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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (164) - Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden amber color. Thin white head. Scent of floral hops. Taste is hoppy and crisp. Citrus and hops linger for a bit. I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
I’m already partial to this one because I REALLY want the Imperial IPA they used to make to come back... this isn’t it but has some similar characteristics. Flavor and aroma both dominated by green pine... would never have guessed Citra without being told... but I can get a bit of the onion/citrus fruit on the flavor now knowing. Very well done.... not my particular tastes, but well done GI.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle with cool Frank Lloyd Wright label. Pours amber with a beige head. Nose is strong floral and hoppy scents. Taste reminds me of a Stone beer - very bitter, primarily with bitter hops and just a mildly sweet finish. Medium body. Pretty disappointed in this one - not well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4996) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
12oz bottle pours a clear, dark orange with some clumpy, white head. Nose is heavy on the soap, heavy pine needle, some caramel, a little candlewax, some honey comb, blood orange. Flavor is the same, bitter blood orange, grapefruit peel, honey comb, soap and pine. Full bodied, bitter finish. Sticky too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours orangish golden with a big white head nice carbonation and lots of thick lacing. Nose is sweet and bright. Citrus, pine, juniper, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, grass, a slight barnyard funk and a bit of bread in the background. Taste is reflective of the 95 IBU without being bitterly resiny. Lots of citrusy hops and fruit. Peach, nectarine, pineapple, mango, lemon curd, toast, chamomile, sweet malt, spruce, white pepper and loads of juicy fresh hops. Medium bodied with fine bubbly carbonation. Left a bit to be desired on the back with an almost sticky back of the tongue. I got a weird throat coat that really turned me off. Decent length with a bit of spice to it. I really enjoyed this and considered it a pretty solid Imperial IPA until I swallowed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2325) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle, bottled on March 27th, just arrived in Madison, pours a clear amber gold with a thick white head and tons of lacing, little bubbles through out, nice looking bier, aroma has a little bit of citrus on the nose with some fruit coming through as well, the flavor has a bitter front end with a little bit of pine and fruit in the finish, still dry through out though, kind of different, good thing is the 9% isn’t tasted at all, not bad I suppose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11036) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottle at Goose Island Clybourne, Chicago. Clear golden/orange beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy pine apple aroma, grassy, mango, oranges, peach, passion fruit, citrus, caramel notes, biscuits, lemongrass, some hay. Hoppy floral flavor, grassy, biscuits, pine apples, raisins, peach, passion fruit, some lemongrass. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (352) - USA - APR 11, 2014
On tap to my growler to my home into a pint glass golden orange with a HUGE head. Aroma of tropical fruit pineapple & some orange. Some minor pine going on here as well. Know this is going to be good! Flavor is incredible. Smooth sweet hoppiness so well balanced. No overkill on any one component of this brews profile. Exceptional season by GI which I look forward to each year. Yummo!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (136) - Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2014
Had this from a growler. Aroma is citrus and pineapple. Pours a nice clear golden color with a 1 finger off white head. Taste is a nice balance between sweet and bitter with slight pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. Palate is very smooth. Overall an excellent beer. I highly recommend it. Goes great with Havarti cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3384) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
Comes out of the tap hazy amber with a nice fine-bubbled buff head. Aroma is quite hoppy, as resiny as woody. Flavor is very hoppy, in this case a little more woody, slightly sweet, with citrus and evergreen hints.firm texture has fizz to spare. Get goosed!

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