Beer Review: Goose Island Brewery – India Pale Ale

January 26th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

“Trust me, you can dance!” Anonymous


I was recently at a friends house, and we were talking about parenthood, as he had just had a baby boy 2 months previous.  As we were talking we were having a beer, as most people should at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon.  As he reached into the fridge, out comes a beer that I had yet to try.  Out comes this can of beer from Goose Island Brewery.  It was their India Pale Ale.




After inspecting the can, I realize that Goose Island is a brewery out of Chicago.  After a bit of research I found out that Goose Island is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev.  That being said, I want to be clear, that I’m strickly looking at this beer for what it is, and not who the parent company is.  It would not be fair to judge a book by it’s owner, or however that saying goes.


I was given the beer in a 473ml Can, with no glass, as I did not want to dirty glassware at some else’s house, just to be a good house guest.  So for appearance of the beer, I have no clue.  I would assume it looks like an IPA…


Like most people know, I have a habit of smelling food or drinks before I inhale them.  This beer was not out of the wrath of my sniffer.  With a good deep inhale, this is what I noted: Right off the hop (no pun intended), there was a very prominent hit of well hops.  To be honest, it has the same smell as a Hops and Bolts has.  There was also a hint of sweetness as well.  From there the next stage would be to take a sip of the beer.  Not a gulp, but a sip, for a couple reasons… What if the liquid inside was not beer but something else, or what if it was very hot.  Luckily for me, it was neither of those, and was what the can stated it was.  With the taste came a pleasant surprise.  I had every intention of a on rush of hoppiness hit my mouth, but no, it was a lot more subtle than I expected.  Don’t get me wrong, there was the hit of hops from a typical IPA, but Goose Island did not go overboard on it.  You also had the note of malt there as well, and like the smell a bit of an almost caramel taste to it.  All in all a very well rounded beer, and dare I say, one of the better IPA’s I have had in a long time.


At the end of the beer, I began to think, boy I would like another one for sure, but then the agony hit.  My friend did not have another one in the fridge.  The Humanity!


Rating: 4.67 out of 5


Would you recommend this beer to a friend:  For sure I would, 100%

Was the beer hoppy:  Not near as bad as you would think, rating somewhere in the high 50s to low 60s on the IBU scale.



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