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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wrightís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt and piney hop. Sweet malt flavor with pine accents before a bitter grapefruit finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours with a clear golden orange hue with a large fluffy white head. Good lace. Aromas are of are floral, pine, citrusy, a bit of resin and windex. Grassy, somewhat fruity. Moderate sweet. Flavors are very malt forward, toasted, crystal, iced tea. Low hop, citrus, melon. Estery. Floral. Lively carbonation, fuller bodied.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2014
First of all, love the label on this. It is a perfect match for a hoppy beer inspired by Frank Loyd Right. The beer itself is pretty good too. They are selling this as an imperical IPA but itís really pushing barleywine territory in terms of strength and sweetness. Itís cloudy orange in color w/ a small ring of white lace. This is a very sweet beer w/ tons of hops. The overall impression is that of tangerine zest, a bit of pine and loads and loads of heavy malt sweetness. I suppose what make this an IPA vs. a barleywine is the fact that the finish has an extremely strong earthy bitteress. Upon pouring, I found this to be bot to sweet and too bitter but as it warms, that strong sweetness stops feeling so heavy and starts giving it a warm, mouth-filling quality. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the nose and across the palate which lends an unfortunate medicinal character but that is only slight and doesnít ruin the experience at all. The finish is drawn out with a sticky smack of sugar that lingers on the tongue. I am kind of curious this hit shelves when it did. It seems like a better choice would be in February when a nice, warming barleywine would really hit the spot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2014
1/V/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ ThirstyBirdís place - BB: 14/II/14 (2014-455) Thanks to Uli for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark orange beer, big aery yellowish head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very soapy, floral,c itrus, bit sweet, caramel, malty. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, honey, malty, citrus, floral, bit fishy (no really, like fish), weird, spicy touch, little bitter. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, bit soapy, grapefruit, peaches, more soapy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate fruit with mango, melon, citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits, and light grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger orange-tinted off-white head that has great retention. Eventually it fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of mango, tropical fruits, and pineapple. There is a slight touch of caramel in the middle. The finish is moderate-heavily hopped with with good doses of grapefruit and spicy hops. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation a slightly oily mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (515) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber with medium off white. Malty aroma. Sweet fruity hops. Smooth.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1456) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Excellent blend of malt sweetness, herbal hops and fruity hops. Nice bitter aftertaste, but some alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours out a nice darker amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of lots of evergreen hops, pine, sweet citrus, and some lingering boozy notes. Taste is a punch of citrus, some evergreen/piney hops, mildly acidic bitterness, some odd fruity/floral notes and lingering boozy sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7885) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose/taste of perfumy hops, resin, pine cone, caramel malt, sticky sap and citrus peel. Medium body. A bit to perfumy for my liking, but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2440) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark hazy copper with foamy white head. Aroma is of piney hops, citrus and mango. Taste has big notes of pine and resin and Grapefruit with a malt backbone. Medium body, medium carbonation. ABV hidden well. Solid DIPA.


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