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 kcr357
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +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 ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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 -27.4%
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 +1.5%
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 +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 -10.8%
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 -30.3%
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 +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 Bartrob6
3.5/5  rDev +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 +9%
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 -26.2%
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 JJBlanche
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can someone say mediocrity? I got this as part of a sampler pack, and let's just say Wild Goose left me very underwhelmed.

A - Color isn't so bad, but the head is nearly non-existent. Lacing is minimal.

S - Meh. I'm getting some hops, but nothing extraordinary.

T - Like it smells. Flat, dull, boring. Better than BMC, in that you can actually taste/feel the hops, but not an award winner. Not even close.

M - Not bad for the style.

D - The general lameness of this brew kills the drink factor.

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Photo of TLove
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Faryab in Bethesda, MD.

Head poured silky and thick white. Appearance of orangish, pale ale that looks a lot more watery than it is.

Aroma of citrus and pale malt, with a subtle hop-infusion that washes down very well. Also crisp and a bit sweet on the front end.

The most surprising element of this beer for me was how one could get a full hoppiness in the mouth, but with little to no bitterness at the end. Consequently, the beer was very drinkable.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foamy off white head. The head retention was actually very good and also provided some excellent side glass lacing.

Nose provides some citus/orange and pine nuts.
Not catching the caramel so many find. Hoppy and a little tart.
Toasty, buscuity and grainy malts.
Much better than my previous Wild Goose beer.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Not much head here,was light amber color, maybe even more orangeish.

A medium hoppy nose here, with maybe just a tinge of malt.

A pretty hoppy IPA, but also a bit watered down, no sign of even that little malt I smelled. It mouthfull was medium at most, I'd figure more from an IPA, not the most pleasant aftertaste, but I think I had let it sit past its optimal drink temp.

It's an alright IPA, but there better out there, unsure if I'll get it again.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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 adamette
2.16/5  rDev -37%
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 Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild Goose India Pale Ale pours an amber color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy. The flavor is hoppy with a strong malt backbone that doesn't hide itself. An occasional metallic flavor rears itself, but ultimately I thought this was a solid offering.

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Photo of blackie
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 cbak999
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see this new beer at my local beer store. Seems to be a decent, but not great version of an English style IPA. The head didn't last long, and the taste was a little weak. I would consider this to taste more like a pale ale and not an IPA. I was looking for more hops.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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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Wild Goose India Pale Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 153 ratings