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Goose Island IPA

IPA from the USA 🇺🇸


Brewed by Goose Island Beer Company

Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Beer Type

India Pale Ale

Alcohol %


A bit about the beer

Ingredients – Water, Hops - Pilgrim, Celeia, Cascade, Centennial, Malts - 2 Row, Bon. Munich, C 20

Goose Island began when founder, John Hall, took a tour across Europe, sampling pint after pint and coming to the conclusion that “America deserves some damn fine beer like this, too.” Back then craft beer was not a big thing in America, and John decided that he wanted to change that. He settled in his hometown, Chicago, a city perfect for craft beer due to its rapidly evolving tastes and having the largest system of fresh water on the planet. So he started brewing..

By 1995 John's beer had become very popular, so he decided to open a large brewery, along with a bottling plant. By 1999 he had added a brewpub along with the brewery and bottling plant. Today, what was once a one man dream has become the Goose Island empire which in 2011 was acquired by Anheuser-Busch.

Back to the IPA. The official description of the beer is - "Goose Island’s flagship IPA is a six-time medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival. We’ve taken the traditional English Style and created our own fuller flavored IPA with bright citrus aromas and a bold hop finish. With hoppy, bold, and smooth flavor, Goose IPA is the perfect beer for hopheads and discovery drinkers alike".

For me, poured from a bottle it has a clear golden colour with a white head that lasts. Aromas of pine and citrus are dominant but not overpowering. The taste follows the smell, very smooth with hints of barley-sweet malt and citrus fruits being very prominent. It finishes with a lingering taste of grapefruit and hoppy bitterness and a slight citrus sweetness.

Overall this is a good beer, a very "normal" IPA, meaning it is not exceptional but not terrible either. If you enjoy IPAs you will definitely like this one, although maybe it is not as complex as some of the top ones out there.

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