970: Goose Island India Pale Ale

Name: Goose Island Indiana Pale Ale
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Chicago, Illinois
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.9%
First Brewed: 1993

Tasting Notes
A noseful of fresh floral hops, spicy and just a bit resiny, along with some light malt notes. Goose Island India Pale Ale is sweet and malty on the palate at first, building to a solid, spicy bitter middle. Finish is a malt-tempered bitterness, again with a little more spice.

Ricky’s Thoughts
Oh boy, love the Goose! I have been to both their actual brewery (they also have the original brewpub there) and another location located right across the street from Wrigley Field. As a matter of fact, I am good friends with the band Borrow Tomorrow, and they play that room a lot. Plus, the food is incredible and their beers are always on special. Their Matilda is my favorite, though.

But with my affliction to IPAs, I have had this numerous times. I really enjoy their IPA, and even though it is extremely carbonated, I still think it’s one of the most drinkable IPAs around. You can actually see the extreme carbonation when you pour this beer in a glass.

When you smell this beer, you have to try hard to find the typical spices that most IPAs pump out. But that’s on purpose, as they want this beer to be easy to chug. (I don’t mean literally chug, although you could, but a beer that is easy to drink.) And the beer delivers on that promise. It is very easy to drink, and really drinks like a fancy Budweiser. (That’s actually ironic, as Anheuser-Busch just bought Goose Island for distribution purposes.)

The aftertaste is subtle, and quickly leaves your palate. That just takes me back to the comment I made earlier. They want this beer to be a drinking man’s beer. Not something you sit, appreciate necessarily, and ponder over when your next sip is. This beer is what a Goose Island would consider a “domestic”. (That never made sense to me… that to a bar, a domestic is Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light… you know the routine. Yet a Miller Lite Lime isn’t considered a domestic? Explain that one to me!)

The beer is good. It’s not great. You don’t expect it to be great. It’s just good. A beer that I would drink again and again. That, and I LOVE Goose Island… just the name, the logo, and the atmosphere I get when there.

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
This one almost looks more like an ale than an IPA to me.  I know, an IPA is an ale, but usually IPAs are a bit darker.  This one is a golden yellow, and looks very carbonated.  Ah, but when you smell it, there is that standard IPA hoppy smell.  There’s my IPA.

Thoughts upon first drink… this is a solid, if not a bit light, IPA.  Goose Island makes some good beers.  They don’t usually disappoint me.  This one’s pretty good, but I think I would like it a bit more if it was a bit stronger and less carbonated.  It’s definitely got that IPA taste and is very hoppy, but it’s just a little bit too carbonated for me.  I’d drink it again, though – I think I’d prefer it on tap to a bottle.

Rating: 3/5

969 bottles of beer on the wall…

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