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RATINGS: 2536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our IPA recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result, quite simply a hop lover’s dream. And this classic ale adds a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, to ensure that the long hop finish is one you’ll remember.

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Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a medium off-white head that lasts throughout and leaves decent lacing. The aroma has quite a bit of malt with really nice citrus and floral notes. Excellent forward flavor of the pale ale malt with a finish that is spicy and floral. Extremely well balanced. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Really nice IPA

4.1
matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Goose Island really came through to create an "everyday" IPA that is perfect for a nice session. Spicy hops and clean finish with no fuss. No odd aftertaste or overly bitter hops that seem to appear in many other IPAs. This might be favorite non-DIPA.

3.6
ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2010
One to any exponential power is still 1. I find the same can be said of the adjective "good." In other words, it doesn’t matter how many times and in how many different aspects you use the word "good" to describe something, since it doesn’t make it better than just plain good. I have a feeling I’m going to use that word quite often to describe Goose Island India Pale Ale. This is a beer that is good in so many ways, but not a great beer. It’s a case of a "good" being good enough if "good enough" is good enough for you.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. This beer has all the makings of a good IPA right away with a slightly hazy orange body and frothy, off-white head (which leaves some lacing on the glass). It smells quite inviting with a citrusy aroma with notes of pine and some malty sweetness as well. It’s definitely an inviting beer.

TASTE

Goose Island IPA is the kind of India Pale Ale I’d recommend for beginners looking for a good "jumping on point" for the style. It begins with a creamy texture which is slightly dry and sweet and finishes with a prominent, slightly crisp, citrus taste. The dynamics of the palette here are quite interesting. The pale malts create for a mild sweetness and the combination of some British hops give the beer the bitterness you expect in an IPA.

As I drank on I noticed the flavors began to homogenize. The refreshing citrus finish began to dry out making the beer less refreshing than it originally was. The palette began to feel noticeably mild, although I also noticed a slight orange sherbet-like flavor in the aftertaste. For an IPA this beer is not all that bitter. In fact, Goose Island’s website indicates it rates only 55 on the IBU scale. That score is fine if their intention is to make a extremely palatable beer, but for hopheads like me I was left feeling only satisfied instead of genuinely impressed.

DRINKABILITY

While the overall taste to Goose Island IPA was good, it probably performed even better in the drinkability department. The mouthfeel is soft, medium-bodied, and it goes down smooth. As it warms it begins to dry out the mouth and the hops begin to linger for a few extra moments, but ultimately it’s still very palatable.

At only 5.9% ABV this is actually rather light for an IPA. Beers of this style tend to be more robust and weightier, although the trade-off is here is that this would make a good session beer. It would also work well as a dinner drink.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While not the best India Pale Ale in the world, Goose Island IPA is still a good beer for its satisfying taste and easy drinkability. I’d prefer something more robust in many ways, but I don’t think this beer is intended to be anything other than a good IPA, and in that aspect the brewers succeeded.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAG-kgM8i78

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kwik-lime (1939) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2010
I’m not really a massive fan of IPAs as a style but this is excellent. Beautifully hoppy with great citrus notes and a really pleasant sweetness with hints of caramel. Extremely good.

3.4
stouby (4666) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2010
Bottle at Øldommerkursus. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma heavy hoppy (citrus, pine). Flavour heavy bitter (citrus, pine) and sharp, light sweet (caramel). Medium body, light warmth from alcohol. Very nice.

3.6
NosirIwont (2534) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a small white head. Decent lacing. Sweet, malty pine hop aroma with notes of sweet fruits. Flavour is citrus and pine hops with notes of dried fruits. Sweet, bitter hop finish. Overall a tad too sweet, bordering on being cloying, and could do with a bit more bitterness, but otherwise pretty okay. 17.08.10.

3.6
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Boyyle. Pour is golden yellow with a soapy tight head. Aroma is malt and mild citrus hops. Taste is clean refreashing with a nice mellow citrus honey hops. Palate is clean bitter and finishes dry.

3.2
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle- Deep amber pour. A pillowy white head caps the beer. Pine needle and bready caramel malt nose also has grapefruit and perfume. Tastes of sweet caramel malts and grapefruit, resiny hops, citrus. Fairly bitter, with hoppy finish. Pretty good.

3.3
ha1ag (906) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2010
Bottled in Frape. Hazy orange color with avaerage white head. very weak hop nose. Aroma is hops with some underlying sweetness. Flavour is hops which gives space to lots of very bitter hoppy finish.

3.6
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2010

Source:Fresh 6 pack purchased from Kroger in Danville.
Glass:Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance:Clear gold pour with a finger of soapy white head that quickly dissipates into a scum on the top.
Aroma:Aroma is mainly very fresh, spicy hops. A faint hint of flowers and a bready nose are present.
Flavor:Up front is very spicy. This fades into a lingering bitterness and some bready malt.
Palate:Medium/light body with solid carbonation.
Overall:This is excellent fresh. I can imagine that once this fades, it would probably not be any good, but this sixer was a week old!


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