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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Draft. AMber beer with a cream head. Big grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Grapefruti and tropical fruit flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruti and triopical fruit lingers with backing malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3725) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2013
On draft at the tap house in Lemont. Pours a rich caramel color with a small white head. Aroma of strong citrus and pine hopes, touches of floral and nice tangerine aromas. Flavor is rich and bitter. Lots of nice citrus notes in the flavor. Full bodied, big mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Finishes bitter and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Tap. Light amber pour with a lot if white head. Smells of hops and slight malts. Tastes of malt and a lot of hops. Nice bitter hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Sample at Brew Kettle. The beer is a clear amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, malt and citrus. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and pine. The finish is moderately bitter with a grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Serving: Draft at Leesburg Brewing Company. It pours a ruddy copper color with a small off white head. The nose has slight herbal and resin notes. The flavor seems more malt driven than hop forward. There is a solid breadiness the whole way with a little pine resin and citrus kicking in. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This one seems ho-hum to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2346) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
A solid dips. Amazing dark orange pour with great lacing. Some dank and resiny aromas. A well balanced dipa that isn’t all malt and isn’t all hops. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2199) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pour at Autumn Brew Review 2013. Amber pour with a white head. Nice big hoppy citrus nose. Big citrus again in the taste, strongly bitter finish but still bright and flavorful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Cool to be rating a beer inspired by FLW less than a mile from his AZ campus. Amber colored pour with a white head. Fresh hops hit the tongue, some grapefruit peel, lemony notes, nice floral hop bill that lends to some grassy notes and then there is a nice backbone of malt. But the hops do steal the show.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2003) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Draft at Eulogy. Clear deep amber pour. Gently sweet but mostly dry. Well blended. Strong hop character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1583) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
On tap at 312 block party. Poured reddish orange with light white head. Quite hoppy grapefruit aroma. Light carb med body. Sweet bitter light resinous taste.


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