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RATINGS: 335   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.


4.1
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2913) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6196) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4651) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5067) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours deep yellow with white head. Nose of sweet malt and some pine hops. Toffee sweetness with some pine hop taste. Drinkable. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (741) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Clear amber pour with no head. Light dry body. Mild citrusy nose. Mild bitter finish. Masks its alcohol quite well. Easy drinking and decently strong. Extra points for the architectural reference!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Pine, spicy, citrusy hop aromas. Spicy, earthy, dank hoppy bitter flavors with a cracker malt base__tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Lots of hops in the aroma. Citrus and pine. The flavor has a malty sweet start with a nice amount of hops in the back end. Well carbonated, crisp for the style.


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