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RATINGS: 367   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 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 (475) - 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 (2395) - 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 (890) - 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 (4587) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Draft at Uno. Orange, tangerine on the nose. Bitter hop notes throughout - pine/resin, spruce and misc. citrus in the flavor. Bitter finish. The high ABV is hidden well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (946) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Pours hazy orange-amber with a 1-finger bone-colored head. Aromas of grapefruit and biscuit malt, with a mild note of caramel. Full body with a moderate thickness, and a light astringency at the back. Citrus hops flavor with a note of resin. Some biscuit notes as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2197) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-11-14- Poured from bottle into snifter Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber orange color with one finger of a fizzy white colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with a good amount of sweeter fruit aromas of tangerine, some apple, and a bit of pear. Along with these fruity aromas are some light bready smells as well as a bit of caramel. Other hop aromas are there too, with notes of pine and some light floral aromas making for a very citrusy/fruity, and smooth smelling double IPA. Taste – The taste begins much drier then I was anticipating. It begins with a bready flavor mixed with just a hint of tangerine. Right from the start the hops hit the taste buds with a good dose of grapefruit as well as a moderately strong pine hop taste. As the taste advances the sweeter tangerine fades almost to nothing being replaced by just the tinniest amount of a toffee sweetness. The hop flavors all the while grow stronger with the grapefruit becoming rather potent and being joined by some earthy hop flavors. In the end with the loss of the sweet and the increase in all the hop, one is left with a somewhat snappy and bitter hop taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both really accentuate the grapefruit, earth and pine hop flavors rather nicely really allowing them to shine, all while further accentuating the lack of sweet flavors and yet still bolstering the bready base of the beer well. Overall – A rather nice bready and drier hoppy double imperial that yet still maintains a great drinkability. This was a rather enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roblankey (5) - Streetsboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2014 does not count
Pours with a very nice white head very easily. Taste is potent but not overly alcoholic. Very nice "grapefruit" hoppy flavor.

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