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RATINGS: 327   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Draft at Sedona, Charlottesville. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal, melon, resin hops and pale malts. The taste is melon, herbal, mild pine hops. Almost watermelon. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1518) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Draft at crunchy's. clear copper with a white head. Strong hops with slight grapefruit. Spicy and some malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4006) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2013
On draft at Lost Dog in Mclean VA. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Piney hop nose. Strong malt presence with some grassy notes. Moderate to high carbonation. Bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap at Cole’s, Buffalo. This did not come across like a DIPA, closer to a hoppy imperial lager. Mild citrus, well carbonated, minerally. Light grapefruit coloured body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1407) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Citrusy and piney hop aromas, and some caramel. Clear darn orange with a mostly lasting white head. Slightly sweet and very balanced. Medium bodied, very smooth, and with a slightly lingering, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zickbeer_ye (327) - Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Sweet crisp hoppy berry aromas. Light offwhite head and amber orange body. Fresh hops some citrus and berry a little dry grassiness crisp and refreshing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdaddy53 (2) - - AUG 25, 2013 does not count
Had on draft at Mondo's Draft House in Iowa City. Clear Amber color with a nice citrus smell and taste. Very delicious beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2408) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On tap at MacGregor’s, very enjoyable. Tiny bubbles, dark clear amber, clean thick head. Citrus and mango along with malty notes waft out. Some of the same in the palate, very subtle and delicate. No alcohol detected. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3892) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
On tap at FT. Clear amber pour with lacy white head. Good hoppy aroma, citrusy, lemony. Taste is hoppy, very citrusy, light caramel malt, not too bitter, quite quaffable. Very easy drinking, med-full body and good carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 20, 2013
12 oz. draft at Beechland Tavern in West Hartford, CT. Pour is slightly hazy golden amber, with off white head and good lacing. Smell is lots of pine and hop spice. Tons of citrus. Taste is hoppy but not too bitter, maybe a bit too heavy on the grapefruit and citrus. Over all not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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