Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Goose Island India Pale Ale – Goose Island Beer Company – Chicago, IL

The first time I had heard of the Goose Island Beer Company, I had grown tired of what in my mind were the big three; Stone, Rogue and Dogfish Head. Those three extremely talented Breweries were what I considered the standard. At the time, I took a chance with a Brewery that I had never heard of, and was amazed. I had no idea that Goose Island had even existed, and now…I search it out whenever I can. Tonight, we’re reviewing their IPA. I just hope that it’s not your run of the mill IPA. I hope that it’s different. Here’s what the website ad to say:


Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

Recipe Information:

Style: English Style India Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%
International Bitterness Units: 55
Color: Bourbon
Hops: Styrian, Fuggle, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: Pale

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Thistle
Food Pairings: Curries, Chicken, Pork
Cheese Pairings: Blue, Aged Gouda
Cellaring Notes: Enjoy within 180 days


Year Round
Bottles: 6pks
Draft: 1/6 & 1/2bbl

World Beer Cup Recognition:

Judging Category: English Style India Pale Ale
2010: Gold Medal

Great American Beer Festival Recognition:

Judging Category: English Style India Pale Ale
2009: Silver Medal
2007: Silver Medal
2004: Silver Medal
2001: Bronze Medal
2000: Gold Medal


When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that.

The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born.

It turned out that John was right; Chicagoans palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s Brewpub opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. By 1995, the brewpub had become so popular that John Hall decided to open a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. Finding still more room for growth, in 1999 Hall opened a second Goose Island Brewpub just a stone’s throw away from historic Wrigley Field.

Today, Goose Island continues to brew an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers at the brewpub, the best of which are then bottled at our Fulton Street brewery. Goose Island beers are now enjoyed in 36 states and Europe.



WOW, this could very well be one of the finest IPAs that I’ve ever tasted. With just the right amount of balance between the hops, the spice and the malt, you wind up with the perfect IPA. I can honestly say that I am absolutely impressed. Where are these guys on the National stage? Why are they not distributed out West? People on the Left Coast would be blown away by the flavor that this brew packs. Awesome!


10/10 – Awesome

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