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 JJBlanche
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +2.4%
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 +1.8%
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 -5%
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 +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 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 Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -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 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 cbak999
3.22/5  rDev -5%
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 +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 eljefe21
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange and light copper color. Poured to a 1 finger head. Continuous bubbles rising from bottom.

S: Not much of a smell. Maybe a slight wafting of malt.

T: A nice balance of hops and malt. Hop bite up front is tamed with a malt aftertaste.

M: Slight carbonated feel on the edge of the tongue; otherwise very smooth.

D: A fine beer to sit down with a quaff a couple/three/four in an evening while watching the game. Nicely balanced, but a little too strong to be a session beer.

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Beer Express in Harrisburg

A- pours a light orange amber in color. a little head and little lacing left behind.

S- a nice floral aroma hits the nose. Very potent and tangy. malts are also well present.

T- a very strong overpowering floral hop taste. There is also some grassiness in there as well. Malts and quite bittersour...not bittersweet but bittersour.

M- dry yet seems very crisp and smooth. Hoppy and goes down easy.

D- a very nice session IPA and would be good for those summer months. Not too keen on the strong floral hops but it was alright.

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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 BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours with a two finger light tan head that ever so slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing. Layers of lacing continue down the glass.

Lightly toasty barley mixed with some earthy yeast aromas, including a bit of buttery diacetyl (just the right amount). The hops aren't sharp or citrusy but add a little bit of spiciness to the aroma.

Grainy malts, slightly toasty, with a bit of caramel. The diacetyl is perceived, but it isn't overwhelming, and adds a slight creaminess. The hops come in toward the end and add a very balanced bitterness. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering hops, and some of the buttery flavors stick around.

It's hard to find a good English IPA, and sometimes I think these beers don't get the proper appreciation because they don't shock your tastebuds. This one is well balanced and has everything that should be in an English IPA. Recommended.

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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 soupyman10
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd actually say this one looks a lot better than it tastes (although it didn't taste bad). Appearance is excellent, with a nice amber color, a huge frothy head that takes forever to dissolve and leaves great lacing. Flavor and nice are kind of an interesting mix of American and English IPAs, nicely flavorful with high hops and a good caramel malt presence as well. Body is nice and thick, good for the style. Overall, a nice EIPA, one I'd get again.

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Photo of KeefD
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange/amber color with a small, half-finger head that recedes to a thin cap leaving behind sparse lacing. Smell is not as hoppy as I would expect out of an IPA. Slightly floral and fruity, hints of orange on the nose. Orange citrus dominates the flavor profile, slightly bitter, hints of lemongrass, and some sweet malt background. Nothing overly exciting about this one. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and easily drinkable. A very average interpretation of the style.

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

I picked this sixer up the other night looking for something different and thought it would be a good pick. The color is a mellow light orange with a decent head that drops to a cap in about three minutes. The nose is also enticing, with a grassy, floral hop stench. Malt is noticeable, and complimentary.

The taste is deep and well balanced. This one has grown on me. Obviously, it is not a hop bomb typical of the summer months but it is a decent EIPA and has plenty of flavor. The aftertaste is a bit bitter but this is quenching and worth trying.

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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 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 Proteus93
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden... almost even a dark straw colour, a bit of haze. White finger-high head that lingers briefly and then settles to little islands of foam.

S: Floral hops, a little floral, and a soft, sugary malt backbone.

T: An herbal hop with just that bit of bite. A little biscuity, with a decent malt balance.

M: A little uneventful cold, as it begins to warm, the body starts to feel a little more full or slightly sticky.

D: Needs a bit of time to get into its element. This beer really doesn't seem to like being cold too much. I dunno if I'd order it while out if it needs to do this, but it's still a reasonable one to have around from time to time in the house.

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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 williamherbert
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy bright orange color. Nice bubbling carbonation. Fluffy head. Looks like a typical pale. Nice icy lace.

Sweeter than normal pale malt. Sharp bitter hop. Bitter hops rule here. Pale (crystal?) malt, which even has a slight burnt hint.

Malt and hops form a bitter symphony, at 2 different levels. A bit flowery in the hop but mostly pilsnery bitter all around.

Sorta bubbly, yet relatively easy to drink. A little bite on the way down. Mellows out after a bit. It's really more of a pale than an IPA, or perhaps an English IPA. IT's a bit too "spiky" to drink all night. Not bad but too bitter. But I'm not in love with pales to begin with, so take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of brdc
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

Nice looking golden beer, with a voluminous white head that slowly fades but always keeps a nice amount covering the beer.
Aroma and taste are solid, with a hoppy fruitiness and bitterness dominating the solid malty backbone. Nothing really special or complex, but a well crafted IPA.

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Wild Goose India Pale Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
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