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RATINGS: 265   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (1942) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle about three months old according to the date on the bottle. Pour has an orange color with an off white covering of head. Aroma has resins, sweet malt, and mild citrus. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation average. Flavor has a large malted side to go with the hops, resins, mild bitterness, sweet throughout, with caramel and some heat into the finish. To me this is really a hoppy barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1193) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a whisky off-white head. Rich, dank and sweet hop aroma. Nice full flavor with a sweet spicy hop body and dry bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (355) - Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Pours orange golden with thin white head. Medicinal menthol up front. Some spice on the back end with a little bright burst and some sweetness on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (93) - - JUN 1, 2014
Rich caramel colored DIPA pours a thick tan head. This thick, full-bodied beer was malty and bitter; a rich slow-sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McGarnigle (547) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4-pack. Gorgeous beer, more copper than yellow. There’s cara-red in it, plus a couple other crystal malts. This means the body has a bit of sweetness to it. The hops are NW piney-citrus with a bit of bite to them. Decent bitterness to offset the sweet. Good DIPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014
bottle. amber with small head. first, i agree with the other raters who mention that this is more of a barleywine than dipa. medium malt base. rather sweet with bitter hops. some citrus fruitiness comes through. very big beer with plenty of booziness. i wasn’t terribly impressed, but maybe my expectations were unreasonable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Copper color with a medium head. Juicy aroma of orange and tangerine. Strong caramel and biscuity grain flavor. Strong bitterness. Full body. Light citrus and fruit from the hops coming through, but the base seems more barley wine than IIPA (not necessarily a bad thing).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thebullshornbar (72) - Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
This is a pretty textbook Imperial ipa. A medium sweet and slightly sugary body is balanced by pronounced hops. Tropical fruits shine with notes of pineapple and melon, while finishing with a sticky resin. The alcohol is present but blends nicely into the other flavors. Quite nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattyKakes (90) - Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
My rating is pretty on point for this gem. And yes, it’s damn good. Hitting a max of 9% , this brew is incredibly smooth. Nice Mellon, citrus scent along with a mouthful of candy resin orange peel. A must have , if you’re going for a strong IPA. Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (623) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle while visiting Chicago. Pours slightly dark amber. Great half-finger foam head. Aromas are rich of sweet caramel malt, citrusy and dank resinous pine hops. Taste pushes back over into the passion and citrus fruits category. Plenty of late bittering hop flavor to balance. Really good beer.


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