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Goose Island IPA

December, 2016
Judges Rating: 
10 / 24
6 / 6
32 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
14 / 20

This beer pours with a light golden color and a fluffy white head. Fine bubbles randomly rise to the surface. The medium intensity hop aroma is of woodsy, floral, and some low amounts of pine, and grapefruit rind notes. Subtle fruity esters of peach and red raspberry notes possibly coming from the yeast. The malt aroma comes through as a very subtle grainy with light toffee. The flavor is of moderately woodsy, pine and citrus grapefruit hops with a low grainy/toffee malt character for balance. This beer finishes very dry with a long bitter aftertaste.  The medium body and carbonation are on point for the style, there's also a very low astringent quality to it. The hops are in balance with the malt but in a marketplace saturated with the American IPA style this beer does not stand out. It plays safe which is ok, and does not offer any distinct qualities.