I’m really liking Goose Island‘s beers… the latest I’ve had is their Imperial IPA. This is a hefty beer, weighing in at 9% alcohol by volume—"Imperial" indeed! I have to say, it’s an outstanding beer. Let’s go to my tasting notes…
Appearance: A nice orange copper color. Off-white head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Hops in the nose, most prominently. Citrusy and grassy indicate Cascade hops.
Taste: Strong and smooth hops right up in front. On the second sip the alcohol strength comes through. Delicious! The malt is nutty, biscuit, slightly toasty. The hops stay on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and rich. Notable hop astringency coats the mouth.
Excellent beer. It’s one of their limited editions, though, so grab it up if you can find it!