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

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 eljefe21
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +3.5%
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 -19.5%
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 +20.4%
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 +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 +14%
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 +2.9%
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 +0.6%
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 -11.7%
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 +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 +7.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +8.7%
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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Photo of Drewcifer
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter orange/red color with a slight white head, Leaves a good little ring and light lacing.

The smell is understated floral and citrus hops, very slight malt.

Taste is bready, with flowery hops. Not as citrusy as I had been expecting. It's nice to have a hpped beer that isn't insistant on overdoing the same citrusy hops as a lot of American-made IPAs, but has more of a flowery, piney hop.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp, clean, a somewhat light body to it, but still substantial.

Overall, a very good drinker, and an extremely good example of an English IPA.

It's not supposed to be a hop bomb, it's not supposed to be an American IPA, it's not supposed to be an extreme beer. It's supposed to be an EIPA. And it does it quite well.

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

A very pleasant beer! Poured to a dark orange-red with medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma, though more muted than many IPA's, was a nice hoppy citrus, with just the right blend of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel tended to lean toward the tangy citrus hops, and the flavor pretty much followed suit with the nose. This led to a long, pleasant aftertaste, that while, again, not as pronounced as many IPA's was enjoyable just the same

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the orange liquid has good carbonation and creamy white head that laces nice.

The smell is floral hops and light malt.

The taste is ok, nothing special, Floral and citrus hops are good but the malt is week.

The mouthfeel is soso, lighter then medium body and too fizzy.

The drinkability is ok, Not a beer I will but again.


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Photo of ffejherb
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Rootdog316
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hopped, at least in the aroma department, but the aroma that is there is a nice crisp green hoppy aroma. The malt is very acidic, leading to a weak citric-sour initially. The body is medium, and the swallow has a lot happening at once: sourness, strong grapefruit, big hop bitterness, caramel malty sweetness. Long, long bitter aftertaste. The bitterness is certainly a surprise, compared to the amount of flavor and aroma hops.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold color with a decent if unremarkable head. Nose has some floral hops and just the hint of tangerines. Feels soft on the palate, with some butteriness, juicy grapefruit and bit of astringency. Finishes with a bracing and lingering bitterness. Nice job on the mouthfeel I think, smooth and light, but still substantial. Flavour is hop-heavy but doesn't obliterate the malt. Very drinkable, but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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 riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden with a thin white head. Decent retention,and nice lacing. Aroma is of hoppy,with a hint of fruit. Nice,but not very strong. Body is medium,with lots of carbonation. Taste is bitter up front with a bit of malt and fruit in the finish. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma of english hops, and esters from the yeast, quite a pleaseant orange/golden with light head retention and lacing. Malt flavor is quite mild considering the hop bitterness that predominates the palate, I get a bit of wheat and maize in the aftertaste, it may just be the hops.

Interesting IPA, not much american caracter, more like one from england, I think it would benefit from a little more malt... but hey I like mine malty.

Again, big thanks to leftmindedrighty for the most exellent trade.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 scoobybrew
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has very clear, light copper color with a great head and excellent retention. As my glass empties it leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is malty, hoppy, fruity and very clean, but nothing as strong as I typically expect for the style. The flavor is strongly hoppy, but not overly so for the style. It has a good malt backbone to balance with a tasty hop finish. It has a smooth medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a good American IPA. It's hoppy and tasty - good choice.

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