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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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (296) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. "Warm" aromas caramel and grapefruit are strong on this one, with some other, assorted tropical and citrus smells, a somewhat vegetable note, and touches of chocolate and burnt toast in the background. There’s also a vodka alcohol hidden in there too (maybe that’s where the "warmth" comes from. The beer pours a hazy orange brown with a slightly off-white head which reduces to a medium-thick ring with a puffy, cirrus cloud layer. There’s very little lace, and it’s mostly runny. This one tastes highly bitter with a mellow, medium / medium-light sweetness to complement. The full body is rounded nicely by a soft, pillowy / creamy carbonation. The texture is a bit on the viscous and chewy side. A sweet citrus and caramel begin the finish, but this turns over to a burnt toast before laying on the grapefruit bitterness and resin in a heavy dose. The aftertaste lingers for a while and is a mild chocolate and toast with a bit of a vodka flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma offers up juicy smelling citrus as well as spicy onion dankess and a mild mango note. Inviting aroma. The taste begins with sweetened juicy citrus hops as well as onion spicy dankness and flowing into mild levels of mango and tropical fruit. Behind the juiciness and the bitter spicy hops is a modest layer of booziness telling you that this big rich flavor doesn’t come free. This is just a solid rich IIPA with plenty of both balance and heft that allows for a pleasing sipping experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1075) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2014
Nice, balanced. Hides its ABV well. Slightly sweet malts, which is relatively unique. Not particularly bitter. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Orange citrus and alcohol aroma. Flavor is pretty average IIPA. Citrus hops but mostly booze. Mild malt balance. Reminds me of Hercules IIPA but unimpressive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
screigh (443) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours a beautiful clear copper color. Slightly off-white head with sticky lacing. Thick hop aroma with pine, grass and almost a berry sweetness. Bitterness in the front of the flavor followed by the slightest hints of licorice and a dry finish. The Meridian hops really stand out with fruit and berry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2014
Draft. Poured clear light copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eachnotesecure (66) - Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2014
On tap, served in a snifter. Bright, citrusy aromas. Plenty of hop flavor but not a palate wrecker by any stretch, well balanced and easy to drink. The 9% ABV is hidden well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle. Orange pour with white head. Citrus, and grassy flavors. Aromas citrus and some lighter hop tones.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jbfd2 (10) - - APR 24, 2014
Nice floral nose with a hint of toasty malt. Pours Amber with creamy head and average carbonation. Citrus notes when first sipped finishes dry with a slightly bitter note. I'm not a total hop head, but I can appreciate a good imperial IPA. This is one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2014
Very nice showing from a beer I didn’t know Goose produced! Quite assertive in the hop department, almost lip puckering. Overall, nice balance is reached. Happy to find and try! 12oz bottle pour.


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