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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (300) - Omaha, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Draft @ WOB, RSW. Hoppy aroma. Rusty orange color. Hoppy flavor, little citrusy. Full bodied. Nice DIPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2014
The aroma is more like a smooth, almost bland, Sullivan than knock-your-socks-off Gaudi or sock-you-in-the-eye Gehry that I usually expect from a DIPA. The malt flavor is dominant and quite tasty like Calatrava, and well-structured like another Chicago favorite, Mies van der Rohe. Excellent, an Eiffel, not transcendent, like a Le Corbusier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1985) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Pours a hazy rusty orange color with a nice tan head. Taste is deep sweet citrus. Taste is deep sweet citrus as well with bitter resin and pine notes. Finish is moderately long with a bitter sweet citrus ending and packs some pine and resin at the very end. Descent DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a golden orange with a sweet aroma of hops and citrus. Taste is heavy bitter up front, lots of hops and resin with sweet citrus and fruity notes into the big bitter, dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Cloudy orange color with above average head and lacing. Aroma of resin hops and brown sugar. Flavor has noticeable amounts of orange with a modest amount of hop bitterness in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (487) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
It’s pretty tasty; however, I would have liked a little more hop aroma. The aroma is somewhat hoppy with a malt underbelly that seems prominent. The taste is similar with a lot of thick rich malt meandering with the citrusy hops. The finish is thick and caramel with a smooth soapy feel that lingers just a bit. Overall, solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Pours a deep clear copper with a medium, off-white head. Aroma is bready malt and citrus hops. Flavor is malt with citrus fruit and resinous hops with good balance and a nice bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (2685) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft->shaker. Hazy orange with small white head. Citrus hops and sweet malt, but out of balance and messy. A lower-tier GI offering, for me at least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Grassy aromas from a slightly murky tangerine/yellow body with a frothy white head. Dry, spicy, biting bitterness with more grass, orange and citrus pith. Excellent sweet sticky caramel malt balance to this bitterness that both tames and highlights it at the same time. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Leaves a spicy bitter flavor behind on the tongue along with a little candy sugar. Excellent DIPA!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Hazy bright orange. White head of foam. Papery and fruity taste. Big body and medium carbonation.

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