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RATINGS: 290   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2807) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Sampled while I’m pouring GI at Blarney Stone’s Brew Fest. This assaults my nose right away with the big piney catbox smell of big American hops. Then a big malty smack in the face that stands up to the extreme bitter these hops put down. Thick malty mouthfeel, and you can sense the alcohol doing its dirty work. Alternating between sipping this and BCS. Life is good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3321) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2013
On Draught
Pours a golden color, just shy of light orange with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is kind of herbal, dank, and grassy... lots of fresh hop character in the aroma but not in an especially "bright" way if that makes any sense.

The flavor is big and has a lot of fruity hops particularly orange and melon being dominant. The bitterness level is medium to moderate. The booziness is well controlled. Far brighter a flavor on this one than an aroma.

Actually a stunningly good example of the style after the last few dud batches of the Imperial IPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Dark gold/orange with a thick white head. Huge pine aroma and resiny flavor. Remarkable, primarily for its balance and finesse.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3362) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
On tap at the source... Golden mostly transparent hue and topped with a creamy soapy white head... Aroma of crystal malt and citrus combined altogether. Earthy and sweet. Nothing unique... Flavors more of the same with moderately sweet, citrus and a deeper malt tonage. Just above medium bodied with a lighter level carbonation. Not my favorite.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopTsing (427) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
From the tap poured a golden amber brew with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, and hops. medium bodied with flavors of malt and a nice hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (939) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Tap @ Mekong shared with HopTsing. Golden orange with foamy head and ample lacing. A little perfumy and candy peachy but also grapefruity. Not as bitter as I usually like. Soft in mouth, light bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
I personally would not call it a DIPA but this really tastes good. The mixture of Citra and Meridian work well together. Definitely citrus forward and a strong with bitterness but it does not ruin the palate at all. Good carbonation too.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7563) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
New brew from inbev. A decent dipa with an ample bitterness, citrus, and tropical notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoccerDad91016 (2) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2013 does not count
I was surprised how much I liked this. For a big company brew it has a lot to offer. Sweet summertime aroma that reminds of a mix of stone fruits (peaches and apricots) and the flavor has a nice mix of the same stone fruit flavors and hops. Finished a little weak but at least doesn’t have that died in your mouth aftertaste of some mass produced IPAs

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdskinns (203) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2013
On tap. Orange, amber color with white head. Aroma is sweet, malt, floral hops. Somewhat weak aroma. Taste is floral hops, well rounded. Fairly average but I still enjoyed it.


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