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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (2142) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Deep orange. Nose of meaty citrus, grapefruit, pine, and sugary malt. Flavor is sweet, borderline hot grainy caramel with more thick citrus bitterness. Lingering light boozy malt and grapefruit rind. Chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (1010) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Hazy orange with a small head. The aroma is a bit resiny, with some caramel and some mellow citrus, orange and stone fruit and light vanilla notes. The flavor packs a bit more tropical fruit and citrus, and is also very clean. A moderate amount of sweetness carries all the way through to the slightly bitter, resiny finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (7166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2016
On tap at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Chicago. Hazy copper with a white head. Aroma and taste of hops, grapefruit, resin and some caramel. Fairly thick body and with a long bitter finish. Also some warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeandduke (218) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2016
2/11/16 Chicago ($7 12 oz draft pour into chalice at Goose Island Tap Room). Darker yellow pour, clear light head, minimal lacing. Citrus aroma. Nice strong hops and clean taste and texture. Pleasant bitterness, decent kick. Overall very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5395) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Draft at District Tap House. Murky orange with s beige head and mid-heavy lacing. Aroma of orange, pine, and butterscotch. Flavor is odd. Almost reminds me of a creamsicle or something with game orange flavor. I can’t exactly pinpoint what, but it definitely tastes different than I expected. It’s almost creamy. A bit of boozy heat comes through on a mid-plus bodied beer with an okay overall feel. Decent, but not something is rush out for again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a slightly cloudy apricot color with golden orange edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind. Earthy floral hop aroma with dank, resinous oils, grass and pine needle countered by citrus fruit, sweet malt and biscuit. Nice grassy character followed by pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus peel. Subtle caramel malt sweetness along with bread, biscuit, toffee and cracker. On the lighter end of medium body with a blast of dry, earthy hops that lingers over the sweeter citrus/tropical fruit notes and pale malts into bone dry finish. Bitter, dry and sticky with pine sap, grass and spruce tip follows by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Underneath, there’s a pale malt backbone but it isn’t as strong as in the nose. Subtle cracker and biscuit flavor with some bread and faint caramel sweetness. Decent balance with good flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dal9000 (447) - Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2015
95 IBU. pours cloudy copper with a thick off white head. Initial soft creamy citrus hop taste that builds after swallowing. The massive hop flavor builds as you breathe in. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
Une amertume impressionnante et résineuse avec un arrière goût herbacé persistant. C’est ce que j’écrirais si j’avais à décrire cette bière en une seule phrase. Mais bon, puisque j’ai droit à plusieurs phrases, alors bah... je n’en ferai pas usage par paresse!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9202) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2015
cool hops used but too muddled and malty - me thinks I got an old one. I’d like to try it fresh, but for now the light citrus over cardboard ain’t floatin my boat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2015
I keep drinking bottle after bottle of this over the past month, but never seem to get around to rating it. Guess now is the time... The aroma is stuff full of toffee malt and resiny hios with dried citrus fruit; burnished copper orange color with an off white crown; the flavor is complex and contains lots of dried fruit (apricot, peach, dates), chewy toffee malt, leather, toms of herbal and spicy hops, a dollop of resin, moderately bitter overall, warming alcohol speaking out; chewy and sticky texture, medium full body; this drinks almost like an American style barleywine, buy goes down easier and seems more enjoyable and complex overall; I think this is a really good beet and I’m thoroughly enjoying it... Fantastic label, too!

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