Goose Island Inspiration IPA
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Nugget and Chinook hops give this medium bodied IPA a Honey color, tangerine aroma, creamsicle flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2200) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap at Wrigleyville brewpub. Poured a clear, dark orange color, with a healthy slightly off-white head that stuck around. Aroma has some earthy, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor has some citrus rind and a bit of malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation and moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Sample at the Clybourn brewpub. The beer is an orange-amber color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, fruit and malt. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, citrus and malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (863) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2012
glassware: la fin du Monde tulip...occasion: Labor Day relaxation...appearance: chunky, uneven white head settles over a soft orange body that clouds slightly--excellent lacing...aroma: citric strength with a peachlike overtone--pleasant and fragrant...palate: full-bodied, throaty IPA that holds its aftertaste long after the first taste...taste: strong, hop-driven crispness; within the genre, a "plus" in flavor...overall: a surprise six-pack in a summer case was a pleasant one; the IPA challenges by assaulting the teeth and throat equally; not an especially smooth beer, but good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
draft at goose, Pours caramel with white head aroma pine grapfruit juicy fruit flavors are juicyfruit, pine, caramel, good balance but not really what I want in an ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Poured amber with nice grapefruit notes that drove into a more balanced hop and malt note with a mid range finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours golden with a white head. A bit of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. Nose carries some earth, pine, and citrus hops. Flavor has some citrus rind and a bit of malt in the background. Medium body with good carbonation and moderate bitterness. My favorite of the hoppy ales on at the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
On tap
There were too many choices available at the brewpub which made it hard to choose just a couple. Eventually I settled on this as a starter. Rather than trying to drink through the entire list at once I went for a handful that represented what Goose Island can do.

Aroma / Appearance - The amber body sat idly with hints of carbonation escaping from time to time. A clean ivory head accents the oak, tangerines, and citrus aspects. Gentle and sessionable this does not try to be everything and comes across perfectly.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel, almonds, and lemons tickle the palate with fruity aspects. The dry bitter finish eases away slowly. Without blasting the palate like sandpaper it leaves a mark. Clearly Goose Island’s brewpub releases have not lost their touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a deeper amber copper hue, healthy glow, faint haze, with a big cakey near tannish head that laces well and sticks around well. a firm copper fire, orange glow makes it a bit more striking than the 24th. Aromas are rich luscious orange ands tangerine, tropical fruit, grapefruit, biting rind oils firm with sweetness and bitterness battling. Touches of bready pale malts try their best, but this nose is all fruity hop melange. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering lots of oranges and tangerines, the name of the game. Touches of grapefruit, bitter florals, grass. Thinner body as orange and tangerine elements take over the middle, touches of pale and bready malts, but largely all fruit. Lighter bodied, pretty drinkable at 6.5. Finish shows a touch of crisp maltiness followed by lingering dryness, tons of oranges and mellow dry hops, earth, and firm fresh hopping. Pretty nice this. Overall, it’s a different beast than the 24th.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Sampled for the tap at the Clyborn location. Pours a clear amber with a mear white head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount citrus and grapefruit with sweet grain backing. Flavor has a bitter citrus note with grapefruit and a bit of bitter pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2012
On tap at Clybourn brewpub. Pours hazy golden orange with white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and some fresh hops. Flavors of citrus hops, light tropical fruits, and some caramel malts. Nice balance between hops and malt. Decent amount of hop bitterness. Solid IPA.

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