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RATINGS: 286   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
RickTStiles (764) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
pours a hazy peach with a lasting white head and some spotty lacing. Surprisingly malty aroma with notes of vanilla and stone fruit. taste has notes of vanilla, apricot, green apple and a hint of orange. finish is note overly pronounced but present and pleasant. a fine beer.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Ctplt777 (131) - - JUL 29, 2014
Well if this is the beer that shows the name and ambition of the illinois we’re off to a bad start. I don’t know what is it with Goose Island. I think they are so overrated. Like extremely overrated. This one is no exception. Aroma is a sweet boozy mess. It’s almost nauseating. Let it warm up just couldn’t get a lot out of it. Taste is boozy and messy sweet weirdness. Some bitterness but just nothing that really saves this from being exactly what I expected. It’s kind of a let down to me. Probably won’t be trying anymore Goose Island beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1187) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Deep orange with thin head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Flavor of spicy hops and pine. Some alcohol warmth. Good but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1282) - Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Appearance: clear medium orange, with one finger of frothy, bubbly white head and decent lacing. Aroma: fruity, with pineapple and mango most prominent, and lots of grapefruit and blood orange; malts are prominent with strong graham cracker pie crust and brown bread. Taste: hugely flavorful, with tropical and citrus fruits followed by slightly dank, resinous pine; big, toasty sweet malts to balance. Finish: strongly lingering bitterness, almost syrupy, with a pronounced boozy burn. Notes: A huge beer, with tons of juicy, fruity bitterness and a bunch of sweet toasty malts to balance. Alcohol was not well hidden at all, which detracted a bit from the overall experience. I’m no lightweight, and a single beer brought forth a boozy, burning buzz.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (998) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2014
A solid imperial IPA. Pours dark golden with an impressive head. Bitter-sweetness, hints of grapefruit and apricot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1055) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2014
The color is a slightly hazy orange with a medium off-white head, and the aroma blends citrus and floral hops with light malts. The taste is quite bitter, slightly sour, and a touch sweet; the palate fuses a thick texture, bitter finish, medium-full body, and an average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1655) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Had this at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours a fairly clear orange with a nice head. Aroma is citrus with some slight pine. Flavor follows with more citrus than pine. A bit hot. Overall, a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (787) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Draft. Fairly hazyX orange color with large tan head. Big danky and citrusy hop aroma, light caramel malt presence. Mostly citrusy hop flavor, some danky sticky hop character. Pale malt backbone. Alcohol definitely present - hi boost.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (738) - Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
This one pours a transparent gold. A light white foamy head. A nice tropical hop flavor. Leaves a slight alcoholic lingering note. Overall pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3862) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Tangerine nose, warm triple sec notes, juicy. Hazy orange, thick yellow head. Tastes as it smells, but much hotter. Orange is present. Alcohol is quite evident. Medium body not over the top with the bitterness.


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