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 Drewcifer
4.24/5  rDev +25.1%
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 +11.2%
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 -4.7%
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 -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 Rootdog316
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +12.7%
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 -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 riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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 +8.3%
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 +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 scoobybrew
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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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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 BBM
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an almost clear orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma was slightly fruity and bready. Decent on both accounts.

The taste leaves something to be desired. It starts out harmlessly enough, with sharp citrus and pine notes, but the beer just degrades from there. As it warms, a big, clunky malt profile emerges, but instead of providing balance, it forces the beer into an uncomfortable macro-like flavor.I don't mind reserved IPAs, which this was, just as long as it was well balanced and good tasting. This one really wasn't either. It's not terrible, just not something I'd go back to, given the depth and quality of the genre.

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Photo of wcdoyle
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head is modest white/off white began thin (1/2 inch) and dropped quickly into a thin film. Color is a cloudy, pale orange to light honey. Citrus is up front in the smell. Seems to me like mostly like orange. Some underlying sweetness. Malts come up gradually in the taste as an underlying caramel flavor. Hops are up front, center, and in the aftertaste. Taste more floral and pine than citrus. Aftertaste isn’t overwhelming, just a nice trailing off of hops. Medium mouthfeel. There is a sharpness at first from the carbonation/hop combination. The carbonation was medium, adding to the crispness but it doesn’t go crazy. This isn’t an overhopped powerhouse, but a solid drinkable beer.

$: 8.49

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Photo of BlindPig
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin off white head on a clear orange body.
S- Sweet caramel malts with some grass hops. Hop profile is kind of subtle.
T- Sweet caramel and toffee malts blended with some grass and light earthy hops. Leaves a light bitterness on mid and tip of tongue. The toffee really lingers in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- It is alright. I might of left it a few months to long but it is still alright. I doubt I would get it again but it's still alright.

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Photo of psinderson
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Murky dark golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Little particles floating around. Not sure if that is the unfiltered goodness or something else.

Smell: Unlike what you'd expect from an IPA, the first thing that hits my nose is a strong, malty aroma. The hops that are present are clearly English hops...no real citrusy US hops detectable.

Taste: Distinguishable English malt and hop mix upfront. Good malt balance in the middle with a clean, citrusy hop finish. Just a tad of bitterness left in the throat.

Mouthfeel: A solid medium body, nothing bad or spectacular either.

Drinkability: This is the best characteristic of this beer. Clean finish with a mild hop bitterness makes this easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, slightly pale, golden color. Loose white head with only the slightest lace.
Toasty and caramel malty notes. Slightly floral hops in back.
Bready, toast, caramel. Hops are there, but subtle for an IPA. Slight lingering bitterness.
Lighter side of medium. Nicely carbonated. Bubbly, light, bitter-sweet finish.
Quite drinkable, just seems a little mellow for an IPA. Seems much more like a regular Pale Ale.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excellent beer. Tried this on-tap at the brewery in Frederick as I toured the place. What a nice experience, and the beer made the day complete. It was average in in color, although a bit on the orangey side. The carbonation was mild, and the smell was fresh and light. Could detect a bit of apple and pear, as well as a sweetish hop flavor. Went down very smooth, and I will definitely pick up a 6-pack next time I come across it.

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Photo of dickroop
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale is hazy, amber, not much head and it faded quickly but left a little residue. Smell was a little hoppy, a little yeasty, somewhat promising, but a little shy.

The stuff tasted a little spicy, moderately hoppy, but undistinguished. Alcohol can be detected, real hop flavor is limited to generalized bitterness, then a weak malt flavor takes over. Piney, floral, citrus? - it's all about the same here & pretty dull. The finish has some sweetness and graininess, only a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, then some chewiness or stickiness from the malts. Drinkability is ok, but there are so, so many better IPAs that I would probably pass this one over unless the price was great or I could have it on tap. Pretty ordinary, sorry to say. I would love for this local brew to have some ooomph, but alas.

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Photo of badbeer
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color, small head that left no lacing. Smell was weak, less hop aroma than a very very light pale ale. There is only a small amount of earthy hops in the aroma, with a biscuity smell that isn't all that great. Taste was much of the same, and unimpressive was it as well. I don't doubt the time and effort put into this, but this one certainly doesn't tickle my fancy. Low carbonation, lighter bodied, and definately not a joy to drink; probably won't have this one again.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
1.96/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow color and has little to no head with some lacing. It has off flavors it's hoppy and bready. Taste is crisp and hoppy with some funky bread aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't great. Overall I was dissapointed and will never try this again.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with 2cm of white foamy head, which fades quickly into a thin layer of bubbles with some good lacing. Smells are weak, but there's mainly maltiness at the beginning, citrus hops as well. Taste is malty up front with a citrus finish. Light to medium in body, somewhat watery, little carbonation, though not too dry. Has a nice finish. I wouldn't race out to get another 6 pack, but its still a good ipa, more of a stepping stone from pale ales to some of the stronger ipas.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow gold in color with a pillowy 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of grassy and floral hops with a hint of malts. Taste is of mild floral hops and a hint of malts. Mouthfeel is ok. Some carbonation. Drinkability is ok as well. This is a fairly simple brew and a decent session beer but not much more. There just isn't a whole lot of depth here.

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

Poured a hazy orange color with a small but fine white head. Decent aromas of citrus and some pine as well. Taste was great, big hoppy flavors of orange and grapefruit with a nice amount of maltiness that makes it an overall good IPA. Moutfeel was very full and not watered down at all. A nice and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like a strong hops-bitter beer, this is a good one to try -- for an APA. But this is an IPA.

Poured a nice golden amber-orange, with a light-brown head which slurped nicely for a short time before it dissipated.

Smell-- interesting, not strong but nice, some sweet and red malts and slight fruity notes.

Taste was a nice mix of malts, slight fruity notes, some modest hops bitters but nowhere near an IPA, although this is an English IPA which is usually somewhat less hoppy than a US IPA. Still, it's a bit short even on the English scale. An interesting taste that I can only describe as gnawing on a Mackintosh apple core, mixed with maybe some light raspberry. Modest complexity but nicely balanced. Light toffee once it's warmed.

Mouthfeel-- nothing unpleasant if you like the taste etc., some light sour-apple in the finish on the tongue, really missing on the IPA hoppy bitters though.

Drinkability-- keep it comin' if you enjoy it. You might find it lacking challenge after a few though, unless you're just consuming leisurely.

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Wild Goose India Pale Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
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