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RATINGS: 278   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours an almost clear light copper color with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is surprisingly malty but there’s a good amount of hops too. Big caramel malt aroma with a diverse mixture of hops including weed, pineapple, and grapefruit peel. Tastes too sweet and malty. Not very smooth at all. Big malty punch up front which fades to a very bitter finish. Pine, pineapple and grapefruit. Finish is kinda boozy with some noticeable alcohol. Not a big fan. Is this already too old of a bottle?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1417) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a clear bright orange/amber with a large full rocky lemon yellow head. Laces big time. Aroma is grapefruit and pine cones. Taste is sweet caramel malt and a big, in-your-face hoppiness that is nevertheless well balanced with the malt. Hoppiness more evident as bitterness rather than citrus and pine, so I imagine the majority went into the boil rather than the dry hopping afterwards. Even though I’m not the hophead I once was, this is quite decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle:   Big IIPA for sure, a bit hot and young.   Feels very green, with a somewhat perfume like alcohol profile.   Big and malty, lots of candied citrus peel but its a bit over the top.   Malt driven example, fairly sweet but not sticky.   Noticeable alcohol.   Could be more floral or bright, but its not out of bounds for me.   Still a little young tho.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (1951) - 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 (357) - 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 (99) - - 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 (550) - 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 (2863) - 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 (4395) - 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).


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