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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another fairly borring beer. Though cleanly brewed, there isn't enough character to criticize or celebrate. Though average in every sense of the word, I get a bit aggravated when a brewery under-hops an IPA with American hops and call it an English IPA. This is not an English IPA because the beer is citrusy and pine-ey rather than cleanly bittered. The malts are less bready / toasty and caramelly than what the English would do. The beer recipe is flawed per style, but the clean brewing techniques keeps it from failure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that caps the liquid for some time while depositing a nice stream of lace

Smell: Grainy and tea-like earthy hop esters

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing herbal tea bitter presence that really unfolds by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness mellows but the tea flavors persist in a slightly medicinal aspect; crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I can't say I am really enjoying the flavor profile of this one; just OK

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very clear and very well carbonated bright amber with a decent looking three fingers of white froth head across the top. Nice slow fade gave way to a good amount of side glass lace and a nice amount left over on the top when it was all said and done. Very clear looking as I am used to the hazy IPA’s it took on a bit of a lighter look because of this.

S – The aroma was not as hoppy as I would have guessed. There was a good amount of balance present hear and I could easily pick up notes of bready malts and earthy grains mixed in amongst a thicker kind of citrus hops. It was not as pungent as some others but rather well blended and had a good amount of depth to the aroma.

T – The flavor was dominated in the beginning by a musty sort of bread like taste which morphed and melded in with a citrus hops flavor creating a bit more of balanced ale. The hop character was more of a west coast variety, not having the jaw splitting citrus bite of the west coast varieties, but rather a more subtle nature to it bringing out more of a bitter dry finish and letting the grains do the work throughout the front and middle of the profile.

M – Very smooth and creamy this light to medium bodied ale held up very well throughout the session. There was a good amount of carbonation and a thicker feel which led to the creamy smoothness that really let it roll down.

D – Very nice session IPA, though I would have liked to see a bit more hops in it, it still was more then decent. Nice mellow profile and smooth feel really lended itself well to this. It was one you easily could have polished off more then a few of.

Overall this was a rather average IPA. Nothing really stood out for me here and I have had much better and I have also had worse. Just did not really seem to do much for me and I would probably not go back to this one anytime soon.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +15%
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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber. Flavor is sweet. It almost reminds me of apple juice. Evens out over time and gets earthy. Still a bit too sweet really. Better warmer than cold, but it doesn't really matter either ways. Feel is okay, as is the overall drinking experience. It's just "alright".

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, lightly hoppy scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts and not much else. There's some yeast fruitiness in there as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a solid malt base along with a mildly bitter hop flavor. There are some yeast esters in there also as well as an unattractive soapy character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing to get excited about. It has a nice bitterness to it, but I'm just not in love with the taste.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly ruddy amber with almost no head. Was nicely carbonated and left some indelicate lace.

Faint floral nosed from the hops, I don't get much else. Not unpleasant, just not too much there.

Taste is nice. pronounced hops, but very well integrated with the malt. A lingering rounded bitterness- maybe a few fruity esters on the finish. A little less spiciness and crispness than I like with the style, but still well balanced

The mouthfeel ia fine as far as carbonation goes, but maybe a tad too round and malty for me.

Good session beer, although I'd like to interchange this during the session with something a little hoppier or fruitier (or both). I'm drinking this on a hot evening, so maybe thats why I'd like a little more crispness. Not an in your face beer, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light coppery-orange with a thin white layering that quickly dissipated.

S: a good spicy hoppiness upfront that receded to a dry, floral and citrus finish.

T: The initial flavor was crisp pale grains which lends way to some oranges and citrus (cascade). The beer finishes with a modest showing of floral hopping and only a light lingering bitterness.

M: light with a medium carbonation and was a tad rough around the edges.

D: Overall just another average made ipa that drank more like a pale.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a nice ivory head that leaves lots of lace. hoppy, lightly bitter aroma. Hoppy bitter flavor with decent balance. Medium bodied and creamy with a long bitter finish.

I found this IPA to be in-between the English and American styles in terms of hoppiness and maltiness.

Serve By: 05/21/01 Tasted: 02/08/03


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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 Dogbrick
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a clear orange color with a medium thin off-white head. Very little lacing. The aroma is lightly bitter hops and citrus. Medium-bodied and crisp with a rather subtle hops flavor. Not much else in the flavor other than a touch of malt. The finish is dry and on the bitter side. Not flavorfully bitter hops, just bitter. This isn't a terrible beer but it doesn't really warrant trying again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was received in late July as part of the MicroBeerClub July shipment.

Beer poured an orange color with a modest white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is malty with a hint of citrus. Taste is fairly malty for the style and is balanced nicely by a fair amount of hops that are somewhat citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is pretty smooth for the style. Drinkability is good. This is very easy drinking beer that is just outside sessionability for me at 6.1 abv.

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Photo of blackie
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: low white head with light retention, orange-amber beer

s: dark pine hops with that strong earthy-tea note characteristic of the English style, quite nice in the hop department, malts of grainy caramel with very little sweetness

m: carbonation and body both in the light-medium range

t: caramel and pale malts are there but provide little flavor, sweetness is minimal, very earthy and tealike English hop flavor, bitterness level is pretty high for an English IPA, a bit on the bland side in regards to malt and flavored much like a glass of hop tea, but not bad overall

d: easy enough, bitterness cleans it up nicely

single from the landlord

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Photo of Brent
4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
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 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 Todd
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ffejherb
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 2/22/08.

A - Clear but slightly gritty looking amber/orange body with very subtle off-white head the immediately disappeared, but left some decent lacing around the glass. Carbonation is very minimal, almost non-existent.

S - Caramel malts and herbal hops with some citrus hops in the back.

T - Kicks off with a modest caramel sweetness followed by a slight bready/biscuity maltiness and a bitter hop bite. More bread and herbal/grassy hops in the finish, with the hops winning out in the end. Hops don't have a whole lot of character, but the breadiness is quite pleasant.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. Bitterness really stands out at the end, almost like it drowns the malt out and coats the tongue. Finish is pretty dry and metallic.

D - Not a bad IPA. Not the best hop profile, but still drinkable. There is a decent malt aroma and flavor that could be punched up a notch to counter the bitterness.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly cloudy orange-amber color with fluffy white head that settled to a slight white ring. Detected a hint of hops but not overpowering. Taste was of an IPA but extra dry. Left a nice taste in the mouth. Nothing exceptional but drinkable

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