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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geraldusek89 (22) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Really excited about this one, being from Chicago. Beautiful color, moderate lacing. Aroma is fantastic. Fruity and resiny. Taste is a balanced, hop powered yet fruity wave of deliciousness. Four pack for $9.99. Great value for a great beer. Try if you can. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight earth, nice orange, mango, slight pineapple in there into a bit of booze, lemon. Taste is a mix of lemon, grass, pineapple, orange, and mango into a bit of caramel, toffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly boozy, slightly tropical fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2769) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Pours a deep golden almost copper color with a finger of sticky eggshell foam. The nose is interesting, bready malts, citrus, pine, musky melon. The palate follows with nice layers of dank earthy fruit, pine, citrus and a round clean malt backbone. Pretty nice drinker for 9% !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1513) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Pours a slightly hazed, orange color with a 1/4 inch, very dense cream colored head. Aroma is very hefty with a large orange, grapefruit and pine nose to the brew with a sweet malt background to bolster the hops presence. Flavor is well balanced with an early pine and orange melding slowly transitioning too some light noble hops-like grassy notes and a smooth sweet, lightly toasted malt finish. Body is modest with a slightly crisp feel, mild amounts of carbonation and as it warms, a semi-noticeable extracted hop oil flavor (assume its a combination of the high hop and high alcohol). Overall a pretty good brew but nothing out of this work unique. Just another big hopped, high alcohol beer thats well crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Deep golden pour,one finger white head,good lacing.Aroma of orange /grapefruit peel,pine needles and straw/grass.Fresh hop notes, lemon,grapefruit ,melon and grass.Medium body,soft carbonation.Slightly sweet malt backbone,but finish is dry with a lingering orange pith note.Very smooth for 9%. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Well balanced hop to malt taste. Fresh lemon, grapefruit, and slight pine smell. Beautiful amber with ample carbonation. Hop bitterness up front with a caramel malt finish. Nice Imperial IPA that keeps the balance while enjoying the hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3004) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle, from triangle Wine, bottle on 07FEB14. 1120. real good aroma, sweet . Citrus, orange/grapefruit, caramel, herbal. BitClean brownish orange color, ok head and lace. Bittersweet flavor, medium body, oily viscous mouthfeel , bitter finish that’s a darn fine iipa, real good aroma and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6529) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Bright, sparkling light copper pour, sticky snow white head, nice lacing. Aroma has some cat urine essence, very resiny and warming. Flavor is full-bodied and delicious with heavy doses of maple syrup sweetness, some mango fruitiness, just the right amount of citrus bitterness. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. An enjoyable diversion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Well, while I was debating with drowland on the merits of appearance rating, I failed to notice the head on my glass of The Illinois. This would be a big deal to drowland, but alas all foam is ephemeral and I can move on to rate the brew and the bottle’s appearance. Super clean art deco label, would make a nice poster in your office. Oakwood/citrine clear beer. Standard US longneck. Candied aroma with nice hops - I’m starting to take a real shine to Citra. Lightly sweet, stiffly hopped, a little mineral, the occasional funky-off woody note. Medium to slightly heavy body. Good carbonation. Warming, and woody in the finish. This was well done. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Snifter at Eddies. Filtered copper-orange color, nice amber hues. Big, steady off-white head. Nice, cool, crisp hop tones. Really solid IIPA. Rindy, grapefruit, very resinous yet cool and crisp too. Toasty malt background, some caramel, richer malt tones than, say, FFF. Resinous finish, dry, sweet, nice balance.

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