the yeast...I hate bubble gum, and I don't think that it has a place in any style of beer(Hefeweizens aside, but then again, I really haven't run into one that has as much bubble gum flavor as this). Slightly floral and spicy hops, also some grassy tones. Warm malt flavor. Slight diacetyl in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light in body with adequate and appropriate carbonation. Nothing special, average, what is expected. This is one that I'll most not likely come back to. I really don't like that bubble gum flavor I'm picking up. Besides that, less you are an IPA fan like I am, there is really no reason to pick this one up...I could recommend many others that are much better. Albeit they would be American IPAs but still....

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Photo of rajendra82
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The clear, pale, golden appearance was lighter than anticipated. Carbonation was active, but the head was rather small. Aroma was not very hoppy, and primarily grainy, and a little bit sweet. The taste was also sweet and malty, with only a smattering of earthy hops. This reminded me more of a lager than anything else at first. The mouthfeel was medium thick, and slightly sticky. The hops did finally show up in the finish, but the sweetness was still omnipresent. Not my cup of tea, as this one had too much sugar.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard pint - Poured a yellow color with a moderate white head. Little retention or lacing. Appears lightly carbonated. Nose is a little citrusy, with less hop aroma than I would hope for in an IPA. Palate is only moderately hoppy; with some citrus and relatively heavy malt character. Reminds me more of an English Pale. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a clean, crisp finish. A bit tame actually. Okay for a pale ale, I guess ... not an IPA. The hop presence isn't assertive enough in my opinion. Just an "OK" ale.

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Photo of oldgrowth
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yellow gold clear color. Small head that disappeared quick. Lite skunky grassy grainy malts with citrus(grapefruit) hops. Honey toasty flavor some sweetness. Creamy/syrupy that disappeared quickly. Fairly drinkable. Just doesn't make me want to get another one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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 pentathlete
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow with a small white head. The nose is flat, some soap flake and sweet corn notes. The taste is sugary sweet out of the gate, with some very mild hoppiness hitting toward the end. Not really an IPA taste. Mouthfeel is medium mainly due to the sweetness. Drinkable, but not much more than a sweet ale really.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin off white head on a clear orange body.
S- Sweet caramel malts with some grass hops. Hop profile is kind of subtle.
T- Sweet caramel and toffee malts blended with some grass and light earthy hops. Leaves a light bitterness on mid and tip of tongue. The toffee really lingers in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is alright. I might of left it a few months to long but it is still alright. I doubt I would get it again but it's still alright.

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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 gimmehead
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a red tinged gold with very little head. Bland and unassuming noble hop aroma, a little grassy and a bit of grainy malt charater. Tastes like the nose. The same bland hop profile with a lot of biscuity malt and a dry bitter finish. Blah. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Boring.

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Photo of JamesS
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper color with a bit of head and some decent lacing. It has a very hoppy aroma, beef jerkyish, and not very balanced. Same for the taste, a very English beer, but very little malt to balance the sulfury, beefy, hoppiness, without even very much in the way of a floral scent. Goes down fine, if a bit rough from the carbonation.

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Photo of nomad
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lightly rosy-orange color, opaque, with a thin white foam head that sat and small bits of carbonation. Smelled of rosy fruits, some florals, and small raw whole hop funk. Taste was very earthy bitter, like a rough grapefruit flavor, almost tannic. The fruity tones were covered over but present. Not much else... had an oily mouthfeel. Overall, a distasteful imbalance that I never settled in to, okay in the long line of IPAs out there.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange to golden color. A lot of "floaters" in it Im assuming its hop residue. Low aroma for an IPA Id expect more. Malty flavor with only a moderate hop level. Body is ok considering the low level of malt and hop flavor. This is one of those beers I have a better memory of then what it is now. The Wild Goose Porter and Oatmeal Stout are some great beers but this is very 1 dimensional. Too bad.

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