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RATINGS: 309   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Livendadream (130) - New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2014
Btl pours hazy orange-gold color with a thick creamy off white head that lingers for a while leaving strips of lace on glass. Smells of citrus fruits, pine, dank cellar, tropical fruits,sweet bread,grass and a whiff of alcohol. Tastes of sweet caramel malts,grapefruit,orange and bread. Medium body,smooth creamy texture, silky mouthfeel, perfect carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Well balanced iipa that has very clean flavors. Its an imperial that doesn’t seem like one until you have had a couple. The 9% abv is hidden very well. Great beer Goose Island!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottled. Poured clear, honeyed orange with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up sweet honey and caramel notes with accents of fresh citrus and black peppery hoppage.. juicy and enticing. The flavor found sticky honey and lesser caramel at the core, with spicy pepper, citrus, and light grassy bitterness around.. finished peppery and warm, but the boozage didn’t take over. Medium-bodied, but fairly filling on the palate.. good feel and flow.. this was well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
Goose Island always recommends a serving glass on the label. I went with a snifter instead of the recommended pint glass! Pretty standard on the nose as fas IIPAs go. Flavor is fresh full of hops. Really chewy and sticky on the palate. The resiny bitterness is counter by a malty sticky sweetness. I wouldn’t call this ’balnaced’, as the sweetness and bitterness are both on the extreme side. But that is what I expect from a Imperial beer like this and I’m glad that Goose Island stepped up for this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Standard visuals, golden amber with a medium, creamy head. The aroma is over-the-top perfumey, with an almost off-putting floral sting. The beer drinks with an average mouthfeel, neither thin nor as heavily bodied as some DIPAs. That same odd sense of spring pollen is evident in the taste, particularly in the too-mushy finish. (#5487, 4/17/2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2014
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a deep amber hue with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, some pine, some citrus, orange, a little bread. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, loads of caramel, nutty, bready, some orange citrus hops, with a light bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1223) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
Hazy, copper-amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma has orange, grapefruit, and pine. It has a medium body with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a more bittersweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fcjack1 (181) - 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 (2434) - 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 (5212) - 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.

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