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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
85 96 60 8 16 4
Imperial IPA by Goose Island
American Double / Imperial IPA
9.20 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2010
Clear and bright shade of bronze. Small dense cap of off-whitish foam. Tons of clinging lace in big droopy patches and boney fingered strings.

Aroma is well established in a pungently wonderful fruity sense of the tropical kind with a broad orange oil with some gradients of tangerine, grapefruit, and mango juicyness. Semi dry, pithy, flowery, and most definately oily with a touch of heat.

Taste is just as broad, lasting, and impressive as the aroma. Quite oily with orangeyness all over the place. Great display of pithy-like bitterness as it grows into the finish squeezing out more orange with skads of grapefruit, white grape wine, mango, tangerine, and low leveled warmth sifting through each sip. Rounded and oily balanced with a subtle dryness and slightly parched bitterness and warmth that arrives late. Better late then never. As it levels off kinda plainly with left over orange bits.

Feel is smooth and of course, oily, with a nice malt base that sticks across the palate with the orangey fruity tropical stuff. Has an equally nice fade into warmth and bittering. All encompassing goodness here. A terrific showcase of the style.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 01/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 3 7 11 2 7 2009
Interesting No? Pours a more copper color with a very hazy appearance. A light pour still provided a big white head that stayed for some time. Eventually hiding to the edge of the glass but not dissipating at all. Lots of sticky lace.

The nose is more balanced making think of more of an East coast DIPA. The malt is mostly grainy with some complex bready and biscuit notes. A touch of honey and big time solvent/alcohol notes. A bit of a deterrent for me. Some noticeable yeasty notes as well. The hops are more along the piney and earthy side. I picked up oxidation, but my wife did not.

The taste is more balanced towards the malt, but the hops are there as well. To start the malt is more complex than the nose indicated. Some bready and sweet caramel notes. Noticeable sugar and honey flavors. Finishes with a sweetness that is a bit off for IIPA. Big solvent notes the blend with the grapefruity hop flavors. Bitterness is strong but just short of balancing out the malt. Some mineral/earthy finish that is boardline metallic.

The body is big with a log of sweetness. Carbonation is high but helps emphasize the bitterness. Overall there are some really nice positives with the hops and malt, but some minor flaws really distract me from enjoying this beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 0
64oz Growler
Goose Island (Clybourn)

The draft seems to be different from the bottles that I've enjoyed for a few years now. Goose Island's IIPA pours a mildly hazy orange that glows copper when backlit. A great looking two finger creamy white head grew on the pour and left incredibly thick, dense drink lines after each gulp. The carbonation is almost non-existent in the appearance which makes the body glow that much more. A great looking brew and the head just keeps on keepin' on.

The smell is a little muted when compared to the giant flavor present. Caramel maltiness creates a solid backdrop and the hops lay over the top layer upon layer. Thick dense resinous hops come up first and foremost along with a good amount of pine sap. There's a bit of bittersweet orange oils coming through here and there that just add to the complexity.

Goose Island's IIPA is one of my favorite styles of IIPA! I love the big resinous and deep forest pinyness that makes this IIPA what it is. A thick layer of caramel sets a great base for the big mouthful of resinous hops that quickly come into play along with hints of ready to burst pine needles. The bittersweet orange oils don't really come through here and there like the nose suggested but attempt to make a stand on the back of the tongue, they succeed only briefly. The Caramel and resinous hops make a final stand and stomp out the orange. A really great IIPA with a whole lot going on!

The mouthfeel for such a huge beer is right where it should be. The carbonation isn't very present but it doesn't need to be with such a nice body. The body is medium-full with a great silkiness that, even with the mild carbonation, makes its way through at a respectable pace.

Now! This beer goes down really easy but that can get you in big trouble. The big abv is barely detectable and keeps the glass tilted. This is a joy to drink but will, without a doubt, put you down for the night if you go overboard.

I look forward to the release of Goose's IIPA every year and from the tap there seems to be a bit of a difference. Both are World class! I'm really not sure which I prefer...I dig on both of them.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2006
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 8-6-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending me this one. A 2006 vintage, and a “best when consumed by: March 31, 2007” date, so it’s time to open this one.

Poured a bit syrupy for this type of beer, and by that I can see and smell that it has a huge malt bill. The color is a slightly brownish orange—reminds me of the color of a grand cru.

I swill the beer around to get some head, since there was virtually none at all, and pick up mostly a sweet malt profile followed by the piney and citrus hops, slightly spicy as well. I also detect some orange, apple and pear aromas.

The taste is rather sweet. The hop bitterness is…not really there. I feel a bit of warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite thick for an IPA but I like big beers.

It’s a good beer and I’m enjoying it but it wasn’t what I expected—at least not the way it is written on the bottle’s label. I would like to taste a fresh one next time and see the differences between a slightly aged one and a fresh one.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 18 5 10 0
Originally reviewed 06/15/06

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A - Hazy orange with a good head. Head disipates within a minute.

S - Alcohol, citrusy hops. Yummy.

T - This might be my personal favorite DIPA. Great balance between the malt and hops. Alcohol is there without being overpowering. More piney than citrusy I guess.

M - Thick, almost chewy. Stays on the back of the tongue for a minute. Perfect.

D - I could drink this non-stop if it was more available and not quite so expensive.

This is definitely one of my top 5 beers. Not sure if I would choose Dreadnaught over this even.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by urbanhack on 12/02/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 19 5 10 0
One of my favorites. The smell cannot be beat and it's a very drinkable beer for being 9%. One of my all time favorites.

Price: $19.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 4 10 2005
This is one of my favorite beers. One time, a friend mentioned that he could smell the hops across the table before I even poured it into the glass. I like that strong hops smell and taste in this one.

Golden, pale orange color. STRONG hops smell. Very strong citrus and pine smell. This is one of the strongest points of this beer to me.

Strong hops taste with citrus and a decently strong alcohol and biting finish. Hop bitterness, medium mouthfeel.

One of my favorite beers, no exceptions. I have had several of these in a night. When all else fails, and I can't decide what to have any night, this is my default choice. This is quite simply the one beer I know I can get, and I know I can drink as many as I can handle. I love this beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Thanks to Nucular George for this freaking gem. Pours a cloudy reddish orange color that forms into a nice sized white head that lassted quite a while. Smell = hops+pine, that pretty much sums it up. This one plus the HopSlam make me want to try the Stone 10th again. Not a damn thing bad about this brew. Thanks a million NG.

Served In: Pint Glass

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