Goose Island Imperial IPA

Goose Island Imperial IPAI’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.

BeerAdvocate score: 91, with 100% approval. RateBeer score: 4.06 out of 5.

Excellent beer. It’s one of their limited editions, though, so grab it up if you can find it!


  1. If you didn’t like this beer, I was going to have to send out armored infantry to destroy your perimeter reinforcements and then we would have to neutralize the rest of your tastebuds until you could understand where you had seen the error of your ways. Luckily you enjoyed it, so everything is okay!

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