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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandiose vision for a mile-high skyscraper dubbed "The Illinois," we set out to brew an imperial IPA that would be similar in name and ambition. "The Illinois" Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with three of our favorite hops: Cascade, Meridian, and Citra. the result is a harmoniously hoppy ale with a flavor and aroma that is uniquely Goose Island.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1254) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2014
12iz bottle shared. Pours a medium to dark orange color with minimal white head. Plenty if lacing on the glass. Aroma is almost a bright citrus feel. Also malts and other hops. I swear there is butterscotch in this. The flavor is sweet malt and hops. Citrus in nature but still get that sweet candy almost buttery flavor and in not a bad way. Overall pretty decent and there is no evidence of alcohol. But you do get the effects of the dry hopping.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2278) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle from Ayotte’s Crystal clear deep golden/amber color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Earth, citrus, pine, caramel and toffee make up the aroma. The flavor is a bit on the sweet malty side with a solid hit of warming alcohol. Bitter pithy citrus and earthy pine provide something to counter. Moderate level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy resinous mouthfeel. Nice big IPA, a bit on the sweet malty side for my tastes, but I enjoyed sipping on this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2014
12 oz bottle. Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of pine, floral notes, lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is of caramel, booze, grapefruit, mango, and light resin and bitter florals.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (318) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
A sweet IPA. Smells like grass and has a light fruity flavor. Amber color and foamy head. Liked it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2586) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
7 Apr 2014, bottle. gold, clear, some slow steady bubbles, foamy head. nose is grapefruit rind and mild sweet granola malt. thin/med body and moderately fizzy. grapefruit rind, some buble gum, alcohol is sweet but aggressive. Really good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours copper with a slight white head. Aroma is citrus over a warmish light treacle. Med body or better. Flavor is very citrus with suggestions of pine. And odd fruits. Not like Mosaic, but makes me think of that. Heck, I’m even imagining a little anise. This is very different and unusual. Finishing hoppy and bitter and pretty dry. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (632) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Growler from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ. Pours a hazy amber orange with a big rocky beige head. Aroma is big grapefruit citrus hops with toasted malt. Out of the gate, big bittersweet toasted malt and peppery hop flavor. Lot’s of alcohol noticeable. Not a lot of depth, just bitter and strong alcohol. A bit pricey at $12.99 for 32 ounces. Finishes dry and intensely bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very clear light amber color with a slightly largish off-white head on it. Nose has a bit of hoppiness in there, but actually seems to be more malt forward, with a mix of grass and toasty and hay. Taste is slightly sweet up front, though you can get some bitterness to it. Just not a great example of the style, IMHO.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1177) - North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2014
logged in from untappd - doesnt hide its % as well as some other dipa’s out there do. a bit hot

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Seannpc (27) - - APR 3, 2014
This has a lighter orange-brown color and is very floral in smell. Nice level start and finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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