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RATINGS: 371   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4242) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Draft from federal taphouse Lancaster. Pours orange with a half inch of white head. Doesn’t leave much lacing in the glass. Nice floral notes on the nose. Some solid floral notes on the tongue. Hides the alcohol well. Fades a bit as I drank it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger white head that hangs around for a little while. Citrus, grapefruit and floral notes dominate. Smooth mouthfeel with above average carbonation, tastes of grapefruit, caramel malt, slight hop tartness on the finish. Was hoping for more body but it works here. Some alcohol burn noticeable. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jh773 (252) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014 Rich golden orange in the glass (slightly hazy). Smells like caramel biscuit. Thick and caramelly with grassy overtones and just the slightest touch of dark fruit. A surprising amount of carbonation. Further sipping reveals hints of pineapple and increasing bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, lightly citrusy hop and pine notes. Too sweet and malty for me. Some dank hop character as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Had a deep copper glass from draft .. . medium foam .. . quite a malty dipa, light hoppiness .. . not what i was expecting from the goose .. . . everybody values honesty, until they have an ugly baby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle-pours bright orange with a small soapy white head with sparse lacing. nose is massive-lots of tropical notes along with grapefruit, pineapple, lite resin, very sweet smelling (flowers). flavors of grapefruit (pink), pine, lite cleaner, cheese, speramint, and lots of tropical notes. flavors are pretty complex. reminds me alot of their old IIPA they used to make back before the AB buyout. long sweet citric finish with lingering grapefruit, pineapple, and fresh hops. a very solid IIPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1775) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2x12oz bottles poured into a man sized mug. Looks slightly hazed tangerine color with a decent sized white head that lasts. Aromas of citrus fruit, some pine sap. Taste is sweet upfront with a lasting bitter finish. Not much in the way of late addition hops hence no real juicy hop expression. Yet still, it is somewhat fruity in a semi-tangible way. Too much sweetness, too much Tylenol. It’s not a world beater, just an average DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle the Beer pours to a clear slightly dark golden color. Aroma is strong pine, citrus, & floral notes. Taste is similar with notes of stone fruit. Overall very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
12oz bottle from Proof. Copper pour with thin dirty white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, pine, citrus. Tastes are resin, citrus peel, lemon, floral, pine, sweet bread.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2189) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
pours a clear amber with a very small light tan head, and a little lacing. smell is faint, some caramel, and hops come through. taste is oily, hoppy, caramel, citrus, and a nice malt back. ends thick and a bitterness that grows as you drink.

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