Review by Andy
Goose Island says…
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.
Brewed and bottled in the USA, perhaps explains the strange bottle size of 355ml, too small again, we want pint servings, however the 5.9% strength does makes up for the small size somewhat.
A winner of no less than 6 Great American Beer Festival Awards, this Indian Pale Ale is described on the bottle as “Bright citrus aromas with a bold hop finish” certainly sounds good.
A fresh aroma, definitely smells nice and has a bitter aftertaste to it, not unpleasant. Nice and clean to the taste and very refreshing initially.
This is easy to drink and doesn’t taste its nearly 6%. Not sure why this has won 6 awards, whilst there is nothing inherently wrong here, there is nothing that hugely stands out to me.
A beer that went down a treat to be fair, and one for the ‘try so you can tick off’ rather than ‘must try before you die’ list, decent if not ‘wow.’