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RATINGS: 309   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (889) - 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 (778) - 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 (4101) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1369) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Single bottle from W&M Mansfield. Poured into a snifter. Rested for a while and warming. Aroma of booze and sweet burnt rubber. Flavor is of sweet burnt rubber, spice and pine. More on the sweet side than I prefer for DIPAs. Quite drinkable and smooth though. Very filling toward the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1010) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a bright orange with a one finger off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, sweet malts, light tropical fruits, and some caramel malts. Taste is prett similar to the aroma with a lot of nice citrus, tropical fruits, and a nice sweet malt backbone. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a tasty, suprisingly drinkable DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Poured a golden orange color with one finger tall head. Aromas of caramel and big floral/citrus hop. Medium large bitterness. Some malt backbone Medium bodied at least. Average carbonation. A tad sticky texture. Pretty good. A big beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3531) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2014
12 oz. bottle and I need to stop buying bottled IPA’s. IPA’s need to be draft or growler fill only. A bottle just doesn’t do them justice. Aroma is a mild floral, citrus and light pine hints.

Flavor is more sweet then I was hoping for. Strong amount of caramel and toffee malts, borderline sticky texture on the mouth with a medium in body leaning on fuller. The ABV is nicely hidden. Now as far as hop profile, it’s decent but the sweetness takes over. Citrus, grass and light pine with a light/ mild lingering bitterness after the sip. The only thing that come to mind is.... Well, mild. Very drinkable IPA that I’m sure would score higher on draft.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (919) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2014
first whiff is backed up drain, then resin, caramel, distant pickle. lightly hazed golden amber with modest off white head. Woody flavor with a little citrus, slight metallic thread & yes that swampiness. Works well in the mouth

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2014
bottle, a little old, 3 months old, sweet and still pretty hoppy, your standard dipa from 4 years ago, decent

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
epruittftw (24) - fort worth, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Poors an orangish hue. Very smooth imperial ipa, doed not taste like 95 ibu, 9%. Had in bottle from central market. Definitely a top 5 imperial ipa right now.


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