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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Has a pretty signature goose island flavor too it but with the nice concentrated go flavor that a double ipa usually has. Lovely. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
On tap at Flo & Santos. Pours a golden color with a white head. Has a hoppy bitter piney grapefruit aroma with weak hints of caramel. Fruity malty hoppy bitter piney grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney finish with hints of caramel. Not bad, but expected a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3007) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Madison’s pre-GTMW event - Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is dank hops, real citrusy with a clean malt base. Taste has a little more sweetness and booze, with lots of dank mango and citrus hops. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Real nice--not sweet or hot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 A medium-strong hop aroma. Very clear, un-bubbly. This is fairly sweet and sugary with a hop alcohol note that’s more noticeable near the end. Decent but not what I’m feeling at the moment. Had again and had to raise this up. Truly fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft. Loads of pine and citrus with a huge caramel malt backbone. Very good, although a bit boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
On tap at Independent Ale House. Pours golden orangish amber with white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, resiny hops, and some caramel. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, caramel malts, little toast, and good dose of bitter hops. Finishes with bitter hop burst ad residual sweetness of the caramel malts. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - AUG 9, 2013
Aroma of melon, citrus, malts. Very balanced aroma. Citra is there but not screaming. Appears amber gold with ample white head. Taste is citrus with good thorough bitterness. Balanced. Lightness and melon flavor apparent. Malt presence is barely enough. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Darn fine, hoppy, bittering, DIPA. Complexity from caramel malts and nutty, toast notes. Pine, a whole forest of it, and lots of floral aromas. Leaning more pine/citrus on the palate. VERY long and very tasty. Also, it is this kind of wonderful glowing amber brown in the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2175) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 6, 2013
On tap 5oz. sampler at The Bistro in Old Line Wine in Beltsville, MD. Clear, amber-copper with an off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of pine, lemon, caramel and light fruit. Taste of intense caramel, pine and citrus--all nicely in balance--with some floral hops at the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2013
On tap at 7th West. Pour is a murky orange, tons of citrus hops on the nose and tongue. Creamy, sticky mouth feel. Not bitter, slightly sweet. Nice beer.

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