Wild Goose India Pale Ale | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose India Pale AleWild Goose India Pale Ale
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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 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 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 oldgrowth
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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 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 nomad
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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 stegmakk
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold with off white head and some lacing.
Aroma was definately floral hops and maybe honey or something more.
Taste was Hoppy but not crazy hops like many other IPAs. No. This had a nice mix of hops and sweet malt and a nice helping of bitterness. Good different flavor for an IPA.
I could drink a few of these while watching a lax game. I wont but this in my regular beer purchasing schedule...but once in a while...yeah I'll get it.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a departure from the hop heavy west coast IPAs, but still a very well done beer. Poured a very light copper color with a volumunous white head and plenty of lace that looked like different layers of rock deposit as it receded in the glass. Smell was somthing I could not quite put my nose on. It was sharp, but not hop sharp, with a more lightly roasted profile and somewhat spicy, but not upsetting to the nose in any way.The taste was hopy, but not overly so, instead it relied more on a peppery malt taste full of spiced goodness. Perhaps a little too salty. The mouthfeel was thinly carbonated, but just enough to leave some zest on my tongue. One major drawback besides the lack of definition is that the alcohol becomes way too apparent despite it being relatively low. I will need to drink more of these to really figure out what is going on, but never the less I like it!

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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 Wildman
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light tan gold color and formed a foamy white head that left some trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and caramel with a fairly sweet finish for an IPA. As far as IPAs go, I consider this a failure, but okay for a pale ale style. Which made this review confusing.

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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 jreitman
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very decidedly average beer. Aroma and appearance was more or less on for the style but not overly interesting. The flavor also was a little boring for how I like my IPA. I think that the Pacific Northwest IPA's may have spoiled me, but overall I found this one a little lacking in character.

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

She pours a light golden color with a prevelant orange hue. A small and off white head rests atop the body. Aroma is nutty in addition to the expected sharp IPA floral scents. Flavor is more relaxed than other IPAs but there is an element of bitterness to it none the less. (Disclaimer--this is my third different IPA today since lunch and it might be possible that my taste buds are just burning out, but I really don't think so) The flavor is bitter but surprisingly semi sweet. The beer finishes very dry with a nutty like aftertaste. Carbonation is in accord with style--moderate to light and body is thin but has more of a presence than comparative IPAs such as Redhook's. The finish is just way too dry for me to drink as many of these as other IPAs.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 cretemixer
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
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 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 Jarod
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't that impressed with this IPA. Have had several IPA's in the past, I.E. Sierra Nevada, and there was no comparison. I could drink a couple of SN's and be satisfied, but for som reason this was not cutting it. I looks good in the glass and keeps a nice head and lace. I am not sure if it was just the sampler pack I got with this in it or what, but it was too hoppy, and too much after even for an IPA. I still have a few bottles in the fridge, and once in a while I break one open for that different taste, but would probably not buy again.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

kickin hops in the aroma and the flavoring. i don't really like an overload of hops, but the crispyness and quality of this beer made it enjoyable. smooth and very easy to drink. wild goose has some kick ass brews

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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 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 psugrad98
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with minimal head. Not much lace to speak of. Smells somewhat floral with trace of lemon. Tastes creamy and smooth and is quickly followed by a hop infused kick in the teeth. Finishes dry and fizzy. A decent IPA

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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 Murph
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great deep golden color with a nice sticky head and great clinging lace. The smell is of earthy/floral hops. The taste starts off a little bit malty but the hops work their way into it. A very nice balance in this beer and not as super hopped as most American IPAs. The brew is slick and dry on the tongue and is nicely drinkable. Not an exceptional brew but not a bad one either. Great for some nice session drinking when I don't want to think about my beer that much.

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Photo of Viking
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy (a bit too hazy) golden-orange beer, with a wonderful thick creamy head - lasts longer than the beer! Nothing special, but a solid IPA (perhaps a bit too much citrus flavor from the hops, but still nice). Very easy drinking.

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Photo of John
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the bottle and on tap at Camden Yards (yeah, I still love the Os even though they suck lately). An average IPA, a good session brew and perfect for an afternoon ball game.

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