Goose Island India Pale Ale

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The Goose Island Beer Company lost their craft brewers cred when they sold out to Anheuser-Busch a few years ago, but as far as I can tell, it hasn’t affected their beer and that’s all I care about. This is a classic American IPA with hoppy, sawdust scented nose. The body is medium weight, which is a pleasant surprise for a fairly low alcohol beer (only 5.9% ABV) and the middle has a lot of sweet orange, with some bitter rind undertones. There’s some roasty malt in the finish, which is the only place you really get much bitterness, and it’s quite nice. Any feelings about the new owners aside, this is a really well done IPA, and I enjoy it immensely.

I give it a 4.3 out of 5.

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