Time for another Brew Review. Today's poison is one of the bigger more well known IPAs. Goose Island IPA (straight from bottle). Goose Island originally hailed from Chicago (still do for their more special beers) and are very popular in Canada. Easy to find in most bars, Beer Stores and LCBO's; they are even opening a brewpub in Toronto . This is a beer most Craft drinkers should have tried by now. It's even a beer most non-craft drinkers would of tried at least once before heading back to the lagers or ciders. Now largely owned by a parent company (Anheuser-BuschInBev) and being mass produced in a new location, Goose Island IPA is a beer to be enjoyed and experienced by the masses. It is readily available and should be an easy beer to review then.
Name: Goose IPA
Country: America, Chicago.
Brewery: Goose Island Brewery
Price: $13.75 (Six Pack) CAD
"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."
Sight: A clear golden yellow with a slight orange tint.
Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit aromas manage to escape the bottle. Nothing strong about it.
Taste: Overall an easy drinking, floral beer. Has a grapefruit bitterness which ends with a dry finish.
Would I buy it again? Yes. It's a safe choice when you go to some of the main stream bars. It's also an easy find when visiting family or friends who want to stock their fridges with something for you. If I'm searching through a real bar (lol) or a bottleshop this would be at the bottom of the list.
As we all know Goose Island has been around for a long time. 25ish years I believe. And they are properly, one of the most well known brewers out there and truly helped the "craft" movement. This is good news for us drinkers, as it means we get to enjoy this beer at a reasonable price and can find it quiet easily in most LCBO's and bars in Ontario and now around the world. With it's smooth taste and bitter finish it is a great gateway beer for those new to IPAs or as a safe choice for those unsure of the other offerings.
If you haven't had it, I recommend trying it to see how 25 years of brewing knowledge can create a great beer. It is also proof that when breweries get bought out by bigger companies, it's not the end of world. The quality can be kept and a wider public can be brought over to a more flavoursome world.
So have you tried it? Do you agree or better let disagree? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.